This year more than ever it gives great pleasure to welcome you to Southampton Film Week, and another great programme of films, events and activities with which to celebrate film in the City and beyond.
For the second year, this time with Find Your Talent legacy funding, we are privileged to be working with a group of young people who share our passion for film and now to bring you the SFW: Youth Film Festival. YFF launches on 6 October with an exciting fancy dress screening of Cowboys and Aliens and runs through to the Young Filmmakers Network on Sunday 9 October. Turn to these dates in the Guide to see the full range of exciting events for young film fans.
SFW and YFF share the weekend of 8 and 9 October with Music in the City and Art Asia and then, on the strains of a Raga, we flow into the week! We are thrilled to bring you at least one exciting film or event every day, and on several you might just be spoiled for choice. If your fancy is for the classics, for archive, for art, for music, for British films or World cinema, it’s time to clear your diary and start planning your viewing!
That all of this has been achieved in such challenging times is inspiring and a credit to our many partners who bring such commitment and passion. More than ever, SFW demonstrates the value of partnership and how much can be achieved in collaboration. To everyone who so generously contributes time and resources, films and funds we thank you.
We are especially grateful to Screen South which has provided funding support throughout SFW’s four year history – and has supported City Eye over the last decade. This contribution has enabled City Eye to support the development of filmmakers in our region, , to sustain SFW and bring you SFW 2011! Following abolition of The UK Film Council, represented for us through Screen South, we have begun a relationship with the new Creative England. We hope that this partnership will enable us to continue to grow and develop our work in supporting the film industry – through day to day activity and through SFW. Our thanks go to Film Hampshire and Southampton City Council also for their ongoing funding of our work.
There are always so many people to acknowledge and never enough space, but I do want to thank you our audience. Without your support SFW could not exist – you too are our partners in this celebration of all things film