This weekend saw the launch of the first ten day Derby Film Festival. In previous years Derby’s ID Fest – with film selections based on the theme of identity – has attracted some exciting special guests from Brian Blessed to Monty Python’s Terry Jones. This year’s headline event on Saturday evening was John Hurt In Conversation.

Alongside the festival’s heavy-weight guests the Festival’s opening weekend included a film critics panel discussion with Roger Ebert’s UK correspondent Scott Jordan Harris, Hope Lies’ Adam Batty and Yorkshire Post journalist Tony Earnshaw along with a whole raft of classic and preview screenings.

The screening I was most excited about – the preview of gaming mockumentary Wizard’s Way – lived up to expectations in every way. Jack Black has already purchased the rights to a remake of this hilarious and endearing found footage comedy about friendship, gaming and documentary film making, but it’s difficult to see what the Hollywood treatment could improve. My full review of Wizard’s Way and the Festival’s opening weekend is now live at Gorilla Film Magazine, so please click here to check it out.

You can also find the full programme for the Derby Film Festival here which runs until the 18th May 2014.

There’ll be more to come on the Festival later but, in the meantime, check out this trailer for the witty and imaginative Wizard’s Way.

Wizard’s Way trailer from wizard's way on Vimeo.