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 www.rugbydocumentary.co.uk or follow us on Facebook: @Halifax Rugby League Film X (formally twitter): @rainbowtfilms Instagram: @rainbowtroutfilms

We Won Gold for our TikTok Commercials at the NYX Awards!!!

Working with SINGLEFRAME and TikTok we produced commercials, some of which made it onto your cinema screens as well as online.

The International Awards Associate (IAA) announces that Rainbow Trout Films has won 2 Gold Awards in the Short Form Video & Commercials of the 2024 NYX Awards for its first season. In its efforts to recognize creative and marketing excellence, the award acknowledges outstanding achievements in these industries, where visionaries, professionals, agencies, companies, and organizations from all corners of the globe unite to showcase their exceptional work and redefine the standards of creativity.

Making use of its advantage as a global award, NYX Awards has received over thousand submissions in the competition from countries worldwide, like the United States, Japan, United Kingdom, Australia, Norway, China, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, and many others, creating a true stage of innovation and ingenuity. Rainbow Trout Films unveiled their most innovative marketing campaigns and creative projects, transforming the understanding of brand engagement and storytelling within the NYX Awards framework.

Singleframe say they are “Proud to collaborate with Rainbow Trout Films to Enhance TikTok’s Impact

Singleframe, in partnership with Rainbow Trout Films Ltd, is thrilled to unveil a series of captivating online commercials designed to elevate the TikTok experience. This collaboration has been a testament to our shared commitment to creativity and innovation, allowing us to push the boundaries of digital content creation.

Tasked with TikTok’s brief, Singleframe and Rainbow Trout Films embarked on a journey to breathe life into the platform, showcasing its potential as a source of engaging and inspirational content. Through our collective efforts, we’ve produced a selection of 20 to 30-second ads that capture the essence of TikTok’s vibrant community.

From heartwarming narratives to trendsetting moments, each commercial serves as a testament to our dedication to crafting compelling stories that resonate with audiences. Together, we’ve showcased TikTok as a platform where users can discover, create, and share meaningful content.

Singleframe is proud to have collaborated with Rainbow Trout Films on this project, harnessing our expertise in creative storytelling to amplify TikTok’s impact. As we continue to explore new horizons in digital marketing, we look forward to forging more partnerships and creating content that inspires and delights audiences worldwide.
Join us on this exciting journey as we reimagine what’s possible on TikTok and beyond. Together, let’s make every moment unforgettable.”

Thank you to everyone involved, we are super proud of what we have achieved to receive this international recognition.

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.

Link to https://rainbowtroutfilms.com/halifax-rugby-documentary/

Rainbow Trout Films was commissioned to provide filming and production, while Abby Lee Miller was on Tour in the UK for her new upcoming series.

We filmed 2 episodes back to back in Leeds at The Dance Studio.  It’s been an amazing opportunity to work with Abby and her team. We are looking forward to seeing Season 9 in 2024.  We provided the crew and filming requirements for the hit US series Dance Moms.

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.

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 https://igg.me/at/Halifaxrugbydoc/x#/ For more information about the documentary and updates on its release, please visit the official website at www.rugbydocumentary.co.uk. Join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #ToHalifaxAndBeyond and #HalifaxRugby. Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/halifax.rugbyFilm

Rainbow Trout Films Wins Two Awards for Community Films

We are thrilled to announce that Rainbow Trout Films has won two new awards for our community films!

The first award is for our event highlights film of the 2022 Calderdale Commercial Spirit Awards. The film captures the excitement and energy of the event, and we are honored that it has been recognized.

The second award is for our documentary film about the Elland Happiness Lab project. The film tells the story of how this community-led project is working to improve the lives of people in Elland. We are grateful to Samantha McCormick and her team for sharing their story with us, and we are proud to have helped to tell it.

Community is very important to us at Rainbow Trout Films. We believe that film can be a powerful tool for bringing people together and creating change. We are excited to continue working on projects that celebrate and support our communities.

What is Communitas?

Communitas Awards are an annual awards program that recognizes individuals, organizations, and companies that are making a positive impact on their communities. The awards are presented by the Association for Corporate Social Responsibility (AMCP), a non-profit organization that promotes responsible business practices.

