FILM directors from around the world congregated in Weymouth for an international festival.

The British International Amateur Film Festival, held at the Rembrandt Hotel, brought fans and directors from as far away as South Korea.

And it was the borough’s status as an Olympic venue that attracted organisers.

The event, which took place over the weekend, marks the first time the festival has been hosted in the South West region in its 80-year history.

Organiser Eric Montague, from Christchurch, said: “Weymouth was chosen because of the excitement and infrastructure of having the Olympic Games here. It was a natural choice.”

Visitors were taken on a tour of the area, including the Olympic venue.

Mr Montague added: “They were in time to see the British sailing team coming in, which was perfect.

“It really showed the area off.”

The festival attracted 275 entries, including 55 from outside the UK.

The films included documentaries, comedies, dramas, spoofs and musicals, and originated from everywhere from Australia to Wiltshire.

Year 5 at Weymouth’s Beechcroft St Paul’s primary school entered an animation called The Sadness of King George.

Directors and producers filled the Rembrandt Hotel, with others staying in accommodation along the seafront.

Mr Montague said: “An event like this is not only good for Weymouth, but it brings people together and transcends national boundaries.”

Filmmakers from South Korea brought a splash of colour to the event with their entry Automatic Diet.

The film, awarded four stars out of five by judges, tells the story of a woman who tackles her obesity after speaking with a Buddhist priest.

Director Daehae Snim said: “I really like Weymouth. We have been to see the beach and the seafront and the people are so nice and friendly.

“I am very thankful to the organisers for holding the event here.”

Deputy general manager of the Rembrandt Matthew Thorndale-Finn said: “It’s been an absolute pleasure to have them stay with us.”