Midlands Movies Awards 2018
The Midlands Movies Awards is an annual awards ceremony for Midlands films and filmmakers. This 2nd annual event is planned to take place at Hansom Hall in Leicester on Saturday 3rd March 2018.
To tie in with the Academy Awards on the same weekend we hope these Midlands 'Oscars' will be a platform to honour the local films released in the past 12 months – whether they be shorts, features, animation, documentaries and more. We will be rewarding the region’s talent in categories such as ‘Best Picture’, ‘Best Actor / Actress’, ‘Best Director’ and so forth.
We will be producing video slideshows and giving out trophies to winners. The Midlands Movies Awards is brought to you by a group of film fans pooling the expertise of our volunteers whilst celebrating the creativity of artists and actors, and our collective passion for the movie community in the region.
Why an Awards Ceremony?
After the success of our 2017 Awards, which were produced entirely online with an awards announcement video and electronic certificates for the winners, Midlands Movies hopes to build upon that inaugural showcase early next year. A more formal face-to-face event will also expand the scope of the Awards by allowing filmmakers an opportunity to celebrate their work whilst networking with their peers. As well as a great night out!
In 2012, editor Mike Sales launched an online blog mixing cinema reviews with a passion for local filmmaking. After writing two screenplays, Midlands Movies saw a gap in the market for regional filmmakers, fans, writers and more to discuss and promote their projects for the benefit of the area. The site has showcased a wide variety of talent over 5 years from the region’s film industry - ranging from first-time students and hobbyists to full feature productions involving stars of stage, TV and worldwide cinema. With creatives from every walk of life, Midlands Movies is a place for everyone with a story and skill to share. Currently based in Leicester, support has come from a range of excellent regional writers and in 2015, Midlands Movies began putting on their own themed film screenings in conjunction with Firebug Film Club. Now on their 14th show, the engaging audiences have enjoyed a range of specially showcased cult movie events.
IMPORTANT: Please note being a donor has no bearing on the Award Nominations or Winners.
Funds raised will help us pay for the awards venue, photography, drink, certificates, entertainment, host, trophies and ceremony video production. Additional funds will be needed for administration and event management.
[Stretch goals] If we reach contributions totalling over £1000 then Midlands Movies can provide further marketing thus giving more publicity to everyone shortlisted, as well as source local well-known ambassadors and speakers to present the awards at the show. If donations total over £1250 then investment will be made available to look into streaming and broadcasting in order to watch the event online.
We would like the Midlands Movies Awards to be a unique and exciting way to celebrate regional filmmakers for their hard work in a way that is both entertaining and informative. We hope that others will be similarly motivated and draw upon our event for their own artistic endeavours. And finally, your support will also help us share the awards ceremony with audiences long after the red carpet has been rolled away.
Risks and challenges
We have provisionally booked Hansom Hall but should the crowd funding be unsuccessful then we have a list of alternative venues to consider in that instance.
However, with your support we would love to run the event at this prestigious venue as planned.
With hugely successful events already run for 2 years as well as the great reception we received from the first year of the Awards we are sure to create another fantastic evening with your support.
Check our previous events here:
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