Competition calls for movie making youngsters to showcase talent

Aspiring Spielbergs and wannabe Woody Allens are being urged to get their entries in for a unique competition which could see their movie making efforts showcased on the big screen.

The inaugural University of Aberdeen Junior Director’s Cut competition is open to youngsters between the ages of 15 – 17 across the UK.

Applicants are asked to submit a short video clip of no more than 5 minutes in length on the theme of student life.

Entrants can base their film on student life within a school setting, or what they hope or expect student life at university to be like.

Entries can be submitted individually or in groups for the competition which is inspired by the University’s popular Director’s Cut series, which brings leading lights from the film world to speak before Aberdeen audiences.

The deadline for all competition entries is Monday November 9.

Rachel Sandison, Head of Student Recruitment and Admissions at the University of Aberdeen said: “Open to budding film makers from across the UK, the Junior Director’s Cut competition aims to get youngsters to think creatively around the subject of student life.

“We’re looking for entrants to encapsulate one or a number of aspects of the student experience – from academic studies through to extra curricular activities – within their 5 minute video submission.  They can choose to draw from their own experience of life at their school or base their film on what they envisage life at university to be like.”

Submissions to the competition will be judged by a panel of experts including Head of the Film and Visual Culture programme at the University of Aberdeen and coordinator for the Director's Cut series Dr Alan Marcus.

The winning entry will secure a cash prize of £500 whilst other commended entries will receive prizes including flip cameras and University of Aberdeen goodies.

All shortlisted entries will be invited to a special award ceremony in Aberdeen next month where the best films will be screened as part of an Oscar style awards ceremony.

For more information on the University of Aberdeen Junior Director’s Cut competition visit 

The line up for the third series of Director’s Cut has been announced, with acclaimed British Actor Simon Callow and world respected film composer Craig Armstrong set to share their insights into the world of film with Aberdeen audiences.

Callow will take to the Director’s Cut chair on November 23, whilst the event featuring Craig Armstrong will take place on December 2.

For more information on the Director’s Cut series or to reserve your free place for one of the events visit or call 01224 273874.