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Hot off the Fest Day 1!

With preparations concluded and volunteers trained and ready to go, we kick off From Page to Screen 2013 with The Talented Mr Ripley at Bridport Arts Centre and Willy Wonker & The Chocolate Factory at the Hayloft.  Today at 11am!  Tickets available on the door.

Watch coming-of-age classic The Graduate at 2pm, followed by Submarine at 4.30pm with author and FPtS curator Joe Dunthorne.and associate producer Ally Gipps of Warp Films.

We officially open the festival this evening with our gala screening of Oscar-winning Life of Pi – 7.30pm at the Electric Palace – when Joe will be discussing his adaptation choices.  Don’t miss out!

Bridport Arts Centre Director Polly Gifford’s festival highlights:

Dates announced for 2012

From Page to Screen 2012 will take place from 11 – 15 April 2012.

We’ve got some exciting feelers out for our next guest Artistic Director and will be announcing more details soon.

Watch this space for updates.

2011 Festival a great success!

“Fabulous festival, great programme, splendid guests, I wish I could be here for it all.”

The dust has settled on From Page to Screen 2011 and we are very pleased with how the festival went.

Guest Artistic Director Jonathan Coe did a fantastic job putting together an exciting and eclectic programme, that attracted increased audiences and very positive feedback.  In addition he was an excellent interviewer, giving audiences some fascinating pre and post show discussions with some very special guests, including award-winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, legendary director Bill Forsyth and writer/director Rowan Joffe.

A huge thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make the festival happen.

Planning has already started for next year’s event so watch this space regularly for the latest news.  We look forward to seeing you in 2012.

Flash Film winner announced

The winners of our inaugural Flash Film competition were announced on Sunday 17 April at a special event as part of the From Page to Screen film festival.

The festival’s Guest Artistic Director Jonathan Coe selected the winning film saying,

“I was not asked to choose a runner-up for the competition, but I would like to commend Alina Papp’s interpretation of GLASS FLOWERS for its poetic and imaginative imagery, and the rhythmic assurance of its editing.

“However, my choice of winner is THE PRESENT, by Robinson and Simpson from Isis Media. I really admired their imaginative take on the source material; the way they condensed so much of the original story into 60 fluid seconds; their film’s strong, charismatic central performance; and the unexpected balance between humour and seriousness they maintained throughout. A very impressive achievement.”

The creative team of Ben Robinson, Ross Simpson, Matt Hickinbottom had travelled to Bridport from Birmingham for the event and we were delighted to be able to present the prize to them in person.

A special Youth Award was also made to Esmerelda Voegele-Downing for her interpretation of GLASS FLOWERS.

The standard of entries was fantastic and we’re confident that Flash Film will go from strength to strength.

Many thanks to everyone who entered and we hope to see your work in future years.

You can watch The Present and all the shortlisted films via the Flash Film group page on Vimeo.

Young people – see your film review published!

Young people who enjoy cinema can take part in a film-review competition as part of the From Page To Screen festival taking place in Bridport this week (April 13-17).

Anyone under 18 can review any of the films they see during the event and have their review judged by one of the UK’s leading authors, Jonathan Coe. The winning reviews will be posted on the From Page To Screen website.

Coe, who is curating the five-day festival, said: ‘ We really want  young people to take part in the festival and we’re hoping they’ll use this opportunity to go and see some of the brilliant young people’s films being screened throughout the week.’

He added: ‘This is a great opportunity for young writers and budding film-makers to have their say and get their work published in the public domain.’

Polly Gifford, director of Bridport Arts Centre said: ‘From Page To Screen celebrates cinema’s relationship with the written word so how better to get young people involved than to ask them to write about what they see.

‘The internet and social media have changed the art of criticism and it will be interesting to see how young people respond to some of the titles we’ve chosen. There’s a great selection of children’s and animated titles and older kids can review any of the films being shown (as long as they’re PG rated!).’

Young people’s films being shown during the festival include:

•    The Pied Piper on Wednesday at 10.30am, Bridport Arts Centre
•    The Secret of Kells, Friday April 15 at 11am, Bridport Arts Centre
•    Winnie the Pooh, Saturday April 16, 11am, Electric Palace
•    How to Train Your Dragon, Saturday April 16, 2pm, Bridport Arts Centre
•    Winnie the Pooh, Sunday April 17, 11am, Electric Palace

Review competition rules:

Entrants must be 18 or under and must write about a film they have seen during the festival.

There will be two age categories: 5-12, 13-18yrs.

Reviews should tell us what the reviewer thought about the film and why, in no more than 400 words and should be submitted by email to

Entries must be received no later than April 30, 2011

Flash Film shortlist announced

We’re pleased to announce the shortlisted films for this year’s Flash Film competition.

James Cookson – The Present
Ben Cross – The Present
Isis – The Present
Alina Papp – Glass Flowers
Sophie Boyce – Tooth (First Blood)
Emily Knight – Shipments

Youth Prize: Esmerelda Voegele-Downing – Glass Flowers

All shortlisted films will be screened – and the winner announced – at the Flash Film event on the final day of the festival.