Announcing The Chris Anderson Award for Young Filmmakers 2013


The Chris Anderson Award for Young Filmmakers 2013

Call for Submissions is now open…

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival is thrilled to announce that The Chris Anderson Award for Best Young Filmmaker is back and open for submissions! Now in its fifth year, the prestigious prize aims to encourage and support budding young filmmakers in the North East and Scottish Borders.

Young people (aged 19 and under) are invited to submit their short films to compete for The Chris Anderson Award and a £200 cash prize. The Festival encourages applications from individual filmmakers, schools, youth projects and organisations. From the submissions, approximately 10 films will be nominated and entered into the competition to win the award.

The selected films will be screened as part of the Young Filmmakers Showcase at The Maltings Theatre & Cinema, Berwick-upon-Tweed, during the ninth edition of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, taking place from Wednesday 25th – Sunday 29th September 2013. A jury of professional filmmakers and artists will deliberate and the overall winner will be announced at the event. The winner will be awarded the prestigious Chris Anderson Award and a £200 cash prize to go towards their next filmmaking project.

The late Chris Anderson was an active supporter of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival and nurturing young filmmakers. The Award is kindly supported by his family - widow Chrissie Anderson and son Paul W.S. Anderson, director of the Resident Evil series) and Alien Vs Predator.

Previous juror of the Chris Anderson Award, Samm Haillay says: “The Chris Anderson Award is a superb platform for young filmmakers to find a voice and have some fun. It give young people the opportunity to see their film on the big screen and gain feedback from the professional filmmakers and critics who sit on the Chris Anderson Award Jury. I was lucky enough to be part of the jury last year and I was impressed with the quality and inventiveness of the films submitted, these qualities are things we need to foster in the next generation of filmmakers in our region”.
Samm Haillay co-founded independent production company Third and recently produced Bypass, a feature film shot in the region. Haillay also sits on the Board of Directors for Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival.

The Young Filmmakers Showcase is just one of the many events taking place, and opportunities on offer, for children and young people to get involved with. The Festival’s growing learning and participation programme offers a series of film screenings and hands-on workshops for young people of all ages, as well as volunteer opportunities for those aged 16 and over.

For more details on The Chris Anderson Award and to apply, please visit the festival website: or contact - Charlie Gregory, Festival Coordinator on or 01289 303355. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 30th July 2013, 1pm.



Images: Young participants from The Chris Anderson Award in 2012


For further information, to arrange interviews and for more images, please contact:
Nicky Harrison, White Hot Communications
Tel: +44 (0) 191 280 8020 / +44 (0) 7824 390826

Notes to editors:

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival was founded in 2005 and helps to nurture, champion and celebrate filmmakers and visual artists of all ages and to create lifelong relationships with film and moving image art.

Now in its ninth year, the festival brings a wealth of experience in managing film, media and visual arts projects, and in offering accessible ways in which children, young people and their families can engage with, participate in, and learn from film and media art. The festival encompasses an international screening programme, a number of new commissions, a promenade of installation works, a lively selection of special events, artist talks and hands-on workshops, all taking place across various venues and unique historic sites in Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival returns from Wednesday 25 – Sunday 29 September 2013.

The Festival’s Key Partners are:
• Arts Council England
• Creative England
• British Film Institute

Project Funders include:
• PRS for Music Foundation
• Community Foundation
• Norwegian Embassy
• Queen’s Hall Arts

Our Sponsors include:
• Inntravel – the Slow Holiday People
• Martins Printers

Supporters include:
• Northumberland County Council
• Newcastle University
• Derby University
• General Mills

For further information on the Festival please go to:

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