Do you know a budding young filmmaker? Register them for the Cayman National Cultural Foundation’s Young Image Makers workshop, kicking off next month.

This is the sixth year that the foundation has offered this popular program, giving those interested in film the opportunity to flex their creative muscles.

The workshop is scheduled for April 8-12, which includes two weekend days with a 9 a.m.-3 p.m. schedule, and three weekdays from 4:30–6:30 p.m. The participants will be split into two groups: juniors (10–13) and seniors (14-17). Once registered, they will be advised which campus to attend; either the Harquail Theatre or the Mind’s Eye Intuitive Art Centre.

The program focuses on youth who have a passion for stories and films, and will introduce them to basic techniques including the fundamentals of storytelling, filmmaking and pre- and post-production. The workshop is taught by leading local film industry professionals including Judy Singh and April Cummings who will provide a glimpse into a career in filmmaking in an animated classroom-style setting.

The deadline to register is Friday.

Competition

The Young Image Makers program consists of three elements rolled out over three months, including the introductory workshop, a short-film competition and a red-carpet gala. Following the workshop, each student walks away with a grade, a certificate and specific feedback as to areas of strength and areas for improvement. The 10 students with the highest grades are then offered the opportunity to enter the Young Image Makers Short Film Competition, where they are asked to write and produce a film 1-3 minutes in length. Once the first draft of the film is submitted, they are offered an advanced film workshop to further develop their film.

Upon completion of the final workshop, participants will be allotted time to make final edits to their films before submitting their completed entry into the competition. It is mandatory that those students wishing to take part in the competition attend the workshops.

Prize

Last year’s recipients Ruby Grace (senior category) and Ethan Spencer (junior category) received the grand prize of one-week’s attendance at the New York Film Academy Filmmaking Summer Camp in New York City. This included round-trip airfare, accommodation and a per diem. The same prize is being offered this year.

For more information or registration, visit www.artscayman.org/young-image-makers, email cncf@artscayman.org or call the Cultural Foundation at 949-5477. Places are limited.

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