Tuesday, 31 March 2009

We're (nearly) in safe hands

Branchage will very soon be in the capable hands of a qualified health-and-safety-bod (we believe that's the official title) as Branchage's India Hamilton is taking herself back to school to learn how to protect her colleagues and customers from danger: falling masonry, blocked toilets, loose wires, that kind of thing.

In order to be fully qualified to keep us all safe and secure at Branchage 2009 she has to complete 34 hours worth of training over the next couple of months... We've promised to frame her certificate when she passes the exam so it'll be worth all of the effort.

And in the meantime, if you see her in the street, be sure to ask her about fire regs and emergency exits. She'll really enjoy that.

Thanks India x

Monday, 23 March 2009

Celebrate Good Times

Team Branchage is happy as larry this week thanks to some brilliant news from the Jersey homeland...

The Festival has been awarded a grant by the Tourism Development Fund, which gives a helping hand to initiatives in Jersey that will pull in the crowds and be an asset to the island. This means that now we can be certain that Branchage 2009 will not just live up to last year’s festival, but knock its socks off!

This grant is all about funding a top notch festival that will have UK visitors clamouring to hop across the Channel. Hmmm, we should probably warn the airlines that 1st – 4th October this year is going to be hectic.

So now the really hard work starts, planning a veritable smorgasbord of film and music delights. Don’t worry, we’ll spend it very wisely.

And what do you think of our lovely new branding? x

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Sharing the love...

Branchage has been out and about spreading the good word this week.

Nestled in amongst the brilliant programme of the Birds Eye View Film Festival was a training event run jointly by BAFTA and Shooting People: Short Sighted, all about how to get your short film exhibited and distributed. Branchage’s very own Xanthe Hamilton was asked to speak at the event, giving a room of eager, note-scribbling filmmakers the low-down on exhibiting shorts. Having crossed the divide from filmmaker to festival organiser she had a fair bit of wisdom to impart!

Also was a nice opportunity to let everyone know the official dates for Branchage 2009… wait for it…

1st – 4th October 2009

So start clearing your diaries now.

2008’s Festival Trailers were screened by way of an introduction to Xanthe’s work and to Branchage, and the Branchage team were tickled by them so much (having not watched them for a couple of months) that we’d like to take this opportunity to remind you of those little slices of Jersey Joy.

Just go to our Youtube channel to see the other trailers in the set: