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Celebrating the spirit of rugby and community, Rugby Town clinches the Best Film about a Team Sport award.

Rogaška, Slatina 22nd June 2024 – The critically acclaimed documentary Rugby Town has triumphed at the prestigious International Sport Film Festival in Slovenia, taking home the coveted Best Film about a Team Sport award. This victory marks a significant achievement for the film, which has captivated audiences with its heartfelt portrayal of the sport and its impact on a small community.

The Festival was attended by Director James Mellor, Editor & Writer Camron Stott and Danny Thompson, Associate Producer. We were all made incredibly welcome by festival Director Vojka Korosec, who showed us around the region.

Rugby Town delves Through the eyes of passionate fans and players, this captivating documentary invites you to join us on a journey through the stunning towns and countryside of Calderdale in central United Kingdom, as we uncover the remarkable story of how the development of Rugby League transformed Halifax into a true Rugby Town. Discover the warmth, humour, and unwavering spirit that have kept the sport of Rugby League at the heart of the Halifax community.

Director James Mellor expressed immense gratitude and excitement over the win: “We are honored to receive this recognition from such a distinguished festival. This award is a testament to the resilience and passion of the community and fans of Halifax Rugby League. It’s incredible to see their stories resonating with audiences globally.”

The International Sport Film Festival, held annually in Slovenia, is part of the Fédération Internationale Cinéma Télévision Sportifs (FICTS) circuit, which celebrates excellence in sports cinema by bringing together filmmakers, athletes, and fans from around the world. This year’s festival featured a diverse lineup of films that explore the multifaceted world of sports, making Rugby Town’s victory even more significant.

In addition to its success at the International Sport Film Festival, Rugby Town has been praised for its compelling storytelling, stunning cinematography, and the authentic depiction of its subjects. The film has sparked conversations about the role of sports in fostering community spirit and the universal values it promotes.

Producer Linda Kitson of the Halifax RLFC Independent Supporters Trust added, “Winning at the International Sport Film Festival is a true honour. We set out to create a film that not only entertains but also inspires and educates. This award is a validation of our team’s hard work and the incredible stories of those who live and breathe rugby.”

As a winner at the International Sport Film Festival in Slovenia, Rugby Town is now eligible for selection at the FICTS festival in Milan this November, offering another exciting opportunity for the film to reach a wider international audience.

At The Opening Ceremony – Left to Right, Danny Thompson, Alin Bijan, James Mellor, Cameron Stott & Vojko Korošec (Festival Director)

Rugby Town continues to make waves in the film festival circuit and is set for a wider release later this year. Audiences can look forward to experiencing the emotional journey of a town united by its love for rugby, brought to life through powerful narratives and visually stunning sequences.

For more information about Rugby Town and upcoming screenings, please visit or follow us on Facebook: @Halifax Rugby League Film X (formally twitter): @rainbowtfilms Instagram: @rainbowtroutfilms

Rugby Town

On the 30th Nov, Square Chapel hosted our local premiere screening of Rugby Town. Celebrating the 150 years of Rugby League in Halifax.  The Screening was well attended and thanks to everyone who was involved in the making of the film.

The Film has now been entered into various film festivals and we’ll update further during 2024.

Rugby Town was filmed in and around Halifax and Calderdale during 2023.

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Celebrating 1 Year at Albion Street Studios!

It’s truly astonishing to realize that an entire year has flown by since we joyfully moved into Albion Street Studios in Halifax, West Yorkshire. As we reflect on this remarkable journey, our hearts are filled with an overwhelming sense of gratitude and awe for all that has unfolded.

From the moment we moved in, our studio has thrived as a bustling hub of creativity, inspiration, and collaboration for the video community. We’ve had the privilege of partnering with immensely talented individuals from diverse backgrounds, each bringing their distinct visions and aspirations into our creative space.

Yet, beyond the tangible accomplishments and the emergence of breathtaking works from our studio, we want to take a moment to express our deepest appreciation to everyone who has contributed to this incredible journey. Whether you’ve walked through our doors as a client, collaborator, or loyal supporter, we owe you an immeasurable debt of gratitude.

Your unwavering belief in our abilities, your willingness to collaborate with us, and your generous referrals have been the driving force behind our achievements. We remain humbled and forever thankful for the opportunities you have bestowed upon us, and we vow to persistently strive for excellence in our craft. As we continue forward, we eagerly anticipate expanding upon these foundations, exploring uncharted artistic horizons, and nurturing our studio as a sanctuary for all who seek creative fulfillment.

Once again, from the depths of our souls, we extend our most sincere thanks to each and every one of you. It is your unwavering faith in our journey that has made all of this possible, and we embrace the future with excitement, knowing that we will grow, learn, and create together in the times to come.

Introducing To Halifax & Beyond: 150 Years of Rugby League

Rainbow Trout Films is thrilled to announce the upcoming release of their highly anticipated documentary film, “To Halifax & Beyond: 150 Years of Rugby League.” This compelling feature-length film delves into the captivating world of rugby and explores the profound impact the sport has had on the vibrant community of Halifax in West Yorkshire, United Kingdom.

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker James Mellor, “To Halifax & Beyond” takes viewers on an unforgettable journey through the rich history, intense rivalries, and remarkable stories that define Halifax’s deep-rooted rugby culture. Situated in the picturesque region of West Yorkshire, Halifax boasts a long-standing tradition of rugby that has shaped the town’s identity and fostered an unwavering sense of camaraderie among its residents.

Through captivating interviews, breathtaking visuals, and a riveting narrative, the film offers an immersive and insightful experience into the heart and soul of this remarkable town. It showcases Halifax’s distinctive character and explores how rugby serves as a unifying force, bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds, ages, and walks of life.

Drawing inspiration from the incredible resilience and passion of Halifax’s rugby players, “To Halifax & Beyond” shines a light on the transformative power of sports and the unbreakable bonds it creates within communities. Viewers will witness the immense dedication and sacrifice that goes into pursuing the sport at both amateur and professional levels, and the film pays homage to the unwavering commitment of the athletes, coaches, and volunteers who have shaped Halifax’s rugby landscape.

The documentary also delves into the fascinating history of rugby in Halifax, tracing its origins and evolution over the years. From the early establishment of rugby clubs to memorable matches that have etched their mark in the town’s annals, “To Halifax & Beyond” provides a comprehensive account of Halifax’s enduring love affair with the sport.

“We are thrilled to share this remarkable story with the world,” said Linda Kitson, the producer of “To Halifax & Beyond.” “Through this documentary, we aim to celebrate the incredible achievements of its players and highlight the power of rugby as a catalyst for unity and inspiration. Filming will include interviews with players now based in Australia”

“To Halifax & Beyond: A Rugby Journey” is currently in pre-production, and Rainbow Trout Films has launched an IndieGoGo campaign to secure the necessary resources 2 for the production. Supporters have the opportunity to contribute to this remarkable project and gain exclusive rewards by visiting For more information about the documentary and updates on its release, please visit the official website at Join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #ToHalifaxAndBeyond and #HalifaxRugby. Follow us on Facebook at

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