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Film Screening | Silent Ones


Thursday, Nov 26, 2015 - Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm
A girl wakes up after a car crash. Her younger brother has disappeared. As she promised him, she boards a cargo ship to find a new life. Then the shady Gábor crosses her path. A surreal trip on the fragile edge of life and death. “Powerful debut” International Cinephile Society **** Cinemagazine Winner Berlin Independent Film Festival   Drama : Part of the Eye to Eye Film Season Eye to Eye_Logo BLACK  transparent background
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The Engine Room
52, High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

Ticket £ 5.00
Concessionary Ticket £ 3.00

Film Screening | The Gambler


Thursday, Oct 29, 2015 - Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Lithuania's Oscar contender is a macabre, politically charged drama about crooked medics who take bets on their patients dying” The Holly wood Reporter Vincentas is the best employee at the emergency services station, whose passion is gambling in different games. Whenever he faces some difficulties, the medic is forced to make radical decisions to return the debts. An idea strikes Vincentas to create an illegal game related to his profession. Financial matters keep on improving, but Vincentas is going to make a fateful choice. Love, life and death is at stake. Winner Special Jury Prize at Warsaw International Film Festival and Best Film at Lithuanian Film Awards Part of the Eye to Eye Film Season Drama - Part of the Eye to Eye Film Season Eye to Eye_Logo BLACK  transparent background
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The Engine Room
52, High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

Ticket £ 5.00
Concessionary Ticket £ 3.00

Course | Introduction to Wordpress


Friday, Sep 18, 2015 - Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Create an online presence in less than an hour! If you're looking to build a website for your business, hobby or organisation then look no further than this simple to use and free blogging tool.
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

Course Fee £ 35.00
Concessionary Fee £ 20.00

Community Event | Bridgwater Stands Against Violence


Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015 - Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
In advance of anti-slavery day on October 18th Bristol-based charity Unchosen presents an evening to raise awareness of modern slavery through film. Cost: FREE
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The Engine Room
52, High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

Free £ 0.00

Film Screening | Ballet Boys


Thursday, Sep 24, 2015 - Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Three boys, three years, one dream. Ballet Boys takes you through disappointments, victories, forging of friendship, first loves, doubt, faith, growing apart from each other, finding your own way and own ambitions, all mixed with the beautiful expression of ballet. Lukas, Syvert and Torgeir experience some very important years in the beginning of their ballet careers. But most important is the audition to enter the Norwegian Ballet Academy. Out of the blue Lukas is offered a try-out in the final audition at the Royal Ballet School in London. He has not even applied! This may be his opportunity of a lifetime, and secure his career. During the course of four years we see these boys becoming young men, and friends that separates. These kids need to sacrifice parties and friends from school to fulfill their dreams, and admission to a ballet academy means everything. It's up to a jury to determine if they are the chosen one. Documentary - Part of the Eye to Eye Film Season Eye to Eye_Logo BLACK  transparent background
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The Engine Room
52, High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

Ticket £ 5.00
Concessionary Ticket £ 3.00

Event | Junction


Thursday, Dec 10, 2015 - Time: 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Screening and networking event – come and watch work by local filmmakers. At this event we’ll be showing the latest work from animator Barney Dixon, our BFI Film Academy participants, and others. If you have a film you’d like to show then get in touch.
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The Engine Room
52, High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

Free £ 0.00

Exhibition | Ignite Somerset - Somerset Art Weeks Venue 106


Monday, Oct 5, 2015 - Friday, Oct 9, 2015Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Somerset Film is collaborating with 12 artists to produce artwork for this year’s Somerset Art Weeks. Each artist has created a mechanical flip-book that produces the illusion of movement via 24 still frames. This, kinetic, installation will be located in our cafe at The Engine Room and accompanied by an interactive online version located at www.ignitesomerset.com
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The Engine Room
52, High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
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Course | Making Films for Youtube


Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016 - Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
If you’re thinking of using Youtube to vlog, make presentations, give advice etc then this is for you. We’ll be demonstrating some cheap ways to get started using mobile phones and moving on to using DSLR’s remotely. Plus we’ll be joined by Amy of Amys Make Up Box who currently has 95k (and growing) subscribers on Youtube, 276k followers on Instagram and is now being paid for the content she creates. We know you might not want to do make up but Amy has lots of tips for growing your audience and making films all by yourself.
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Location

The Engine Room
52, High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

Course Fee £ 35.00
Concessionary Fee £ 20.00

Course | Digital Photography


Friday, Sep 25, 2015 - Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
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Location

The Engine Room
52, High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

Course Fee £ 35.00
Concessionary Fee £ 20.00

Course | Making Films for Youtube


Friday, Oct 2, 2015 - Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
If you’re thinking of using Youtube to vlog, make presentations, give advice etc then this is for you. We’ll be demonstrating some cheap ways to get started using mobile phones and moving on to using DSLR’s remotely. Plus we’ll be joined by Amy of Amys Make Up Box who currently has 56k (and growing) subscribers on Youtube, 156k followers on Instagram and is now being paid for the content she creates. We know you might not want to do make up but Amy has lots of tips for growing your audience and making films all by yourself.
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Location

The Engine Room
52, High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

Course Fee £ 35.00
Concessionary Fee £ 20.00

Course | Make a Platform Game


Friday, Oct 30, 2015 - Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
A beginners guide to producing a classic platform game using ‘Construct 2’ software. We’ll work together to: develop the game concept, design ‘goodies’ and ‘baddies’, create a multilayered background, add music and sound effects and add the code to make an addictive platformer. Please note this course is incorrectly listed in our brochure - this is a one-day course. Apologies for any disappointment or inconvenience.
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Location

The Engine Room
52, High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

Course Fee £ 60.00
Concessionary Fee £ 40.00

Benefit Screening | The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson with director Julien Temple


Friday, Sep 25, 2015 - Time: 7:30pm - 10:00pm

Somerset Film and the McMillan Theatre presents

'The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson' Cert 15.

a special benefit screening of this new film introduced by the director Julien Temple (Q&A to follow)

'Larger than life, stranger than fiction' a film with 'an irrepressibly punky joie de vivre' (Guardian July 15)

A benefit in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust and the Engine Room.

PLEASE NOTE WE ARE NO LONGER TAKING BOOKINGS ON OUR WEBSITE, PLEASE VISIT THE MCMILLAN SITE HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS.

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Location

The McMillan Theatre
Lower Bath Rd
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

Ticket £ 7.00
Concessionary Ticket £ 5.00

Event | Bridgwater Together


Sunday, Oct 25, 2015 - Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
An event for all the family Bridgwater is home to a wide range of cultures and communities –celebrate our diversity with a day of film, food, stories and arts from around the world. Hosted by Unite and Bridgwater Trades Unions Council and local communities. Get in touch for more info and to get involved.
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Location

The Engine Room
52, High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

Free $ 0.00

Course | Scriptwriting


Saturday, Oct 3, 2015 - Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
What makes good film? TV and film writer Richard Addison takes you through the first principles of writing a good screenplay and reveals the components needed – such as good characterization, structure and dialogue.
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Location

The Engine Room
52, High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

Course Fee £ 120.00
Bursary Fee £ 80.00

Course | Camera Technique


Tuesday, Oct 6, 2015 - Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
A hands-on session exploring shot grammar, composition, camera movement and shot development and how these combine with other elements of production to create the cinematic experience. This course focuses on DSLR’s and using a range of lenses.
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Location

The Engine Room
52, High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

Course Fee £ 120.00
Bursary Fee £ 80.00

International Clash Day


Friday, Feb 5, 2016 - Time: 2:00pm - 7:00pm
in association withBridgwater Town Council and KEXP Radio, Seattle. Celebrating the life, music and legacy of Jo Strummer and The Clash. 2-5pm Live radio streaming from Radio KEXP in Seattle. 5 - 7pm Director Julien Temple introduces extracts from his film 'The Future is Unwritten' plus live radio link up with Seattle, official signing of Bridgwater's 'Clash Proclamation', film, music, anarchy and cake. International Clash Day is a KEXP Radio initiative in Seattle.https://www.facebook.com/events/1009379422458544/
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The Engine Room
52, High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
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Exhibition | Ignite Somerset - Somerset Art Weeks Venue 106


