Yiftas reveal film-makers of the future

BSc(Hons)Film Production and Management student Mike Corbett, organiser of the FIFTAs, in Staffordshire University's industry-standard Television Centre

FRESH young talent meets influential industry players next week at a prestigious film festival being held in Birmingham’s Broad Street.

The Young Independent Film and Television Awards (YIFTAs) has been organised by Staffordshire University BSc (Hons) Film Production and Management student Mike Corbett.

Mike said: “I’ve been putting events on as part of my course. All final year projects are personal and I wanted mine to be personal. It’s gone really well although there’s been a lot of pushing and struggling to get here.”

“The course has encompassed everything and enabled me to finally find my passion which is events organisation. However it’s also given me the technical know-how to really understand film, sound and lighting.”

The festival, which has been promoted on the Britfilms website, has attracted around 90 entries from students at Staffordshire University and a further 20 from outside.

The winning entries will be screened at Risa – the home of comedy club Jongleurs -  next Tuesday evening (May 6) when the film-makers will have the opportunity to network with production companies behind programmes like How to Look Good Naked and Build, Buy or Restore.

Representatives and talent scouts from the BBC, Film Birmingham and Screen West Midlands will also be attending to meet the contributors and to offer advice on the best ways to get noticed and break into the industry.

Definitely Red, the creators of the Creative Channel Network, will be choosing the best film which will be screened with other winning entries on their network and which may also feature in Birmingham’s Main Event in June.

Tickets for the YIFTAs, which is open to the public, are priced £14 and doors open at 6pm.

For more information or to arrange interviews, telephone Senior Press Officer Maria Scrivens on 01785 353401.