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Stafford libraries to host Pocket Film Festival

Visitors to Stafford’s libraries are invited to join a series of events at this year’s Pocket Film Festival.

Stafford Library Assistant, Libby Clarke

The festival, running from September 13 to 18, will give audiences the chance to engage with film through short films, old classics, events with live musical accompaniment, new releases and archive screenings.

Amongst the festival venues are Rising Brook library and Stafford library, both of which will be hosting events throughout the week.

To celebrate the libraries summer reading challenge ‘Gadgeteers’, on September 10, families are invited to a free creative activity to make their own movie poster with local artist Iain Perry.

People can book a place through the library.

Rising Brook Library are also hosting a family screening of Wall-E.

The event will take place on September 18 and people can find out more and buy low cost tickets on the festival website.

Victoria Wilson, cabinet member for communities and culture at Staffordshire County Council said: “We are thrilled to be supporting and taking part in this year’s Pocket Film Festival.

“Our libraries are at the heart of local communities and this festival provides a great opportunity for people to experience new arts and culture experiences on their doorstep.

“We’re also excited to be showing the winning entries of the 2022 Staffordshire Day Film Competition, based on the theme of the Great Outdoors.

"During the festival week, the films will be shown from 1-2pm each day on the Stafford Library screen, so pop in on your lunch break for a real treat.”

Festival highlights include return of Meg Morley, who this year will be performing live accompaniment to the Ernst Lubitsch silent comedy ‘So This is Paris’.

The specially curated silent short film night is all about ‘Life and Soul’, with special live verbal accompaniment by poet and MC Rawz, and a special Reggae themed film night followed by a DJ set by Count Skylarkin’.

There will also be screenings courtesy of Stafford Film Theatre, Staffordshire Film Archive, as well as special screenings of family favourites and classic films at participating venues across Stafford.

Pocket Film Festival director, Owen Hurcombe said: “We are really pleased to be able to bring the Pocket Film Festival back to Stafford for 2022.

“This year we will be heading to more exciting venues with a superb selection of films in tow. We can’t wait to welcome people back and give our audiences more opportunities to experience film on their doorstep.”

Full programme details and information on how to book is available at

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