Jul 222014
 
Calling all young filmmakers from the UK aged 6 – 19 years

The UK Kids for Kids Film Festival, now in it’s 6th year of operation, is seeking submissions of short films made by children and young people of up to 10 minutes  for its annual national film competition.

Categories are * Live Action * Animation * One Minute Films

Selected films for the competition section will be screened at the BFI Southbank in London on Saturday 15th November 2014.

The festival team will appoint an international professional jury and a children’s jury who will award the following prizes:
Best Film in each age group and in each category, and one Grand Prize for Outstanding Achievement for a film made by children and young people from each age group with the winners of this award also having their film classified by the British Board of Film Classification.

Awards and Prizes will be announced at the conclusion of the competition at the BFI Southbank.  Full details of events to follow.

Deadline for entries is 31st August, 2014

Please read the competition guidelines before you submit your film which can be downloaded here: KFK-guidelines

Submit your film using the online submission form on our website here and then send us your film either on DVD or via We Transfer before the deadline date of 31st August to info@kidsforkidsuk.org.

Jul 102014
 

VUE MOVIEMAKERS 12ALocal primary school children’s screenwriting dreams come to life

Four children from Beaconhill Community Primary School saw their Hollywood dreams come true as their competition-winning short films premiered on the big screen at Vue Cramlington in early July.

In a competition to celebrate the first anniversary of Vue Cramlington, pupils were asked to put their creative minds to work and design an exciting movie storyboard using “Hollywood comes to Cramlington” as inspiration.

The three exceptional stories chosen to be made into Hollywood-style blockbusters were Shaun Fantozzi’s action-packed hero epic, Superdog, Daniel Clack’s mischievous cat comedy, Me-Ow, and the eerie Monster Who Went to School by LIlian Rintoul and Chelsea Richards.

The films were then developed into animations by young award winning filmmakers from our national film competition who went on to create the final films with support from our team.   Jacob Crow from Barnard Castle, County Durham cleverly crafted Superdog using LEGO® animation while Joe Blandamer from Devon put his sculpting skills to work for Me-Ow using plasticine animation.  The Remix Group, a team of four young people from the Washington Arts Centre, creatively developed Monster Who Went to School entirely from their own illustrations and voiceovers.

Kieran Lancini, Vue PR & Publicity Manager, says, “We were overwhelmed by the creative talents of local Cramlington children. Choosing our three winners to have their stories made into films from so many great entries was not an easy decision.

“Since opening our doors in Cramlington last year, we’ve wanted to bring a little bit of Hollywood to the community. It’s been fantastic to be able to take this a step further and work with local children to help their aspiring Hollywood dreams come to life, while also working with passionate and talented young filmmakers from Kids for Kids UK to make it happen.”

The films premiered at a special screening exclusively for Beaconhill Community Primary School where the winning children were presented with an Oscar-style accolade for their work.

For more information on the Vue cinemas please visit www.myvue.com.

Watch the 3 films below

Superdog from Kids for Kids UK on Vimeo.

Meow from Kids for Kids UK on Vimeo.

Monster Who Went To School from Kids for Kids UK on Vimeo.

Jun 042014
 

Dear Friend

We launched our first ever Kickstarter Campaign today to help raise some funds to enable us to put on the best ever Kids for Kids UK Film Competition at the BFI Southbank in London later on this year.

In order to do this we really do need YOUR help.

It’s the first time we have ever asked so please DONATE and share our campaign with your friends, family, work colleagues and all your millionaire mates.  If you like what we do, have benefitted in the past from any of our work now is the time to let us know.

A small amount of funding will help us to continue providing opportunities for children and young people to showcase their brilliant films, have them screened at a flagship London based cinema and for many talented kids to win big shiny awards for sharing their wonderful talent and imagination with us.  If we smash our target we can also provide travel bursaries for individuals and groups to attend the event in London in November this year.

You can visit our campaign here to see what it is all about and to make that all important donation
www.kickstarter.com/projects/kfkuk/kids-for-kids-uk-national-competition-2014

Please watch our young peoples campaign film here

Kids for Kids UK kickstarter campaign video from Kids for Kids UK on Vimeo.

Please give what you can and share our campaign with everyone you know.

Best Wishes Helen and Gareth

Jun 042014
 

Young Filmmakers Competition

Open for Entries! as part of what will be the 10th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival! The Competition celebrates the talents and imaginations of young filmmakers aged up to 19 years old from across North East England and South East Scotland. This year, we are proud to announce two awards; recognising the filmmaking talents of those aged 15-19 through the Chris Anderson Award, and new for this year is the Young Filmmakers Award for filmmakers aged 14 and under, supported by Simpsons McCreath Trust. Shortlisted filmmakers will see their films on the big screen over the Festival weekend and be in chance of winning £250 towards their next filmmaking project. The Young Filmmakers Competition is open to schools, colleges, youth groups as well as welcoming entries from individuals. It’s quick, easy and free of charge to submit – we accept entries online or on DVD. Please visit the website for more information www.berwickfilm-artsfest.com

May 312014
 

Calling all young filmmakers from the UK aged 6 – 19 years

The UK Kids for Kids Film Festival, now in it’s 6th year of operation, is seeking submissions of short films made by children and young people of up to 7 minutes  for its annual national film competition.

