Hollywood calling for young film makers in Leeds

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Leeds Young Film are making a final call out to young people in the city to submit their films to the fifth annual Leeds Young Filmmakers’ Golden Owl Awards.

Young people aged 19 and under are invited to send their films and be in with a chance to have them shown on the big screen at Leeds Town Hall as part of the Oscars-style awards ceremony. Films must be entered by Friday February 5.

No filmmaker is too young to enter and we want to see films by young people of all abilities – you don’t need to be George Lucas or Steven Spielberg!

Any type of film or genre can be entered, including comedy, horror, drama, animation or documentary. The video doesn’t need to have taken forever to be made.

There are three different age categories for individuals, including 11 and under, 12-15 and 16-19. Schools and community groups can also enter their films into five different age categories (as long as the majority of those involved in producing the films were under 19).

Presented by Leeds Young Film, Leeds City Council’s ArtForms team, and Armley-based communications agency Vista, the awards ceremony will be an Oscars-style red carpet, black tie extravaganza, held in the splendour of the Leeds Town Hall on Thursday March 31 2016 as part of 17th Leeds Young Film Festival.

The event will showcase and applaud all the shortlisted film entries, with the overall winners invited to the stage to receive their trophies from celebrities and VIPs from the film, civic, education and business worlds.

Expect to see some famous faces from film and TV, with the sounds of Leeds Youth Jazz Rock and Training Orchestras filling the auditorium, as well as one or two surprises throughout the evening!

Coun Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for children and families, said: “This is a fantastic chance for young people with a passion for film to get involved with something exciting and unique where they will have a real chance to showcase their talents.

“Leeds has a rich history of supporting the film industry since Louis Le Prince’s first moving image on Leeds Bridge and by giving these young filmmakers such a fabulous opportunity, we can help nurture and encourage the next generation of local writers, actors and directors.”

James Wilkins, Managing Director of Vista said: “We’ve worked with almost 10,000 young people through our community projects because our team believes creative talent needs to be nurtured as early as possible. The Golden Owl Awards is a fantastic opportunity for young people of all ages and experiences to get a taste for film production and really hone their skills. This is a brilliant showcase of the talent our city has to offer and we’re delighted to be supporting Golden Owls for a fifth year.”