Hi there everyone! After a busy day of runnering, when all we wanted to do was flop down into a comfy chair, we arrived home to receive some good news. Birmingham ArtsFest have selected The Interviewee to be shown as part of their film programme! Suffice it to say we are very pleased indeed. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the festival (and if so, shame on you! Shame on you!) Birmingham ArtsFest is the UK’s largest free arts festival, taking place in locations across the city in early September. It features a diverse array of activities and whatnots, including but not limited to live music performances, workshops, exhibitions, arts markets, installations, talks and more, showcasing and celebrating the artistic talent in the West Midlands. More pertinently to us, the festival also features screenings across the performing, visual and digital arts. This includes our RTS Midlands nominated short film The Interviewee, which will be screened as part of the Shortcuts 2011 film programme presented by KINO 10. All of the Shortcuts film screenings this year will take place at The Crescent Theatre in the city centre, where across two days there will be all manner of filmic goodness. Starting on Saturday 10th September at 3pm, the programme features everything from short films aimed at kids to animation strands and a collection of comic shorts. This strand, the Just For Laughs category (rated PG: nothing too rude, thank you very much!) starts at 5:40pm and features The Interviewee as well as six other locally produced laughers. The whole day’s programme runs to about 9:15pm, so you may as well come down and watch the whole shebang, then go home refreshed for the next day’s festivities. There’s no excuse to miss it! We’d like to take the opportunity to say a big thank you to the KINO 10 team for selecting the film to be part of the festival. It has a special place in our hearts as an event, not only because it proves Birmingham to be pretty damn great (a fact that no riots, large or small, nor any moron, can take away from us) but because we volunteered at the festival two years ago, helping record sound for an online blog. It was great meeting all the various people who rocked on up and enjoyed themselves over the two days, and this year’s event promises to be no exception. It is also gratifying to have the film screened in our home town. Whilst it has been premiered at BAFTA HQ, shown on BBC TV and at the BFI Southbank, it will be extremely gratifying to have the film shown in the city that made it, and without anyone having to pay a single penny to do so. Head on over to the ArtsFest page to see what other delights await you on Saturday 10th-Sunday 11th September. If you have no idea what we’re on about with this gosh durned short film, head over to our film page to watch it in all its wonderous radiance. Then picture it being played a bit bigger. And then plan to come down on the 10th of September. And if you don’t like it, don’t worry; there will be plenty of hilarious, sad, exciting, shocking films to see over the two day extravaganza. And did I mention, ArtsFest, is the largest FREE arts festival in the UK? Support you local art scene, ladies and gentlemen!