Elstree Film Festival 2018

Elstree Studios launches Elstree Film Festival for young people

Elstree Film Studios and Elstree UTC to support young people with resources and expertise

Elstree Studios is running its now annual Elstree Film Festival for young people. Working collaboratively with Elstree University Technical College (UTC), the project will offer master classes, expertise and guidance from the world of filmmaking to participating Hertsmere schools students.

Students will have a masterclass from a filmmaking professional at Elstree UTC, with tutorials and support to guide participants to create high quality films. Workshops are being held on 4th and 5th April 2018. The Elstree Film Festival is aimed at young people located in the Hertsmere area of Hertfordshire.

The master classes will use state of the art equipment, combined with expertise and production know-how to help participants to learn aspects of the filmmaking process. Participants will attend an award celebration at Elstree Studios later in the year. The theme of the proposed films will celebrate the heritage and filmmaking of Elstree Studios which is celebrating its 91st year.

The film festival will celebrate the heritage and filmmaking at Elstree Studios and how it has impacted the lives and livelihood of the residents of Hertsmere.  The Students can produce the films in a genre of their choice – it could be an animation, a documentary or a romantic drama! It will be a short film, the emphasis being on using visual and sound impact. Whatever the format, film experts and mentors will be on-hand to guide them through the production process.

Speaking at the launch, Roger Morris, Managing Director of Elstree Studios and Chairman and Co-Founder of the Elstree University Technical College said “Elstree Studios has and always will be an important integral part of the local community. The economic benefits to the local community reach much further than for the people that just work at the studios. Currently filming at Elstree Studios is hit Drama series “ The Crown”, who use the Studios, studios backlot and locations all over Hertfordshire. Local Hertsmere residents have stories linking their families to the Elstree studios over the years.  Elstree and Borehamwood were once known as “The British Hollywood” and we want to celebrate that by using our film and television industry expertise to encourage and inspire the filmmakers of the future, the film, television and theatre industry in the UK is booming and we hope young people will recognise the career opportunities that it creates.”

Chris Mitchell, Principal at Elstree UTC, commented: “Elstree UTC offers master classes from film making professionals to support local students to make their own films. Our teachers and students are delighted to be working closely with the word-famous Elstree Studiosand the local community and very excited to be supporting students in our local area. The Elstree UTC is now in its 4th year and has over 350 students; its vocational education syllabus covers Film, Television and Theatre as well as conventional National Curriculum education”.

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