Wolverhampton film festival set to return next month

Preparations are underway for the return of a film festival in Wolverhampton, which proved popular at its inaugural event last year.

The Black Bird film festival will take place at the Arena Theatre next month. It was created to give amateur filmmakers a platform to showcase their work to the wider public.

A total of eight short films consisting of various genres will be shown, with each film set to last 20 minutes in length.

One of the organisers, Alexandra Hackett, 24, said a lack of opportunities to enter events encouraged her to start the festival.

She said: “We wanted to give a chance to people who don’t have funding to back their productions.

“Last year we raised £230 for Sophie Lancaster Foundation, a charity which aims to promote acceptance for alternative subcultures, this year we are really hoping to raise more.

“We also have the mayor and mayoress of Wolverhampton attending this year to support the cause.”

Alexandra believes the attendance of the Mayor can help the festival grow in popularity. Sixty people showed up last year, but many more are expected to attend this time around.

This year all the money raised is going to Crisis, a UK national charity supporting single homeless people.

A total of £101 has been raised so far and more money is expected to be collected at the festival.

Alexandra described homelessness as a huge trigger for her.

She said: “When I was a toddler myself and my mum were close to having nowhere to live.

“I value home very much, so it upsets me a lot to see people who don’t even have the basics.

“Having the support from the festival we realised we might actually be able to help.”

The festival is taking place on February 25. Tickets are £4 each and the screening is due to start at 6pm.