February 5, 2008

EVENTS: Showcomotion Young People's Film Festival Sheffield 26 June - 10 July 2008: PRESS RELEASE

PRESS RELEASE Date 4 February 2008





26 JUNE – 10 JULY 2008


Showroom Cinema, Sheffield



The biggest and best kids film fest steams back into town.  This year’s Showcomotion Young People’s Film Festival will run from 26 June to 10 July at the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield



Kathy Loizou, the Festival Director, said: ‘I can’t quite believe it, but Showcomotion shall be 10 years old this June.  The very first festival was in 1999.  Since then we’ve grown into a 15 day event with an international reputation, showing 175 films from around the world and with a lovely family of regular supporters.  Like any 10-year-old we’re looking forward to celebrating in style in June and July.’


‘There’s going to be an exciting line up of activities in 2008, and we are cramming the 15 days of the festival with premieres, previews, special guests and fun-packed workshops.’



Showcomotion Young People’s Film Festival is accepting submissions for the 2008 festival.


Festival organisers said: We are on the look-out for exciting and inventive films made both for and by children and young people from across the UK and the world. They can be shorts or features and we are interested in seeing all kinds of films including fiction, documentary and animation.  We want the very best films from around the world to entertain and inspire our audiences and we want films that showcase the best in emerging new film making talent.’


Submission details and regulations can be downloaded at www.showcomotion.org.uk and the deadline is 31 March 2008.


The festival has three sections:



Films made for young people and films made by young people from around the world are accepted.  Animations, live action, documentaries, features and shorts are accepted. 



These awards are for short films on the theme of young people’s rights.  There are three awards:

The UNICEF UK YOUNG FILM MAKER AWARD is for film makers up to and including 18 years old.

The UNICEF UK SHORT FILM AWARD is for professional film makers, semi-professional film makers and students aged 19 years plus.

The AUDIENCE AWARD is for the best overall film in both categories.



The Steel City Globe Awards (Primary & Secondary) are for short films on any subject.  This competition is open to schools in the Sheffield city region only.



For further information contact Kathy Loizou, Showcomotion Director

kathy@showroom.org.uk  T. 0114 276 3534

Images available, photocalls can be organised on request. 





1. The festival, now in its 10th year, is the largest and longest-established kids’ film fest in England, Scotland & Wales.  In 2007 Showcomotion screened a total of 175 films from 23 countries.  This total included 101 films made by young people.  


2. The UNICEF UK AWARDS are open to film makers from around the world.  Animations, live action, documentaries on the theme of young people’s rights are accepted.  The duration is to be no more than 30 minutes and films need to have been completed after 1 January 2007.  The jury have the right to award honorary mentions.


3. Most Showcomotion films cost just £2 for under 18s and some are free.  For more about UNICEF visit www.unicef.org.uk/youthvoice.  For full details see the Showcomotion brochure or visit the website at www.showcomotion.org.uk.


4. Showcomotion takes place at the Showroom Cinema, Paternoster Row, Sheffield S1 2BX Box Office: 0114 275 7727


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