International Young People’s Film Festival

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Zoom Cymru present Wales’ International Young People’s Film Festival: Dates announced and submissions open!

Wales’ largest film festival for young people will take place from Monday 11th – Friday 15th March 2013

Now in its seventh year, the Zoom Film Festival will build on the success of previous years, which has reached over 10,000 young people across Wales.

Alongside a diverse selection of films from around the world, Zoom runs an exciting mix of innovative workshops and masterclasses. Everyday of the festival expert tutors and award-winning filmmakers will deliver engaging and inspiring workshops in acting for screen, animation, low budget film making, make a film in a day, music video production and much more!

The Festival will kick off with a red carpet opening night Gala on Monday 11th March to officially declare the festival open with an advanced screening of a new release feature film for all the family (TBC)

The announcement of the 2013 Festival dates also coincides with the call out for entries into the 2013 Zoom Young Film Maker Awards (ZYFA), which celebrates films made by young people from across Wales aged between 8 and 25. Films are submitted, shortlisted and selected by the Zoom youth film council and a panel consisting of Industry Filmmakers and organisations. In selecting the winners the panel looks for originality, authenticity and creativity.

“The Festival is also now open for it’s young filmmaker entries. So if you have a film, or want to make one before the closing date on Friday 25th January – visit our website and find out how to do it!” said Gemma Woolley, Director

“Last year we showcased an incredible diversity of short film entries from all over Wales – comedies, music videos, dramas and documentaries and some amazing animations” said Gemma.

Zoom’s unique expertise in the delivery of screenings, workshops and activities during the festival strives to enhance film literacy, promote collaborations and broaden horizons, raise aspirations, boost confidence and realise the learning potential of many children and young people.

The festival selects a diverse and innovative range of films produced for young people that would not otherwise be screened in the UK and recognises and celebrates cultural diversity and change. The festival also looks to programme films made and set in Wales.

The Festival Chair is John Geraint, one of Wales’ leading independent television producers. He says: ‘This year we are excited to be developing the Festival’s International aspect. There’s a particular emphasis on small nations and minority cultures in Europe, where there are similar challenges to those faced by young people in Wales. Sharing across languages and cultures is an important element in empowering young people to understand their own lives. All over Wales, there are young people with stories to tell and the skills to put them on screen. Zoom is all about celebrating that and opening it out to the big wide world. This will also be complimented with a new Zoom Young Film Maker Award for the best film made Internationally by Young People”

Festival events are happening in Rhondda Cynon Taff, Merthyr Tydfil, Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen, Caerphilly, Caernarfon and Pembrokeshire

Full details of the film festival programme and venues will be announced in the coming weeks

Information on workshops, screenings and how to book will be available through the website and Zoom HQ at The Factory, Porth on 01443 888337

This year’s Festival is supported by the Film Agency for Wales, who continue to support the Festival. Zoom also acknowledges the support of a recent successful bid to the Big Lottery that will support the development and growth of Zoom over the next three years.

Media enquiries: Gemma Woolley

01443 888337


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