The River Aire Ten Minute Amateur Film festival (RATMAFF) was held at Keighley Campus, Leeds City College, on 26th April, bringing together the best emerging film talent from around the globe and attracting an audience of around 300 visitors.
The event, which was the result of months of hard work by motor vehicle students at the Campus, tutor Marcus Gregg, plus travel and tourism students, showcased around 80 short films from around the world, from countries as far afield as Russia, India and Australia.
Visitors were welcomed by travel and tourism students, who arranged hospitality for the event, and were able to pop into classrooms at the campus which were converted into mini cinemas for the day. Each screened a different genre, ranging from animation to drama, to sci-fi and documentary.
The festival was followed by an evening awards ceremony, to present winners in each genre, plus a People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Keighley News and voted for by the audience, and an award for Under 18 Director, which was presented by Principal Peter Roberts.
The event operated a ‘pay what you can’ ticket fee with money raised going to Cancer Research UK. It is estimated the total figure will be in the region of £400.
You can read an independent review of the event by a blogger athttp://itpworld.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/ratma-film-festival-2014/. A list of the shortlist and winners in each genre are available at ratmaff.weebly.com