Utopia Film Festival

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


●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.





●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


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