Elstree Film Festival

Elstree Studios launches film festival for local schools

  Elstree Film Studios and Elstree UTC to support schools with resources and expertise


12th January, Elstree, UK. Elstree Film Studios today announced plans for its first ever film festival exclusively for local schools as part of its 90th anniversary celebrations. Working collaboratively with Elstree University Technical College (UTC), the project will offer resources, expertise and guidance from the world of filmmaking to participating Hertsmere schools. 

Schools will have a masterclass from a filmmaking professional, whilst Elstree UTC will allow pupils to use its state-of-the-art equipment, with tutorials, support and mentors to guide pupils to create high quality films.

Linking with the National Curriculum, the film festival will celebrate the heritage and filmmaking of Elstree Studios and how it has impacted the lives and livelihood of the residents of Hertsmere. Students can execute this theme in a genre of their choice - it could be an animation, a documentary or a romantic drama! Whatever the format, film experts and mentors will be on-hand to guide them through the filmmaking process.

The film festival project launched with a VIP reception at the studios attended by head teachers and local dignitaries to kick off the studio’s 90th anniversary celebrations.

Speaking at the launch, Roger Morris, Managing Director of Elstree Studios said “Elstree Studios has and always will be an integral part of the community. The economic benefits reach much further than the people that just work inside the studios. For 90 years, Hertsmere residents have stories linking to the studios, and we want to celebrate that by using our expertise in producing world-renowned films to inspire the filmmakers of the future.”

Chris Mitchell, Principal at Elstree UTC, commented: “Elstree UTC has extensive and state-of-the-art equipment and resources which we are opening up to participating schools. Our teachers and students are delighted to be working closely with the word-famous Elstree Studios and very excited to be supporting schools in our local area”.

The film festival will take place in July 2017 and is for Years 5 and 8 in schools located in Hertsmere, Hertfordshire.