Young filmmakers get reeling

A group of students has been chosen to move on to the second phase of the Young Image Makers Film Competition in the Cayman Islands. 

The Cayman National Cultural Foundation and the Cayman Islands Film Commission brought the competition for the third consecutive year and attracted 41 entries from students aged 10-17. 

Of those submissions, 18 students were chosen to move on to Take 2, the second round of the competition that includes workshop instruction. Young image makers aged 10 – 12 attended a one-day filmmaking workshop on Saturday, 25 February, conducted by documentary filmmaker Judy Singh of Apex Video Solutions, and on Sunday, 26 February, filmmaker Tony Mark of Cathy Church Photo Centre met and worked with promising filmmakers aged 14 – 17.  

Ms Singh has more than 15 years experience working with dramatic and documentary-based theatrical and has been a part of the competition since it began in 2010. “Discovering new ways of capturing and sharing the stories around us with young budding talent is something I truly enjoy,” she said.  

An Emmy award-winning film editor, Tony Mark hails from California and has over 20 years experience working on feature films and in television. He teaches the videography and editing classes at Cathy Church and found his first experience with YIM participants to be a rewarding one.  

“The day was a great success; not only [did] the young filmmakers learn about making movies, we all had a great time doing it. It was a delight to meet everyone and work together on making their films better. I think we have a few budding Spielbergs on Cayman,” he said.  

In each of the workshops, participants’ films were critiqued and suggestions made for improving entries for the final stage. Young image makers were also able to see each others’ films and ask questions, and each participant was provided with a video basics manual to assist them with their projects. Three weeks after the workshops, participants will turn in their final films, which will be posted on 

The public has an opportunity to view and vote on the film submissions, beginning 19 March, by visiting the site and then emailing [email protected] with the name of their favourite film and director. 

CNCF Programmes Manager Rita Estevanovich said financial support from sponsors and the Film Commission have enabled three children to attend New York Film Academy summer movie camps. 

“We plan to send another two students this year, and we truly appreciate the CIFC’s commitment to providing our young artists with opportunities to expand their knowledge base and hone their skills. We’re also grateful to Apex Video Solutions for volunteering their time and resources annually, and to Cathy Church Photo Center for coming on board so enthusiastically this year to work with our kids. There are many other entities as well as parents and teachers who contribute to YIM’s success each year – thank you all. Of course, we wouldn’t have a competition without our young image makers, so hats off to them, and we look forward to seeing their final works at the premiere.”  

All films will be officially premiered at a red carpet event on 29 April beginning at 6pm at the Harquail Theatre. The public is welcome to attend the event, which will culminate with the announcement of the winners for the 3rd annual Young Image Makers Short Film Competition. Winners receive an all expenses paid trip to the New York Film Academy this summer, courtesy the CIFC.  

The Young Image Makers Short Film Competition is one of the programmes included in Cayfest 2012, the national festival of the arts.  


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YIM workshop

Emmy-award winning editor and filmmaker, Tony Mark of Cathy Church’s Photo Centre, explains some of the intricacies of film editing to an attentive group of YIM students. – Photo: Submitted