Colchester Film Festival introduce ‘Matthew Martino Rising Star’ award

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UK – Colchester Film Festival have introduced a new award to their existing portfolio which will empower young people and will bring a much needed boost to the UK indie film scene which has seen the amount of film students and young filmmakers nearly triple over the last 5 years according to BFI statistics.

The award will be called the Matthew Martino Rising Star award and has been sponsored by charitable trust MMBF who will offer a £250 prize money to the winner of the award.


2014’s CFF will run from the 22nd of October til the 26th of October. The Matthew Martino Rising Star award will be handed out during the festival ‘a awards evening on the 25th of October.

An extract in CFF’s brochure read “This year Colchester Film Festival is introducing the Matthew Martino
Rising Star Award. The aim of the award is to encourage new and emerging British filmmakers by publicising their talent and supporting their future work. The award is chosen in collaborate with the festival directors and this year’s festival judges.”

Sharon Harris a spokesperson for the MMBF (Matthew Martino Benevolent Fund) told us ‘I am very proud of the positivity and future this award will bring to the film industry in the UK, I would like to thank festival director Steve Dorrington for his continued support to the work the foundation is trying to do in sponsoring young filmmakers’

To get tickets to 2014’s Colchester Film Festival visit –


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