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Chester on film: Budding film makers invited to shine a Spotlight on Blacon

Pic: Dan Fox

Pic: Dan Fox

Budding film makers have been invited to produce short films about life in Blacon as part of a Chester community project.

The Spotlight on Blacon competition is being run by community group, Film Chester in partnership with Chester History and Heritage Centre. And entrants could see their work screened at a special showcase event happening at the history and heritage centre next month.

Film makers have been invited to make and submit a short film about Blacon, which could be in the form of a documentary, a short drama, a video diary, a visual poem or a look at an historical aspect of Blacon. The aim is to celebrate and preserve the history of Blacon and the film can be made using a camera or a smart phone.

It’s all part of the Spotlight on Blacon photographic exhibition currently running at Chester History and Heritage Centre, which charts the development of Blacon over the years. The exhibition runs in the foyer of the centre until 26 June.

Film Chester comprise fellow film makers and creatives Nathan Head, Dan Fox, Mark Smith, Mark Ellingham and Jodie Forshaw. Dan Fox said: “By running several film competitions each year, Film Chester hopes to encourage people to pick up a camera and have a go at making films themselves – telling their stories with Chester and the surrounding area as a back drop, or even as a character, and that’s why we got involved in this competition.”

The competition is open to anyone and is free to enter, with film makers invited to submit new or existing films by the deadline of Monday 13 April 2015. All content must be suitable for a family audience and be a maximum of three minutes in length. No copyrighted material can be included.

To submit an entry, send a link to your film to or via You can submit a DVD. To do this, contact Film Chester to get postal details.

Four of the Film Chester team (L-R) Nathan Head, Dan Fox, Mark Smith and Mark Ellingham

Four of the Film Chester team (L-R) Nathan Head, Dan Fox, Mark Smith and Mark Ellingham. Photo courtesy of Cheshire West and Chester Council

So who are Film Chester?

Film Chester was set up by members of The Chester Film Co-op. The Chester Film Co-op was a creative initiative set up to bring local film makers and artists together to collaborate on projects as part of Cheshire West and Chester Council’s RE:NEW project. RE:NEW is in the process of transforming Chester’s 1936 Odeon cinema building into a new world class cultural centre that is set to open in 2016. The centre will include a theatre, library and cinema. Film Chester also hold a variety of exhibitions, networking events and workshops.

And Film Chester’s aims?

Film Chester was set up to:

  • assist film makers in tapping into funding and collaboration opportunities
  • expose artists and film makers to new films, new ideas and new working practices
  • help film makers and creatives network with others in the city
  • to preserve Chester’s heritage through the medium of film, by actively filming in Chester and encouraging others to make films in Chester; making films that are intrinsically connected with Chester and enhancing Chester’s profile as a place to make film
About Angela Ferguson (236 Articles)
I'm a writer, journalist and blogger, as well as the founder and editor of culture webzine I'm also a university lecturer in journalism and media communications and a radio presenter for hire.

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