Film competition in memory of horror star invites entries

Film director Robert Young
Film director Robert Young

A NEW film competition has been set up in memory of the late Hammer horror actress Ingrid Pitt.

The Ingrid Pitt Film Award 2012 forms a major part of the Queen of Horror Festival, the newest addition to Hastings’ packed festival calendar.

It is set to take place in the Old Town, with events running from October 26 to 28, and organisers are expecting fans of the cult actress and former Bond girl to come from near and far.

Entries are welcome of films in any genre and of any length.

The panel of judges includes film and television director Robert Young, whose credits range from Hammer film Vampire Circus to The Inspector Lynley Mysteries.

Robert said of his friendship with Ingrid: “Working with her in the peaceful environment of her home in Richmond, I had all the best of Ingrid. Her beauty without glitter was ethereal, and that glorious voice. She was a caring hostess and when one looks at all these attributes it is difficult to think of her as the ‘star’.

“She never threw her weight around or threw a tantrum. She was a glorious lady and I feel privileged to have known her.”

The competition falls into five categories: The Queen of Horror Award, for films on the horror theme; The Documentary Award, for non-fiction films on any theme; The Fiction Award, for fiction films on any theme; The Premier Screening Award, for any film receiving its first public screening, and The Short Film Award, for films of up to 15 minutes long. Robert shared his advice for those applying for the Short Film Award.

“Usually the good short film shows a strong script and often a moral tale. It can surprise an audience and, if a comedy, make them laugh more than many full-length features.

The winning entries will be chosen by the panel of judges and screened at a special event during the course of the festival.

The final deadline for submission is September 10, at a cost of £20, though there is a discount for early entries.

Full details, terms and conditions are available online at