Pictured above is Holly Tarquini, director of FilmBath
When the first lockdown was announced by the government back in March, nobody knew exactly what it would mean for cinemas and film festivals long term.
Knowing that their November festivals looked precarious, FilmBath’s Holly Tarquini reached out to three other UK Film Festivals and suggested a unique collaboration.
Unprecedented times call for an unprecedented response and the other teams at Cambridge, Brighton and Cornwall joined forces with FilmBath to find a way to support independent filmmakers and bring their films to a UK audience during the pandemic.
The result is AMPLIFY! – a 17 day film festival streaming nationwide from November 6. It will showcase the diverse range of films the partners are known for and supporting them with a programme of Q&As, industry events and a round table debate about the future of the UK film industry post Covid-19.
Matthew Webb from AMPLIFY! partner Festival Cambridge said: “We’re obviously all desperate to get back into cinemas as soon as it’s safe to do so, screening great films to audiences in wonderful venues is what we all love.
“Until that’s possible AMPLIFY! allows us to support independent filmmakers by bringing the great films we’re passionate about to a UK wide audience.”
Holly Tarquini, director of FilmBath believes the crisis has focused attention on the arts.
She said: “The Covid crisis has threatened all of our organisations, as it has the arts generally, so it’s an absolute joy in these difficult times to be able to work together to develop such a diverse film festival.
“We’re particularly proud of the fact that 50% of the programme is F-Rated – in other words, directed by women.”
With cinemas now closing across the country the partners believe AMPLIFY! is more important than ever.
Cornwall’s Louise Fox offers hope for the future. She said: “We’re confident cinema going and film festivals will survive this; people’s love of film certainly won’t disappear.
“In these difficult times, we’re thrilled to bring something hopeful and supportive to the industry, offering film fans and would-be cinema-goers a true film festival experience from the comfort of their own homes.”
FilmBath has been postponed until 11-December, but will stay in the same venue of Green Park Station.
For more details about AMPLIFY!, visit amplifyfilm.org.uk.