Showcomotion: Young People’s Film Festival 2013
Showcomotion Young People’s Film Festival will return to the Showroom Cinema Saturday 6 – Sunday 21 July with another terrific lineup of film screenings for schools and families, with plenty of activities and very special guests.
The 2013 festival will include acting workshops, the return of Encounters Film Festival short film selections, and a special strand of Danish children’s films as well as a selection of brand new films in the competition strand.
Joan Parsons, Showcomotion Festival Director said:
“We are really pleased to announce the festival this year, proudly bringing a full programme of films and fun to our screens for sixteen days in July, and we can't wait to see you there. If you are 11-18 why not get involved and be on our Youth Jury?”
Details of this year’s film programme will be announced soon.
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Showcomotion 2013 Youth Jury
Every year Showco recruits a team of young film buffs to watch the films in the competition strand of the festival programme and award two of the films with jury prizes. The Showco Youth Jury is for 11-14 year olds and the InterActive Youth Jury is for 15-18’s. It's a great opportunity to see what it's like to be part of a film festival, to watch a selection of fantastic films before they're released in UK cinemas, to talk about the films and make some new friends along the way.
In total, 10 youngsters passionate about film and keen to get involved will be chosen to take part in the 2013 juries. They must watch and discuss the films then announce the winners on the closing night of the festival.
Applications are now OPEN! The deadline is 5pm Friday 7 June
Find out how to apply: http://www.showcomotion.org.uk/youthjuries/
Showcomotion Industry Screenings
This year Showcomotion will welcome film industry professionals to the Showroom for two days of film screenings and networking events, Saturday 6 – Sunday 7 July. Attendees will be given the opportunity to watch the films in Showcomotion’s competition strand – brand new children’s films from around the world, many of which will not yet have secured a UK cinema release. This showcase will be a key opportunity for filmmakers to exhibit their work in the hope that it will lead to further festival screenings or a distribution deal to get their work into cinemas. Ultimately the objective is to increase the diversity of children’s films available to audiences in the UK, bringing us more in line with our European counterparts whose children’s film industries are thriving and varied.
This screening weekend will follow immediately on from the Children’s Media Conference 3-5 July, which also takes place at the Showroom Cinema, marking Sheffield out as a key destination for anyone working in the field of children’s film and media.
Further details of the Showcomotion Industry Screenings will be announced soon.
Looking back at Showco 2012
The competition category in the festival expanded last year to include films from far-flung corners of the world - from New Zealand (Maori Boy Genius) to Denmark (Tigers and Tattoos) and many points in-between. Showco’s exclusive gala previews in 2012 were Dr Seuss’ The Lorax, Petit Nicolas and Top Cat!
The 2012 opening night celebrations kicked off with delicious homemade sweets made by the Showroom’s fabulous chefs. This was followed by a screening the wonderful The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom.
The Polish Cinema Retrospective showcased the long European tradition of children’s cinema, with great stories and new perspectives. Showco 2012 also had a fascinating exhibition of real Polish film puppets and a workshop where the young participants made their very own stop-motion animation. The other workshops covered astronomy, comedy writing and short films. Showco also teamed up with Bristol’s Encounters Film Festival last year to bring a selection of their short films to Sheffield.