Utopia Themed Film Festival Promises A Perfect World For Film Fans

Utopia Themed Film Festival Promises a Perfect World for Film Fans

The Movie Mavericks return with a second year of Catalyst Film Festival. This year films and entertainment will be themed on Utopia. It will be running from 6pm- 9:45pm at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery on the 3rd of April, and will be accepting donations so it is affordable for everyone. 

The night will start with a short talk on breaking into the film industry by  Rachel Dax who is an award winning Writer, Director and Producer based in South Wales. Followed by screening her latest short film ‘Time & Again’ which is currently winning awards at prestigious national and international festivals.    

“I am honoured to be a part of this year’s Catalyst Film Festival and look forward to viewing the many diverse films chosen to participate. It is always a joy to see work from all parts of the world!”

Approximately 10 short films have been selected from 75 worldwide submissions under the theme of Utopia  to compete for the Director’s Choice award, worth £100. 

The years theme was inspired by Movie Maverick Molly Drummond, who research’s Utopian theory at Keele University

“Perfection, equality and justice evolve with the time, places and people producing these ideas. Utopia, or this idea of a better world has to be constantly reworked or re-imagined- it is a conversation not a blueprint. We aim to explore this conversation through 2 hours of international and local film submissions.” – Molly Drummond, Keele PHD student (24)

Fyer Sawyer & Cynthia Coady were asked to  lead on the marketing and programing of entertainment after  graduating with top grades from Staffordshire University’s Film Course last year. Co-founder of the Movie Mavericks Holly Norcop says “It’s been lovely to see how they work, share our experiences of running the festival last year and support the project to develop and offer a voice to new artists and filmmakers of all kinds.” 

Local artists have been responding with their ideas of perfection, additional entertainment will range from local craft stalls to spoken word and circus hula hoop performances.

Additional Entertainment● Live performances from spoken word artists Joseph Martin and Ben McDonald-Evans ● Hula Hoop Performance by Lune Jayne● Artist Exhibitions by Leah Wood, Leah-May Sanders and Theo Harry Zoumides (Visual) & Sculptural exhibition by Richard Redwin & Holly Norcop ● Craft Stalls● DJ● Bar Opens from 6pm with themed cocktails● The Museum & Art Gallery’s usual exhibitions will be open to the public until 8pm as part of their Friday Twilight monthly late night events. 

Programme● 6pm Bar, Stalls, Art Exhibition, & Hula Hoop performances open● 6.30-7pm  Rachel Dax Directors Talk & Screening ● 7-9 – Competition films with regular breaks for poets, stalls and performances● 9-9.30-  DJ Jon Rickett & Bar 

Please follow the Movie Mavericks on Facebook or on the website for up to date information on the film programme. 


Booking information

Free event, donations to Movie Mavericks welcomed to support the festival. 

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Bethesda St, City Centre, Stoke-On-Trent ST1 3DW

Suitable for audiences of 14 and over (some films may contain violent scenes, flashing images and profanity). 

The building is disability accessible, everyone is welcome, please message The Movie Mavericks facebook page with any access questions. 

Booking link: https://www.facebook.com/pg/themoviemavericks/events/?ref=page_internal

Social media page: https://www.facebook.com/themoviemavericks/

Website: http://www.moviemavericks.co.uk/

Fyer-Hune Sawyer-Hartley, 22-year-old. Film, TV and Radio graduate. ‘I am so honoured to have been able to be part of the Utopia: Catalyst film festival this year. With just graduating with Film, TV and Radio degree at Staffordshire university, this has allowed me to excel and continue my passion in film. Being part of this film festival has allowed me to branch out in event planning which has always been an aim of mine and I can say I’m enjoying it so much as I’m constantly learning and adapting. I want to be able to show people like myself that anything is possible. This film festival shows that films can open that door of Utopia, we can represent our perfect world through a camera and a story on a screen.’

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24 year old Cynthia Coady: ‘I started off as a videographer for the Movie Maverick’s last year, I really enjoyed working on the visuals and collecting sound bites of peoples thoughts on the festival. This year I’ve taken on the role of Digital Marketer, inspired by the reviews left about the marketing the previous year. I wanted a role that would be challenging and engaging. I want to use my time within this role to develop and learn something new. I’m on a mission this year to finally start doing something I enjoy and working for the Movie Maverick’s has helped with that. They are a lovely group of people on a mission to get the community involved with cinema. We hope to create a conversation around films and with this year’s theme on utopia, show the difference in perspective from around the world.”