Amateur filmmakers wanted

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Amateur filmmakers in Angus are being encouraged to enter their own short films to the 2013 Co-operative Film Festival.

Young people, aged 22 and under, have until Friday, May 31, to get their entries in for the prestigious annual festival. It will be held in partnership with Bradford’s award-winning National Media Museum on July 17 to July 19.

Entries to the festival, which is now in its 47th year, should be no more than six minutes long and will be viewed and selected by a panel of film and media professionals.

There are no categories to limit the imagination, and film makers are encouraged to tackle issues that concern them, through drama or documentary, animation or comedy, to music video or silent movie.

Not only will the film makers get to see their work on the big screen at this major national venue, but they can also take part in events and masterclasses hosted by film experts, and receive feedback on their film.

Festival organiser Laura Boonham, The Co-operative Group’s National Projects Assistant, said: “The Co-operative Film Festival keeps going from strength to strength, with the quality of films and the talent on show during the event getting better and better every year – and the 2013 festival promises to be no different.

“This major national film festival has helped showcase the talents of thousands of youngsters, from across the UK and Europe, and we urge both experienced movie-makers and those who have never made a film before to give it a go.”

In the run-up to the festival, the latest news can be found on the Festival website at www.co-operative.coop/filmfestival, on the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thecooperativefilmfestival or via Twitter by following @coopfilmfest. Films can also be entered online – see the website for further details.