SHAFF launch competition for budding young filmmmakers

Sheffield Adventure Film Festival brings its unique line-up of outdoor films back to Sheffield’s Showroom this summer, and organisers have announced that this year’s event will include a brand new competition for aspiring young filmmakers, offering winners funding and invaluable mentoring to make their film, which will then be screened at next year’s festival and in Sheffield schools.

The Rookie Filmmaker is open to young people in school years 10-13, and the deadline for entries is 18 June. Pitches must be original ideas for short adventure films (3-5 minutes long), made in Sheffield and/or the Peak District and the films must make other people want to get outside and seek their own adventures and encourage people to protect the special places we adventure in.

The winner will receive up to £1,000 towards the cost of making their film, plus mentoring through the filmmaking process from Ed Birch, director of Salt Street Productions and judge at ShAFF. The winner will be announced at the festival which takes place 9-11 July, and the resulting film will be screened at the 2022 festival.

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Friend of ShAFF Simon Taylor said: “It’s incredibly important that young people have a voice in today’s world. Providing a platform to make meaningful and entertaining short films that we can share far and wide is one way of achieving that goal, so I’m really excited to support this competition.”

Festival Director Matt Heason added: “The Friends of ShAFF scheme is a way for small but regular donations to have a big impact for young people in Sheffield. We’re so grateful to our supporters for making this possible, and we can’t wait to see all the film ideas!”

The Rookie Filmmaker award has been made possible by the donations of Friends of ShAFF, a Patreon scheme that allows supporters of the festival to commit to a small monthly donation in return for rewards, knowing that they are directly supporting the schools outreach programme. Representing the Friends of Shaff, Simon Taylor will act as executive producer of the film.

More information and an application form can be found on the ShAFF website.

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