Young Filmmakers Covid Challenge Winners Announced – The Isle of Thanet News


Filmmakers of the Covid Challenge

The winners of a Kent Film Foundation challenge for 13-19 year olds have been announced.

The foundation is a Ramsgate-based charity that offers free weekly film workshops for young people. They announced their Covid Film Challenge when the world went into lockdown and their weekly film clubs had to close.

The resulting film selection of over 400 entries culminated in a month-long online film festival hosted by Strangelove Film Festival. It was screened as part of the Ramsgate International Film and Television Festival and was a challenge for young people to direct and submit films inspired by the lockdown and / or shot during the constraints of the lockdown.

The festival not only celebrated young filmmakers around the world, but also reminded people of the courage and persistence over the past 12 months or so, and how we continue to strive as a community across the world.

And the winners are:

The award for BEST FILM goes to Paula Szczyrba in the 14-16 years category for her film SIXTY

The Best Picture award is sponsored by Violet Pictures, a Thanet-based production company and specialist documentary distributors and a regular event screening partner with the Kent Film Foundation. The prize comes with a cash prize of £ 150 and one year of free one-on-one mentoring with professional filmmakers.

The award for BEST FILM went to Charlton John Jocson in the 17-19 years old category for his film, QUARANTAINE DAYDREAM

This is sponsored directly by Kent Film Foundation with a cash prize of £ 50.

The Audience Awards, voted on by the public, are sponsored by STRANGELOVE with a cash award of £ 100 each and they are:

10-11 years old – Evangelina Sarett for PLEASE STAY

14-16 years old – Musa Ahmed for L’ERREUR

17-19 years old – Christian Pasat for 42

Each winner receives a cash prize sponsored by Strangelove. Strangelove supports the work of the Kent Film Foundation and congratulated all of the filmmakers who submitted work. Strangelove can’t wait to be live again with two days of cinematic events at Folkestone’s Quarterhouse, September 17-18. The Kent Film Foundation is currently discussing whether to continue a partnership with Strangelove to open a channel dedicated to their young filmmakers.

Kent Film Foundation thanked the Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust, without their continued support for the Foundation’s work locally during these times this online festival would not take place.

The foundation’s youth film workshops are resuming, initially remotely; The face-to-face workshops will begin in September at Pie Factory Music in Ramsgate. Anyone interested in free film clubs should send an email to [email protected]

The organization recently submitted an offer to Thanet District Council for a transfer of the community assets of the Granville Cinema in Ramsgate to transform it via a Green Build into a community arts center.


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