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By midlandsmovies, Jan 9 2017 04:00PM

Quite simply, here is our ongoing and updated list of Film Festivals in the Midlands (2017):


• THE SHORT CINEMA http://www.theshortcinema.co.uk info@theshortcinema.co.uk Phoenix, Leicester - August 23rd – 26th 2017


• NOTTINGHAM FILM FESTIVAL - Hothouse Theatre’s Nottingham Film Festival. October 6th – 8th 2017 For details visit http://www.nottinghamfilmfestival.com


• ANON FILM FEST - No 2017 dates yet. Screened at Northern Light Cinema, Wirksworth, Derbys. https://filmfreeway.com/festival/anonfilmfestival


• INDIE-LINCS - March 16th – 18th 2017 Based at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, and run in partnership with The School of Film and Media at the University of Lincoln http://www.indie-lincs.com


• BRINDLEY PLACE OUTDOOR FEST - 2017 dates TBC. http://www.brindleyplace.com/event/brindleyplace-outdoor-film-festival-2


• WORCESTERSHIRE FILM FESTIVAL 2017 dates TBC www.worcestershirefilmfestival.co.uk Contact Lawrence Donello‏ on Twitter @Razorpost https://twitter.com/worcesterfilm


• LEICESTER DOCFILM FEST http://www.citizenseye.org Contact John Coster 2017 dates TBC


• BORDERLINES FEST http://www.borderlinesfilmfestival.co.uk UK's largest rural film festival. Herefordshire/Shropshire - FRIDAY 24 FEBRUARY TO SUNDAY 12 MARCH 2017


• BIRMINGHAM FILM FEST - November 18th – 26th 2017 https://filmfreeway.com/festival/Birminghamfilmfestival


• BIFF FEST (Black International Film Fest) http://www.vtelevision.co.uk/biff/event.html


• SHOCK AND GORE FESTIVAL http://www.shockandgore.co.uk The Electric Cinema in Birmingham, July. Contact david@theelectric.co.uk or https://twitter.com/shockgore July 2017


• DEAFFEST http://www.deaffest.co.uk The UK's International Deaf Film & Arts Festival Wolverhampton. Contact info@light-house.co.uk 12th – 14th May 2017.


• LEICESTER ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL - 16th - 19th March www.leicesterasianfilmfestival.com


• SHOUT FESTIVAL http://shoutfestival.co.uk Birmingham Dates soon for 2017


• DERBY FILM FESTIVAL http://www.derbyfilmfestival.co.uk 28th APRIL - 7th MAY 2017


• FANTASTIQ FEST http://fantastiq.co.uk Fantasy and Horror Fest at Quad in Derby


• MAYHEM HORROR Film Fest - Halloween. Contact Broadway cinema in Nottingham http://www.broadway.org.uk/mayhem 12th - 15th October 2017


• FLATPACK FEST - Birmingham, UK. http://www.flatpackfestival.org.uk 4th - 9th April 2017


• EAST ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL http://www.eastwindsfilmfest.com 2017 Dates Coming Soon


• BEESTON FILM FESTIVAL http://www.beestonfilm.com 9th - 12th March 2017


• CAN DO FEST – Nottingham http://www.can-do-fest.com Biennial Fest currently fundraising to run a new Can- Do Film festival in 2017


• ZZUB - http://www.zzubfest.co.uk Wolverhampton - 2017 Festival TBC


• SHROPSHIRE RAINBOW FILM FESTIVAL http://www.rainbowfilmfestival.org.uk/midlands-zone 6th - 8th October 2017


• GRINDHOUSE PLANET - 2017 date TBC www.grindhouseplanet.com


Other useful Film Festival information can be find at these links:

http://www.festivalfocus.org/festival

http://film.britishcouncil.org/festivals-directory/festivals-map

http://www.thefilmfestivaldoctor.co.uk

By midlandsmovies, Sep 24 2016 09:19AM

Midlands Spotlight – New Grindhouse Festival comes to Leicester


The best new grindhouse movies will soon be heading to the Midlands with the launch of a festival held at one of the UK's longest running entertainment venues.


The legendary Shed venue in the heart of Leicester city will host Grindhouse Planet on Sunday 27th November with the promise of showing the biggest, baddest, in-your-face, melt your brain horror, sci-fi, action, martial arts and exploitation films.




But it doesn’t stop there! Fans of mobsploitation, sexploitation and everything else “-elsploitation” will be shown to grindhouse fans with dramas, rom-coms and musicals only appearing if they are (what the organisers are saying) “totally twisted”.


From 12 noon until midnight, the festival will be showing a range of movies selected by a panel of grindhouse connoisseurs from around the globe. The festival is for film fans and filmmakers to meet like-minded people and watch movies from the genre as well as incorporating a stall from The Cult Movie Store where rare grindhouse flicks can be purchased.


In addition, there are chances to attend Q&A sessions with some of the planet's best grindhouse directors and producers. Special guests include Steve Lawson – the writer and director of genre features including Killersaurus, Nocturnal Activity and Footsoldier will be available for signings and a Q & A about his films and production company Creativ Studios.


Also in attendance will be poster artist Thomas Hodge. Aka The Dude Designs, the Midlands born artist is the author of VHS Video Cover Art and responsible for the artwork for films such as Hobo With A Shotgun, They Live!, Wolf Cop, The Toxic Avenger, The Exterminator, Savage Streets and many more grindhouse classics.


The judges on the day will be the co-founder of SFX Magazine MJ Simpson as well as Marc Hamill, the founder of Roasted Films and director of British grindhouse film The Wrong Floor. The final judge will be our very own Editor Mike Sales to round off the three.



And what else? Well the organisers have gone even further by arranging a music festival at the same time. As well as films, there will be live bands playing throughout the day from metal, punk, electronic and acoustic artists.


If you have a grindhouse film that you would like to submit then the organisers request filmmakers head to FilmFreeway where you can send over your shorts and features. Films must be original productions and copyrights must belong to the submitter with winners receiving award trophies.


Head here to submit: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/GrindhousePlanetFilmFestival


For updates and information about future special guests, films and music artists then head to the festival's official site here: http://www.grindhouseplanet.com



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