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University of Hertfordshire a proud sponsor of the first St Albans Film Festival

By Ayaz Ahmed Siddiqui

Opening Credits Before a Screening – Photo Courtesy Maria Navarro

Opening Credits Before a Screening – Photo Courtesy Maria Navarro

The University of Hertfordshire was a proud sponsor of the first ever St Albans film festival that took place last weekend. The festival was marked by film competitions, screenings, workshops, parties and fun filled entertainment which lasted for three days between 8th to 10th March.

The events were spread across the city and took place around cultural hotspots such as the The Maltings Art Theater, Verulamium Museum, The Clocktower, The Abbey Theater, St Albans School, Museum of St Albans and many more.

Leoni Kibbey an actress, casting director and the festival director said: “I wanted to create something in St Albans, it needed a bit of injection of creativity and life. There is so much filming heritage here.” The city of St Albans is the birth place of the critically acclaimed film maker Stanley Kubrick and has a tremendous film making legacy.

It was not surprising then that the late film legend was honoured with an event dedicated to him titled Stanley Kubrick – A life in Pictures. Among the notable people in attendance were Jan Harlan, one of Kubrick’s producers on Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut.

Students from the University Of Hertfordshire School Of Humanities took active part in the media coverage of the events and worked fulltime to capture every single aspect of the festivities.
For the residents of St Albans it was a particularly exciting affair. Events such as the sold out over 18 film screening and the surreal exhibit at the Clock Tower were very popular.

The Surreal Performers at The Clocktower – Photo Courtesy of Maria Navarro

The Surreal Performers at The Clocktower – Photo Courtesy of Maria Navarro

According to one local volunteer Debra Gaius the reason for such popularity of the events was that they were family oriented and provided people without a film background to get involved.

Regarding the future of the festival Leoni says that the proximity to London, good transport links to places all over United Kingdom and a city teeming with film makers are just the right ingredients for this festival to flourish.

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