Independent filmmaker, Mark Cousins
Independent filmmaker, Mark Cousins

Film-maker champions Indie Film and Harrogate Film Festival

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The critically-acclaimed Mark Cousins visits Festival for a special Q & A session

Independent film-maker, Mark Cousins, held a special Q & A as part of Harrogate Film Festival before screening his 2018 Cannes-Winning film – The Eyes of Orson Welles – to a packed-out audience.

The Festival geld the event at Starlings Coffee shop, which was transformed into a pop-up cinema for which the festival has become known for in the town.

As one of Britain’s leading directors and cultural critics, Mark is a regular contributor to BBC 4 and More 4. He also has an impressive contact list, working with the likes of David Lynch, Martin Scorsese and Roman Polanski in his career.

The film festival largely focuses on supporting independent film, something that Mark himself champions, saying at the event, “The new voices are in the indie scene, cinema will die if it doesn’t have these voices and that’s why it’s really valuable to have an indie film scene in our industry”

The independent film element of Harrogate Film Festival is going from strength-to-strength, with 15 filmmakers visiting this year and over 500 submissions from 50 countries worldwide. There are plans to expand this side of the festival in 2020.

Commenting on the Festival, Mark Cousins said:

The role of a film festival is to engage audiences, give people confidence, connect them to other filmmakers and Harrogate Film Festival is doing a very good job of all of those things.

 

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