Young filmmakers showcase skills

Finalists participate in the first Young Image Makers workshop.

A group of 12 budding young filmmakers have made it to “take 2” of the Young Image Makers Short Film Competition.

The youngsters attended a filmmaking workshop last week and are now finalizing their movie projects for the next leg of the competition.

Patrice Beersingh, programs manager at the Cayman National Cultural Foundation which organizes the competition, said, “There have been some very creative entries this year, which I believe will be very impressive to the public when they vote in the YIM People’s Choice. The story lines by the young filmmakers should not be underestimated, and even film techniques such as ‘stop motion’ was utilized by one of the youngest competition entrants, proving that the youth in Cayman truly have a passion for film.”

The 12 students in the final stages of the competition are Abijith Anu, Kaden Brown, Cassidy Connor, Katherine Delgado-Macias, Lovane Douglas, Elijah Ebanks, Lemuel Ebanks, Aiden Powery, Grace Ruby, Ethan Spencer, Dilan Tatum and Isaac Tibbetts.

Separate workshop sessions were held for the junior and senior age groups at the Harquail Studio on April 30, and were led by documentary filmmaker Judy Singh. Each student had his or her film screened in front of their peers, after which they received feedback from each other and the instructor, noting the positives of each film and opportunities for improvement. The students also received a Skype call from Caymanian artist Josh Pearl, who is currently working in Los Angeles.

Credited as the writer, director and editor of the local film “A Sav Side Story,” among other popular film and music projects, Pearl took time to speak with each of the participants and gave feedback on all of their pieces.