The Communitas Awards are open to all organizations and individuals, regardless of size or location. There are a variety of categories, including community service, corporate social responsibility, and environmental sustainability. Winners are selected by a panel of judges who are experts in the field of social responsibility.

Rainbow Trout Films

In our films, we strive to capture the spirit of communitas. We want to show how people can come together to make a difference in their communities. We believe that film can be a powerful tool for building community and creating change, and we are committed to using our skills to make a positive impact on the world.

We are grateful to our team and our clients for their support. We look forward to continuing to work on projects that celebrate and support our communities.

Rainbow Trout Films is a TOP 100 Digital Enterprise Winner!

Digital Enterprise in the Leeds City Region

I received some amazing news this month announcing that Rainbow Trout Films had been named in the Digital Enterprise Top 100 2022 campaign. The campaign celebrates one hundred of the most digitally transformational, resilient and innovative businesses in the Leeds City Region. The campaign, created by Nikki Clark OBE of UMi, aims to unearth the inspirational stories of digital success and celebrates those companies that use digital technologies in the most innovative and transformative ways.

It is amazing to be included on the list, for the third time, alongside some of the biggest names in business; Yorkshire Payments, SHOO social media, Candle Digital, Jorvik, Flat Stan First Aid and Everon. I have had the privilege of collaborating with a few of the companies listed this year, just recently Simon Ferris of Flat Stan First Aid , which i think embodies the spirit of the Digital Enterprise Top 100 campaign.

We were lucky enough to be in the top 100 back in 2020 and are delighted to be back for 2022. Especially after the 2 tough years we’ve all had with the pandemic.

I recently co-founded Albion Street Studios, Halifax, alongside Danny Thompson Photography, who has also been listed in the Digital Enterprise Top 100 for this year, which is an incredible starting point for our new venture.

2022 Winners – Danny Thompson Photography, James Mellor of Rainbow Trout Films, Simon Ferris of Flat Stan First Aid with event sponsor James Bulley of Calder IT. All Calderdale businesses.

It is rewarding to receive the recognition for the hard work that goes into building and running a business and being named will hopefully help further digital transformation, not only for my business but for my clients too so we can keep current with the developing digital trends.

Here is the link to all the Digital Businesses featured this year: https://bit.ly/3FmCNk6 #DE100

Rainbow Trout Films receives support from Young Audiences Content fund to develop new drama tackling mental health

Rainbow Trout Films has today announced that they are developing a regional teen drama titled ‘The Bridge’ to challenge assumptions around those who suffer with poor mental health. The project has received financial backing from The Young Audiences Content Fund (YACF), which is financed by the UK government and managed by the BFI. The YACF supports the creation of distinctive, quality content for young audiences that entertains, informs and reflects the experiences of children and young people growing up in the UK today.

Rainbow Trout Films will attempt to provide a unique and innovative insight into how mental health challenges can feel through visual effects. The story has been informed by research and collaboration with a local mental health charity Unmasked Mental Health.

The project is inspired by a real bridge that connects two towns local to the producers, known by residents as the place where a high number of individuals lose their life to depression. The series will follow a group of teenage friends from a small Northern village who have recently finished school. As the friends prepare for their exciting new lives ahead of them, we see one of them, Harry, increasingly struggle with his mental health.

Rainbow Trout Films, Director James Mellor, formed the initial idea from conversations with Doug and Logan from Unmasked Mental Health, including their stories about mental health and the risk to one’s life. 

Producer/Director James Mellor of Rainbow Trout Films said: “I’m excited and proud to be able to have the opportunity to develop this story with the Young Audiences Content Fund I and hopefully be able to take it all the way into production. We hope it will bring the spotlight onto a very important subject and get to showcase the amazing landscapes of Calderdale in Yorkshire, these themselves being an integral part of the story.

Doug Dennison, co-founder of Unmasked Mental Health said: “Unmasked Mental Health are really excited to be working with the team from Rainbow Trout Films, really to highlight the awareness of mental health in both our local community and nationwide. I think that this project will really resonate with teenagers and get the word out about mental health and hopefully get people talking more.”

