The Elstree Film Festival returns

05 Nov 2021

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Behind the scenes at the Elstree Film Festival 2021

Elstree Studios, Dreamcatcher Film Camps and Elstree Screen Arts Academy ran the fourth annual Elstree Film Festival (EFF) in the October half term.

After a break in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Elstree Studios were thrilled to be relaunching the EFF. The Festival is a free event, sponsored by Elstree Studios, which aims to introduce local school students between the ages of 9 and 14 to the world of film-making, working with industry professionals at the specialist academy, ESA in Borehamwood. Students had the opportunity to make their own short films from scratch, having a go at script-writing, producing, directing and acting.

The week commenced with a masterclass in screenwriting, character development and plot outline before students split into their age appropriate film-making crews in order to begin writing their scripts and planning their mini-productions. ESA allowed pupils the run of its state-of-the-art building which provided the perfect backdrop for the setting of the films.

The week produced 4 fantastic short films: ‘Hide and Seek’, ‘Jingle Bells Die’, ‘The Vanish’ and ‘Murder Backstage’.

Watch the fantastic films that were made here:

Hide and Seek

Jingle Bells… Die

The Vanish

Murder Backstage

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