22 Apr 2016

You’ve got 75 seconds to go – are you up for the challenge?

Any artists or film-makers out there fancy getting their work screened at one of Hull’s biggest festivals this summer? Yes? Then read on.

The Amy Johnson Festival are continuing their plans for this year’s celebrations in honour of the pioneer aviator Amy Johnson with their 75 second film challenge, a competition which aims to allow both budding and established artists and film-makers to unleash their creative juices and submit film shorts to the festival.

Each film short should be no more than 75 seconds in length and celebrate all things Amy Johnson. The submissions should respond imaginatively, humorously, provocatively to, or be inspired by an aspect of the Amy Johnson Festival theme. These could fall into a range of fields including Johnson’s story, the key moments in her life, her personal struggles or even her fight for female equality. Amy Johnson is an inspiration to many young women around the world and the submission should aim to follow the passion the festival has to promote her work in a positive and memorable way.

You may feel you admire the way Amy became such a fantastic engineer or perhaps you would like to highlight the culture, society and politics in the countries and continents at the time of Amy’s flight in 1930. Whatever your idea may be, make it come to life and share your admiration for this amazing lady with a new audience and help celebrate all things Amy.

The prizes awarded include four awards of £500 given to winners of four categories. The awards are separated into:

The Hull & East Yorkshire Award, specifically open to artists and film-makers based in the Hull and East Yorkshire area.

The UK Award, open to artists and film-makers based elsewhere in the UK.

The International Award open to artists and film-makers based outside the UK.

Best in Show, an award of £500 given to the winner of the previous categories.

Award-winning films and a further selection of outstanding films will be shown during the Amy Johnson Festival between 1 July and 6 September 2016.

You must be over 16 to enter and the deadline for submissions is 31 May 2016.

Aside from this project, the festival aims to celebrate Amy Johnson’s achievements through other forms of artistic activity, including A Moth for Amy, which locates artist decorated moths (Johnson flew a De Havilland Gipsy Moth to Australia) and mounting these to buildings across Hull.

If you’re interested in making a submission to the challenge, be sure to read through the full guidelines and terms and conditions listed on their website, or for all other enquiries contact curator of the competition Kerry Baldry at kerrybaldry@gmail.com.

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