Horror films hit Didsbury Arts Festival

By Joe Cummings

The Didsbury Arts Festival is adding a short film competition to its line-up for 2011.

The contest, named Tributes, is to become a regular fixture of the festival program. Each year, two film genres will be selected for entrants to explore. Comedy and horror are the chosen areas for this year’s budding filmmakers to tackle.

A ‘launch and mingle’ evening is being on April 4th at The Slug and Lettuce, Didsbury, from 6.30pm to 9pm. Any local actors, directors and producers are invited to come together to exchange ideas and seek assistance with their projects.

The festival, which each year showcases a huge range of events, from opera to burlesque to puppetry, will take place from September 24th to October 1st.

Festival Director, Maria Stripling said: “Breaking into the industry is notoriously difficult. This event will provide an opportunity for like-minded people to work together and inspire each other.”

Acknowledging that the UK film industry is almost exclusively based in and around London, Ms Stripling went on to say that this competition could prove a great way in to the world of film for the “wealth of local talent” throughout the Greater Manchester area.

“With the Universities and colleges, not to mention drama societies and cinema clubs, Manchester just has so many people who could make a great contribution to the film industry, but they need competitions like this to find a way in.”

The contest itself is the idea of Janet Harrison, a Didsbury based director and businesswoman. After achieving success with her own short film, “Master Motivator”, last year, Ms Harrison has recently set-up and launched the Cofilmic Festival.

Cofilmic will be Manchester’s first ever comedy film festival, which will be held at the city’s Comedy Store later this year.

The winners of this year’s Tributes competition will be shown at the Cofilmic festival, allowing the winners to reach a much larger audience.

To enter this year’s DAF Tributes contest, or to read more about the festival itself, visit For more information about the Cofilmic Comedy Film Festival, visit,

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