Cameron Stott, the writer said: “Even though we’re tackling a lot of serious issues in our story, it’s important that our tone isn’t always dark and that it has uplifting and magical moments too. The core of our story is a group of friends who overcome these problems together and this is often done with laughter and happiness. The locals in the Calder Valley always find light in the darkest of places and that’s the case with our show too. We follow these characters through their ups and downs and ultimately show how even though it doesn’t feel like it sometimes, the people around you will pull you out from that darkness.”

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More about Rainbow Trout Films: www.rainbowtroutfilms.com

More about Unmasked Mental Health: https://unmaskedmentalhealth.co.uk

About the Young Audiences Content Fund:

Managed by the BFI, the Young Audiences Content Fund (YACF) supports the creation of distinct, high-quality content for children and young audiences to be broadcast on free-to-access, Ofcom regulated television channels and online platforms.

Financed by the UK Government as part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Contestable Fund, the YACF aims to provide new avenues for creators of original content and bring new voices to the market, and back content which entertains, informs and reflects the experiences of young people growing up across the UK today. www.bfi.org.uk/yacf

About the BFI:

We are a cultural charity, a National Lottery distributor, and the UK’s lead organisation for film and the moving image.

Our mission is:

  • To support creativity and actively seek out the next generation of UK storytellers
  • To grow and care for the BFI National Archive, the world’s largest film and television archive
  • To offer the widest range of UK and international moving image culture through our programmes and festivals – delivered online and in venue
  • To use our knowledge to educate and deepen public appreciation and understanding
  • To work with Government and industry to ensure the continued growth of the UK’s screen industries

Founded in 1933, the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter. The BFI Board of Governors is chaired by Tim Richards.

Producer/Director: James Mellor                       0330 088 1725

Writer: Cameron Stott                                       info@rainbowtroutfilms.com

Script Editor: Cathianne Hall                              #YoungAudiencesContentFund from @bfi

Headline Photo Left to right

Logan Smith (Unmasked Mental Health)
Doug Dennison (Unmasked Mental Health)
James Mellor (Producer/Director Rainbow Trout Films)
Cameron Stott (Writer)
Cathianne Hall (Script Editor)

Photo Credit: Danny Thompson Photography

Local Video Production Company Wins International Community Award.

Rainbow Trout Films worked on 2 projects for the local community of Ripponden and the surrounding areas at the end of 2020.  These projects were the Christmas Tractor Parade and St Bartholomew’s first virtual Christingle service.

“I’m thrilled to have been involved with both these projects, especially as we have all gone through an incredibly tough year. Both events allowed our community to share in something, even if its virtual.” said creative director James Mellor. “It was a collective effort by all those involved to bring these films to life. Without the community’s efforts these films could not have been made. It’s amazing to see Ripponden on the International map”

“The inspired film that James Mellor produced for Ripponden Parish Council’s Christmas Tractor parade brought the event to an even wider audience and was especially poignant during lockdown when many festive activities had to be cancelled,” said Jane Moran, Vice-Chairman of the Council.  “We are delighted James has received recognition for his filming and production of this event which delighted and brought some much-needed Christmas cheer to the whole community”.

“It’s great that we were able to get so many tractors together for the parade, the result looked amazing” said David Hellowell, who co-ordinated the tractor parade.

“In the midst of this last year’s Covid fears and restrictions, it was a terrific idea of Rachel Taylor and friends to host a virtual Christingle, to raise funds for the work of the Children’s Society, and to keep our communities in touch with the Christmas faith and celebrations.

James Mellor was great to work with, as we filmed in a cold and darkened church,

so that my links and encouraging words could connect the carols and narratives that were filmed in the schools, and create an atmosphere of hope and expectation:

the Light in the darkness.

I look forward to working with James and Rachel again on future Church and community ventures.” Said Reverend Stephen Southgate of St Bartholomew’s.

The Communitas Awards is an international outgrowth of the pro bono recognition program of the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). Founded in 1995, AMCP fosters and supports the efforts of its members who contribute their unique marketing and communication talents to public service and charitable organizations.

Rainbow Trout Films has been around for nearly 11 years and moved into new premises in Halifax at Albion Street Studios, with its brand The Northern Video Company.  We are looking forward to grow as this pandemic lifts, so we can continue to support community projects in the coming years.

Thank you to the schools, community groups and local businesses in the making these event films.

Find out more about the Ripponden Christingle Service 2020

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