Fancy a change? We do. Catalyst Film Festival believes in the power of film to be a catalyst for positive social change.


Showing three days worth of feature and independent films curated from over 150 world wide submissions to our competition categories.


Films will be shown in Norsaca community centre and North Staffordshire Conference Centre. The programme will be accompanied by live music, talks and workshops themed on social change and global activism.


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28/03/19 Thursday 8pm-11pm Opening Ceremony BlacKkKlansman, Screening at Norsaca ST1 4EB

The Movie Mavericks are launching their three-day Catalyst Film Festival with Spike Lee's Oscar winning Blackklansman at NORSACA Caribbean Community Centre.


Plot Synopsis: Ron Stallworth, the first African-American detective on the Colorado Springs Police Department, resolves to make a name for himself and a difference in his community. He bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan.


"The filmmaker turns true story of an African-American cop who infiltrated the white supremacy group in 1970s into an incendiary indictment of our current moment"- Rolling Stone


"This dark comedy is director/co-writer Spike Lee's strongest work in years"- Common Sense Media


The film will be accompanied by a live steel pan band, hot Caribbean food, and a bar. Over 15's only for entry, over 18s for alcohol.


The venue has free parking and is within walking distance to the city centre near shelton Jaguar garage.



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29/03/19 Friday 5 pm-9:45pm: Behind Closed Doors

North Staffordshire Conference Centre Hartshill Rd, ST4 7NY. (Based within the North Staffordshire medical research institute charity building).



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30/03/19 Saturday 12pm-7pm Open World

North Staffordshire Conference Centre Hartshill Rd, ST4 7NY. (Based within the North Staffordshire medical research institute charity building).


Film Theatre Programme (12-7pm)


12:00-12:15  Born a Rebel.


The short film celebrates 100 years since some women got the vote and is made up of wonderful footage from the Yorkshire, North East and North West Film Archives of female rebellion and leadership over the last 100 years.  The title was inspired by the words of Mrs Elizabeth Dean who, still a proud suffragette at 100 years old, told the camera: “Between you and I, I think I must have been born a rebel!”







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5pm Talk & Demo


The future of AR and VR in Film and Broadcast TV?


What place do AR and VR have in film and broadcast? Notch’s Creative Producer Kat Kemsley discusses the current applications of AR and VR in live production and the potential for these mediums in a changing technological landscape. Notch is a visual tool for real-time creativity. The London based company works with VR to enable creatives to make real-time, interactive, live content for a range of digital canvases.


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Competition Submissions 'Behind Closed Doors'


Selected international short film submissions on what social changes must happen in our domestic environments. The short competition films will be grouped into 45 minute slots. There will be regular breaks to enjoy the bar or have a go at a free Djembe (hand drumming) workshop curtosy of Danny Shaw Drums.


Suitable for ages 15 and above with sensitive/triggering topics of all forms of social injustice covered and occasional bad language.  




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12:15pm -5:00pm Open World


Short independent worldwide films of every genre selected from over 100 film submissions from our competition category open world.


Showing stories of social change in public spaces at a local, national, or global level.


12:15-1pm- Competition block 1

1:15-2pm- Competition block 2

(Lunch Break with onsite catering)

2:30-3:30pm-Competition block 3

3:30-4:30pm-Competition 4

4:30-5pm Competition Block 5


Suitable for ages 15 and above with sensitive/triggering topics of all forms of social injustice covered and occasional bad language.



5pm- 7pm Special feature Film: The Hate U Give (12A)


With short introductory talk on the Psychology of Prejudice by Dr Wright-Bevans Community Psychologist & Associate Professor at Keele University








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The Hate U Give


Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds -- the poor, mostly black neighbourhood where she lives and the wealthy, mostly white prep school that she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and decide to stand up for what's right


"A brilliantly modulated balancing act between dark and light, anger and optimism, white privilege mined for pointed laughs and black fury portrayed as a galvanizing force for change."


Jessica Kiang, Variety




Closing Awards & Local Short Films showcasing local talent and upcoming projects.













Calling All Women! Get Heard in the UK Parliament

How do you get an issue onto the UK Parliament’s agenda? How can you turn your ideas into legislation? What does it take to influence government policy? Find out with this practical session packed with real-world tips and advice on campaigning, from West Minster’s women in politics trainer Claire Minster. Free lunch included for every participant!





Songs for Social Change

Saturday 30th March 2-3pm


We all have a voice and a right to use it!

Singing is a powerful way to act and speak out as a community. We will learn some short songs, in English and other languages, on the theme of social change.

All learning will be done by listening. No experience is needed. No need to read music.

If you think you can't sing, or are not confident, this workshop is suited to you. It's about the joy of singing together. This workshop will give you the challenge and thrill of creating a big sound as a group.

Penny Vincent is leading the workshop. She is a member of the Natural Voice Network. Penny teaches clearly, at an accessible pace, supporting everyone to take part. For more information email [email protected]

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We would like to thank the local community for being so supporting of this ambitious project. Our special thanks goes to our charity partners: B-Arts, Fenton Town Hall, Wavemaker, Oska Bright Film Festival, Norsaca, North Staffordshire Medical Institute, Advantage Creative, PDSA Stoke, Keele SU, & Arts Keele.


£4 Day Pass

£5 Weekend Pass




Death Must Be Earned is the intimate portrait of Serge Livrozet, former safe-cracker, one of the protagonists of 1970s French counter-culture, alongside Michel Foucault founder of the Committee of Prisoner's Action, self-taught writer and anarchist activist. The film portraits him at age 75 in his hometown of Nice where he revisits the pivotal episodes of his life of social struggle and polticial activism.


"The eyes through which Nicolas Drolc sees Serge Livrozet and the eyes through which he invites us to see him are stripped of both othering and compassion. But Nicolas is showing us no circus attraction, but rather a human-being whom he invites us to love alongside him. There is no room for fooling around with useless gimmicks. The portrait he paints is raw and without fanfare or indulgence, steeped in a subjectivity he owns entirely. It is precisely in this rigorous ruggedness that Death must be earned found a unity, a strength and an offbeat poetry."