On Saturday 20th September, young filmmakers from across North East England and South East Scotland will meet here in Berwick to watch their films on the big screen – many for the first time. Each have been selected for the competition – with two awards up for grabs: The Young Filmmakers Award for those aged 14 and under, and the Chris Anderson Award for those aged 15 and over – each with a £250 cash prize at stake, courtesy of support from the Simpsons McCreath Trust.
Judging these awards is a stellar Jury of artists, filmmakers and programmers – and we’re delighted to introduce them today.
Meet the Jury:
Catriona MacInnes is a writer-director, with a background in music and theatre. Her first short film premiered at Venice International Film Festival in 2008 and was nominated for a Bafta New Talent award. She was a participant on the Berlinale Talent Campus and the Toronto International Film Festival Talent Lab in 2013. Catriona is currently based at Sigma Films in Film City Glasgow, producing for JUMPCUT – a training initiative for 16-25 year olds and she is also a visiting lecturer on the Film course at Edinburgh Napier University.
Peter Snowdon is a documentary filmmaker, born and brought up in Northumberland before going on to live in Europe, Eqypt, and currently in Belgium. He worked in publishing and journalism, and as a consultant to UNESCO, before turning his hand to filmmaking, specialising in political and avant-garde documentary. His work has screened at film festivals all over the world, from Edinburgh International Film Festival to Ann Arbor Film Festival in the US and his latest work The Uprising, screens at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival this year.
Lizzie Nixon is a young professional working across film and youth development, graduating with an MA in Film Studies at Newcastle University in 2012. Disappointed with the lack of cultural cinema in her home-town of Sunderland, Lizzie went on to found and programme Lamplight Film Club in 2012. Following internships with Wunderbar Festival in Newcastle and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, Lizzie landed the job of UK Coach and Programme Coordinator at Changemakers where she works to champion the leaders of the future.
The event will be presented by Ian McLaughlin, an actor, filmmaker and improvised comedian from The Suggestibles. The event is supported by Simpsons McCreath Trust.
To see the line-up of the nominees, or for tickets to the awards screening at 1pm on Sat 20th September, click here.