Well, here we are after another great festival. We’ve had a blast but we just wanted to take a moment to thank those who have contributed to the festival in some way.. there’s quite a long list of them so bear with us whilst we do our best Academy speech…

To Steve Babb for giving up his time year after year, for capturing every moment – and for teaching us a thing or two about make up! Thank you also to Dario Leonetti from Bloom Creative for working through the night all weekend! Thank you to the Staff at the Villa Gaiety complex – especially Kris, who gives the small but perfectly formed cinema its soul, The team at the Claremont Hotel for providing our ‘festival hub’ and for looking after our guests so well, to Pinewood Pictures for sponsoring, the Isle of Man Arts Council for supporting our filmmakers and for doing such great work, year-round. Isle of Man Steam Packet for your generous prize for the quiz, To Manx National Heritage for allowing us to use their venues for screenings and events, Mike Wade at IOM Newspapers for covering Saturday evening, to the utterly gorgeous Bruno Cavellec for the designs that just seem to get better every year – and for attending our events along with Jill. Thanks to Noa Bakehouse for hosting our quiz and Emma Cook for programme design.

To Mark, Linda and Georgia for giving our festival kudos beyond our wildest dreams (and for lending us your critical eye), and to Anwen for joining us and being so generous with her time. Thank you to Michelle Jamieson for co-hosting our quiz and for giving up so much time to help us. Richard DeDomenici and Emily for taking our intrepid filmmakers and editing a short in 24 hours, to Nicky Earnshaw, and to our panel of judges for the difficult task of judging a great selection of films.

To our Volunteer Army; Matthew, Martyn, Kieran, Lian, Pauline, Maire, Joanna, and of course Richard Fryer – thank you for everything!

All of our talented film makers and finally… thank YOU, our audience, for buying a ticket, for coming out once again, for enjoying the films and for supporting the festival.

See you all soon!

  – Christy, Zoe, Dave, Rich and Laura x