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Shetland Film Critic of the Year Competition

Do you have strong opinions about films? Would you like to share them? As Mareel steadily rises from the ground Shetland Arts is looking for the best local reviewers who can get across what a film means to them in an entertaining and engaging way. Whether you want to praise, provoke or challenge, what matters is your passion for the Big Screen and how you communicate it.

To this end Shetland Arts is launching its first ‘Shetland Film Critic of the Year’ Award, whereby film lovers are invited to send in a review of any film screened at The Garrison this summer.  The winners will receive their awards from the BBC’s Culture Show presenter Mark Kermode on Sunday 5th September at the Screenplay Film Festival.

Festival organiser Kathy Hubbard said that they were looking for people who can do more than simply say what happened in a film. “The story is important, of course, but we’re looking at the impact it has on the viewer – what they felt about it and why, what struck them about the way it was directed, how effective the actors were at conveying their characters, what the script was like, how well it was shot and edited.  There is so much that goes into making a feature film; we want the reviewer to go beyond the storyline and make us really think about films rather than just passively watching them.”

The review entries will be judged by top film critics Mark Kermode and Linda Ruth Williams.  There will be a cash prize for the winners of the two sections (12 – 16yrs and 17yrs and over) and the closing date is Monday 16th August.

More information and full guidelines for entries are available from Kathy Hubbard on 01595 743843, kathy.hubbard@shetlandarts.org or you can download Film Review Guidelines here.

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