Young filmmakers sought

Cayman’s students are invited to channel their inner Spielberg in and create a short film for entry in the Young Image Makers Short Film Competition in return for the chance to win a week’s scholarship at the New York Film Academy.

In order to enter, all students need do is submit a short film of one to three minutes duration, on a USB memory stick to the Cayman National Cultural Foundation or to the Cayman Islands Film Commission. Entries may be filmed on any video recording device, including point and shoot cameras with video capability, cell phones or handheld video cameras.

Based on the creativity and aptitude of the submitted films, 15 students will be selected to take part in a film workshop in February 2012. Following this they will make a second short film in which they can put skills learned during the workshop into practice.

This second round of films will then be uploaded to where the public will be able to vote for their favourite. The public vote will account for 30 per cent of the final score. A panel of judges will also vote.

The competition, which is organised by the CNCF in collaboration with the Cayman Islands Film Commission, is now in its third year and is designed to encourage youngsters to explore their creative talents and even consider a career in film. In previous years, says CNCF Programmes Manager Rita Estevanovich, the competition was only open to 10 to 15 year olds, but in response to enquiries from older students the upper age limit has been raised this year.

Additionally, two winners will be selected, one in the 10 to 13 age group and the other in the 14 to 17 age group. Both will have the opportunity to spend a week in New York learning about many aspects of film making.

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