Media4Schools Awards

media4schoolsTo celebrate the talent of young film-makers in Wales, media4schools runs an annual award scheme which culminates in a prestigious awards ceremony to be held at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay on Monday 18th November 2013. The event is held to recognise the hard work and commitment in Wales shown by schools, 6th form colleges and organisations within the communities that produce films with young people. Opportunity for the winning films will be shown on the big screen to a wide audience full of industry professionals.

The closing date for entries is the 25th October. If your film received a good review at the 2013 Pembrokeshire Film Festival – or if you’ve made a great film since then –  why not enter it into the Media4Schools Awards? More information is available here:

National Youth Film Festival

logoThe National Youth Film Festival is looking for entries into their inaugural Film Awards event. There are a number of categories you can enter. If you would like to enter your film/animation from the 2013 Pembrokeshire Film Festival we’d recommend the All Shorts category. Follow this link to enter your film:

We’ve also got an exciting event coming up at the Torch Theatre Milford Haven, in conjunction with Film Club, on the 21st October as part of the huge variety of film screenings around the country as part of the National Youth Film Festival. Watch this space for further information.


Get Ready for Next Year’s Film Festival: the 60 Second Challenge!

Can you tell a story in 60 seconds? Here’s a guide to making a great 60 second film made by one of the Film Festival judging panel, Simon Worley:

Here’s a 60 second film made by Year 2 at Pembroke Dock Community School:

Next year all entries will need to be 60 seconds or under – unless your film is a documentary which can be 3 minutes long. Your films an animations can be about anything you like and there will be a £100 cash prize for the best independent young film maker – so get storyboarding! There’s no theme, but as 2014 is the Dylan Thomas Centenary Year why not try producing a 60 second film based on a quote, poem or extract from the great man?

The 2013 Film Festival Films are Live!

All of the films and animations from this year’s Film Festival have been uploaded and are ready to view. Just click on Featured Movies and, if they entered a film this year, you’ll be able to watch it. The animations from this year’s Aardman workshop will be live by the end of this week. Here’s one of the highlights from this year’s entries produced by Stackpole school:

Film Festival 2013 Report and Results

awardsThe Torch Theatre hosted the eighth Pembrokeshire Schools Film and Animation Festival. A total of 25 schools took part in a three-day programme of workshops and screenings from Aardman, Film Club, Planet Sunday and Pembrokeshire Education Advisory Service.

Young film-makers arrived early on Friday to soak up the atmosphere of the Oscars-style event with interviews and photographs on the red carpet followed by a screening of their films and animations in the cinema.

This year’s entries showcased a wide range of movies ranging from spectacular special effects action adventures, adaptions of Shakespeare classics, modelling clay and cartoon animation to documentaries and music videos. Every school entering had the opportunity to see their film shown on the big screen and then vote for their favourite in the Western Telegraph Audience Award.

Other awards were given by the festival’s judging panel of filmmakers – Greg David (Planet Sunday), Sharron Harries (Curious Ostrich Productions), Simon Worley (Beach Media) and Janice Jenkins (Pembrokeshire College).

stteilos2Film Festival director Duncan Whitehurst said: “Every year we have seen the standard of films and animations improving, helped by the links we have made with film industry professionals. Pembrokeshire schools have been inspired to have a go at film and animation because it enables children to learn technical skills and apply creativity and imagination to subjects across the curriculum. Teachers have discovered that through film-making young people learn through experience and can develop confidence and practical team-working skills. Showcasing schools’ films at the end of the year is a way of celebrating the success of completing a project and gives film-makers the opportunity to see each others’ work and share ideas.”

Many of the entries screened at this year’s event will go forward to represent Pembrokeshire in the new National Youth Film Festival and the Media4Schools Welsh Film Awards at Cineworld in Cardiff in the Autumn. Follow the links on the right to see this year’s animations and films.

neylandThe winners were:
Best Animation (Primary): Ysgol Casblaidd;
Best Film (Primary): Neyland Community School;
Curriculum Award (for best script, planning and editing): Stackpole VC School;
Best Film or Animation (Secondary): Danny Tose from Ysgol y Preseli;
The Independent Young Film-Maker Award: Rowan Petersen from Ysgol Casblaidd;
The Western Telegraph Audience Award: Lucy Lloyd and Niall Mills from Greenhill School.

*Pictures featuring Neyland Community School and St.Teilo’s School courtesy of the Western Telegraph.