Short/Cuts Film Fest presents ‘Storytelling in Film’ workshop

Pictured is Patrick Doyle, co-executive director of Short/Cuts Film Fest.

SYDNEY: Short/Cuts Film Fest, a film challenge aimed at youth in Cape Breton-Unama’ki, is further supporting the creative efforts of young filmmakers by offering a free workshop intended to build basic filmmaking techniques.

The “Storytelling in Film” workshop will be open to youth of all ages who are invited to participate and learn skills that will help them as they develop their own short films to submit to Short/Cuts Film Fest.

Short/Cuts Film Fest is an initiative of a group of local industry creatives and volunteers. The challenge is just over halfway through its submission period. With the submission deadline of March 31 coming up, organizers wanted to give youth a little extra support.

The “Storytelling in Film” workshop is designed to give youth the confidence and knowledge they need to succeed, whether they are considering submitting a film or already creating one.

“We want to make this competition as accessible as possible for any young person on the Island interested in film,” says Patrick Doyle, co-executive director of Short/Cuts. “We know there is so much talent out there, we just didn’t know how to reach them, we think Short/Cuts can be that contact. All they need is a little encouragement to ignite that passion. They don’t need a full production crew behind them to create something amazing, and we hope this first step leads them to further develop those skills.”

The “Storytelling in Film” workshop will take place Wednesday, March 18 from 6-9 p.m. at the McConnell Library in Sydney. It will be facilitated by Kenn Crawford, a local filmmaker, writer and producer with experience hosting filmmaking workshops for the public. For those who are unable to attend in person, the workshop will be livestreamed and made available during and a recording posted on-line.

Short/Cuts Film Fest is open to all youth (up to 40 years old) currently living in Cape Breton-Unama’ki, and participants have until March 31 to submit an original short film (one to five minutes). The festival will also include an awards screening in May to celebrate the competition’s finalists and present prizes.

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