30.06.2016 - The 'Oscars' arrive in Cambridgeshire

Established in 2008, the Cambridgeshire young people’s film festival delivered by The ICT Service is set to return for the 9th year at Cambridge Corn Exchange on the 7th July.

The event is designed to focus and inspire young people aged between the ages of 5-19, set within three separate categories, to create and showcase their filming skills. The challenge is to produce a 2-3 minute film using a variety of technology, digital cameras, tablets, PCs, laptops and film making software.

The applicants must work collaboratively, researching everyday topics before preparing and presenting consideration of a storyboard, lighting, camera skills and editing before submission. The registrations will be scrutinised by a panel of judges at the nomination stage before a shortlist is determined to be invited to an ‘Oscars’ style Awards Ceremony in front of approximately 1,200 young people, teachers and parents from across the county.

Mazzie Bartimus, at The ICT Service said: ‘’The ICT Service provides ICT Support and Services to all Schools in the Cambridgeshire area and beyond. We believe that ICT can make a significant difference to children’s learning and well-being. We trust that Britain’s future depends upon the development of citizens who are creative, confident and responsible users of technology hence the significance of initiatives such as this.’’

The campaign is supported by a number of influential organisations throughout the Cambridgeshire region. Headline sponsor, Mick George Ltd has helped fund specific technical support, advice and guidance to schools on aspects of film making as well as contributing to the hosting of the ceremony at the finale. Mick George Ltd will be presenting the winner of the Foundation/Reception category.

Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’This is a wonderful initiative that shows fantastic foresight in to a topic that affects the large majority of us in every day life nowadays. Having supported the event for a number of years, we have witnessed some of the incredible talent that many of these youngsters posses. They should be very proud of themselves.’’

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