Ten-minute shot at film stardom in Keighley

Marcus Gregg, who is leading Keighley Campus students organising the RATMA international film festival

Marcus Gregg, who is leading Keighley Campus students organising the RATMA international film festival

First published in Keighley

The world’s only screen-surfing international amateur film festival is returning to Keighley.

The River Aire Ten Minute Amateur festival (RATMA) is again being organised by students at Keighley Campus.

They are inviting people across the world to submit short films for the gala April 26 event.

Films will be screened to the public at Keighley Campus Leeds City College, followed by an awards evening at Keighley Picture House.

The festival is the brainchild of college tutor, Marcus Gregg, and his vehicle maintenance students, who held the first festival as a project to develop their enterprise skills.

RATMA last year attracted dozens of entries, from as far afield as America, Germany, Japan and India.

Mr Gregg said this year RATMA would not charge admission fees, but would instead ask for donations.

He added: “We feel this will encourage people to come through the doors and experience something they wouldn’t normally experience.

“There will be ample opportunities to donate to the festival, and even if they only buy popcorn that will be contributing to the fundraising.”

Mr Gregg said the efforts of volunteers and financial sponsorship from Keighley businesses meant all money raised from ticket sales will go to Cancer Research UK.

RATMA is currently seeking amateur filmmakers to submit movies of no longer than ten minutes.

Mr Gregg said: “Imagine YouTube without the cats playing pianos or biting siblings, in a physical space with a live audience able to interact and express their views to the filmmakers.”

Keighley Campus, next to Keighley railway station, becomes a temporary multiplex, with separate rooms devoted to films of different genres.

Audience members can use mobile phones to vote for their favourite films in each genre, as well as the Keighley News People’s Choice Award for best film.

Visit ratmaff.weebly.com for further information about the festival.

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