18 November 2017

Busy all-day programme for Young Film Makers Day at the BFI Southbank

The theme for this popular feature of the We The Peoples film festival, a project of UNA Westminster, related to refugees and immigrants and how they could use film as an expression of their energies. The programme opened with award-winning director Mo Ali introducing his film ‘Somaliland: the Documentary’, followed by the “Judge the Shorts” feature in which the young audience voted or the ‘Best Short Film of the Festival’ award. This was won by DYAB and the audience was surprised and delighted that its director Mazin M Sherabayani from Iraq could collect the award in person.

Masterclasses were run by multi award-winning smartphone film-maker Cassius Rayner, showing how to make good films on a mobile phone and Lucrezia Pollice introducing her I-DENTITY project, working in film with refugees.

The programme continued with the screening of ‘You can’t do anything, can you?’ made by Mei Leng Yew, winner of the 2016 #TweetaPitch competition.

The 2017 #TweetaPitch competition for a £500 bursary attracted seventeen entries from which nine were chosen to make their 2 minute pitches to judges Mo Ali, the film maker, Jordan Stephens, popular musician and poet and Mei Leng Yew. Pascale Kann's winning pitch will see her making a film on the need for free access to menstrual products for homeless and poor people. The Young Film Makers Day was hosted by Iyare Iyighon from the BFI. Karin Pointner, Festival Manager, thanked the production team from the Event Academy and the BFI Future Film team, Noel Goodwin, Toyin Ayinde and Iyare Iyighon after which followed a lively networking session with refreshments kindly provided by Sainsbury’s Nine Elms.