Starburst International Film Festival

Starburst International Film Festival


If you've ever wondered what a film festival is like this documentary is for you. The excellent Lawrie Brewster and Sam Ashurst filmed this last weekend at Starburst International Film Festival, I do happen to make an appearance:
‪We had an amazing time in Salford at the Starburst International Film Festival ! Thanks so much to Starburst Magazine for looking after us. Now, back to Glasgow to edit our 9th episode! 🎬‬
Another great Starburst International Film Festival experience. I was grateful/somewhat daunted to be unexpectedly to be on an independent filmmakers panel, especially considering I've thoroughly enjoyed a good many of the other panel filmmakers' films. So many haunting, disturbing, and/or simply entertaining films have been watched over the past two days I cannot list... no-one likes an essay.
In summation: thank you Jordan Michael Royce, Martin Unsworth, & every Starburst film festival organiser involved. Fun was had. Here's hoping my nightmares aren't filled with terrifying ballerinas, nefarious sociopaths, dogs with bells & glowing eyes, selfish murderous brothers, nor creepy evil long haired supposedly comatose men 😱
'Jonathan Reid-Edwards' enigmatic sci-fi tinged emotional drama will enthral everyone.' STARBURSTMAGAZINE.COM

Tomorrow, 12.15pm at the Starburst International Film Festival- see The Good Neighbour in all it's glory.


#filmfestival #scifi #ms #womeninfilm #bame #bamefilm #supportindiefilm #britishfilm #indiefilm #debutfeature #firstfeature
***CLIENT NEWS*** Rodeax’s feature film ‘The Great Charade’ starring #IAMclient Candice Palladino will be showing at Starburst International Film Festival 2020 taking place March 13th and 14th in Manchester. Candice won a FilmCon Award for Best Supporting Actress for this piece - well worth a watch! 🎥⭐️🎬 #IAMclients Royal Conservatoire of Scotland #alumni

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Very much looking forward to this weekend! Starburst International Film Festival Happy a bit o' 'The Great Charade' by Rodeax made it into the festival trailer too!
I Scream On The Beach screens at this year's Starburst International Film Festival and is a retro slasher treat! 🍦
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Let Sarah Walker guide you through your #SundayMorning with an uplifting mix of music from Robert Schumann to Richard Rodgers.

9am on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Sounds

Don't miss Gary Raymond's arts roundup at 10.30, selecting arts highlights across the UK this month, including Huddersfield Literature Festival, National Gallery, Refuge and Renewal: Migration and British Art, Starburst International Film Festival & more

Listen out for music from Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Michael McHale Pianist, Flautando Köln, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop, Sir Bryn Terfel, Academy of Ancient Music, London Symphony Orchestra, Pat Metheny, Quatuor Debussy, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Kurtág György & more
Oscar's Bell has been Officially Selected for the Starburst International Film Festival!

The film should be showing on either the 13th or 14th March so stay tuned for more details. As it's based in Manchester's Media City, I'm sure a bunch of the crew will be attending.

So hopefully we can see you there!
Happy Birthday to Martine Beswick!

As Nupondi the Wild One of the Rock Tribe in 'One Million Years BC', Martine provided a memorable role as the scorned partner of Tumak. The resulting cavegirl fight between herself and Raquel Welch's character Luana is one of the film's most memorable non-dinosaur moments! Outside of this role, Martine is best known for appearing in two James Bond films, alongside a series of classic Hammer Horror movies.

Martine remained friends with Ray Harryhausen and his family in the years following this 1966 classic, and is still in regular contact with the Foundation to this day. Check out our interview with Martine at the Starburst International Film Festival, alongside exclusive commentary clips of her reminiscing with Ray in our podcast:

In the meantime, many happy returns to a legendary actress!
We're back with the STARBURST Radio Show tonight at 9pm on Fab Radio International. We'll be chatting about the Starburst International Film Festival and much more.
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A celebration of genre and of STARBURST MAGAZINE itself. Our remit is to celebrate everything has done since 1977: sci-fi, fantasy, horror, cult.

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Starburst International Film Festival updated their address. 12/07/2021

Starburst International Film Festival updated their address.

Starburst International Film Festival updated their address.



One of the great films we screened at the STARBURST International Film Festival has been released online so you can have some entertainment during the lockdown. Thanks to all the cast and crew of Surprise for making this available, and thanks to Dave Green Dan McGee - Hermitage Wanderer and Laura Ellen Wilson for attending the festival. Enjoy!

An anthology horror involving a social gathering of writers on Halloween, where they each tell stories in hopes of winning a local competition.


