exposures is back!!!

Read here why our Media & Communications Officer Elisa Ruff is getting all excited…

Yes it’s true – the 18th edition of exposures: new talent in moving image will kick off on Tue 21 February. For those of you who have never heard of exposures before (highlighy unlikely, I know), it’s the UK’s leading student film festival taking place annually in Manchester.

It’s patroned by the amazing BAFTA award-winning screenwriter and producer Paul Abbott (Shameless, State of Play) and will feature a range of extraordinary workshops, seminars, talks and screenings – providing all you fellow filmmakers with an opportunity to learn from and network with high profile directors, producers and other leading industry figures. 

exposures is the only regular UK-wide competitive festival for student film and moving image, a crucial showcase for new talent and a vital celebration of UK talent development. This year, we have received over 300 short films submissions from students across the UK. 45 selected films will compete to win the prestigious exposures awards, which will be revealed at the Best of the Fest Award Ceremony and Party on the evening of 23 February: Kieran Collins (Executive Editor of the BBC Entertainment Production North), Phil Collinson (Producer of Coronation Street), David Threlfall (Executive Producer, Actor and Director) and many other big name industry experts will be there.

2012 exposures highlights will include a BAFTA masterclass with cinematographer Erik Alexander Wilson focusing on his amazing career behind the camera (among many other things he’s made music videos for the Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend and Kasabian, as well as feature films Submarine and Tyrannosaur), and a BBC Writersroom workshop, where Henry Swindell, New Writing Manager for BBC Writersroom North, will discuss what happens when scriptwriters send their texts to the BBC and how their work is assessed.

As I’m sure many of you will remember, exposures 2010 attracted over 1,000 filmmakers, industry professionals and students, and guest speakers in previous years have included Oscar winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours), Michael Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People, Code 46) and Marc Evans (My Little Eye); scriptwriters Frank Cottrell-Boyce (Millions, A Cock and Bull Story) and Russell T Davies (Dr. Who, Queer as Folk) and actors Noel Clarke (Doctor Who, Kidulthood, Adulthood) and David Threlfall (Shameless).

I guess the bottomline is that we are truly proud to bring new films by emerging talent from our universities to the big screen, and excited to have the opportunity to share these amazing works with you.  exposures is more than just watching films: it’s the place to network, make new friends and cook up new ideas.

Booking for all exposures screenings and events is now open. Book your tickets here.