West Midlands rail passengers are finally to be judges in an unique rolling film festival, ten months after it was cancelled because the company providing TVs on the trains went bust.
Central Trains' cross-Birmingham routes will shortly become part of movie history when the world's first on-board film festival is shown during April.
The re-introduction of the on-board TV news and information service by ScreenFX - following the collapse of previous provider 360 On Board last May - allows the launch of the Rolling Stock Short Film Festival in conjunction with Channel 4's Ideas Factory.
The screens, fitted into Central's fleet of electric Class 323 trains which cover the key Birmingham commuter routes, will show about 70 short films.
The films, produced by both first-time and professional film makers from as far a field as Australia, Hong Kong to Wolver-hampton, last up to five minutes each.
They will be screened during the four-week period to an audience of more than 100,000 passengers who will then have the opportunity to vote for their favourites.
The most popular will receive cash prizes and film-making equipment.
Voting passengers will also have the chance to win a one month rail pass each week during the festival.
Stephen Ollier, chief executive of TrainFX (the train operating division of ScreenFX), said: "The festival lends itself ideally to showing to the train travelling public and hopeful-ly, by effectively transforming the carriages into moving cinemas, we will provide an entertaining distraction form the routine monotony of the daily commute to work.
"It demonstrates the adaptability ScreenFX is offering and the versatility in programming that we want to be able to give to passengers." ..SUPL: