Festival puts outdoors to screen test

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TICKETS have gone on sale for the Summer Nights Film Festival 2012 which will see outdoor screenings of classic and contemporary films and family features at locations throughout Derbyshire on a giant screen.

Organised by by QUAD, Derby’s centre for art and film, they run from early May and continuing until September, starting with Women In Love on May 4, at Elvaston Castle, the location where it was filmed by Ken Russell.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June will also link the films with The Queen and The King’s Speech at Renishaw Hall, and there will be specially arranged talks about Renishaws’ Royal links prior to the screenings.

On the weekend of July 27-28 Queen’s Park, Chesterfield, will be the setting for Mamma Mia and Jurassic Park.

In August Derbyshire folk artist John Tams will introduce screenings of War Horse at Hardwick Hall and Rolls-Royce Leisure in Derby. He wrote songs for the stage version of War Horse and was also a consultant on the film.

Tickets are £12 per person with £10.50 Earlybird tickets available up to six weeks before each screening (01332 290606, www.derbyquad.co.uk/summernights). Children under five are free.

lThe Sheffield Adventure Film Festival continues to go from strength to strength. Feedback from the eight annual showcase of adventure, travel and extreme sports films plus talks and activities at the Showroom cinema in March shows it to have been the best ever.

“In a nutshell our ticket sales were up 44% despite perfect sunny weather so we’re over the moon,” says main man Matt Heason.

lENTRIES have started to arrive for the fourth annual Buxton short film competition, Open Short, open to all amateur film-makers in the region. Previous Open Shorts winners include the BAFTA winner September and the standard is high. 

Said Martin Wood of organisers Buxton Film: “Unlike other short film competitions, our aim is to screen as many of the entries as possible both during the Buxton Fringe in July and as part of the Buxton Film Festival which this year will be held in November at the new Pavilion Arts Centre and the Paupers Pit theatre.”

The closing date for entries to Open Shorts 2012 is May 1. See www.buxtonfilm.org.uk