Our Story


Cheap Thrills is a free independent community film festival about the joy of home made movies.

The festival was created in 2011 by a team of freelance artists, arts managers and filmmakers - we pull it all together in our own time with the goodwill, enthusiasm and creativity of other people. We keep the costs as low as possible and cover any cash we need to spend by asking for donations for refreshments on the night. We're proud that the festival gets bigger, better and cheaper each year! 


Here's some of the story.

2011 - It'll just be a one-off... 

This is where it all started. We won a cash prize in the South Yorkshire Film makers Network 2Weeks 2Make It video competition and decided to plough it into a community event. We made films for zero budget, asked and helped others to do the same and created a free festival out of them all.


We borrowed a popcorn machine, hired a BIG back projection screen 

and equipment, bought pop and sweets from the cash & carry. We cleaned the Chapel, made usherette hats, bagged up the sweets and waited for people to turn up. 


We played to a packed house at Burngreave Cemetery Chapel, Sheffield. It was only supposed to be a one off but we all had a brilliant time and everyone asked if there would be another. 


See 2011 films HERE

2012 - Bigger, Better, Cheaper

We hate to disappoint, so we did it again in 2012. Same venue, same ethos, more people. This thing is growing. 


Films were created, acted in, animated and directed by novice, amateur and professionals ranging in age from 8 to, well – probably 80.


There is a serious side to it, people learn new skills, become more confident filmmakers and story tellers.


You get to see your film shown to an audience and experience the audience reaction. Affirming stuff.


See 2012 films HERE


2013 - Raising a Rumpuss in Two Towns 

In 2013 we held the festival again in Sheffield, added another date in Loughborough and set up Facebook and Twitter for the festivals.


We ran film-making workshops with adults and children. We had films sent in from across the UK, Russia, Egypt, Spain and Australia - making 2013 the best year for entries so far.


We projection-bombed both venues and finally captured the imagination of the press and media, and had to turn people away from a packed house in Sheffield.


See 2013 films HERE





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