First Light at the YoungCuts Festival, Montreal
06 September 2013
Three First Light Films Accepted into Competition
The YoungCuts Film Festival is the Premiere International Showcase for great short films by the world’s best young filmmakers (29 and under).
Established in 2001, YoungCuts was created to identify and help talented young people begin their film and television careers by providing exposure and recognition of their works and has the support of many industry professionals including Tom Sizemore and Chris Potter.
Each year, the festival selects its Top 100 International Short Films from more than a thousand films from over 30 countries and this year 3 First Light films have been accepted!
This film won ‘Best Film by Over 13s’ at the 2013 First Light Awards, drawing much acclaim and has featured at many festivals. It was a collaborative production between a group of 30 young people from Swindon Youth Forum, guided by professional filmmakers at Ideal Films provides a thought provoking look at mental illness.
My Pockets worked closely with Compass Pupil Referral Unit and the Switch Community Project to recruit participants from a range of backgrounds. The young people wanted to make comedies about sex and relationships as they felt that this was a subject that dominated their lives but that was not covered accurately in the media. They decided that making a film that was too serious would put others off watching and not represent how they talked about it amongst themselves.
A teacher talks to a class of students about sex. Some take avid notes, some are proud that they know it already and others can’t believe their ears. As the teacher continues, two sink beneath the table.
The film was a collaborative production between a group of 28 young people aged 10-22 from The Arches Youth Club, Solar Bear and Hillhead High School, guided by professional filmmakers at GMAC. Working creatively together as a mixed ability group – some of the participants were deaf or hard of hearing
Matt stargazes, searching the sky every night looking for signs of his departed wife. Keeping him company is his plucky companion, Jockie the dog. Matt is planning a surprise for his Grandson Tony. Overnight something changes; Will Tony ever find out what his Grandfather had planned?