Young talent invited to be part of Film Festival

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Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival has launched its call for submissions to its 6th Young Filmmakers Competition and now those 14 and under can get in on the action.

Each year since 2008, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival has recognised and rewarded young filmmaking talent through its Chris Anderson Award; a competition commemorating the life of Chris Anderson, an active supporter of the festival and of developing skills in filmmakers aged 15-19 years of age.

The award, in the form of a £250 prize, continues to be supported by his family - widow Chrissie Anderson and son Paul W.S. Anderson, director of ‘Resident Evil’ and ‘Alien vs. Predator’.

This year, with the support of the Simpson McCreath Trust, the festival adds another awards category opening up the field for budding filmmakers under 14 years old to showcase their filmmaking skills, and possibly see their film shown on the big screen!

Upon the launch of the brand new awards scheme, Melanie Iredale, festival director said; “Over the years we’ve been delighted and encouraged at the amount of young filmmaking talent out there, so we’ve extended our Young Filmmakers Competition to encompass two categories. One for those aged 15-19 and one for those under 14 years old.

“Up for grabs is a prize of £250 towards their next film!”

Individuals, youth groups, schools or colleges from across north east England and south east Scotland are welcome to submit films to the competition which is entirely free of charge to enter.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 8 and screenings of the shortlisted films will take place during the festival period from September 17-21.

Those wishing to know more about the festival or how to get involved should visit the

This year’s festival will carry the theme ‘Border Crossing’.