Young people of all ages interested in film making are being encouraged by youth organisation Woodcraft Folk, to enter the short films competition of the Just Film Festival 2022.
The festival is being organised by Birmingham Film Co-op of which Woodcraft Folk and Central England Co-Op are partners. Woodcraft Folk will also have a representation on the judging panel.
The theme for the festival is ‘Working together’ which was an important choice for Woofcraft Folk whose work is deeply rooted in the values of co-operation, inclusion, equality and friendship. The festival partners hope that in the spirit of the festival’s theme, young people will come together and create their films collaboratively.
The festival runs from 24th June-3rd July 2022, and along with shorts chosen from the competition entries being shown, there will be feature films on display linked to social justice topics. Films will predominantly be screened online however, there will be the opportunity to watch some of them in person during the festival and at the Awards Ceremony taking place on Sunday 3rd July. Woodcraft Folk will also be displaying a selection of the film entries at their international camp, Common Ground this summer from 29th July-8th August.
Those wishing to enter the competition are being asked to submit films no longer than 15 minutes and there is no rule on the type of video format; people are being encouraged by the festival to get creative and experiment. Submissions can be a drama or documentary and many approaches could be explored from black and white film to animation. The organisers say no special equipment is necessary nor training as they are looking for creativity and enthusiasm to shine through.
Aggie Taylor, Woodcraft Folk Chair of General Council says:
“We are really excited to be working with the Birmingham Co-operative Film Society on their Film Festival this year supporting with both the vision of the festival and later on in the judging process of the film competition! It is really important to us that our young people have the opportunity to develop their creativity and their imagination and we hope to see lots of submissions from Woodcraft Folk groups and individuals around the theme of working together”.
There is a charge of £5 to enter the competition but this can be waived for those who this could be a barrier to entry.
The closing date for entries is 30th April 2022 which need to be submitted online. You can find out more about the competition and how to submit an entry at https://filmfreeway.com/JustFilmFestivalBirmingham