Popcorn at the ready. From 21-23 March, London South Bank University will transform into a giant cinema for three days, showing over 100 films for Screentest Festival 2014.
Screentest is the largest student film festival in the UK, run by students for students, and offering up-and-coming filmmakers a rare opportunity to get their work seen by the rest of the industry. It has been running for 10 years, originating in Bristol but moving to London five years ago when its popularity increased. Students from universities all over the UK — including University of Glasgow, Durham University and London Film School — have had films shortlisted.
This year's programme encompasses screenings of 110 shortlisted films in the categories of animation, comedy, documentary, drama, experimental, thriller, horror, sci-fi, and fantasy. Screenings of BAFTA-nominated short films will also take place. Last year's winner of the prestigious Best Film category was Frederick Lloyd's Pantheon, which also won Best Score and Best Production Design. Greedy.
Screentest also has talks, workshops and networking events, aimed at those who need help with entering this competitive industry. It's not just for directors — screenwriters, actors and producers form a large part of the annual festival's loyal following.
Screentest '14 runs 21-23 March at London South Bank University. Tickets £5 per day/ £15 whole weekend, prebook here. Keep up to date with the events programme on Facebook. See the trailer for the festival below.