Shepton Mallet Digital Arts Festival 26-28 November at Kilver Court

PUBLISHED: 11:00 21 October 2010 | UPDATED: 18:02 20 February 2013

Shepton Mallet Digital Arts Festival 26-28 November at Kilver Court

Shepton Mallet Digital Arts Festival 26-28 November at Kilver Court

Festival finds the film-makers of the future (and much more)

Festival finds the film-makers of the future (and much more)

I entered my course not knowing exactly what I wanted to do but Im almost sure now that I want to go into shooting live performances and music videos. It was a really great evening and the things you taught me will be invaluable throughout my time at college and hopefully into university.

Jack Warman, Strode College student speaking after the 1st Shepton Mallet Digital Arts Festival in 2009

Shepton Mallet Digital Arts Festival is back for a second year, allowing young people like Jack (and adult learners) the chance to meet and gain skills from some of the finest professionals from the world of digital arts - film and video makers, photographers, animators and computer-aided artists.

The festival which runs from 26-28 November at Kilver Court in Shepton Mallet is the only such community-run arts festival in the UK.

It celebrates the arts and technology talent of Bristol, Bath and Somerset areas where thousands of jobs are to be found in the creative industries.

As well as showcasing some of the best that is out there, the Festival aims to engage with up-and-coming digital artists and give them a chance to show the World what they can do.

During the festival there is a full programme of inspiring workshops and masterclasses. Duncan Pow has been a familiar face to many as Dr Linden Cullen in the BBCs Holby City. He is also a talented scriptwriter and during the festival he gives an exclusive talk on making dialogue work.

With other talks by BAFTA award-winning film-makers and other professionals from the creative arts, throughout the day, the workshops are open to organised groups or individuals.

After the great success of the 2009s competition, it makes a welcome return.

This year there is something of a twist to the event. Amongst the competition categories, would be film-makers are challenged to deliver a short film in just 48 hours the assignment will be handed out on Friday and judged on Sunday by a panel of experts.

The best film wins not only the coveted Golden Fawn award, but the chance to get their work showcased live and on the web and just as importantly gets their name known by the industry. One 15 year-old had his competition entry seen by a leading Hollywood cinematographer during last years competition showcase.

And as the Festivals supporter, Somerset-born Hollywood film-maker Edgar Wright can attest who knows where that may lead!

Igot my start in the exactly the same way with festivals like this, by making films in Wells, Somerset with whatever film equipment I could lay my hands on.

I had no connections in the industry, but the battered second hand Super 8 camera that my parents bought for me and my brother started an exciting adventure forme. I got my break making an animation film and I still feel eternallyfortunate for being able to do my hobby as a job.

All of these shorts submitted were evidently made with a lot of hard work and TLC. And it's great for all of you to see these films with an audience. Congratulations all."

Edgar Wright, Hollywood Film Director

For full programme and to book a place on one of our workshops, please visit the festival website:

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