It is famous for the Brontë sisters as well as being the location of the classic Ridley Scott Hovis ‘Bike’ advert, although that seems to be contested as being a location in Dorset.
It is also the birthplace of the Oscar-winning screenwriter Simon Beaufoy, and according to an exhibit in the newly-restored Cliffe Castle Park Museum, was once home to Peter Mayhew who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars films.
More recently, Keighley has become a popular filming location, welcoming stars such as Harvey Keitel, Liv Tyler, Gabriel Burn, Kit Harrington and possibly Bill Nighy, Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy.
It should come as no surprise then that this small town has its own international film festival.
The River Aire Ten Minute Film Festival is, mercifully, entitled RATMA for short.
The original idea for the festival was from a student of Keighley College and it is now its sixth year, with over 300 entries from all over the world.
It’s quite a unique affair, with festival organiser, Marcus Gregg, stating, “As far as I’m aware, RATMA is the only multi-genre film festival that’s free to enter and imposes the strict, ten-minutes maximum duration policy.”
He adds, “There are other ‘short film’ festivals but with submissions of up to 40 minutes long, so films that are ten minutes or less are easily lost or ignored.”
“There are also one-minute film festivals, but these are often gimmicky affairs with a lack of general storytelling.”
“So I’m pleased with what we have as a model.”
“As far as I’m aware, RATMA is the only multi-genre film festival that’s free to enter and imposes the strict, ten-minutes maximum duration policy.”
Distant Future Animation Studio is a proud sponsor of the Animation category at this year’s festival, and our Director, Bill Beaumont, was asked to judge the animation category, presenting the award at last Saturday’s ceremony.
Hosted at the glorious Keighley Picture House, the ceremony was attended by local filmmakers, productions companies, film fans and Keighley MP, John Grogan.
The event was also live-streamed, attracting viewers from countries such as Germany, India, Israel, Romania, the USA and Tibet.
“Running an Animation Company that’s won awards for its work including 2D character animation, 3D product animation and motion graphics production, I spend most of my creative time crafting marketing materials for products and services, and essentially telling other people’s stories.”
“Being part of the awards and seeing so many entries where people from different cultures tell their own stories was really inspirational.”
“It has really got me thinking about the kind of stories I’d tell if I was writing my own film or animation.”
“In fact, I do have one particular story in mind, but I want to keep it under wraps for now, and it is quite a big project for just one person to undertake.”
The winner of the Animation Category was ‘The Little Hero’ by Elena Ciolacu.
As the film is currently out on the festival circuit, you’re unlikely to see it on YouTube or anywhere else in the near future, but you can see a quick making-of video as well as trailer by clicking these links below.
Making of: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5ieBWgX-EE