Now in its 6th year, the prestigious event aims to encourage and support emerging young filmmaking talent in our region and for the first time we have two awards to present, each with a cash prize of £250 to go towards the young filmmaker’s next project.
The Chris Anderson Award
Filmmakers aged 15-19 years old
This long standing award is to celebrate the filmmaking achievements of 15-19 year olds in the region. The award is presented in memory of the late Chris Anderson, one of the Festival’s founders, and an active supporter of nurturing young filmmakers. The Award is kindly supported by his family – widow Chrissie Anderson and son Paul W.S. Anderson, director of Resident Evil and Alien vs. Predator.
Young Filmmakers Award
Filmmakers aged 14 years and under
We are proud to present this award for the first time this year, which is especially for young people 14 years and under who have excelled at filmmaking. This award is kindly supported by Simpson McCreath Trust.
The event will be presented by Ian McLaughlin from The Suggestibles with the winner being announced by a stellar jury which includes Peter Snowdon, Catriona MacInnes and Lizzie Nixon.
See It, Make It: Filmmaking Project in the Borders
Over the summer, the Festival has been working with Kelso Youth Project and the Film Club at Jedburgh Grammar School to facilitate filmmaking projects with local young people from ages 9 to 16 years olds. Both groups have been working with professional filmmaker, Tom Swift through a series of hands-on workshops to create two short films which have their special premiere at the Young Filmmakers Showcase.
This project is kindly funded by Into Film with support from Voice Of My Own.
Meet the Jury
Peter Snowdon: Northumberland-born, Belgium-based documentary filmmaker, and the director of The Uprising in this year’s programme.
Catriona MacInnes: Award-winning filmmaker and producer of Jumpcut, a screen industry training initiative for young people in Glasgow.
Lizzie Nixon: Founder of Lamplight Film Club in Sunderland, and Coach and Programme Coordinator at Changemakers.