Entries are now open for Newport Youth Film Showcase 2018, with festival organisers eager to hear from young producers, who can submit films from any genre and any length up to 15 minutes.
Now in its sixth year, the Newport Youth Film Showcase (formally Newport Youth Film Festival) is a short film competition for young people aged between 16-25, offering a top prize of $200 and a public film screening at the Newport Community Hub on July 7.
Festival Director Imogen Stroud said the showcase is an opportunity for young producers to get a feel for what it’s like to make film and have their work shown on the big screen in front of an audience.
“It’s a big part of film making, an important process to go through as a film maker and we want to introduce this in a fun and encouraging way. Previous entrants have gone on to study film and media, and others have continued to work in the industry,” Ms Stroud said.
It is the second year that Imogen Stroud has been Festival Director, after taking over the festival in 2017, though the 25-year-old from Newport has been involved for many years and was actually the winner of the Newport Youth Film Festival in 2013.
“My short film The Haunted House was about a young lady who lives alone. After returning from work, she reads a newspaper article about haunted houses. She ignores this and is soon chased out of the house with her sausage dog by an evil apparition,” Ms Stroud said.
Previous festival entries appear to have had dark themes and subjects in common, which Stroud said is common for young film makers starting out, but difficult to determine the reasons why.
“We had a few films with loss and death in them. These themes seem to be common in films made by young people or those who are just starting out. It’s hard to pinpoint why this is so common; perhaps its just the difficulties of growing up,” Ms Stroud said.
Newport Youth Film Showcase is accepting entries up until June 16, with submissions then viewed by a judging panel, before winners are announced at a public film screening at the Newport Community Hub on July 7.