Christina Riley previews the second annual St Andrews Film Festival.

The St Andrews Filmmakers’ Society is to present its second annual Filmmakers Festival in the coming weeks to showcase young people’s work in film media. The society hopes to provide a wide-reaching platform within the film industry, which is why the competition is open to all UK university students between the ages of 18 and 25, with no genre restrictions for the entries. Committee member Mariya Raycheva notes that young people are often discouraged from the art form due to lack of opportunities and therefore this festival hopes to garner a substantial reputation and become the UK’s largest student film festival to prove that the possibilities are endless when accompanied with effort and passion. The unique opportunity to make an impact in film media has inspired the team behind the festival, and with over 30 submissions last year, they are hoping to establish a more influential presence this year and foster a community of passionate filmmakers.

Operating on a one day schedule, The Byre Theatre will host the festival on 28th April and will comprise film screenings throughout the day, accompanied by an awards ceremony and an onstage panel discussion with industry personalities. Nine winners will be announced by a panel of St Andrews PhD students and alumni, with prizes such as a year’s subscription to BFI Sight and Sound Magazine.

To keep updated in the lead up to the event, follow the Filmmakers’ Society Instagram takeover on the official St Andrews page from April 26.

The official St Andrews Film Festival website can be found here with the names of last years winners: http://filmmaking-st-andrews.co.uk/festival2019/ The society will upload the previous winners’ short films shortly.