STARBURST Fantasy Awards 2020 Winners

The winners of the 2020 STARBURST Fantasy Awards celebrated in video form! Andrew Lee Potts David Yorke Films I Scream On The Beach Stay Out Stay Alive Movie Dead Air


Winner of Best Feature 2020 - Dean Yurke for Stay Out Stay Alive (sponsored by Horror Channel)

Written and Directed by Dean Yurke
Produced by Rob Stiff and Dean Yurke


A fundamental part of the STARBURST Magazine ethos, and its dedication to supporting Independent Filmmakers. Every month the column Independents Day celebrates to work of these, often underfunded genre champions. To further that spirit, we have the Independents Day Award for a person or project that has furthered the fighting spirit of independent genre filmmaking. This year the recipient of the Independents Day Award went to Andrew Lee Potts.


A very personal award to the STARBURST team; The Charlie Allbright Award.
A friend and colleague of the STARBURST team, a lecturer and prominent member of the LGBTQ community, Charlie gave much to STARBURST Magazine, and his loss will be forever with us. Each year we will award a movie that we feel honours Charlie’s legacy, by furthering LGBTQ values. The first winner of this award goes to:

Ryoko's Qubit Summer.

Written and Directed by Yuichi KONDO.


Winner of Distinction in Sound 2020 - Levi Miah for
I Scream on the Beach

Directed by Alexander Churchyard and Michael Holiday
Produced by Claire Bowman, Alexander Churchyard and Michael Holiday
Composer Levi Miah


Winner of Best Short 2020 - Eject
Winner of Best Director 2020 - David Yorke for Eject (sponsored by Fabulous Films)


Winner of Best Art and Design 2020 - Dead Air

Directed by Geoff Harmer
Written by Peter Hearn


Winner of Best Screenplay 2020 - Scott Lyus for Black Mass
Winner of Best Performance 2020 - Johnny Vivash

Written and Directed by Scott Lyus


Winner of Best Cinematography 2020 - Beth Napoli for Darling, Darling, Wendy.

Directed by Elise Robertson
Written and Produced by Katherine Sainte Marie
Director of Photography Beth Napoli 20/03/2020

The Starburst Film Festival

Go behind the scenes of last week's film festival with The FAB Radio International team were on hand. They've put together a fantastic show featuring interviews with the STARBURST crew and our fabulous guests! Listen here Interviews with Mike Royce, Kris Heys, Martin Unsworth, Helen Lyons-Curran, Laurie Brewster, Emma Dark, Scott Lyus Richard Rountree, Andrew lee Potts 16/03/2020

STARBURST Fantasy Awards 2020 Announced - STARBURST Magazine

The winners of the STARBURST Fantasy Awards 2020 were announced at the festival and you can check out the full list here: The STARBURST International Film Festival took place over the weekend, and was a roaring success. On Saturday night, we announced the recipients of the STARBURST Fantasy Awards 2020. With so many amazing entries, it was a tough decision to make, and all the films screened were worthy of accolades. H...

[03/16/20]   Our huge thanks go out to all our guests, filmmakers and attendees for making the 2020 festival a massive success! Those thanks wouldn't be complete without including our wonderful volunteers, STARBURST staff, Fab Radio International, Electric Gigi on Allfm 96.9 and the team at Social 7, Media City who worked so hard over the weekend.


Signing tomorrow at STARBURST International Film Festival.
11am - Graham Humphreys
12pm - Laurence R. Harvey.

Lots of Q&As, panels and independent genre film to be enjoyed from 10:30am - Midnight.

Tickets available on the door.


And we're off! STARBURST International Film Festival is open for business- tickets available on the door tomorrow - come along.


Here are the schedules for the weekend! See you all there!


STARBURST International Film Festival 2020 Trailer

Tomorrow is the first day of the STARBURST International Film Festival. 2 days of independent movies and shorts and some cult classics. Laurence R. Harvey, Graham Humphreys and Andrew Lee Potts will be there - will you?
Last minute tickets:

A taste of what to expect at the 2020 STARBURST International Film Festival


The Great Charade TRAILER

Check out the trailer for The Great Charade - another of the amazing films we're screening this weekend at the STARBURST International Film Festival. Book now:

FIND OUT MORE: __________________________________________________________________ Everyone knows Ryan Sterling and Amar...


Our special guest Graham Humphreys - poster artist on some of the most iconic films of all times. He'll be bringing along a small amount of prints so make sure you see him early enough when he signs on Saturday!
Last few tickets available:


We're delighted to announce a last minute short film - Kindred - directed by and starring Andrew Lee Potts, and the man himself will be there to introduce it and meet fans.


