Guest speakers from the world of television production, vintage bicycle exhibitionism, working with stars from The Bill and Emmerdale… it’s been a busy few months for the team and alumni of Film Northants.

Here is a round-up of the latest news and updates relating to Film Northants 2012 which is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year:

One month to competition deadline

The deadline for Film Northants 2012 is fast approaching, and entries must be received by noon, August 5th 2012. Entries have already started coming in to both the Under 16s and Over 16s categories and they can be viewed on the website now.

Last year the competition attracted almost 50 entries and 5 trophies were awarded.

The judges will draw up a shortlist of finalists in mid-August. The finalists will then be announced on the website and voting will open for two weeks at the end of August.

For full details on how to enter visit:

Hana Canter speaks at Northants Film Network

Twenty Twenty’s, head of production, Hana Canter  was extremely well received at the last film networking event held at Royal & Derngate in May. The event, run by Film Northants, Reelscape Films and local composer Andy Cox, features a guest speaker and networking opportunities on a bimonthly basis.

Hana (sister of Film Northants chair, Lily Canter) talked about her 20 years’ experience in television production working on documentaries, game shows, reality TV shows, light entertainment and factual programmes including The Choir, Deal or No Deal, The Hoarder Next Door, The Real LAPD and Cosmetic Surgery Live.

She talked about the finances, practicalities, logistics and legalities of putting together television shows and making money from TV. Despite the public perception, Hana said television production companies worked hard not to damage the subjects of their programmes, to carefully select participants and to provide aftercare and therapy where appropriate.

To make it in the world of television, Hana said employees needed a range of skills depending on the area they wanted to get into. To work in casting you need good people skills, to nurture relationships with (sometimes difficult or dysfunctional) subjects. Researchers need good journalism skills and specialist skills such as medicine enable you to get ahead more quickly. Crew members need to be able to multi-skill as they are expected to work with a much smaller budget and be able to do more than one role.

Revenue sources for television now include commercial tie-ins, selling formats and selling programmes overseas, with the biggest money spinner being thinking of a format that can be rolled out globally.

The next Northants Film Network event will be held in the autumn, at a date to be confirmed. To keep up to date with the latest networking events register at: 


Bomberdrome starts its county tour

The bicycle wall of death, featured in a previous Film Northants post, is now almost complete thanks to a successful fundraising campaign.  The vintage circus attraction has been painstakingly made by hand by artist and bicycle enthusiast, Bill Pollard, at the workshop of The Art of Wood in Northampton.

Film Northants has commissioned a documentary of the making of the Bomberdrome (AKA Wall of Death, AKA Bowl of Harm), which will be screened at the festival this September, as part of the organisation’s fifth anniversary celebrations.

The Bomberdrome will be on tour around Northamptonshire this summer at a series of events, enabling spectators to watch members of the Ministry of Bicycles, performs tricks on the wooden wheel. The cyclists will be dressed as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, who will be ditching their horses in exchange for their custom Raleigh Bombers.

The main showcase event will be held at Wicksteed Park at the free Wonderful Wheeled Weekend  on August 4th and 5th. We will keep you posted on further Bomberdrome events.

Danny strikes gold with television stars

Former Film Northants 2011 finalist Danny Gold (Long Story Short) has just completed a short crime thriller starring two British soap stars. The 21-year-old University of Derby student sent scripts to Jeff Stewart, who played Sgt Reg Hollis in The Bill, and Matt Healy, who was Matthew King in Emmerdale, who both agreed to appear in his film The Situation.

The film was made as part of his final year project at university. Danny’s story was featured on BBC East Midlands Evening News and BBC Radio Derby.

Catch us at the Corby Highland Gathering

Film Northants will be attending the Corby Highland Gathering on Sunday July 8th. The team will be promoting the 2012 festival and inviting youngsters to take part in Ice Age 4: Continental Drift activities, a film by festival sponsors 20th Century Fox.

If you have any questions about the festival or how to enter then pop along and chat to our team.

Film Northants chair judges local film contest

Festival chair Lily Canter was recently invited to judge the entries of the UK Film School summer competition. Youngsters were invited to enter a short mystery film to be in with the chance of winning a free place at the UK Film School summer school at Grendon Hall.

Lily was impressed with all of the entries, particularly the use of framing, editing, sound and narrative. The winners will be announced by the UK Film School soon.