Co-operative calls for 2012 Film Festival entries

THE Co-operative is celling for budding young movie-makers to submit their own productions to the prestigious Co-operative Film Festival.

Young people aged 19 and under have until Friday, August 31st, to get their entries into the national festival and stand the chance of seeing their film première on the silver screen.

Festival organiser Keela Walsh, The Co-operative Group’s National Projects Assistance, said: “The 2012 Co-operative Film Festival promises to be an extra special event as it is part of the ‘Co-operatives United’, the global culmination for the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives.

“This major national film festival is a great opportunity for young people to showcase their talents and we urge both experienced movie-makers and those who have never made a film before to give it a go.”

Entries to the festival, which is now in its 46th year, should be no more than six minutes long and will be viewed and selected by a panel of film and media professionals. There are no categories to limit the imagination, and film makers are encouraged to tackle issues that interest them, through drama or documentary, animation or comedy, to music video or silent movie.

Not only will film makers get to see their work on the big screen at this major international celebration of Co-operatives – taking place over two days at the Manchester Central Convention Complex in November – but they can also take part in exciting events and master-classes hosted by film experts and receive feedback on their film.

More information can be found on the Festival website at