Look who’s back!
Showcomotion Young People’s Film Festival will return to the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield Friday 25 May – Sunday 3 June with another terrific lineup of film screenings for schools and families, with plenty of activities and very special guests.
Last year’s festival was a huge success and brought hundreds of children to the Showroom to watch a truly unique array of films, from documentaries about teenage poets to the latest Studio Ghibli animation. Festival Director Joan Parsons is currently at the Berlinale, Berlin International Film Festival scouting for films to make this year’s film programme every bit as diverse and enjoyable as last year’s.
Details of this year’s film programme will be announced soon. The festival website www.showcomotion.org.uk is currently undergoing a makeover, but in the meantime, follow @showcomotion on Twitter for all the latest.
Showcomotion 2012 Youth Jury
After launching the Youth Jury initiative at last year’s festival, Showcomotion is once again on the hunt for an enthusiastic bunch of bright young film fans to form the 2012 Showcomotion Youth Jury. This year there will be two Youth Juries, 11-14’s and 15 -18’s.
Youth Jury members will watch all the festival films that are part of the competition strand ahead of the festival, discuss all the films under consideration and decide which of them deserves to be crowned Showcomotion Best Film. Jury members will be guests of honour at the closing night of the festival where they will announce the winning film.
It’s a fantastic opportunity for young people to gain behind-the-scenes insight into film festivals and the independent film industry, a chance to see a selection of films they may not otherwise get to watch, and of course to meet fellow film fans and be part of the buzz of a film festival.
The deadline for Youth Jury applications is 5pm Friday 6 April.
Find out how to apply
The return of Red Dog!
The winner of last year’s Showcomotion Best Film award, Red Dog, has gone on to achieve great things since screening at the Showroom as the opening film of Showcomotion 2011. The film’s producer Nelson Woss attended the screening of Red Dog at Showcomotion, and the canine star of the film, Koko, appeared on the Showroom screen live via satellite to receive news of his Best Film triumph.
Since then, Red Dog has gone on to become a huge box office hit in Australia; it is now one of the ten highest grossing Australian films of all time. It swept the board at the Inside Film Awards (voted for by the Australian public), taking home Best Feature Film, Best Actor for Josh Lucas and Best Direction for Kriv Stenders. It was also awarded Best Film 2011 at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards.
Red Dog is a big-hearted family film about the intrepid adventures of a dog in search of his missing owner in the Australian outback, and the lives he touched along the way. The film is based on the novel by Louis de Bernières, which was inspired by a true story de Bernières discovered on visiting the town of Dampier, where a statue stands in Red Dog’s honour.
The story of Red Dog’s adaptation into a film is an underdog story in its own right, a truly independent production which went on to conquer the box office. It has now secured a full UK release and will be screened in cinemas across the country.
See Red Dog at the Showroom Cinema from Friday 24 February.