Cameras are rolling to find film makers of the future in the city’s first Film Competition for Schools.
The competition, organised by local film production company JCC Media, was launched by Mayor Brian White at the Open University.
Entrants are divided into two categories – pupils aged eight-11 and 12-19 years of age.
So far five schools have entered the competition, with ten children nominated from each to become Junior Filmakers. Students will attend 24 intensive one-hour weekly training sessions and learn story and script development, casting, scheduling, storyboarding and camera training. The young filmakers are challenged to produce a film that not only makes good box office, but also reflects a number of themes identified in the recently published ‘Vital Signs Report’ commissioned by the Milton Keynes Community Foundation.
The report identified issues such as ‘Eliminating Poverty’, ‘Social Inclusion’, ‘Enjoying Diversity’, ‘A Shared Future’, A Bright Future’, ‘Growing Old With Dignity’, and ‘Technology - Friend or Foe’.
Junior Filmakers will discuss these themes, potential solutions to the problems and translate those into a documentary, animation, a narrative fiction or a musical film.
Entries will be submitted by DVD or YouTube and be judged by a professional panel of community leaders and members of the UK film industry. The competition will culminate in a schools film festival and awards evening in July when entries will be screened. A prize comprising film equipment worth £200 will be awarded to the three winning entries.
> Entry details are available www.jcclmi.org/#!mk-schools-film-competition/c21z0.