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submit short films inspired by The Old Oak

Updated: Sep 29, 2023


BYFN has been invited by the regional marketing team to submit work to tie in with the release of Ken Loach's latest film 'The Old Oak.'


The Old Oak is a special place. Not only is it the last pub standing, it is the only remaining public space where people can meet in a once thriving mining community that has now fallen on hard times after 30 years of decline. TJ Ballantyne (Dave Turner) the landlord hangs on to The Old Oak by his fingertips, and his hold is endangered even more when The Old Oak becomes contested territory after the arrival of Syrian refugees who are placed in the village. In an unlikely friendship TJ encounters a young Syrian, Yara (Ebla Mari) with her camera. Can they find a way for the two communities to understand each other? So unfolds a deeply moving drama about loss, fear and the difficulty of finding hope.

Chloe Deakin, heading up the regional outreach is inviting young filmmakers to make a short 30second- 1minute video around one of the below theme(s) that are included in Ken Loach's last film 'The Old Oak', which will be coming out in cinemas September 29th:


  • 'Unity', in the West Midlands. Thinking about what unity is, with a focus on community integration.

  • 'It's not who you are, it's what you bring'.

  • 'When we eat together, we stick together'.

You can watch the trailer here For submissions, please send them by 22nd September to deakin.chloe@hotmail.co.uk. Short films will be shared across channels in the Midlands as a part of the regional marketing for the film.

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