You’ve heard of the Cannes Film Festival...now Doncaster is looking to get its own slice of the film festival world.
While the A listers may get slightly less excited about heading for the banks of the Don compared to the shores of the Mediterranean, the borough is tomorrow set to take its first steps towards staging a movie event!
Doncaster Little Theatre will be the venue for a one day film festival, being staged to give a number of amateur would-be Spielbergs from the town their first public audience.
Organiser Craig Teal – an amateur movie-maker from the borough himself – hopes it will help pave the way for a bigger festival in years to come.
Craig (right), aged 35, whose day job is at Staples on Sandall Stones Road, said: “I’ve always had an interest in films, and I went to art college in Doncaster. I’m a big fan, and I’m currently trying to develop my own web-series, based on a story called The Crown of Thornes, which I got published in America as part of an anthology.
“There are many people like me in Doncaster, and I want to create something that will allow us to network and show people what we’re doing, and to build up a film community in Doncaster.”
Craig describes his own film as an ‘urban horror, set in South Yorkshire, and some of it shot in Rossington.
In the longer term, he is hoping that running tomorrow’s festival will help him with a bid to set up a bigger festival, with an application for lottery funding planned.
The festival at the King Street theatre will showcase two 30-minute films shown on a big screen, along with another three shorter movies and a selection of trailers for films that are currently being made.
They will include a fan-film called Predator – Dark Ages, based around the famous Predator films.
Craig, of Ridgewood Avenue, Edenthorpe, said: “I hope the public will be interested to see what film makers are doing in Doncaster, and will want to come and see the films on the big screen.”
The festival starts at 7pm on Saturday and admission is £3.