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CULTURE: Midlands film makers take the honours at short film festival.

Three Midlands film makers are celebrating after taking top honours at the Rolling Stock Short Film Festival, the world's first to take place on moving trains, after a public text vote.

The festival, organised by Channel 4's IDEASFACTORY West Midlands, showcased 70 short films from new and established film makers from across the globe, including Australia, Argentina and Hong Kong, as well as the best of amateur and professional Midlands-based directors.

The films were screened on Central Trains' on-board televisions throughout April, with passengers able to vote for their favourite via text message.

Kelly Elston, from Harborne, took top honours for her music video Music Is My Heroin, made on just pounds 500 for local band I Am Zeitgeist. Kelly receives a cash prize and film making equipment courtesy of Casio.

Second prize went to established Birmingham based film-maker Steve Rainbow, whose pounds 300 comedy film Black and White centres around a pub conversation discussing how best to describe the plural of Guinness - Guinnesses, Guinni or just plain Guinness?

Black Country film maker Natalie Ann Hinchley took third place. Her animated film Monty

The Milkman parodies classic children's programmes such as Postman Pat and Fireman Sam.

Festival director Dan Jones said: "It's great that Central Trains passengers have recognised the array of film making talent in the region.

"Passengers watching the films had no idea where the film makers were from, so to have chosen three from the Midlands just goes to show that we can compete with the best in the world."

All 70 films showcased during the Rolling Stock Film Festival can still be seen at www.channel4.com/rollingstock
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