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12/02/2002

Scottish Students On Screen receives record number of entries

Over 140 films from colleges and universities across Scotland have been entered for competition at the Scottish Students On Screen film festival on March 14 to 15, 2002.
Short dramas, animations, music videos as well as factual and experimental pieces have all been entered in the competition¹s five categories. Jury sessions are already completed with finalists short-listed in the five different categories.
The two-day programme of events is designed to enhance existing film skills as well as fostering closer links between the screen industries and education. The culmination of the event is the awards ceremony for the winning films, once again sponsored by Digital Animations Group.
However, the prize giving is not the only exciting happening at Scottish Students On Screen, as the event has undergone a number of changes. New this year is a whole day¹s activities aimed at film making by and with children and young people, covering everything from storytelling and media workshops to talks on available university and college courses.
Shortlisted writers, producers and directors from this year¹s Scottish Screen/CBBC short film scheme, Tartan Smalls, will be present to pitch their ideas to their intended audience of six to three year olds. Further highlights of the first day will be a screening of films by children and young people, followed by an awards presentation to the winners.
There will also be exhibitions and demonstrations of film equipment from major facility companies, such as Panavision and Lee Lighting, throughout the festival. Other big names supporting the event include Kodak UK, BAFTA Scotland, Scottish Enterprises and the Carnegie Trust for Universities of Scotland. Joining them are Apple Macintosh, Metro Digital¹s webcast team and main sponsors Digital Animations Group exhibiting some of their latest innovations.
The main focus of the second day will be the screening of films plus the prize giving ceremony. With a record number of entries this year, the quality of films making the short list is exceedingly high. The shortlisted institutions from around the country include Edinburgh College of Art, Perth College, Napier University, Grays School of Art, Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee, the Glasgow School of Art and Dundee University.
Other sessions throughout the day include talks by First Film and PACT on what makes a successful short film or new media project. There will also be sessions on where to go after university or college and how to get there, led by industry professionals and staff from various industry organisations.
Scottish Students On Screen is on March 14-15 at Dundee Contemporary Arts. Day tickets cost £8, or £4 for members and are available from Scottish Screen on Tel: +44 (0) 141 302 1758 or
Email: education@scottishscreen.com
Scottish Screen, www.scottishscreen.com
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