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Exploring film-making silently

The International Youth Silent Film Festival New Zealand Regionals are happening again in 2018 and look set to be bigger and  better than before.

The 2017 competition and VIP Red Carpet Awards night at Baycourt in Tauranga were both huge successes, with the national winners now set to compete in the IYSFF International Awards final on June 7 in Portland, Oregon, USA.

Bay of Plenty Film has been passionate about engaging New Zealand youth into this rapidly-growing and exciting industry and is working alongside Baycourt Community & Arts Centre to make this successful event happen again in 2018.

The IYSFF provides a platform for young  people to explore the art of film-making, as well as gain a new appreciation for the Mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ.

From this process young filmmakers gain a host of lifelong skills, such as team building, planning for and meeting deadlines, plus project management and execution.

IYSFF Project manager Jannine Bishop says the festival’s creation of programmes for the theatre organ helps build audiences critical to the preservation of this endangered piece of musical and theatrical history.

Young people from around New Zealand submit their films, and from their entries, finalists for the national heat are selected. The finalists’ films are then screened at a red carpet awards ceremony at Baycourt Theatre in Tauranga in October 2018 – with the three national heat winners’ films  then going on to compete in the international finals in Portland.

In conjunction with the IYSFF, BOP Film will be facilitating a series of workshops in Tauranga and Whakatane to provide young film-makers with the skills they need in order to produce a silent film, and submit it to the national competition.

The tutors for the three day workshops are Anton Steel, Bay of Plenty Film CEO who has worked as a director, first assistant director and producer for more than 20 years; and specialist tutors Tanya Horo, Annie Lawler, Andrew Taylor, Jannine Bishop, Tessa Blackett and Sandi Cutts who will tutor in their specialist fields of acting, directing, camera operating, art direction, editing and special effects make-up.

BOP Film is in the process of creating an introduction to the IYSFF promo video with a URL link which explains the entire process of how to enter, lesson plans, links to previous winners’ films, the different scores of music, plus the rules in a very easy-to-understand format.

This year BOP Film intern Jaden Charrington will be assisting Jannine in running the workshops and festival. They are both also available to come to schools to meet with students, answer questions, and provide guidance on making the short films.

Jannine Bishop can be contacted on 021 056 4009 or email jannine@bopfilm.nz Submissions for IYSFF close on September 1, 2018.

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