Catalyst Film Festival

The three-day programme includes worldwide independent film screenings, workshops, and Q & A's across two central venues

Catalyst Film Festival celebrates the power films have in create social change. The three-day programme includes worldwide independent film screenings, workshops, and Q & A's across two central venues.

The Movie Mavericks are launching their three-day Catalyst Film Festival with Spike Lee's Oscar winning Blackklansman and a Live Steel Pan Band at NORSACA Caribbean community centre.

The Movie Mavericks aim to unite and support communities through film events and are always open to partnership working with non-profits groups. Our special thanks goes to our charity partners: B-Arts, Fenton Town Hall, Wavemaker, Oska Bright Film Festival, Norsaca, & North Staffordshire Medical Institute.

Single day £4
Full weekend £5


Day 1- Thursday 28 March | 8pm

NORSACA, Hanley, 88-90 Cannon Place, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 4QA 

Plot Synopsis: Ron Stallworth, the first African-American detective on the Colorado Springs Police Department, resolves to make a name for himself and a difference in his community. He bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan.

 "The filmmaker turns true story of an African-American cop who infiltrated the white supremacy group in 1970s into an incendiary indictment of our current moment"- Rolling Stone

"This dark comedy is director/co-writer Spike Lee's strongest work in years" Common Sense Media

 Day 2 - Friday 29 March | 5.30pm

North Staffordshire Conference Centre, Harthill Road, ST4 7NY

'Behind Closed Doors' Friday 5:30pm-9:45pm International short film submissions on What social changes must happen in our domestic environments?

Special Features include: Women of The Gulag (8pm-8:45pm)

2019 Best Short Documentary Oscar Nominee “'Women of The Gulag' by Marianna Yarovskaya, who is the first female directed Russian film to ever be nominated for an Oscar. Controversial within its own country, the film tells the tragic stories of the women – last survivors of the Gulag, the brutal system of repression and terror that devastated the Soviet population during the regime of Stalin."


Day 3 - Saturday 30 March | 12pm-7pm

'Open Space, Open World'

Worldwide films selected from our competition category open world.  Including stories of social change in public spaces at a local, national, or global level.

12: 15pm - Featuring Cinema for All’s Vote 100: Born a Rebel. The short film celebrates 100 years since some women got the vote and is made up of wonderful footage from the YorkshireNorth East and North West Film Archives of female rebellion and leadership over the last 100 years.  The title was inspired by the words of Mrs Elizabeth Dean who, still a proud suffragette at 100 years old, told the camera:

“Between you and I, I think I must have been born a rebel!”

Calling All Women! Get Heard in the UK Parliament

How do you get an issue onto the UK Parliament’s agenda? How can you turn your ideas into legislation? What does it take to influence government policy? Find out with this practical session packed with real-world tips and advice on campaigning, from West Minster’s women in politics trainer Claire Minster.

12-2pm - Free lunch! Email: to reserve your space, everyone welcome.

2-3pm - We all have a voice and a right to use it!

Singing is a powerful way to act and speak out as a community.

We will learn some short songs, in English and other languages, on the theme of social change. 

All learning will be done by listening. No experience is needed. No need to read music. 

If you think you can't sing, or are not confident, this workshop is suited to you. It's about the joy of singing together. This workshop will give you the challenge and thrill of creating a big sound as a group.

Penny Vincent is leading the workshop. She is a member of the Natural Voice Network. Penny teaches clearly, at an accessible pace, supporting everyone to take part.

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