Fancy yourself a horror film mastermind?

Cine-Excess International Film Festival is celebrating its 11th anniversary at BCU, 9th-11th November, where it is hosting a 3-day themed conference and exclusive screenings whilst simultaneously seeking out budding Quentin Tarantino’s (think Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction) through a series of cine-related tasks, including the challenge to create a short 3-5 minute film and also to pull apart a 5-minute clip of a well-known horror film.

For its 11th anniversary, the Cine-Excess theme this year is ‘Fear and the Unfamiliar: Wrong Time, Wrong Place, Wrong Crowd’. The idea of this theme is to get under the skin of horror films and why marginal communities are used to create fear and fascination in horror and cult cinema.


There will be two main tasks alongside the provision of media mentoring which includes creating a short film around the theme of ‘Wrong Time, Wrong Place, Wrong Crowd’ and participating in the film criticism competition ‘Film Ripped Open’. With these two tasks, BCU students have the opportunity to become cult filmmakers and film critics to both create a short film that reflects contemporary social fears as well as unearthing the buried flesh of a cult film classic.  Students registering for

On Wednesday 1st November those students undertaking the ‘Film Ripped Open’ competition will be presented with a sealed envelope which will contain a well-known horror film from which they will focus on a 5-minute clip of and then critically dissect in the next 8 days. The winners of the ‘Film Ripped Open’ competition will receive free cine-world tickets for each team member.

On Friday 3rd November those students undertaking the ‘Wrong Time, Wrong Place, Wrong Crowd’  48 hour film competition will be given a brief to write, shoot and edit a short film that reflects contemporary anxieties. This will be delivered for judging on 6th November.

Speaking of judges, what is a Cine-Excess festival without a guest of honour? Sergio Martino, Italian horror film director best known for: Torso, All the Colours of the Dark and The Violent Professionals will attend to discuss his career and judge the ‘Wrong Time, Wrong Place, Wrong Crowd’ short film competition. He is well known for having a direct influence on filmmakers such as the beloved Quentin Tarantino.

This exciting opportunity to delve deeper into the mystery of horror films will take place between 9th-11th November. It will take place at BCU’s City centre Margaret Street campus along with screening venues around the region.

Places fill up quickly, so be snappy about it and register your interest for either the filmmaking or film criticism competitions by  31st October and be sure to highlight that you are a BCU student by emailing: (to register for the Fear and the Unfamiliar short film competition)  (to register for the Film Ripped Open film criticism competition)

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Post by Rachel Hickey, a second year PR specialist at Birmingham School of Media, BCU

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