Inside FilmBath Festival: Week One

Desperate to get some work experience but not sure how? Follow the Film Bath Team of Volunteers and see what we learn on the way.

Are you looking to gain experience in marketing? So am I.

That’s one of the many reasons why I’m volunteering for FilmBath Festival this year.

I’m no stranger to marketing and blogging. However, as we all know, to get into the industry you need solid experience. With an obsession with film and TV, I just had to apply to be a content creator for FilmBath. Well, originally I applied to be a marketing assistant. Because of full time work and freelance projects on the go Holly Tarquini, the festival’s Executive Director instead offered me something that was perfectly tailored to my experience.

FilmBath Festival is all about bringing eye-opening and thought-provoking films to the beautiful city of Bath for eleven days in November. From the 2nd to the 12th we will be squeezing in as many fantastic films as we can. On top of this, we’ll also have a host of other events happening too. Last but not least, the festival also includes the brilliant F-Rating, which celebrates films that have been directed, written or focussed on women.

I’ve spent most of my life immersed in animation and film. Add to this a desire to build a career out of video and written content. So, could there be a better place to gain experience than as part of FilmBath Festival?

Arriving at the office on my first day, I joined a great and friendly team of people. Some – like myself – embarking on their first festival and others – veterans – eager to get stuck into another big year. With just over six weeks to go until the festival begins, time is against us.

In the team we have people with skills covering all of the bases. There are marketeers, copy-editors, film bookers, content creators like myself and even an F-Rated assistant to name a few. The office is a melting pot of different skills, all set to the backing track of some interesting music from buskers and opera singers outside.

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Onto week one. Things have been moving forward rapidly. Films need to be booked well in advance of the festival, there are also two up and coming outdoor screenings that we’re showing in and around Bath and then there’s the rebrand too.

Last year and the years before it, we were known as Bath Film Festival. This year we’re changing many things. The biggest change, of course, is the name. Although it’s not changed drastically, my first big project of the festival is to create content that reflects this and ensures that people understand who we are now.

This week I’ve spent more time on the motion graphics element of this project and others in the future. What’s brilliant is that just a week in, I’ve already made a piece of work that can go into my portfolio.

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STORY OF THE WEEK: JASON’S PEARS

Nothing beats a tasty pear in the morning. And Jason, who does the film bookings for FilmBath Festival brought in some of his homegrown pears this week.

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Oh, and check out the Abbey!

 

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