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Zoom Announce 5th Annual Young People's Film Festival of Wales

22 October 10

March 2011 sees the 5th birthday of Zoom’s International Young People’s Film Festival of Wales.

March 2011 sees the 5th birthday of Zoom’s International Young People’s Film Festival of Wales. A four day event taking place over a variety of venues across the South Wales Valleys, the festival brings an exciting mix of feature and short films, animations, and workshops for young people of all ages. Zoom have successfully secured funding from the Film Agency for Wales in order to run the festival for the next three years, but are now seeking a title sponsor for the festival so that the event can expand.

Matt Redd, Director of Zoom, said “Securing the support of the Film Agency proves the festival’s importance to the film calendar, but also the value the event has for the young people of Wales. We now need further financial support to make the festival the truly international event it should be, giving our young people the opportunities they deserve”.

In addition to the screenings and workshops, the festival also hosts the Zoom Young Film-Maker Awards, the only event recognising the film-making talent of young people from all over Wales. “Sponsoring the festival would be a fantastic way for a company to show their backing for the young people who are the future of film and the media in Wales” added Matt. “Wales is becoming an international name for film and television production, and the best way to maintain this is to invest in the talent of our young people.”

During the past four years, over 5000 young Welsh people have attended the festival. The highlight of 2010 was a sold out preview screening of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, in association with BAFTA Cymru. As part of Zoom’s vision to increase the festival’s profile, Zoom, with the support of RCT Homes Meadow Prospects, has partnered with the PICS Festival in Caernarfon and plan to hold a variety of film events all over Wales during the next three years.

For more information, please contact Matt Redd on 02920 885505 or


About Zoom
Zoom is a registered charity that has been working with young people in the South Wales valleys since 2006. Approximately 500 young people have taken part in Zoom’s film and media training projects, in addition to over 5000 who have attended the International Young People’s Film Festival.

Zoom receives financial support from RCT Homes Meadow Prospects in order to continue their work with young people in the valleys.

Zoom’s recent projects include the ‘Zoom Network’ project in August 2010, at the 3Gs Development Centre on the Gurnos Estate in Merthyr Tydfil. 27 young people aged between 13 and 19 took part, attending masterclasses and workshops in media skills before researching, shooting and editing 5 video projects to briefs set by Welsh media companies. The Network was funded by the Welsh Assembly Government’s European Regional Development Fund.

About the Film Agency for Wales
Established in July 2006, the Film Agency for Wales is the sole Agency for film in Wales, with a remit to ensure that the economic, cultural and educational aspects of film are effectively represented in Wales, the UK and the world. As a strategic agency, the Film Agency aims to facilitate the emergence of a viable and sustainable Welsh film industry and to promote a vibrant and dynamic film culture.
The Agency's priority is to identify and nurture Welsh filmmaking talent – particularly writers, directors, writer-directors and producers – by supporting and encouraging the development of their work, accomplishments and ambitions. We support a broad policy on film education to complement our central priority of creating and maintaining a dynamic film culture across Wales. We aim to enhance film literacy for all and stimulate an appetite for specialised, cultural and non-mainstream films.

The Film Agency for Wales is funded by the Arts Council of Wales, the UK Film Council and the Welsh Assembly Government, via Creative Business Wales

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