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Cinema City, Norwich.

Cinema City in Norwich

Action! Film Festival

Students from Earlham High School, Norwich have joined forces with Cinema City in Norwich, to host their own film festival. Action! Film Festival runs during February 2009 and even features a nationwide premier for a hotly tipped Oscar nomination.

When the 2009 Oscar nominations were announced, one group of young people in Norwich were happier than most.

Charlotte, Rute and Jordan from Earlham High School, Norwich, and were delighted to see several of the choices they made for their Action! Film Festival given the nod by the Oscar judges.

Student run festival

Action! Film Festival is a brand new film festival that has been designed and organised by students at Earlham High School, Norwich.

The Festival runs from Saturday, 14 February to Saturday, 21 February, 2009 and features an exclusive premiere of much praised French film - The Class - as its closing highlight.

Rute, Charlotte and Jordan at BBC Radio Norfolk

Three future film buffs at BBC Norfolk

The project was devised by film-maker and educationalist Jennifer Oey, as an attempt to bring a younger audience to Cinema City and to give young people the chance to show movies they wanted to see.

"I think they took to it brilliantly," said Jennifer.

"Once everyone realised it was their work that was going to be all over the brochure, they took ownership of it," she added.

With help from Cinema City, City Screen (the group of cinemas that runs Cinema City) and Norwich based PR expert, Stephen Foster, the young people designed the logo, wrote reviews for the publicity leaflet and were also oversaw the marketing.

Varied list

The students picked a varied list of films for the festival.

"I was really pleased with what they came up with. I think they created a wonderful list," said Jennifer.

The film genres they had to choose films from were subtitled, recent classics, classics and documentaries. It seems that they had little problem separating the wheat from the chaff.

"We were given a long list of films with four genres on," said Charlotte, one of the students from Earlham High School.

"We had to go off into groups and pick the films that we wanted. The first film we picked was Grease. I love it," she added.

"It wasn't very difficult to pick which films we wanted," said Jordan.

"I don't watch many documentaries, so choosing for that category was a little tough. I didn't want to make the wrong choice," he added.

"It wasn't difficult to get the final selection," agreed Rute.

Local coup for Oscar film

The festival has also has brought them a filmic coup with a nationwide premier of The Class, a week before it goes on general release.

Screen shot from The Class

Screenshot from The Class

The Class is a drama looking at the tensions and issues within a Paris classroom and UK distributors, Artificial Eye, offered the film to the festival to show the film industry's support.

The Class won the Palme d'Or at Cannes and is a hot contender for the Best Foreign Film Oscar.

Future directors

The teenagers have relished the opportunity to direct their own film festival and it has inspired them to experience a wider range of films and maybe even sewn the seeds for a few future directors.

"I'd never been to Cinema City before but after the project I think I'll go more often," said Charlotte.

"I'm going to be there everyday to see the films, I'm really looking forward to it. I hadn't thought about my future very much but it has made me want to go into the film business when I'm older," she added.

Jennifer is so impressed by the festival that she is already looking forward to 2010.

"The people who have worked on the project this year have told us it's been a good experience for everyone and it would be nice if it happened on a yearly basis," she said.

The Action! Film Festival runs from Saturday, 14 February until Saturday, 21 February, 2009 and features The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Grease, Man On Wire, Spirited Away, The Class and Napoleon Dynamite.

last updated: 17/02/2009 at 13:31
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