Wales’ largest film festival for young people, the Zoom International Youth Film Festival (ZIFF), has been added to the prestigious roll of festivals approved by BAFTA Cymru.
The addition to the roll of festivals will qualify short and feature films screened at the week-long event in March 2015, as eligible for BAFTA Cymru award nomination.
Taking place from 23 – 27 March 2015, ZIFF also features a host of TV and film-based workshops right across Rhondda Cynon Taff, Merthyr Tydfil, Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen, Caerphilly and Bridgend, striveing to enhance film literacy, promote collaborations and broaden the horizons and aspirations of participants.
Hannah Raybould, Director of BAFTA Cymru said: “We are very pleased to add Zoom to our list of approved festivals. We rely heavily on our partners to discover and celebrate the best of new Welsh talent, and ensure that these films reach audiences of all ages. We look forward to receiving entries, especially in the short form category, to compete for the British Academy Cymru Awards in October 2015.”
The programme of events for ZIFF 2015 will be officially announced on 16 December 2014, confirming the venues involved, the diverse films from across the world selected to feature, and the experts who will be delivering exciting workshops around acting for screen, animation, music video production and more.
BAFTA Cymru is also planning to host a number of events aimed at encouraging young talent to enter the film, television and games industry.
Gemma Woolley, Director of Zoom said: “The festival keeps growing year on year, and since 2007 we’ve reached and involved over 10,000 young people throughout South Wales in particular, not only as those experiencing the events we offer, but also being an intrinsic part of the team delivering the festival.”
“Our film selections are very diverse and carefully chosen to meet the expectations of our audiences, who consider Zoom to be an important part of their calendar. Being recognised by BAFTA Cymru as a festival of quality content that’s eligible for their award consideration is a real jewel in the crown of a very successful and busy year for Zoom, which has had an increased international focus leading up to our 2015 festival programme.”
The Zoom International Youth Film Festival culminates on 27 March with a unique tip-of-the-hat to the BAFTA Awards in the form of the Zoom Young Filmmaker Awards 2015 (ZYFAs), for which submissions are now open through the website: www.zoomcymru.com.
Comedies, music videos, dramas, documentaries and animations by young people are just some of the short film types that the ZYFAs honour.
This year’s Festival is supported by Ffilm Cymru Wales and Zoom also acknowledges support from the Big Lottery Fund (People and Places and Awards For All).