Monday, Oct 12, 2015 - Friday, Oct 16, 2015Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Somerset Film is collaborating with 12 artists to produce artwork for this year’s Somerset Art Weeks. Each artist has created a mechanical flip-book that produces the illusion of movement via 24 still frames. This, kinetic, installation will be located in our cafe at The Engine Room and accompanied by an interactive online version located at www.ignitesomerset.com
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The Engine Room
52, High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

Ignite | Creative Network


Wednesday, Sep 23, 2015 - Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Our popular monthly event provides an opportunity for artists to get together, share inspiration, talk about their work and get collaborative. The main focus of the Network meeting is the Spotlight session, which gives one artist an opportunity to present current and future projects and ideas… and gauge a response to their work and develop ideas amongst other creative practitioners. Subscribe below to our e-bulletins for updates on guest artists.
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

Free £ 0.00

Ignite | Creative Network


Wednesday, Oct 28, 2015 - Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Our popular monthly event provides an opportunity for artists to get together, share inspiration, talk about their work and get collaborative. The main focus of the Network meeting is the Spotlight session, which gives one artist an opportunity to present current and future projects and ideas… and gauge a response to their work and develop ideas amongst other creative practitioners. Subscribe below to our e-bulletins for updates on guest artists.
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Location

The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

Free £ 0.00

Ignite | Creative Network


Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 - Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Our popular monthly event provides an opportunity for artists to get together, share inspiration, talk about their work and get collaborative. The main focus of the Network meeting is the Spotlight session, which gives one artist an opportunity to present current and future projects and ideas… and gauge a response to their work and develop ideas amongst other creative practitioners. Subscribe below to our e-bulletins for updates on guest artists.
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

Free £ 0.00

Ignite | Creative Network


Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016 - Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Our popular monthly event provides an opportunity for artists to get together, share inspiration, talk about their work and get collaborative. The main focus of the Network meeting is the Spotlight session, which gives one artist an opportunity to present current and future projects and ideas… and gauge a response to their work and develop ideas amongst other creative practitioners. Subscribe below to our e-bulletins for updates on guest artists.
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Location

The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

Free £ 0.00

Ignite | Creative Network


Wednesday, Feb 24, 2016 - Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Our popular monthly event provides an opportunity for artists to get together, share inspiration, talk about their work and get collaborative. The main focus of the Network meeting is the Spotlight session, which gives one artist an opportunity to present current and future projects and ideas… and gauge a response to their work and develop ideas amongst other creative practitioners. Subscribe below to our e-bulletins for updates on guest artists.
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Location

The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

Free £ 0.00

Ignite | Creative Network


Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016 - Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Our popular monthly event provides an opportunity for artists to get together, share inspiration, talk about their work and get collaborative. The main focus of the Network meeting is the Spotlight session, which gives one artist an opportunity to present current and future projects and ideas… and gauge a response to their work and develop ideas amongst other creative practitioners. Subscribe below to our e-bulletins for updates on guest artists.
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

Free £ 0.00

BFI Film Academy


Saturday, Jan 30, 2016 - Monday, Oct 10, 2050Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Applications are now open for our Winter 2016 BFI Film Academy for 16 - 19 year olds! We are looking for committed young people who have a clear love of film. You don't have to be currently studying media to apply. BFI Film Academy is a 7+ day programme, where participants aged 16 - 19 years get to take part in masterclasses from industry professionals, watch and discuss British and world cinema, make two short films and receive career signposting. Participants also work towards a Bronze or Silver Arts Award. Course dates: 30th January / February 6th, 13th, 14th, 16th, 17th and 18th The cost to participate in the BFI Film Academy delivered by Somerset Film is £25. But if you will struggle to pay the course fee, don’t be put off as you will be able to indicate this once you are accepted on the course and this fee can be waived. Lunch and refreshments will be provided as will all materials/equipment. Bursaries will also be made available if you require assistance with travel, child care or other costs. To apply download an application form, complete it and send it back to us by 22nd January 2016. We will notify successful applicants by Monday 18th January 2016. We have limited places so please answer the questions on the form as fully as possible as this will help us to decide who will get a place. Make sure you keep the dates in your diary until you hear from us. Send your form via email to Natalie or Deborah at info@somersetfilm.com or post to The Engine Room, 52, High Street, Bridgwater, Somerset TA6 3BL.
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
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Benefit Screening | Pride with David 'Dai' Donovan


Thursday, Feb 25, 2016 - Time: 8:00pm - 10:00pm
The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers in association with Somerset Film present the BAFTA award-winning comedy Pride cert 15. A special benefit screening, introduced by David 'Dai' Donovan, whose story this film tells (Q&A to follow) This film is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It's the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers' families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all. A clear winner that makes you laugh, cry, and generally want to party and parade like it’s 1984. Respect. Empire **** Pride vibrates with the same energy and uplift as a great stage show. It chases applause, and earns it. Daily Telegraph **** Watch the trailer here:
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

Concessionary Ticket £ 3.00
Ticket £ 5.00

Ignite | Arts Lab


Monday, Feb 8, 2016 - Friday, Feb 12, 2016Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Produce interactive digital art for public spaces... An opportunity for artists to produce site-specific digital art for public spaces. A five-day opportunity for a group of artists to plan, develop and create a digitally interactive public artwork. We will explore a range of multimedia ideas including: recording and amplifying sound, projected images and interactivity. We will be exploring creative potential of the ‘Arduino’ in the hands of creative artists. We will showcase the results of the Arts lab in public spaces in Somerset, starting in Wincanton in March
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

£ 0.00

Ignite | Art Academy - Videos for music


Monday, Feb 15, 2016 - Friday, Feb 19, 2016Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
For ages 16 - 19 years. Create dynamic motion graphics video for electronic music. Over a five day period we will produce electrifying video sequences to accompany work produced by Somerset based composers. A great opportunity for young people interested in electronic music, VJing and motion graphics. A project that combines video art with popular culture.- If you’re a local young music producer and are interested in combining your work with stunning motion graphics then please get in touch.
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

£ 0.00

Let's Animate - After School Club


Thursday, Jan 28, 2016 - Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Come and explore different animation techniques including drawn, cut-out and stop motion through a six-week after-school animation club especially for young people with disabilities aged 13 – 25 years. We’ll work together to develop an idea, get hands on with filming and editing, add music, effects and much more. Advance booking essential as places are limited. This six week course starts on 28 January - no session on 18 Feb. Cost £25 per participant for all six sessions, thanks to support from Short Breaks and Somerset County Council.
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

Fee £ 25.00

Our latest news

Our latest news

INITIATIVES

Each year we gather the best short films made by Somerset filmmakers for inclusion on a DVD, which is distributed free to film societies and not-for-profit cinemas across the South West.

Upload your work to this online TV channel. Dedicated to films made by Somerset people for Somerset. Free to view and free to upload. Somerset-TV.com – where YOU are the story!

Over the past 15 years, from a start-up investment of just £5000, Somerset Film has generated over £4,500,000 investment for creative media arts in Somerset, having commissioned and employed over 200 arts and media professionals.

Our films have won awards from Canada to Croatia, and have been shown at festivals around the world…

We work with people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, prioritising those at risk of social or physical isolation or exclusion. Not just in Bridgwater, but right across Somerset with projects like Family Connections and Capture Burnham, and recently our satellite Pop-up initiative.

We also work with and train artists (of all disciplines) and businesses, in a predominantly rural setting, to develop ways to communicate more effectively and flourish using the internet and new digital technology.

Take a look at our film work over on our YouTube Channel HERE