Black Mass - Official Teaser Trailer

Another of the amazing shorts screening at the STARBURST International Film Festival - Black Mass. Directed by @Scott Lyus and starring Johnny Vivash Sophia Eleni and Charlie Bond

Teaser Trailer for upcoming horror short film Black Mass. Written and Directed by Scott Lyus, the film stars Johnny Vivash, Sophia Eleni, Charlie Bond and Ja...


STARBURST International Film Festival 2020Trailer


Who's looking forward to seeing I Scream on the Beach! at the STARBURST International Film Festival this weekend? Tickets are limited!

At least one of these three are important to the plot. Find out which when you see #iscreamonthebeach at Starburst international film festival this weekend! #horror #SupportIndieFilm #promotehorror


Lost Treasure of the Valley - Official Trailer (2019)

Check out the trailer for Lost Treasure of the Valley - a great short opening the lush Cinema Room on Friday at the STARBURST International Film Festival. Last few tickets available:

Official Trailer for Lost Treasure of the Valley, an epic comedy short starring Lori Beth Denberg of Nickelodeon's "All That", and Greg Lee of "Where…


An English Haunting (2020) Official Trailer [HD]

Check out the trailer for another of our world premieres: Charlie Steed's An English Haunting. Book now or miss out:

Official trailer for British haunted house horror movie AN ENGLISH HAUNTING, written and directed by Charlie Steeds. USA DVD Pre-Order:


"Ryoko's Qubit Summer" Trailer with English Subtitles

Another of the amazing short films we're screening at the STARBURST International Film Festival - Ryoko's Qubit Summer - a romantic Japanese sci-fi fantasy. Book now: The trailer without subtitles is below. Berlin Sci-fi Filmfest 2019 Outstanding Film Award 受賞 IndieX…


SEA FEVER Trailer (2020) Sci-Fi Movie

We're delighted to be screening the English premiere of Sea Fever at the STARBURST International Film Festival ahead of its release in April. Book your tickets now:

SEA FEVER Trailer (2020) Connie Nielsen, Sci-Fi Movie © 2020 - Signature 05/03/2020

The STARBURST Fantasy Award Categories Announced - STARBURST Magazine

We've announced the official categories for this year's STARBURST Fantasy Awards, including the
Charlie Allbright Award, named after our much-missed friend and colleague.
Who will win this year? Grab a ticket to join us when we find out! We’re delighted to announce the award categories for the 2020 STARBURST International Film Festival. The awards are the culmination of the two-day event and see filmmakers and actors receive the coveted Roboto statue. All the films and shorts screened throughout the festival are eligible for the a...


Darling, Darling, Wendy Trailer (Peter Pan and Wendy Retelling)

Another fabulous short we'll be screening at the STARBURST International Film Festival on March 13th and 14th - Darling, Darling Wendy directed by Elise Robertson. Book now:

A dark retelling of the Peter and Wendy story. Synopsis- Fifteen years after her trip to Neverland, Wendy Darling is determined to go back for good. But Pete...


Black Mass - Official Teaser Trailer

We're showing loads of great shorts at the STARBURST International Film Festival - we'll be highlighted some of them over the next few days. Our first is Black Mass, written and directed by Scot Lyus.

Teaser Trailer for upcoming horror short film Black Mass. Written and Directed by Scott Lyus, the film stars Johnny Vivash, Sophia Eleni, Charlie Bond and Ja...


Just over a week until the STARBURST International Film Festival - grab your tickets now while you have the chance!



Check out the trailer for one of the great films we're screening: Those Who Deserve to Die.
Grab your tickets while they last:

Advance trailer for THOSE WHO DESERVE TO DIE, a film by Bret Wood.


ARTIK - "Release The Purity Within" Trailer 2019

Check out the trailer for Artik, another of the great films we're screening at the STARBURST International Film Festival on March 13th/14th. Get your tickets while you can:

Trailer for the new horror film, ARTIK. Starring: Chase Williamson, Lauren Ashley Carter, Matt Mercer, Jerry G. Angelo & Gavin White. __________________________________________________________________________________ Dir.…


Star Wars: Origins - FULL TRAILER

One of the great short films we'll be screeening is Star Wars: Origins, a fantastic fan film that takes influence from the great saga, but also Indiana Jones. Director Phil Hawkins will on hand to chat about the making of the film too. Tickets are available now:

**STAR WARS ORIGINS - FULL TRAILER** The saga you know.... the origins you don't.... Watch the FULL FILM here:

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STARBURST MAGAZINE is the world’s longest-running magazine of cult entertainment and has built a reputation of championing independent filmmaking and arts, particularly with the monthly column INDEPENDENTS DAY in the print edition, which profiles emerging talent.

As part of the main programme, we look for new and exciting films from all over the world. This continues to support the magazine’s remit of embracing the strange, aiming to showcase amazing features and spectacular shorts.

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