Cheap Thrills! Zero Budget Film Festival

Sat 31 October, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Venue: Market Town Corner


Join us for this free day of film screenings and workshops, and make your Halloween weekend frightfully fun!

You’ll be on the edge of your seat as the Cheap Thrills! Zero Budget Film Festival celebrates its third year in Loughborough with this special Halloween taster of all things film-related. This event will be stuffed with opportunities to not only see films being screened, but also have a go at making them yourself! Why not come along and…

-  Brave our green screen to star in our Halloween movie!

-  Learn techniques and use our equipment to make 2D animation the old-fashioned way!

-  Create your own film using stop motion, live action, green screen, and editing software!

-  Enjoy the best films from previous festivals in our cosy pop-up cinema!

-  Discover how to get the most of your camera or phone as filmmaking equipment!

All events are completely free to attend, but some of the animation and filmmaking workshops have been made available for pre-booking:

Click here to book for the tabletop filmmaking workshops

Click here to book for the 2D animation workshops

About the Cheap Thrills! Zero Budget Film Festival

After getting started in 2011, the festival has grown year on year and attracted entries from across the world as well as showcasing local talent. It now operates annually in both Sheffield and Loughborough, offering two fantastic chances for filmmakers and audiences to celebrate their mutual love of film. The festival shows the work of professional and amateur filmmakers of all ages side-by-side. Free to attend and free to enter, the only rule is that the films must be less than 8 minutes long, entertaining, family friendly, and have cost little or nothing to make. With refreshments, live interval music, and passionate staff, these events provide an escape from big budget mainstream entertainment, where accessibility and getting involved are the name of the game. The next Loughborough festival will be taking place in spring 2016.

Work in progress, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2017) Images Jonty Wilde 001.jpg

November 2017

Artist Talk - Sam Belinfante

November 2017

Artist Talk - Sam Belinfante

Click to read more

Commissioned as part of this year's (Re)composition programme, Sam Belinfante will give a talk about this work in-development and other recent work.

This session is aimed at Loughbourough University students but open to all.  

Along with filmmaking and photographic work, Sam's practice incorporates curating, sound and performance. Recent exhibitions include This is a Voice at MAAS Sydney and Wellcome Collection, London (2016-17); The Curves of the Needle at BALTIC 39, Newcastle and The London Open at Whitechapel Gallery, both 2015 and the solo show Many Chambers, Many Mouths, Southard Reid, London (2013). He curated and participated in The Voice and The Lens, IKON Gallery, Birmingham, which toured to Whitechapel Gallery as part of Spitalfields Festival in June 2014. Recent performances include Feedback at Palais De Tokyo, Paris (2017) and On the One Hand and the Other at Camden Arts Centre and Supernormal Festival, UK (2016). 

Recently Sam won the Hayward Touring Curatorial Open. His exhibition Listening opened at BALTIC 39 in September 2014 and toured to the Bluecoat, Liverpool; Site Gallery, Sheffield and the Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery; and First Site and Art Exchange, Colchester.


November 2017

Sounds from a Small Town

November 2017

Sounds from a Small Town

Click to read more

Merseybeat. Madchester. Detroit techno. The Loughborough Sound? When thinking about music scenes we often think of major cities. But what role does music play in smaller towns and less celebrated places? Join us for a free event where artists, musicians and academics explore these issues through video, discussion and archival material. This is the first public event in (re)composition, Radar's new series of commissions exploring how place makes music and music makes place.

No booking required. For enquiries please email


- A presentation on the Loughborough Records Presents Presence project from 2016.
Part of Radar's THE Award Nominated  Market Town project, this saw a recording studio constructed in an empty shop unit in Loughborough town centre and provided free of charge to local musicians. A short film about the project can be watched here. Presented by Can Altay, Artist and Associate Professor of Architecture, Istanbul Bilgi University and founder of Loughborough Records Presents Presence.

-"Mansfield's Very Own Steve Malkmus": a film-come-YouTube compilation by Paul Rooney (website), comprising a tour of Kurt Cobain's Aberdeen WA bedroom, Nantwich amp-switches, Trenton NJ Fugazi ticket queues, Goths from (near) Abersoch, paens to Skelmersdale new town, John Peel and Richard D James on the boredom of Redruth, and more.

- Sounds From a Small Town: A Conversation
A panel discussion exploring music in and from small towns and peripheral areas. This will be a broad ranging discussion touching on identity, infrastructure, possibilities and limitations. Panellists: Zoe Armour, PhD Candidate, Media Discourse Group, De Montfort University, Leicester; Rebecca Lee, Artist and Musician (website); Robert Miller, musician and teacher, Loughborough

- Live Music
Stick around after the event for live music until 11pm from Robert Miller and members of the Loughborough Acoustic Club.

- Materials from Loughborough University's archive charting rock music in Loughborough will be on display.

Image: Can Altay's Loughborough Records Presents Presence. Photo by Julian Hughes.



Loughborough University Arts

Martin Hall Building

Loughborough University

Loughborough LE11 3TU, UK

01509 222 881

Join our Mailing List