BIFF celebrates the UN’s International Year of Youth with film showcase “The Reel Voices of Bermuda’s Youth”

Posted by on Jan 27, 2011 in Local News & Alerts | 0 comments

(Hamilton, Bermuda – January 20, 2011) – Bermuda International Film Festival (BIFF) announces that in conjunction with Imagine Bermuda, the organisation will celebrate the United Nation’s (UN) International Year of Youth with a film showcase called “The Reel Voices of Bermuda’s Youth that encourages Bermuda’s youth to let their voices be heard.

BIFF is asking young people in Bermuda between the ages of 15 and 24 to create a personal short film no more than two minutes in length, that answers the question “If someone was really listening, what would you say about being a youth in Bermuda?” Films can be shot in any way – on camera phones, Flip cameras, camcorders, laptops, iPads, etc. – and all are accepted for this noncompetitive showcase.

In December 2009 the UN adopted a resolution proclaiming the year beginning on August 12, 2010 as the International Year of Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding. The UN’s framework seeks to:

  • create awareness (increase commitment and investment in youth)
  • mobilize and engage (increase youth participation and partnerships) and
  • connect and build bridges (increase intercultural understanding among youth)

In November 2010, Imagine Bermuda held a gathering of a variety of Bermuda’s community and faith-based organizations. The group, which is also comprised of arts and culture organizations including Chewstick, BIFF, Masterworks and the Bermuda National Gallery, determined that encouraging youth to share stories of real life was a contribution that the arts could offer.

Aideen Ratteray Pryse, Director, Bermuda International Film Festival, says: “An initiative like The Reel Voices of Bermuda’s Youth is a perfect fit for BIFF. We believe that artistic expression through various outlets like film, painting and performance enable our youth’s voices to be heard. We really want the young people of Bermuda to tell us what they are thinking, and we are excited to truly listen to the stories of Bermuda’s youth.”

 Glenn Fubler, Imagine Bermuda, says: “Asking our young people to tap into their creativity, to share personal stories through the eye of a camera, offers opportunities. Participants have a chance at introspection that serves their own growth and provides the wider community with their perspective of Bermuda – the good, the bad… As they dig down to bring out their insights, they wll provide material that serves to bring our island together across the generations.”

The videos can be submitted on DVD to the BIFF office (Somers Building, first floor, 15 Front Street, Hamilton HM11) or you can send an email to programming@biff.bm with a link to an online platform such as YouTube, Vimeo, etc. Make sure to label in some way “The Reel Voices of Bermuda’s Youth.” Each entry should be accompanied by the details of the contact person’s name and phone number.  Deadline for entries is March 1, 2011.

For those looking for a place to tell their story, Chewstick Foundation will have their video camera running on Saturday, 12 February 2011 from 11.00am to 3.00pm. Drop by and be heard and recorded.

The aim is to screen a selection of these films during the Bermuda International Film Festival scheduled for 18-24 March and post all of them on BIFF’s new website, which is set to launch in the coming weeks. BIFF and Imagine Bermuda are pleased to partner with Joanne Burgess-Ball of Bermuda National Gallery, Robyn DeSilva of Masterworks, Gavin Smith of Chewstick Foundation and Julie Hastings-Smith of Bermuda Society of Arts on this project. They will review the submitted films and curate the selection screened during the March festival.

Check BIFF’s website, www.biff.bm, for information and project updates.

For any questions, email info@biff.bm or call 293-3456. For Chewstick details contact info@chewstick.com.

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