World’s Easiest Film Festival

World’s Easiest Film Festival

Deadline approaches for possibly the world’s easiest film-making competition. Got five minutes? Then you can enter!

Who would have thought a simple five minute flick shot with your web cam or mobile phone could win you a scholarship to study with the New York Film Academy? Unbelievable but true: Fancy equipment is out and cheap innovation is in for this year’s Cinemagic International Film Festival.

As part of the celebrations to mark the opening of the new Titanic Visitors Experience in Belfast – and to coincide with the centenary of the ship’s maiden (and last!!) voyage – the Cinemagic Film Fest is staging a multimedia event for Young People under 25.

Not only has Cinemagic given budding film-makers the chance to have their work broadcasted on UK TV and score free professional training, Cinemagic has even considered the youngsters pocket money, encouraging entrants to use whatever simple media tools they have to record.

Top that off with no entry fee and this becomes an emerging film-makers wet dream.

Entrants are asked to produce a video pod-cast of no more than five minutes surrounding the theme ‘Titanic’. Artistic freedom is encouraged; there is no set genre or required format, and the quality of the recording device used will not factor into their judgment.

The winners will be judged by a panel of industry professionals, including Academy Award winning scriptwriter Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park). 

Entry is open to film-makers from all over the world, with the winning films being exhibited at the Titanic Belfast celebrations in April 2012.

The deadline for submission is Friday January 27th. Sure it’s soon, but as the competition encourages using “easily accessible recording devices” you really have no excuse not to enter… that is unless you are too old….

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Sian's love for movies spawned from having a tight mother whose generosity stretched only to hiring movies once a week for entertainment. As a pre-teen Sian spent more pocket money then she earned on cinema tickets and thus sought a job at the cinema. Over the next decade she rose to be one of the greats in her backwater, six-screen cinema complex, zooming through the ranks from candy bar wench with upselling superpowers, to pasty projectionist, to a manager rocking a pencil skirt. Sian went on to study Journalism at university though feels her popcorn shovelling days were far more educational