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Annual Widescreen Weekend
at National Media Museum, Bradford.
Since 1993, the Widescreen Weekend festival of large-screen formats has been celebrating the past, present and future of film through its extraordinary array of widescreen technologies. The three day event showcases widescreen feature films that exploit the possibilities for greater creative composition, more sophisticated narrative exposition and effective audience engagement, that widescreen aesthetics and film making can achieve.  This internationally attended event is seeing more students and young people attend the Festival and the "IMIS / NMeM Student Widescreen Film of the Year Competition", now in its third year, is an opportunity to showcase a shortlist of films from emerging talent in one of the most prestigious cinemas within the UK.
IMIS, its Accreditation Scheme & the Film Team at National Media Museum, Bradford, are strong advocates for greater promotion of widescreen aesthetics, production techniques and history in the curricula of university film, television and moving image schools. BKSTS has been pleased to be a part funder of this Widescreen festival for two years.
Why might University staff and students consider visiting Widescreen Weekend ?
* It is a truly unique, easily accessible UK film festival experience based in a great moving image focused venue with galleries devoted to cinema, television, animation and games.
* There is a dedicate Student Day with a whole programme of screenings and lectures around the theme of widescreen cinema particularly targeted at a younger film makers audience.
* The three screen Picture House complex at National Media Museum is unique in the world. Nowhere else in the world can you be afforded the opportunity of seeing in the space of one weekend the chance to see films screened in 35mm and 70mm film, from 2K and 4K digital DCPs, both in 70mm Imax & Digital Imax, as well as in the three strip Cinerama process -  the original three camera / three projector process that started it all.
* The screenings, events and lectures of the day, and the weekend, often using spectacular 70mm prints, “bring to life” the more  historical, contextual, critical, and  academic components of a degree course that often can remain so theoretical to the students.
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