Only two days left until the opening night of Bath Film Festival 2012, the festival dedicated to bringing the most vibrant and exciting films to the South West’s Georgian gem.
But with so much excitement packed into only ten days, it is easy to get carried away with the films and forget that this festival is more than just moving images on a screen. Bath Film Festival is well respected for the high calibre of talent it attracts, a fact which is evident in this year’s programme.
BFF and CineMe are joining forces to bring you a screenwriting workshop you will never forget. The legendary screenwriter Bob Baker will be leading this session, giving you a chance to ask a true expert of his field. Having been a regular scriptwriter for Doctor Who throughout the 1970s (he is credited with co-creating K-9), Baker went on to write four of the Wallace and Gromit films, including the BAFTA winning Wallace & Gromit and the Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005). He is coming to Bath for this exclusive event, to share his expertise and offer advice to budding scriptwriters. This is definitely an oppertunity not to be missed.
If you are more interested in the production side of filmmaking, BFF, in association with BAFTA, are holding a Masterclass with the one and only Stephen Woolley. That’s right, the BAFTA-winning, Oscar nominated producer of films such as The Company of Wolves (1984), Breakfast on Pluto (2005), Michael Collins (1996), Interview With The Vampire (1994), The Crying Game (1992), Made in Dagenham (2010) and most recently Great Expectations (2012) (which is screening at BFF this year) will be in Bath to answer your questions.
Perhaps you are fascinated by emerging talent? The IMDb Awards will be featuring six short films created by an array of international new talent. Brought into being with help from by Col Needham (founder of the Internet Movie Database, IMDb), this event requires you, as an audience, along with a panel of judges, to help chose the very first IMDb New Filmmaker. As if that wasn’t enough excitement, there will also be the premier screening of Pussy Cat, winner of the IMDb Script to Screen Award earlier this year.
The BFF’s screening of the 80s classic WarGames (1983), will feature a post-screening discussion among experts in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Games Firm Introversion Software and Literature, asking why this film resonates with us today. What does this film tell us about cultural myths surrounding AI and computer science? What does it tell us about the early 1980s? What could the future hold? To find out the answers to these questions, and to ask your own, you’ll just have to come along!