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Insight Film Festival Student Filmmaker Award 2016 launched

Friday 18 March 2016, by SIGNIS

London, March, 18th, 2016 (IndCatholicNews). The Insight Film Festival Student Filmmaker Award 2016 was launched this week. 
For the third year, the award is sponsored by the Jesuits in Britain and the Manchester Universities’ Catholic Chaplaincy, led by senior chaplain Fr Tim Byron SJ.

Fr Tim explained the aim of the award: "we initiated this award with Insight because we felt that faith was worthy of more exploration in film. Our aim is to encourage more young film students of all faiths and none to consider faith as a fruitful theme and to overcome taboos which might surround the subject.”

This year’s theme is Mercy, “to coincide with the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy”, and “the festival is entitled Merciful Planet, which also refers to the Pope’s June 2015 encyclical Laudato Si’”.

"Film students and recent graduates are invited to submit a short film, a treatment, screenplay, or storyboard to the panel before the 1st May deadline. Last year there were 50 entries, nearly double the previous year. The prize is a six week all expenses paid internship with Loyola Productions, a film production company based in Hollywood and associated with the Jesuit University of San Francisco”, explained Insight Director Abdul Rehman Malik .

Details of how to submit an entry can be found on the Insight Festival website here.

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