Shepton Mallet Digital Arts Festival 2012

That was exactly what we got this year with the winning films from Harry T (9 years old!) and Nick Wilcox-Brown.  An insight into the extraordinary processes involved in the production of some unlikely artefacts - artistic ceramics and artisan upholstery.  Because the storytelling narrative of short factual programmes has to be so artfully woven, it's often these stories, rather than the fictional drama entries, that I find most compelling.

I've lived in Shepton Mallet for five years and been part of all four Digifests since 2009.  The greatest role of the festival to me is as a bridge across a gulf, physically represented by the Mendip Hills.  On one side you have Bristol, an internationally renowned centre for television, and on the other a rural county with a geographically dispersed population. Twenty miles doesn't seem much, but the awareness of and access to the talent and resources in the big city is low.   I'm lucky enough to work on one side of this divide and live on the other, so 'm determined that people in and around Shepton Mallet get the chance to make the links, share their work and learn from the wealth of professionals in the city. 

So far it's been reaping rich rewards for both sides, so the show must go on!

Laura Marshall, MD, Icon Films  says 'It's a privilege to be part of such a great event and we look forward to being involved in many more.'

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