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Film 4 Frightfest 2011

August Bank holiday weekend and whilst many of my colleagues were at Reading and Leeds festivals, I was official photographer at another, altogether different festival: Frightfest. It’s my 3rd year photographing this festival and my 2nd year as the official photographer.

Doing PR.

The weekend started on the Thursday evening with a premiere of “Don’t be afraid of the dark” and run through to Monday evening with the time being filled with over 35 films (many of them premieres),  Signings, Question and Answer sessions and Media interviews.

Director Robin Hardy signing.

Pollyanna McIntosh signing after the UK Premiere of the controversial film "The Woman"

As the photographer I needed to make sure I was at every media photo-call (media wall) , capture as many introductions and Q&A sessions as well as general atmosphere. This involves long hard (over 12 hour days) but with the clients, guests and attendees all being both fun and interesting, it’s not arduous at all.

Checking the programme (which featured a number of my images form last year)

Pollyanna McIntosh

As I said, many intresting characters. This years “icon” was American producer, writer, director, and actor Larry Fessenden:

Larry Fessenden

As with last year, I am preparing a photo-book which should be ready in a day or two. (Last years available here). You may see a set of photos from this year here…

Today I am preparing for a reportage style wedding shoot on Saturday. More on that next week.