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2nd February 2020

Beer Town Film Festival is back for year 3

John Fitch from Burton and South Derbyshire College, Alicia Ford from Marston’s Brewery and Owen Hurcombe from The Brewhouse Arts Centre

The award-winning Beer Town Film Festival from Marston’s Brewery has launched its third short film competition to find the best-of-the-best in filmmaking from the UK.

The competition that began in 2018, and has attracted over 1600 entries in the first two years, is expecting an even higher number of entries for year three as awareness grows for the festival competition. Beer Town Film Festival won the ‘Best event’ award at the 2018 Beer and Cider Marketing Awards and was also highly commended for the ‘Best Integrated Campaign’ and short-listed for the ‘Best PR Campaign’.

The competition calls for filmmakers to enter any one of four categories to find the best short fiction film, short documentary, music/advertising/promotional film or short animation. There is an additional prize for any local entrants within a 20-mile radius on Burton to recognise and celebrate new and emerging talent from the region.

Films are judged by a panel of nationally and internationally-renowned filmmakers and each category winner receives up £500 in cash and the chance to go on to win the coveted ‘Hop D’Or’ (golden hop) festival award with a further £1,000 in cash.

Marston’s Assistant Brand Manager, Alicia Ford said: “We are very proud to be involved in such a creative and exciting project for Burton. It’s all about putting our town on the map and reminding everyone about Burton-on-Trent’s incredible brewing credentials.”

In 2019, Beer Town Film Festival’s Best Overall Film was awarded to Daniel McKee for his short fiction film, if you never answered x”. The 27-year old London-based filmmaker from Worcester studied filmmaking at Arts University Bournemouth and he was thrilled to receive the recognition. He said: “The Beer Town award really motivated me and gave me a much-needed boost to my career. It made the hours I spent on the film really count.” Daniel put his prize money straight back into making his next film.

Beer Town Film Festival competition is now open for entries at until 30th June 2020 and will culminate in a weekend of festival events and screenings at The Brewhouse Arts Centre in Burton-on-Trent from 2nd to 3rd October 2020.


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For more information contact: Lisa Harlow on 07917 757860 or email