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Culture: Call for young film critics.

If you've ever fancied being the new Barry Norman, Mariella Frostrup or Jonathan Ross, The Birmingham Film and TV Festival, in conjunction with The Birmingham Post, is giving you the chance to try your hand at film journalism.

A debate was hosted at the Young People's Parliament last year, hosted by festival organisers, to find out what kind of films young people wanted to see. And in response to that event, this year's festival includes a short programme of quality films which will take their young viewers seriously.

Reflecting the huge amount of work going on with young people and film at the moment, Young Voices, a selection of films made by under-18s, is being shown tomorrow and should be of interest not only to teenagers, but also to those working with, or wanting to work with young people.

Film making has become a popular and effective way for young people to explore issues that touch their lives - whether it be drugs, shopping, the environment or just a lack of things to do.

This screening gathers a host of projects of all shapes and sizes from around the Midlands, including the ambitious Massive Message project, which produced a DVD of animation and documentary in collaboration with three Birmingham schools, and a film about the making of Legacy ; and a drama documentary called The Reel Deal. And over-14s who want to develop a script of their own should come along to the Ideasfactory Short Film Surgery afterwards.

On Monday, How To Be A Film Critic , a half-hour workshop by Amanda White, should help anyone interested in entering the competition to judge some of the films on offer, while a fantastic adaptation of Melvin Burgess' book An Angel for May is being screened directly after the workshop.

An Angel for May has been describes as a 'heartwarming study about the power of unconditional love' and is a magical tale that sees 12-year-old Tom transported back in time to the 1940s, where he is plunged into World War II. Despite bombing raids, blackouts and evacuations, Tom's friendship with lonely evacuee May leaves him caught between past and present and soon he finds himself attempting to change the course of history.

For teens, Yellow Card is a humorous look at the facts of life and football from Zimbabwe, while the delicate French animation of Princes and Princesses is sure to be a hit with audiences of all ages but is particularly suited to the youngest of viewers. (from age five and up).


Young Voices (Various, West Mids, 2002) Sat 16, 11am, Austin Court, FreeHow To Be A Film Critic + An Angel for May (Harley Cokeliss, UK, 2002, 100mins) Mon 18, 4.30pm, mac, Adv: pounds 4.50/pounds 3.50 conc, Door: pounds 5/pounds 4 Repeat screening of An Angel for May on Sat 23, 2pm, mac showing with Satsuma - one of the Digital ShortsLegacy (Craig Boardman, UK, 2002, approx 90mins) Mon 18, 7pm, UGC, pounds 3/pounds 1.50 Repeat screening on Tues 19, 7pm, UGCYellow Card (John Riber, Zimbabwe, 2000, 90mins) Wed 20, 4.30pm, UGC, Adv: pounds 4.50/pounds 3.50, Door: pounds 5/pounds 4Princes and Princesses (Michel Ocelot, France, 2000, 70mins)Thurs 21, 4.30pm, mac, Adv: pounds 4.50/pounds 3.50, Door: pounds 5/pounds 4. Showing with ANIMATE, a CBSO/BFTVF collaborationThe Birmingham Film and TV Festival in collaboration with The Birmingham Post are inviting young people aged 18 years or younger to submit their own review from the selection of films above. Entries will be judged by festival director Barbara Chapman and Post arts editor Terry Grimley, and the winning entry will be published in a later edition of The Birmingham Post. Entries should be sent to Terry Grimley, Arts Editor, The Birmingham Post, PO Box 78, Weaman Street, Birmingham B4 6AY.

The closing date for receipt of entries is Friday, November 29 Standard Birmingham Post rules apply.


A still from Film Festival favourite Legacy
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Date:Nov 15, 2002
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