Aspiring Sheffield filmmakers invited to enter competition to win up to £1,000 to make their own film

An inaugural competition set up to support young adventure filmmakers in Sheffield has opened for submissions, and the winning film will be shown at a festival next year.

Monday, 10th May 2021, 8:38 pm
An example of a film at the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival - Urban caving as part of ShAFF 2019.

Budding Sheffield filmmakers in school years 10-13 are being invited to enter the Rookie Filmmaker competition, an initiative set up by Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF) to help bring a film idea to life.

This is the first time young filmmakers are being invited by ShAFF to pitch ideas for a short film of three to five minutes long to be made in Sheffield or the Peak District, and the resulting film will be screened at the 2022 festival.

The competition has been made possible through the ‘Friends of ShAFF’ scheme, a Patreon scheme that allows supporters of the festival to commit to a small monthly donation in return for rewards, knowing that they are directly supporting the schools outreach programme.

Friend of ShAFF Simon Taylor said: “It’s incredibly important that young people have a voice in today’s world.

"Providing a platform to make meaningful and entertaining short films that we can share far and wide is one way of achieving that goal, so I’m really excited to support this competition.”

Festival director Matt Heason added: “The Friends of ShAFF scheme is a way for small but regular donations to have a big impact for young people in Sheffield. We’re so grateful to our supporters for making this possible, and we can’t wait to see all the film ideas.”

The winner(s) will receive up to £1,000 towards the cost of making their film, plus mentoring through the filmmaking process from Ed Birch, director of Salt Street Productions and judge at ShAFF.

The winner will be announced at the festival which takes place July 9 to 11.

Visit the ShAFF website for more information and an application form.