Saturday, 25 February: Day Two of the festival was packed with events – from film screenings to a careers speed-dating session, a panel on representation to a talk on new media platforms, the excitement was non-stop.
Audiences got a chance to meet revered industry professionals, including casting director Andy Pryor, actor Alistair Petrie (Star Wars: Rogue One, Deep State), and actress Naomi Ackie (Lady Macbeth). All had valuable advice to give to aspiring filmmakers looking to break into the industry, with most emphasising a need for determination and courage. Cambridge graduate and blogger Jake Wright was also present to discuss the use of new mediums to create content, drawing on his own experience as a popular YouTuber.
The day ended with a glittering awards ceremony at the Fitzwilliam Museum, where the 2018 Watersprite award winners were announced after months of anticipation.
The festival continues today, Sunday, with events including a talk on book to screen adaptations by EastEnders screenwriter Sarah Phelps, and “My Son the Jihadi”, a discussion on authentic storytelling in documentaries.