11 July 2014

When I entered my film into the Young Liverpool Film Night competition, I had no prior film-making experience and no idea that I would end up wanting to pursue a career in the film industry. Winning Young Liverpool Film Night opened up a whole new world of opportunities, gave me the confidence to continue making films and inspired me to learn more about this incredible craft.

BFI Film Academy 1

On the night, it was really enjoyable watching all the films that had been shortlisted; there were a wonderful variety of films that covered a whole range of genres. Being able to watch my film on the big screen at FACT was an unforgettable and fulfilling experience I never thought I’d have the pleasure to do. 

After Young Liverpool Film Night, I entered another film to the Film Nation Shorts competition, which was a part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. I was awarded with Best Animation and alongside my previous award from YLFN; I was able to participate within the BFI Film Academy in 2013. The Academy really helped me to progress as a story-teller, gain some first-hand experience from industry professionals and gave me the opportunity to film a live-action short which was showcased at FACT with other BFI Film Academy shorts. 

I am now in my second year of study at the University of Liverpool working towards a degree in Architecture and still dedicate my spare time towards making films. Having been nominated to receive mentorship from BAFTA this year, I am fortunate enough to be personally advised by an award-winning Director/Animator and BAFTA scholar to help me develop my career in film.

This year you could have the chance to sit back and watch your film grace the big screen at FACT as a part of the FLAG Film Festival. It’s a unique achievement that will make you stand out from the crowd and acts as a stepping-stone to help you progress in your filmmaking journey. 

I honestly wouldn’t have guessed all the opportunities that came from winning YLFN and I encourage any aspiring filmmakers to submit your film this year, as you don’t know where it will end up taking you!

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Update: We apologise, but due to unforeseen circumstances we are no longer staging a filmmaking competition for the FLAG festival and therefore are not accepting film submissions.