Oct 28 2009 by Ian Bunting, Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser
Businesses put in the picture
A GLOBAL film festival with its heart in Coatbridge is giving local businesses the chance to develop the next generation of movie-makers.
Martin Creechan runs the entire Deep Fried Film Festival on a shoestring budget of around £2000 a year and it attracts entries from all over the world.
Martin held an open day for potential sponsors and advertisers at the Global Education Centre in Coatbridge, where businesses had the chance to grab a slice of silver-screen magic.
The festival will be expanded from five days to a two-week long event next summer, as part of its fifth birthday celebrations.
Next year’s event will also see the launch of an Academy for Young Film Makers, which is part of Deep Fried’s continued committment to teaching youngsters how to make their own films.
Martin said: “We wanted to give potential partners a chance to learn more about us and the various things we do.
“Although the festival is our headline event, we do a lot of educational work within the community.
“Recently we’ve been delivering media theory lectures to schools in Lanarkshire as part of our community projects.
“It’s about helping young people to understand films better and, if they want, go on and make their own.”
He added: “We currently get great support from North Lanarkshire Council, as well as a couple of key sponsors – Copy Care Services and Repcomm Ltd. We couldn’t do it without them.
“It’s a free festival and we’ve been lucky enough to attract some of the best independent films from around the world – the quality is amazing.”
The Deep Fried Film Festival will be running again over two weeks in August 2010 and firms interested in getting on board, or movie makers wishing to take part, can visit www.deepfriedfilm.org.uk or e-mail email@example.com.