Film buffs to descend on Rye for festival

Bridge of Spies. �DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  All Rights Reserved.
Bridge of Spies. �DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

For one weekend in December, Rye is set to be the centre of attention for film buffs and film-makers across the south east.

Organisers of Rye International Film Festival (RIFF) said they have picked the best short dramas, comedies, documentaries and animations submitted from all over the world.

These will be shown alongside a programme of talks and workshops. The highlight is a question-and-answer session with Matt Charman, screenwriter and co-creator of Stephen Spielberg’s latest film, Bridge Of Spies, starring Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance.

This will follow a screening of Bridge Of Spies at 7.45pm on Saturday (December 12) at Rye Kino Cinema.

Hayley-Marie Axe, festival director, said: “We want the festival to showcase some great local film-makers, alongside films from around the world. We also want the festival to be an opportunity for new film-makers to begin and grow their careers. There is so much talent in the area. As well as short films from across Sussex and Kent, students from Rye Studio School created the festival logo, poster, flyers and programme, and several students will gain work experience helping to run the festival.”

The festival also includes a programme of free workshops for children, young film-makers, and film-makers looking to graduate from shorts to feature films.

On Saturday, award-winning local film composer Michel Duvoisin and director Marc Isaacs, will show their work in a masterclass on Music in Film.

Sunday (December 13) brings together local film-makers and film industry experts to talk about training opportunities, getting short films funded and screened, and building a successful film industry career.

Hayley added: “Support from Rye Town Council and Rother District Council means most of the festival is free. We really want local people to come and watch the films, and vote for their favourite – the Audience Award is highly prized by film-makers.”

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