Call for entries from Northamptonshire young movie-makers

The Weasley twins from Harry Potter make a guest appearance at the 2011 Co-operative Film Festival.
The Weasley twins from Harry Potter make a guest appearance at the 2011 Co-operative Film Festival.
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TIME is running out for budding young movie-makers from Northamptonshire, to submit their mini-motion pictures to the 2012 Co-operative Film Festival

Young people, aged 19 or under, have until Friday, August 31, to get their entries into the national film festival and stand the chance of seeing their production premiere on the silver screen.

Entries to the festival, which is now in its 46th year, should be no more than six minutes long and will be viewed and selected by a panel of film and media professionals.

The festival is being staged during ‘Co-operatives United’ – a week-long celebration being hosted by The Co-operative as part of the global culmination of the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives.

The films will be shown at the AMC Cinema, 235 Deansgate, Manchester, on Thursday, November 1 and Friday, November 2.

There are no categories to limit the imagination, and film-makers are encouraged to tackle issues that concern them, through drama or documentary, animation or comedy, music video or silent movie.

As well as getting to see their work on the big screen, film-makers can also take part in several drop-in sessions, including animation, green screen filming, special effects, make-up and podcasts.

Festival organiser Keela Walsh, The Co-operative Group’s national projects assistant, said: “The deadline is looming for young people to enter their productions to The Co-operative Film Festival, and we are urging both experienced movie-makers and those who have never picked up a camera before to give it a go.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for young people from Northamptonshire to showcase their talents and see their films on the big screen during a major national film festival.”

For further information visit: www.co-operative.coop/filmfestival or www.facebook.com/thecooperativefilmfestival or follow @coopfilmfest on Twitter.