April is a busy time in the St Andrews social calendar, but amongst the balls and the last few fashion shows, one event should not be overlooked: the St Andrews Film Festival.
The St Andrews Film Festival is a newer addition to St Andrews. It is a short film festival open to all university students and filmmakers from ages 18-25 around the UK, and this is its second edition. Last year, the festival was completed successfully with 30 submissions. The festival showcases a lot of hard work – 17 members are on the committee and, aside from providing equipment, overseeing film productions, and organising workshops and talks, the festival is their biggest event.
When asked about the motivation behind the festival, Mariya Raycheva, publicity officer for the St Andrews Film Festival, said, “Our vision is to create stronger ties with other filmmaking societies around the UK and make this an annual event and competition. We believe this is a great opportunity for students to showcase their work and compete with other students and filmmakers at a Festival of such scale.”
Despite being filmmakers themselves, the committee strongly believe in having an event that extends a showcasing opportunity to others. Raycheva adds that the event is aimed at all students of the University and not just those studying film.
Raycheva continued, “This is really important as there have been so many times in the past that people who don’t study film studies have told me they’d love to make a film or get involved but they just never get to it.”
It is a different kind of social event, one that promises to challenge St Andrews’ culture by inviting people to bond over films. There is no particular theme for submissions, as the idea is to celebrate short filmmaking in all its varieties, whether that be documentary, experimental film, horror, comedy, or drama.
The festival will take place at the Byre Theatre on Sunday 28 April and will include film screenings and a talk between industry personalities. The day will conclude with an award ceremony where the judges will announce the winners of a total of nine awards, such as the BFI Sight and Sound subscription for a year.