TWO University of Chester filmmakers are urging people to "spread creativity – not the virus" by getting involved in their 'Isolation Film Festival'.

Chris Berry and Alexander Blackburn, who are part of the university's audio visual team, hope the festival inspires anyone who is currently isolated at home and adhering to social distancing rules due to the coronavirus crisis.

They are asking people to make a short film – between one and three minutes – and send it in to them by May 31 to feature in the festival.

Chris said: “Working on the idea for this festival has been so much fun. I've enjoyed every second of creating it and I really hope it helps inspire people to be creative at what is a difficult time for so many of us.

"We have only one rule – stay home. Our motto is to spread creativity – not the virus. Create a one to three minute short about anything – and only use the people in your household to make it, if you use people at all."

Alexander, who has been making films since his college days and has also worked in post-production on feature films, added: "When Chris and I had this idea we thought it could just all be about fun, but more recently we have realised that it means more to us than that, and it's been great to see it gather momentum.

"Entries can either be sent to us directly (with a link to where it is) by emailing, or through the festival website. They can also be submitted via social media using the hashtag #IsolationFilmFestival and linking it to @isolationfilmfestival".

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