Storying Sheffield

Cheap Thrills! Zero Budget Film Festival: Saturday 14th September

Thanks to Janet for sending this information about the Cheap Thrills! Festival 2013.

Cheap Thrills! Zero Budget Film Festival
Sheffield – Burngreave Cemetery Chapel, Melrose Road, S3 9DN Saturday 14th September, 7pm for 7.30pm start. FREE ENTRY.

Cheap Thrills! Zero Budget Film Festival is a voluntary independent festival.
The idea is simple. People make films that are short (under 8 mins) family friendly, and cost no or very little money to make – send them to us and we make a one-night festival out of as many as we can.
We show films by first time, amateur and professional filmmakers of any age who have a story to tell. Highlights this year include a brilliant martial arts spoof by a nine year old, a Thunderbirds homage made in a shed, a tale of a mysterious music box, and a peg doll musical.
It’s FREE to come to the festival. The venues are not cinemas; they are places that we have been offered that we turn into a cinema for the night. We get a BIG screen, refreshments and make a friendly community event that’s a great night out away from mass entertainment.
We don’t ask for grants, we don’t get paid to do it. We are a team of freelance artists, arts managers and filmmakers who pull this all together in our own time and with contributions of goodwill and enthusiasm from other people. Our team consists of film professionals Martin Currie and Peter Applerock, artist Steve Pool, and myself, a freelance arts professional. Frankie Currie (13) is our rapidly developing Intern and has made some cracking short films this year.

Over the summer we’ve run workshops with adults and children and we’ve been seeking out films from Eastern Europe for a special section this year. We’ve had a fantastic response making this the best year for entries so far.

The start of the 2012 show
The festival started in 2011 when the founder members of the team won 2weeks2makeit, a competition run by South Yorkshire Filmmakers Network. They won about £750 and decided they’d each like to make a film. It turned out that none of the films would cost any money to make, so they made them all anyway, invited others to send in films and put the cash into the first festival. It was supposed to be a one-off but everyone enjoyed it so much that the festival returned again in 2012.
This will be the third year in Sheffield – and we’re also running a festival in Loughborough this year – the obvious the next logical step to world domination.
There is a serious side to it, people learn new skills, become more confident filmmakers and story tellers. You get to see your film shown to an audience and experience the audience reaction. Affirming stuff.
We’re documenting the way we pull the festival together so we can share our story and approach with other people.
In the meantime – come along. In keeping with the zero budget and minimal admin philosophy there are no tickets – no reservations – just get to the Church in time!

Cheap Thrills! Zero Budget Film Festival
Sheffield – Burngreave Cemetery Chapel, Melrose Road, S3 9DN Saturday 14th September
Loughborough – Fearon Hall, Rectory Road, LE11 1PL Saturday 28th September

The shows will each feature films made locally as part of the programme, doors open at 7pm, shows start at 7.30pm.
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