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Emerging Talent

Emerging Talent young filmmakers competition

In 2016 we ran a young filmmakers’ short film competition, open to anyone aged 18 or under regardless of ability or experience, called Emerging Talent. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who made and submitted a film. There was a fantastic variety and a span of ages from 9 to 17 years old.

The judges

  • Sara Bennett: Visual effects supervisor for The Martian and Oscar-winner for Ex Machina
  • Nick Goldsmith: Producer of Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy
  • Richard Roberts: Set decorator for Star Wars
  • Russell Maclean: Producer of the Meerkat adverts
  • Annabel Alison: Award-winning film writer/director

What did the judges look for?

Although a certain degree of technical ability was important, the judges also looked for one or more of the following:

  • Idea: Have you had an interesting and original idea?
  • Characters: Have you created believable and interesting characters?
  • Story: Does your film tell the story well and keep your audience watching?
  • Soundtrack: If you closed your eyes would the soundtrack be just as interesting? Music, dialogue and sound effects all add to the experience.
  • Style: Is there something about your film which makes it feel different? For instance, camera angles, lighting and editing can all set the mood.
  • Age of filmmaker: This is important as we want to celebrate talent across all ages from Y5 to Y13. Judges will take your age into account when they view your film.