Young Filmmakers Awards Open for Submissions and School Screening Dates Announced


Young Filmmakers Awards Open for Submissions and School Screening Dates Announced

Now in its ninth year running, the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival announces the return of its Young Filmmakers Competition.

As in previous years, the two prestigious prizes on offer aim to encourage and support emerging filmmakers in the North East of England, South East of Scotland and Scottish Borders.

Won in 2015 by Michael M Neal's Memories, the Chris Anderson Award - which carries a cash prize of £250 - commemorates Anderson's life, his active support for the festival, and his dedication to developing skills in young filmmakers. The award is kindly supported by family members Chrissie Anderson and Paul WS Anderson, and is open to filmmakers between 15 and 19 years of age.

As with those in the running for the Chris Anderson Award, films shortlisted for the Young Filmmakers Award (open to those 14 years and under) will be shown on the big screen during this year's Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival. Last year's cash prize of £250 went to Amber Smith for her short film, Blackout Murder.

Those wishing to enter either competition should first download our award guidelines. To submit your film, visit our Learning & Participation page, where you will find details of how to apply.

We are also pleased to announce that the festival will host three schools screenings for local first, middle and high schools, taking place on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 September.

To be kept up to date about the films to be shown (which will be announced with the festival programme in August), or if you would like to sign up your school for one of our screenings, please email our Learning & Participation Assistant, Amaya Bañuelos Marco, or ring 01289 303355.