Categories are * Live Action * Animation * One Minute Films

Selected films for the competition section will be screened at the BFI Southbank in London on Saturday 15th November 2014.

The festival team will appoint an international professional jury and a children’s jury who will award the following prizes:
Best Film in each age group and in each category, and one Grand Prize for Outstanding Achievement for a film made by children and young people from each age group with the winners of this award also having their film classified by the British Board of Film Classification.

Awards and Prizes will be announced at the conclusion of the competition at the BFI Southbank.  Full details of events to follow.

Deadline for entries is 31st August, 2014

Please read the competition guidelines before you submit your film which can be downloaded here: KFK-guidelines

Submit your film using the online submission form on our website and then send us your film either on DVD or via We Transfer before the deadline date of 31st August to info@kidsforkidsuk.org.

May 082014
 

BFI_FAN_LOGO_LOT_RGBExciting news to announce.  We have been awarded £5000 from Film Hub North from their Film Audience Network Fund to deliver film screenings across County Durham.

Our project ‘People Powered Cinema’ is a unique cinematic initiative that uses environmentally friendly pedal-power to screen films as part of a rural touring cinema initiative for County Durham.  We will programme a series of films for screening in community venues across the entire County using a pedal power cinema kit developed by Jack Drum Arts (www.jackdrum.co.uk) our key delivery partner. Screenings will be promoted as intergenerational events, for families and will target specific groups including women and girls.

Ping Pong Never Too Old For Gold – Delivered in partnership with Britdoc (www.pingpongfilm.co.uk)

The Ping Pong Care Campaign is a national health and well-being campaign aimed at encouraging active ageing that uses the award winning documentary ‘Never Too Old For Gold’ as a tool to promote active ageing and community activities.  Britdoc have supplied us with 10 free ping pong care packs, including a DVD of the film, screening rights, a 10 min DVD training extra, an informational booklet and instant ping pong kits.  The Ping Pong Care Campaign isn’t just for older people and we’re really excited about the intergenerational aspect of the campaign.  For this project we would deliver ‘Ping Pong’ screenings that mix movies and physical activity via the pedal power cinema and informal ping pong matches after the screening as part of the event.

Once Upon A Time in Asia – Delivered in partnership with The Busan International Kids Film Festival, South Korea (www.biki.or.kr)

Once Upon A Time In Asia’ is a specially devised programme of award winning short animations from China, South Korea, Japan, Laos  PDR, Indonesia and Taiwan for families with children of ages 6 years + or  12 years + to be delivered in family friendly community venues.  As part of the event there will be a taster workshop at the screenings encouraging a greater understanding of Asian animation techniques as well as the themes included in the shorts which include cultural diversity, the environment, health and wellbeing.  A trailer for the screening can be found here: http://vimeo.com/54798453

Welcome To Our World – Delivered in partnership with Durham Women Rising

‘Welcome To Our World’ is a specially curated series of short films from both the UK and overseas made by British filmmaking organisations, recently graduated students and award winning professionals that all aim to raise awareness of the breadth of issues women around the world face.  The films celebrate the bravery of women and girls such as Malala, who are determined to make the world a better place for all women, challenge people to think and to feel, use humour to tackle difficult subject matter and can perhaps even motivate people to leave the screening ready to take on the responsibility for claiming a better world.  The events are primarily aimed at women and girls groups but will be open to wider audiences where appropriate and will include specialist speakers such as independent filmmaker Beryl Richards of Porcupine Pictures and Bryony Purvis of Sunbird Films.

If you are interested in booking a screening please email us at info@kidsforkidsuk.org

Supported by Film Hub North, led by Showroom Workstation. Proud to be part of the BFI Film Audience Network.

 

 

Apr 242014
 

Well Versed is a really exciting new campaign that Livity are running. Well Versed is a nation-wide, Google-backed campaign to encourage young people aged 13-18 to share their advice about how to stay safe and enjoy life online.

The campaign is led by popular YouTubers KickThePJ, Cherry Wallis, Suli Breaks and Oli White, who are calling on young people to get creative and submit their advice in the form of a short video.

The best submissions will be featured in the final Well Versed film that will be premiered at Google’s London HQ (all young people whose submissions make the final film will be invited!) and be uploaded to KickThePJ’s YouTube channel (his videos currently have over 26 million views to date).

Check the link for more information on what to do and how to submit here

Watch a couple of the films below to get an idea of what your peers are contributing.

 

 

Mar 272014
 

Young people from our first BFI Film Academy premiered their film on Saturday 22nd March to a packed house at the gorgeous New Victoria Centre in Howden-le-Wear which is home to the Mighty Wurlitzer.  The event included the first public screening of the horror film  ‘Amelia” as well as short performances on the Mighty Wurlitzer.  Afterwards the young crew and cast facilitated a wonderful Q and A with the audience answering questions about the production process, their ideas, skills learnt and what they may do next.

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Mar 272014
 

Nice little touring film fund in the bag for the next six months taking our ‘Once Upon A Time in Asia’, ‘Ping Pong Cinema’ and ‘Welcome to Our World’ curated screenings out on the road around County Durham with Jack Drum Arts Pedal Power Cinema. If you have a community group in County Durham who may be interested in hosting a screening get in touch with us for more details.

Once Upon a Time in Asia from Kids for Kids UK on Vimeo.