We’ve been keeping this under our hats for a while now so are very excited to announce that Live & Local are launching a brand-new film festival this Autumn at Warwick School: Big Picture Festival.
Taking place over the weekend of 23 – 24 November 2019 at the Bridge House Theatre, Warwick, this is the first event of its kind and scale to take place in the town and aims to offer a new cultural experience in the heart of Warwickshire.
Why a film festival? Why not?? When we began work on the project, we knew that the core aim was to develop a brand-new resource for film fans in Warwick, a town that doesn’t currently have any permanent cinema provision other than local community-run projects like Warwick Film Club. We want to be a part of making Warwick a film destination in its own right with a festival designed to entertain and inspire. This is the inaugural Big Picture Festival run in partnership with Warwick School, with creative wraparound activities and street stalls serving up food throughout the day. The weekend will also include packages of short films and Q&As with industry figures, so film buffs and newcomers alike can discover something new about the magic that goes into moviemaking.
Ever feel like you don’t know what’s new in the world of film? Big Picture Festival is going to screen a mix of mainstream, independent, British and international films over one weekend; family favourites are being shown alongside modern classics, and you can expect films from the likes of Taika Waititi, Josephine Decker, Francis Lee and many more. We’re cherry-picking some new releases that didn’t have much airtime in regular theatres – or indeed outside of the big cities – so that you can watch undiscovered gems and see them professionally projected in a state-of-the-art venue. The Bridge House Theatre – opened by Dame Judi Dench in 2000 – is located at the heart of the Warwick School campus and has grown into a leading local arts space. Audiences will enjoy a professional cinema experience with a large screen, Blu-ray picture and 5.1 surround sound.
Volunteers are at the heart of all Live & Local activity and volunteering is proven to increase wellbeing. Therefore, the festival will offer volunteering roles to young people providing skills and experience, and in collaboration with Inspired Villages Austin Heath (a sponsor of the festival), the event will offer volunteering opportunities to residents from their retirement community. It’s also an opportunity for members of our Big Picture Show network to meet other like-minded Promoters and compare notes on how they run and select films for their community groups.
Live & Local have been granted funding for the festival from the British Film Institute (BFI) through Film Hub Midlands and from The Henry VIII Endowed Trust. The festival is generously sponsored by several local businesses including Dough & Brew, Inspired Villages Austin Heath, Moore & Tibbits Solicitors, Russell Lane and Happy Puccia. Such support is a wonderful investment in Warwick and its development as a cultural hub in the Midlands.
You’ll have to wait to for the full programme (coming soon…) but over the weekend we’ve decided on two core themes:
That could mean self-discovery; characters realising they can do things that they never thought possible, or a new side to themselves that’s just waiting to be explored. Discovery could be a new and fascinating style of filmmaking that you’ll learn about at Big Picture Festival, or inventive ways of telling stories. It could also be a very literal form of discovery: playing the role of intrepid explorer or stumbling into a magical realm!
Families come in many different forms and are often special groups that we create for ourselves rather than the ones we’re born into. Family can mean sticking together when times are tough or working together to achieve a seemingly insurmountable goal. We want to celebrate tribes of all different sizes and guises, from the streets of Japan to French foster homes.
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