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by Howard-Smith
Thu May 16, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: SERIAC Festival 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 428

Re: SERIAC Festival 2019

I can’t get my head round why so many filmmakers don’t attend film festivals even when their films are being shown. I feel frustrated at BIAFF when the filmmakers aren’t there to collect their awards. I personally love to attend screenings of my own films with an audience and get feedback of what pe...
by Howard-Smith
Mon Apr 29, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2019 at Birmingham
Replies: 82
Views: 4880

Re: BIAFF 2019 at Birmingham

It was another great BIAFF weekend. I’ve entered films for BIAFF and attended the whole event every year since 2008 and would never want to miss it. I’m just sorry that the attendance figures decrease each year for some unknown reason despite the number of entries remaining roughly constant. John Ho...
by Howard-Smith
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: THE BIRMINGHAM FILM FESTIVAL
Replies: 22
Views: 2635

Re: THE BIRMINGHAM FILM FESTIVAL

Well done Jon. Please remind me... What’s the name of the organiser of the Birmingham Film Festival who’ll be attending BIAFF? I’ll look out for him. One of the organisers was actress/producer Sophie Canare, who I managed to recruit to act in my 4 star BIAFF film LIKE A BULLET which is being shown o...
by Howard-Smith
Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2019 at Birmingham
Replies: 82
Views: 4880

Re: BIAFF 2019 at Birmingham

As a first-round BIAFF judge for the past five years, one thing I’d like to point out is that whoever is writing up the comments has to reflect all views expressed by the panel of three judges. If the judge who is doing the write-up thinks that some points raised by other judges on the panel are rat...
by Howard-Smith
Sun Mar 31, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2019 at Birmingham
Replies: 82
Views: 4880

Re: BIAFF 2019 at Birmingham

Thanks Dave. The running time limit is not an issue for me. Years ago I used to make one long film every year. But in recent years I’ve made several SHORT films each year. Out of my seven entries to BIAFF 2019, six of them have a running time of less than ten minutes!
by Howard-Smith
Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2019 at Birmingham
Replies: 82
Views: 4880

Re: BIAFF 2019 at Birmingham

Dave, could you please provide a current link for EUROFILMERS EAK? The only information I can find for their competition ends in 2017. I’d be interested in submitting films to them. Cheers!
by Howard-Smith
Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2019 at Birmingham
Replies: 82
Views: 4880

Re: BIAFF 2019 at Birmingham

Hearty congratulations Bob. Not many filmmakers achieve two diamonds. Yes, see you in Birmingham. I’m doing the whole weekend package as ever and also the Thursday evening meal & Sutton Coldfield film show.
by Howard-Smith
Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2019 at Birmingham
Replies: 82
Views: 4880

Re: BIAFF 2019 at Birmingham

Oh, Jill. 2 stars?! What can I say? I’m glad you feel able to laugh about it. I submitted 7 new films. Four of them were given 3 stars and won’t be shown at BIAFF. (I have to say I’d hope for a higher award for three of these.) The other three got 4 stars; while I’m pleased that they will be shown o...
by Howard-Smith
Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Nominations for the awards
Replies: 3
Views: 496

Re: Nominations for the awards

As one of the first round judges, I can comment on one or two issues touched on by Michael Slowe. Judging took place last weekend. The major winners won’t be told of their results any earlier than anyone else; everyone will receive their results during the week beginning 25th March. First round judg...
by Howard-Smith
Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:32 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: THE BIRMINGHAM FILM FESTIVAL
Replies: 22
Views: 2635

Re: THE BIRMINGHAM FILM FESTIVAL

To reply to Tim, my perception was that the vast majority of entries were from amateur filmmakers not professionals. There was only one film I saw on Tuesday which appeared to be a professional production, called The Overcoat. The people I chatted to on my table at the awards were all amateurs and I...
by Howard-Smith
Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: THE BIRMINGHAM FILM FESTIVAL
Replies: 22
Views: 2635

Re: THE BIRMINGHAM FILM FESTIVAL

Here's my report about the BFF (The Birmingham Film Festival) Gala Awards evening on Saturday evening at The Canalside, The Cube, Birmingham. It was an enjoyable event which was streamed live on the BFF Facebook page. I'd estimate there were about 150 people present. We sat at round tables seating 1...
by Howard-Smith
Thu Nov 22, 2018 1:29 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: THE BIRMINGHAM FILM FESTIVAL
Replies: 22
Views: 2635

Re: THE BIRMINGHAM FILM FESTIVAL

I did find the first 10 minutes tedious, in addition to my problem with the subject matter. Anyway I’m looking forward the Gala Awards on Saturday. It’s good to have those nominations but I suspect that A LOT of films have had similar nominations in order to encourage as many as possible to attend t...
by Howard-Smith
Wed Nov 21, 2018 12:16 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: THE BIRMINGHAM FILM FESTIVAL
Replies: 22
Views: 2635

Re: THE BIRMINGHAM FILM FESTIVAL

Thanks Tim for your comments. But let me explain about my walk-out after 10 minutes of a film entitled THE JOURNEY HOME. During that particular 2.00 pm session I'd just sat through an unpleasant 50 minute film called GUILTY PLEASURES, loosely based on the Rotherham abuse news stories. As mentioned, ...
by Howard-Smith
Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: THE BIRMINGHAM FILM FESTIVAL
Replies: 22
Views: 2635

Re: THE BIRMINGHAM FILM FESTIVAL

I saw my film Hollie projected today during the midday session in a MASSIVE screen at the Millennium Point cinema in Birmingham. Only 17 in the audience and the sound was too loud for all the films but nevertheless it was an honour for the film to be shown at all. The 2 pm session was two tedious 50...
by Howard-Smith
Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: THE BIRMINGHAM FILM FESTIVAL
Replies: 22
Views: 2635

Re: THE BIRMINGHAM FILM FESTIVAL

Many thanks Willy! You are so kind.
Of course I haven't yet actually WON any awards at the Birmingham Film Festival but it's great to have two nominations and to have my film officially selected. I shall find out how I've fared during the Awards ceremony which is Saturday evening 24th November.