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Shaftesbury Fringe to feature award winning short films

Shaftesbury Fringe is adding independent movies to this summer’s event, in a new partnership with the Purbeck Film Festival.

Three up-and-coming directors from the region will attend a screening of their works, each lasting approximately 12 minutes, at Shaftesbury Arts Centre.



The filmmakers will then answer questions and discuss the challenges they faced in both funding and making their short films.

The speakers are Bournemouth University graduate Marc Adamson, Liam O’Hara and Ben Desmond.

Marc’s short film was voted best in the 2017 ‘Purbeck Shorts’ competition, following the votes of the judging panel and general public.

Liam is a double-award winning writer and director who began his career as a projectionist in Wareham’s Rex Cinema.

Respected movie critic Mark Kermode praised Ben as “a talented young film-maker on the rise” when he awarded him to top prize in the Isle of Man Film Festival for ‘Pitfall’, which is set during the Second World War.

St James Street resident Lizzie Sykes encouraged the Fringe’s partnership with the Purbeck Film Festival, which is in its 22nd year and attracts hundreds of UK and overseas entries to its short filmmaker competition.

Lizzie has twice helped judge the competition.

Purbeck Film Festival Chair Andrea Etherington says she has been pleased to get involved and welcomes the opportunity for the audience to discuss cinematography, narrative and acting. She expects that the post-screening debate will raise the question, “what makes a good film?”

The Shaftesbury Fringe Mini Film Festival takes place at Shaftesbury Arts Centre from 6.00pm to 7.30pm on Saturday 30th June.

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