Golden opportunity for young filmmakers

Young filmmakers are being asked to start getting creative for the city’s third annual Golden Owl Awards. And, with broadcaster David Dimbleby making a special appearance at this year’s event, the young creators have even more reason to get their cameras out!

Entries are now open for young people aged between 3 and 19, either individually or in groups, to enter the Leeds Young Filmmaking Golden Owl Awards.

Organised jointly by Leeds City Council’s ArtForms, which supports arts in education, and Leeds Young Film, the city’s hub for film and young people, the competition culminates in a black tie celebrity ‘Oscars’ style event at Leeds Town Hall in April 2014 complete with red carpet, life sized glittering Oscar statues and real life storm troopers. The evening will mark the opening of the 15th Leeds Young Film Festival.

Adding even more prestige to this year’s event, Question Time presenter and veteran broadcaster, David Dimbleby will be attending the awards, to present the prize for the 16 – 19 category.

Councillor Judith Blake, executive board member responsible for children’s services said:

“This competition is a fantastic opportunity for young people to get creative, and demonstrate their filmmaking, story-telling and technological skills. The past two years were a tremendous success with some very impressive films being created by some extremely talented young people.

“It is very exciting that David Dimbleby has agreed to come along this year and see what talented and creative children and young people we have in Leeds.”

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive member responsible for leisure and skills said:

“With Leeds being the birthplace of film, it is great that the young people of the city are able to continue that legacy by showcasing their filmmaking talents at these awards.

“I hope lots of young people take this wonderful opportunity to get their cameras out and get creative.

“Each year the standard gets higher so I expect to see some great ideas and skillful filmmaking. I hope we can encourage lots of young people to get involved in film in Leeds and learn more about a possible career in the industry.”

Sarah Westaway, Arts Manager at ArtForms said:

“We’re delighted to be working with Leeds Young Film to provide such an excellent opportunity to showcase emerging talent and celebrate the creativity of the city’s young people.

“In this digital and media driven age, there is enormous potential for children and young people to excel in the creative industries and Leeds recognises the need to be leading from the front in technology. Events such as the Golden Owl Awards encourage young people to develop their skills in this exciting and growing sector”.

Last year over 1000 young people and their families packed Leeds Town Hall to see their films on a huge cinema screen and find out who had won an award. Leeds actor Dean Smith, best known for his role as Philip Ryan in the BBC 1 Drama Waterloo Road, will be the compere for the 2014 event.

The organisers are especially pleased that Leeds-based award-winning communications agency Logistik have agreed to support the event once again.

The call for entries is already open for young individuals and groups of friends and they can find out more about how to enter by visiting: www.breezeleeds.org.

Notes to editors:

The Leeds Young Filmmakers Golden Owl Awards are supported by Leeds City Council through the Leeds Young Film Network, ArtForms, Leeds Young Film Festival and in partnership with Logistik. The event reflects the council’s vision for Leeds as a Child Friendly City described in the Children and Young People’s Plan 2011-2015.

Leeds Young Film Festival is presented by MediaFish and Leeds City Council. MediaFish is a cooperative of young people aged 14 - 19 from Leeds that is facilitated by Leeds Young Film.

ArtForms is the music and arts team within children's services at Leeds City Council working with schools and organisations to provide high quality learning opportunities for children and young people in and through music and the arts.

Leeds Young Film Network is one of a number of art form specific networks coordinated by ArtForms that supports partnership working across the cultural sector to increase opportunities for young people to engage and excel in the arts.


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