the fisheye mission

fisheye film festival aims to “bring the world of films to our screens” and capture the imagination of the local community. It does this by through hosting film competitions, as well as showing commercially released films that are socially important and have a relevance to the local audience.

Through the International Film Competition and Creative Challenge, fisheye film festival promotes the work of up-and-coming filmmakers from the UK and around the world, providing a platform for a diversity of films to be shown locally.

In addition to the competitions, the eleven day festival holds a variety of film related events that are interactive, entertain, challenge perceptions, but most importantly are enjoyable for people to participate in.

Through all of these activities, fisheye film festival is offering both filmmakers and audiences alike, the chance to “experience the bigger picture”.

festival history

The fisheye film festival is now in its fourth year and is getting bigger and better year on year.

fisheye film festival was hatched in early 2015 after a conversation between Mariko Francombe and Simon Kearey. Mariko was one of the founders of a local filmmakers group, The Ellipsis Network, and Simon was developing the Wycombe Arts Forum. Along with Greg Witek and Peter Lee-Wright, the group organised the first community film festival in September 2015. On offer was a variety of feature films, masterclasses, the opportunity for local filmmakers to participate in the “Show Off Your Shorts” event and a 48-hour film challenge.

2016 saw the introduction of our first international short film competition, which was free to enter and attracted a huge response from filmmakers around the world. As a result, we showed around 50 excellent short films and awarded our first laurels.

Last year we held our first Awards ceremony at Cineworld, attracting filmmakers to a special Gala night. During the day we screened a selection of short films, then announced the award winners and gave out the certificates during the evening. Afterwards we celebrated their success in the bar! The 2017 independent feature film programme was cutting edge, screening films which subsequently won British Independent Film Awards and went on to BAFTA success.

Now the main pillars of the festival are in place. Building on successes each year, we learn more about our audiences and continue to find new ways to enrich the offering of film culture in our locality, and to inspire participation and creativity through our competitions.

This year we have even more creative talent to showcase with the addition of the Creative Challenge to our already incredibly successful International Film Competition. In addition to new venues and new interactive events, we firmly believe that this year will be the best yet!

key organising team

fisheye film festival could not happen without the team of volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes to plan, organise and market events, then run the festival when it lands every October.

We would like to mention the following people for their valuable contribution to this years event:

Mariko Francombe
Simon Kearey
Robert Digby

Rodney Willott
Richard Rowntree
Andrew StMaur

Barbara Muston
Jerry Joseph

fisheye sponsors

In addition to the funding that we receive from various local and national grants organisations, fisheye film festival simply would not be possible without the generous support that we receive from our sponsors, which are listed below.

If you are a fan of what we are doing and would like to join the list of our kind sponsors below, you can read more about how you can contribute and contact us for more information.