Hit film to be shown at celebration of culture

FILM is to play a major role in the Bradford Mela for the first time in its 21-year history at the weekend.

The Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire will be shown in a specially-constructed cinema at the two-day event.

Bradford City of Film and Fabric, Bradford's arts development organisation, will present the hit movie as part of a film programme in the City of Film cinema.

The movie will be screened alongside short-films made by Bradford filmmakers at the Mela, which will be held at Peel Park on June 13 and 14.

Fabric's director Gideon Seymour said: "We are delighted to be collaborating with Bradford City of Film to bring film to the Mela for the first time.

"By showing films by Bradford filmmakers alongside Slumdog Millionaire we hope to show that there will be more film-making talent coming out of Bradford to follow Keighley's Simon Beaufoy, the Oscar-winning scriptwriter of Slumdog."

Six of the films were commissioned by Bradford City of Film as part of the Made in Bradford short film competition. The filmmakers were given a budget of 1,000 and just six weeks to cast, shoot and edit their films.

Their work includes dramas, documentaries and animation and showcases the talent of Bradford's film makers.

First-time director and the Yorkshire Post's arts reporter, Nick Ahad, 31, of Bradford, wrote and directed a short drama based on his own experiences called Where You From?

Animation collective, Animated Yorkshire, took as the basis for their film sound recordings made around the district which members then illustrated with their range of animation techniques and styles.

The cinema will also include an exhibition of photographs from Mumbai photographer Amit Madheshiya featuring the mobile cinemas that tour the Indian countryside showing films to rural audiences.

Timings for the screenings will be available at the cinema and on the Mela website, www.bradfordmela.org.uk.