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Posted June 8, 2016 by

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The debut Barnes Film Festival will be held on 2-4 September 2016 and will feature a youth film making competition, workshops and screenings of features and documentaries taking on an environmental theme. The festival will showcase young filmmaking talent from schools, colleges and universities across the UK, together with screenings of award-winning films from around the world.

Winners of Youth Filmmaking Competition to be screened at the BFI

In its first year, the Festival is proud to announce a green environmental theme. Filmmakers aged 25 and under are invited to participate in our Filmmaking Competition, which aims to discover and support young filmmaking talent from across the UK. The shortlisted films will be judged by a panel of film and TV professionals, and prizes for the winning entries will be awarded during the Festival.

The Competition is open to 3 age categories  – Under 12, 12-17 & 18 – 25 – and the film must be between 5-20 minutes in duration and be centred on an environmental theme. The deadline for submissions is 31st July and entries are to be submitted online at

Winning entries will receive prizes in the form of filmmaking kit or cash equivalents and the winning entries will be screened at both the Festival and at the BFI.

A 3 day Festival hosted in Barnes Village in SW13, London

Barnes Film Festival aims to connect young filmmakers – and anybody interested in film – with industry professionals. As well as the Filmmaking Competition, the Festival will host inspiring film events for all, including workshops, discussions, screenings and gatherings, with leading figures from the film and documentary industries. The line-up to date includes Livia Firth presenting the feature-length documentary The True Cost that explores the impact of fashion on people and the planet, and Dr Brian May will be speaking at the gala opening on 2nd September.

Festival Director and filmmaker, Samuel Cullis, says:

“Barnes Film Festival celebrates diversity, passion and creativity and seeks to connect young filmmakers with industry professionals. The green theme is rich in possibility for talented young filmmakers and we look forward to sharing the work of talented new filmmakers through this event, alongside screenings of features and documentaries across the genre that will appeal to a wide audience interested in film.”

The event will open with a gala evening at the Barnes Wetland Centre on Friday 2nd September and all screenings and events will take place in venues in Barnes village, including the Olympic Cinema.

Tickets will be available shortly for purchase online at


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