SCORES of film buffs and producers are carrying on the rich history of film making at the Holmfirth Film Festival.

And a star of the 60s will be in town today to help promote the event.

Actress Rita Tushingham, who made her name in the 1961 film A Taste of Honey, is at The Picturedrome this evening (7pm).

The film will be screened 50 years after it appeared in British cinemas, and the actress will talk about her life and career.

Rita, who won the Best Actress award at Cannes in 1961, will take part in a Q&A session after the viewing with proceeds from the evening to be donated to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

Now in its second year, the festival celebrates the Holme Valley town’s legacy at the forefront of the silent movie industry when local photographer James Bamforth began to produce short films in the late 19th Century.

The festival, which started on Saturday and runs until May 28 has seen a host of homegrown talents amongst internationally acclaimed work showcased on the big screen.

Holmfirth Film Festival Chairman, Stephen Dorrill, said: “In many ways we exceeded expectations and we are confident that this year we have built on that success and have produced an exciting and entertaining programme of internationally acclaimed features and shorts, cult movies, animation and children’s films that does something for everyone.

“For a week Holmfirth becomes a public space where people meet or make new friends and exchange views on films old and new.

“We had a number of sold out nights which is great to see.”

The festival kicked off with the screening of award-winning magical French short film The Red Balloon which tells the tale of a Parisian boy who befriends a red balloon with a life of its own.

Last night saw 14 finalists go head to head for the coveted short film event, which attracted more than 350 entries.

Tim Copsey, who has been responsible for organising the competitions said: “Shorts have been increasingly popular and the quality just keeps getting higher.

“Holmfirth is now on the international map and we received over 350 entries for this year’s film competitions.

“The final decision was with the 200 strong audience and we have such a wide variety of talents which is fantastic to watch.”

Holmfirth film-maker and finalist, Jim Morgan, shot his film, Like Joe, Loathe Joe, around Oldfield, while fellow hopeful Chris Cronin’s Ante was filmed at Durker Roods Hotel, Meltham.

Chris's film was highly sophisticated and used professional actors and shows what can be achieved on a limited or non-existent budget.

The short list, which includes 14 entries, was chosen by Tony Earnshaw, Creative Director of the Bradford International Film Festival, and Paul Navarro, who lectures on film at the University of Huddersfield and previously was a member of the British Board of Film Classification.

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