Leeds Young People’s Film Festival celebrates films made BY young people as well as FOR them, and the Young Filmmakers’ Day is a huge showcase of some of the best up and coming talent in both the country and the world.
For 2012 we launch Independent Directions (The INDIs), the brand new filmmakers’ competition aimed at young people who are making films without huge budgets, professional support or schools’ involvement. The competition is about innovation, a raw talent in filmmaking and clever or engaging storytelling from young people with a DIY approach to making films.
Kicking off at 12pm we have a special showcase of short films including a live link up with 16 year old Beirut filmmaker Jude Chehab who will be talking about her experiences of making films, followed by a masterclass on documentary filmmaking with Alex Ramseyer-Bache, the director of We Are Poets. At 1.30pm there is the first part of the INDIs competition, with the judges awarding prizes for under 10s and 11-14 year old categories. Another showcase follows with two of the 2012 BAFTA animated short nominees: A Morning Stroll and Abuelas (Grandmothers). The 15-19 and 20-25 age categories of the INDIs is next, plus the announcement of the overall winner. Finally the day is rounded off with a talk from author / screenwriter Melvyn Burgess.
12.00pm Short film showcase
12.45pm Documentary Masterclass with Alex Ramseyer-Bache
1.30pm INDIs Competition: Under 10s & 11-14
3.00pm Short Film Showcase (BAFTA)
3.30pm INDIs Competition: 15-19 & 20-25
5.00pm Melvyn Burgess Masterclass
Anyone attending the Young Filmmakers’ Day can get free tickets for Billy Elliot and Four Days Inside Guantanamo screenings at 5.45pm and 8.00pm