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Set to be the biggest film festival in the Midlands, Stratford-upon-Avon plays host to the first Falstaff International Film Festival this November.

Despite the global recession and Royal Mail strikes in recent weeks, festival organisers are ploughing ahead to bring together the town’s first major film festival in two years. Amongst those organising the festival are seven Higher National Diploma Media students and two lecturers from the college.

The festival will bring together not just local and regional audiences but many international visitors with over 150 films to be screened in seven days.

There will be many treats in store for anyone attending the festival with a number of World and UK premieres as well as many animations and music videos all made in the last 12 months.

HND student and Festival Director Rowan M. Ashe believes the town can play an important role amongst other festivals on the world-stage, “Stratford-upon-Avon gave the world Shakespeare. His importance in the role of film as a medium of storytelling is unquestionably enormous. It is only right that the town has a film festival and recognises and celebrates its continuing heritage especially in the 21st Century.

“This is a great chance to see independent British talent at its best as well as International filmmaking. We have tried to reduce costs for filmmakers by making it free for them to submit their films to the festival and tickets are as

little as £4 a strand. We think it only right in a global downturn not to charge as much as other international film festivals and hope this will encourage filmmakers to benefit from a great festival.”

The Falstaff International Film Festival which is sponsored by Stratforward and recently awarded a grant from the Stratford Town Trust runs from November 14th to 20th at the Civic Hall and Shakespeare Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon. Festival tickets can be purchased from the Civic Hall box office by ringing (01789) 207100 or visiting the festival’s website| where you can also get details on film screenings and other events.

Posted on Tuesday 10th November 2009