Frustrated filmmakers often find it difficult to find an audience for their latest magnum opus – but an innovative new project jointly initiated by IDEASFACTORY West Midlands and 360 Onboard might be about to change all that.
Forget about your local fleapit, though – The Rolling Stock Film Festival is the first ever film festival to take place entirely on moving trains. Using the television system installed onto a number of the most frequented routes in the West Midlands, which currently shows a mix of pre-recorded programmes and news items, the festival will be screening a selection of short films to a potential audience of over 55,000 passengers – an impressive figure even compared to heavyweight festivals such as Cannes, Berlin and Venice.
Filmmakers of all levels, both professional and amateur, are currently being invited to submit their work to the festival which takes place on Central Trains throughout June. The only conditions are that the film can’t last longer than 5 minutes, and the contents have to be clean enough to show before the watershed. Winners will be chosen by passengers through a special voting system using mobile texts.
So if you’re sitting on a masterpiece with nowhere to get it seen, dig out those old tapes and send them into Rolling Stock – you never know where you could be headed…