Media: Shepton Digi Fest attracts top film-making talent

September 16, 2011

Short films, animation and natural history programmes are among the highlights at the 2011 Shepton Digital Arts Festival.

The festival gives the opportunity to learn new skills from leading film, TV, animation and digital art/photography practitioners. With a vibrant digital creative industry in Somerset, Bath and Bristol, the opportunity for people to work in this industry has never been better.

Central to the festival is its showcase competitions, which this year will be judged by an impressive line up of judges, including David Sproxton, co-founder and executive chairman of Aardman, and the founder of Icon Films, Laura Marshall.

Events include An Evening with Aardman (October 6, 7- 9pm). Two of the studio’s top men, model-maker Jim Parkyn and creative director and animator Merlin Crossingham will give insights into animation.

In Conversation – How To Market Your Short Film with Jayne Chard.  October 6, 6-7pm, involves Bafta award-winning director Jayne Chard and industry colleagues, including Liz Harkman, managing director of Encounter Bristol International Film Festival, discuss how to get a film project off the ground and into the public arena.

The Art of Natural History Film-Making with Paul Appleby (Oct 7. 7.30-9pm). Natural History film-making has been one of the West Country’s great success stories and few people have more experience in the field than Paul Appleby, who spent 20 years as a series producer with the BBC’s Natural History Unit in Bristol before founding his own company. Paul will let his audience into the secrets of this specialised art and illustrate his talk with some spectacular footage.

For more information email or go to www.sheptondigi

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