Entries wanted for Co-op film festival

BUDDING movie-makers are being urged to create their own productions which could premier at a major national film festival. The prestigious Co-operative Young Film-Makers Festival has been run...

BUDDING movie-makers are being urged to create their own productions which could premier at a major national film festival.

The prestigious Co-operative Young Film-Makers Festival has been run by the Co-operative Group since 1966 and provides young people aged 21 or under with the opportunity to develop their talents as a film director, scriptwriter or actor.

Visitors to thenews.coop may have children or grandchildren who would like to enter a film into the festival or perhaps your local school, children&#039s charity or youth group might be interested in finding out more. The festival aims to encourage as many young people as possible to co-operate, pick up a camera and get creative.

Youngsters should submit entries before the 27 June closing date for the 2005 Festival, which will be held at Bradford&#039s award-winning National Museum of Photography, Film and Television on 14 and 15 October.

Organiser Phaedra Patrick said: `This major national film festival has helped showcase the talents of thousands of youngsters and we urge experienced film-makers to submit entries and also encourage those who have never made a film before to give it a try.`

Film-makers not only get to see their work on the big screen but they can also take part in exciting events and masterclasses, meet special guests and be inspired by, and swap ideas with other young film-makers.

Edgar Wright, director of bafta-nominated hit film &#039Shaun of the Dead&#039, said: `The Co-op Festival is a fantastic opportunity for any young film-maker. I saw all of my early shorts in front of packed houses at the Museum ? it was great and inspired me ever onward. If you want to be a film-maker and you want your first thrill rush of audience reaction ? this is it.`

There are no categories to limit the imagination and anyone under 21 can enter. Films will be selected for screening at the festival based on creative spirit and evidence of co-operation. In line with co-operative values there is no overall winner.

Entries should be no more than six-minutes long and will be viewed by a panel of media professionals and educationalists who provide feedback on all films.

Last year&#039s festival attracted over 330 entries including documentaries, comedies, animations and dramas. More than 100 films were shown at the event which was attended by around 1,000 young film-makers and their families and friends.

Issues tackled on film by youngsters included what it&#039s like to be disabled, crime, the Iraq war, sexuality, struggling with prescription drugs, taking pride in the environment and arranged marriages.

Anyone wishing to participate in this year&#039s festival should visit www.film-makers.co-op.co.uk for further details, email Phaedra Patrick or call 0161 246 2216.

READY TO ROLL…Young film-makers, pictured, prepare for the Co-op film festival.

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