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Deadline for entries – Friday 5 February 2016

The Leeds Young Filmmakers’ Golden Owl Awards are an exciting filmmaking competition for young people aged 19* and under. The Golden Owl Awards celebrates the best of young people’s filmmaking across the city and offers an opportunity for you to see your work on a big screen in front of an audience of friends, parents, carers, teachers, filmmaking professionals and other young film enthusiasts.

The Oscars style red carpet, black tie extravaganza, held in the splendour of the Leeds Town Hall on Thursday 31 March 2016, will showcase the best new films from Leeds emerging talent, with awards being presented by celebrities and local dignitaries. Expect to see some famous faces from film and TV, with the sounds of Leeds Youth Jazz Rock and Training Orchestras filling the auditorium, as well as one or two surprises throughout the evening!

The competition is supported by Leeds City Council through the Leeds Young Film Network, ArtForms and Leeds Young Film Festival in partnership with Vista. It reflects the Council’s vision for Leeds as a Child Friendly City described in the Children and Young People’s Plan 2011-2015.
Download 2016 Entry Form

ENTRY CRITERIA
Any young person from Leeds who has made a short film since Jan 2015 can submit to this competition. We welcome submissions from individuals or groups of friends, Youth & Community Groups and Schools & Colleges.

Films must fulfil the following criteria:

  1. Produced by children / young people under 19 *
    The majority of the people involved in the production of the film must be aged 19 * years or under.
    The production must be young person-led and young people must have devised the script or story. Young people must also have been involved in using the camera and sound equipment and been involved in the editing.
  2. Maximum of 10 minutes, including credits
    Films can be of any length up to 10 minutes. Even one minute films will be considered – longer is not necessarily better. Trailers will not be accepted – only complete films.
  3. Only films made since January 2015 can be entered
    Previous submissions will not be accepted.
  4. Maximum 3 entries per person / group / school
    You may enter up to three films in total; however only ONE film can be shortlisted per category per person / group / school.
  5. Contains no copyrighted material
    If your film is selected you must have gained permission for any copyrighted material, including music / soundtrack.
    See here for sources of copyright free music, film and images.
  6. If your film is selected you must be able to attend the Golden Owls Awards ceremony which will take place on Thursday 31 March 2016 at Leeds Town Hall.

NB If your film is screened as part of Leeds Young Film Festival 2016, you must have gained permission for any copyrighted material, including music and soundtrack. For more information about how to access copyright free material, click here for a list of websites/organisations that you can visit.

We want your films to be the best they can be so for ideas and tips please read our Filmmaking Tips sheet (available on www.leedsyoungfilm.com. Further details about specific filmmaking techniques and genre specific competencies can be found on the ArtForms website and are available on request.

*25 for young people with special needs

 

Competition categories:
NB Films should be entered according to the age(s) of the young people at the time the film was made.

Individuals/groups of friends can enter films into three age groups:

11 and Under
12-15
16-19*

Community Groups have a single separate category :

Community Groups

Schools & Colleges can enter films into five age categories:

KS1: 3-7
KS2: 7-11
KS3: 11-14
KS4: 14-16
KS5: 16-19 *

MediaFish Perspective Award in partnership with Child Friendly Leeds – Work

The MediaFish Perspective award is the only Golden Owl award chosen by young people for young people. This year we have partnered with Child Friendly Leeds who are working towards making Leeds a place where children are valued, supported, enjoy growing up, and look forward to a bright future. During the summer of 2011 thousands of children and young people were asked how they thought Leeds could become more child friendly. Their top ideas are now known as the ‘12 wishes’ and for 2016 we have chosen The Child Friendly Wish No. 9 as the theme for the MediaFish Perspective Award:

‘There are a greater number of better quality jobs, work experience opportunities and good quality careers advice for all.’

You can interpret this however you like – tell us what your dream job would be, imagine what work might look like when you’re older or show us what happens when you get good (or bad) careers advice. We want to see what ‘work’ means to you.

HOW TO ENTER
Download the attached form and send it with a DVD copy of the film, or a link to watch it on YouTube or Vimeo, to the following address by Friday 5 February 2016.
Leeds Young Film Festival
Golden Owls Entry 2016
Town Hall
The Headrow
Leeds
LS1 3AD

Alternatively e-mail the completed form to leedsyoungfilmentry@gmail.com (only applicable for YouTube and Vimeo submissions).

Each film entry MUST be accompanied by an entry form. If you send in more than one film, you will need to complete an entry form for each submission.

DVDs cannot be returned, so please don’t send the master copy of your film.

NB If your film is screened as part of Leeds Young Film Festival 2016, you must have gained permission for any copyrighted material, including music and soundtrack. For more information about how to access copyright free material, click here for a list of websites/organisations that you can visit.

Download 2016 Entry Form

FAQs

When will the Golden Owl Awards ceremony take place?
The evening of Thursday 31 March 2016 at Leeds Town Hall and will be the closing ceremony for Leeds Young Film Festival. It will be a ticketed, black tie event with celebrities and dignitaries from the film, civic, education and business worlds.

Will all films be shown?
Not all films entered into the competition will be screened. Edited highlights of shortlisted films will be shown at the award ceremony and winning films will be screened at a special event at Hyde Park Picture House following the awards ceremony.

What sort of films are we looking for?
Films can be of any genre or type including comedy, horror, drama, animation or documentary. This includes music, skate and promo videos. For schools and colleges submissions can include films produced in lesson time or as extracurricular activity and can be made as part of a project, for fun or as a specific commission. Trailers will not be accepted – only complete films.

How will I know if my film has been selected?
If your film is successful, then we will contact you by Friday 26 February 2016 at the latest. If you do not hear from us by then your film has not been selected.

Who will be judging the films?
A shortlist will be selected in each category by a panel of independent judges, consisting of professionals working in the moving image industry, film and media education and a representation of young people.

What are the judging criteria?

  • Young people’s involvement throughout the filmmaking process – we are really interested in your ideas as the young people who are making the film. We want to hear your ideas and stories and know how much you have driven the concept project and as well as how much you have been involved in the process of making it. If there has been adult involvement, please tell us how much they have been involved and how much has been their own work.
  • Compelling, interesting and engaging storytelling – all good filmmaking is good storytelling and we will be looking at how strong and original the ‘story’ is and how effectively it is told with the chosen techniques / formats (e.g live action, animation, documentary).
  • Originality and creativity – a good film is not dependent on complicated techniques and expensive equipment, we will be looking at how effectively and creatively the resources/equipment available has been used to tell the story. We are particularly interested in innovative techniques where this helps to tell the story better such as interesting camera shots or how the editing has been carried out in a way which enhances the storytelling.
  • Quality of camerawork, sound and editing – effective use of the equipment are all essential in creating a good film and we will be looking for clear dialogue, appropriate soundtrack, mix of shot types, smooth editing, etc. High production costs are not essential – editing and sound can be effective without costing lots of money. Where there are actors in the film, we will be looking for them to be well rehearsed and clearly engaged by the story.
  • Age and ability – we don’t expect the technical ability of 5 year olds to be as good as 15 year olds and this will be taken into account. However we do expect the creativity and involvement of the young people to be clearly demonstrated regardless of age.

We want your films to be the best they can be so for ideas and tips please read our Filmmaking Tips sheet (available on www.leedsyoungfilm.com). Further details about specific filmmaking techniques and genre specific competencies can be found on the ArtForms website and are available on request.

 

Download Golden Owl Filmmaking Tips
Download Golden Owl Digital Entry Guidelines