Leeds Young Filmmakers Golden Owl Awards

IMG_2588_smArtForms, Leeds Young Film Festival and Logistik are delighted to present the 2014 Golden Owl Awards, celebrating the work of Leeds schools, community groups and individual filmmakers.

What is Leeds Young Filmmakers’ Golden Owl Awards?

An exciting filmmaking competition, now in its third year, for young people aged 19* and under.

The Golden Owl Awards celebrates the best of young people’s filmmaking across the city and offers an opportunity for you to see your work on a big screen in front of an audience of friends, parents, carers, teachers, filmmaking professionals and other young film enthusiasts.

The Oscars style red carpet, black tie extravaganza, held in the splendour of the Leeds Town Hall on April 2nd 2014, will showcase the best new films from Leeds emerging talent, with awards being presented by celebrities and local dignitaries. Expect to see some famous faces from film and TV, with the sounds of Leeds Youth Jazz Rock and Training Orchestras filling the auditorium, as well as one or two surprises throughout the evening!

* 25 for vulnerable adults or people with physical impairments.


Entry Criteria

1. Produced by children / young people under 19 *

The majority of the people involved in the production of the film must be aged 19 * years or under.
The production must be young person-led and young people must have devised the script or story. Young people must also have been involved in using the camera and sound equipment and been involved in the editing.

* 25 for vulnerable adults or people with physical impairments.

2. Maximum of 10 minutes, including credits

Films can be of any length up to 10 minutes. Even one minute films will be considered – longer is not necessarily better. Trailers will not be accepted – only complete films.

3. Only films made since January 2013 can be entered

Previous submissions will not be accepted.

4. Maximum 3 entries per person / group / school

You may enter up to three films in total; however only ONE film can be shortlisted per category per person / group / school.

5. Contains no copyrighted material

If your film is selected you must have gained permission for any copyrighted material, including music and soundtrack.

You can find out more information about sources of copyright free music, film and images here.

6. Attend the Golden Owls Awards

If your film is selected you must be able to attend the Golden Owls Awards ceremony which will take place on Wednesday 2 April 2014 at Leeds Town Hall.

Final entries must be submitted by 4pm on 7th February 2014.

Return the completed entry form with a copy of the film on DVD to:

Leeds Young Film Festival
Golden Owls ENTRY 2014
Town Hall, The Headrow
Leeds, LS1 3AD

Each film entry MUST be accompanied by a completed entry form which can be downloaded here. If you send in more than one film, you will need to complete an entry form for each submission.

DVDs cannot be returned, so please don’t send the master copy of your film.

Entries can also be submitted online - download instructions here.


When will the Golden Owl Awards ceremony take place?

The ceremony takes place on the evening of Wednesday 2 April 2014 at Leeds Town Hall and will be the opening ceremony for Leeds Young Film Festival. It will be a ticketed, black tie event with celebrities and dignitaries from the film, civic, education and business worlds.

Who can enter?

Any young person from Leeds  who has made a short film since January 2013 can submit to this competition. We welcome submissions from individuals or groups of friends, youth and community groups, schools and colleges.

The categories are:

Individuals/groups of friends

11 and under, 12-15, 16-19

Community Groups

Schools & Colleges

KS1: 3-7, KS2: 7-11, KS3: 11-114, KS4: 14-16,  KS5: 16-19

MediaFish Perspective Award in partnership with Leeds DEC

This category is for films specifically with the theme of ‘Global Fairness’ and is chosen by young people. See www.leedsdec.org.uk for more inspiration!

NB Films should be entered according to the age(s) of the young people at the time the film was made.

Will all films be shown?

Not all films entered into the competition will be screened. Edited highlights of shortlisted films will be shown at the award ceremony and winning films will be screened in Leeds Young Film Festival as part of the Closing Gala on Friday 11 April 2014.

What sort of films are we looking for?

Films can be of any genre or type including comedy, horror, drama, animation or documentary. This includes music, skate and promo videos. For schools and colleges submissions can include films produced in lesson time or as extra curricular activity and can be made as part of a project, for fun or as a specific commission. Trailers will not be accepted – only complete films.

We’ll be looking for…

• Originality and creativity
• Compelling, interesting and engaging storytelling
• Innovative filmmaking techniques
• Quality of sound and editing
• Young people’s involvement throughout the filmmaking process
• Age and ability

High production costs are not essential – editing and sound can be effective without costing lots of money.

How does the selection process work?

A shortlist will be selected in each category by a panel of independent judges, consisting of professionals working in the moving image industry, film and media education and a representation of young people.

In addition to the category submitted to, films will also be considered for the MediaFish Perspective Award (an award chosen by young people for young people).

How will I know if my film has been selected?

We will contact all entrants by Friday 28 February 2014 at the latest to confirm whether or not the film has been shortlisted. All entrants will receive a certificate and feedback about their film regardless of whether they are accepted or not.

Please Note: All films submitted by individuals / friends will also be considered for the Independent Directions Young Filmmaker Awards (The INDIs) a national competition run by Leeds Young Film Festival. Click here for more information.

The competition is supported by Leeds City Council through the Leeds Young Film Network, ArtForms, the Leeds Young Film Festival and Leeds City Learning Centres in partnership with Logistik. It reflects the commitment made by the Council to support young people through the Leeds Children and Young People’s Plan (CYPP) and Leeds as a Child Friendly City.

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