That’s Bedford Film Festival to the uninitiated - and it’s going to be fantastic.
The festival is coming to town this month in a bid to screen the sorts of films that just wouldn’t be shown in other Bedford venues.
Set up by film maker Richard Jobson and film loving PR gurus Stephen Judge and Paul Hutchinson, the festival kicks off on September 27 at spaces at Bedford College and The Higgins.
Paul said: “We support variety so our film choices will never follow a set genre. This will allow audiences to sample cinema that they have either never considered, or perhaps haven’t had the chance to experience before.
“Variety is, as far as we are concerned, the spice of life and so the films shown as part of Bedford Film Festival will all be very different from each other.”
Highlights of the first Bedford Film Festival include a screening of Richard’s own work Wayland’s Song.
In this film the former member of punk group The Skids has taken on the tricky subject of war, telling the story of a young solider injured on the battle field in Helmand Province.
Another high is surely set to be a screening of cult classic Quadrophenia at a specially created outdoor screen at Bedford College.
The event, which is strictly limited to 200 tickets, also features a question and answer session with the hit film’s writer Martin Stellman.
But the festival, which is supported by the Times & Citizen is not just about screenings, the organisers have planned a range of workshops in everything from lighting and shooting a scene, to directing a film.
Paul added: “Bedford Film Festival wants to encourage future film makers. Working with local education centres we hope to allow local film students to gain experience and skills from industry experts through our workshops and voluntary opportunities.
“The festival will celebrate local talent. We hope to work with local film makers of all ages, styles and experience. As we grow we want to create opportunities that will allow film makers the chance to show their work to a wider audience.”
To find out more about Bedford Film Festival visit www.bedfordfilmfestival.org