Make movies!

In the aftermath of Christmas, with the big day over, the gifts unwrapped, and no school or college to go back to just yet, some young people may find themselves at a bit of a loose end. Now would be the ideal time to explore your film making potential. The Cayman National Cultural Foundation and the Cayman Islands Film Commission have once again launched the Young Image Makers short film competition, which is open to all students aged 10 to 17 who have been residents in Cayman for at least a year.

It’s well worth the effort as the winners will be flown to New York to spend a week learning about all aspects of film making at the New York Film Academy.

If you (or any other member of the family) received any kind of recording device, be it a camera with video function, a cell phone or a video recorder for Christmas, now is the time to find out how it works and have some fun with it.

In order to enter the competition, students are asked to submit a short film (one to three minutes long) that is filmed in Cayman. Films should be saved onto a USB memory stick and sent or delivered to the CNCF or CIFC before January 31, 2012.

Fifteen of those entries will be shortlisted to then take part in a film workshop which will introduce students to the various aspects of film: directing, editing, writing. These students will then make a second film, putting these new skills to good use and the resulting short films will be uploaded to so that the public may cast its vote. A panel of judges will also score the films.

The final 15 films will be screened at the Harquail Theatre – a real red carpet premiere – on April 21, at which time the winners will also be announced. This year there will be two winners – one chosen from the 10 to 13 year age group, the other from among the 14 to 17 year olds. Both will receive a week’s scholarship to the New York Film Academy, which could just mark the first step in a career in film.

For full competition details and to fill out an application please visit

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