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BUDDING young Spielbergs can showcase their talents at a prestigious media festival in Sunderland.

The Royal Television Society (RTS) North East and Borders Centre is calling on schools, colleges and film clubs throughout the region to enter its annual Young Peoples’ Media Festival, which is being staged in the city in the spring.

This event for young film buffs has been running in the region for more than two decades and has proved an important stepping stone for would-be producers and directors.

The awards are split into three festivals – the Junior Festival, for five to 13-year-olds, the Senior Festival and the Senior Professionally Supported Festival, both for those aged 14 to 19 and will be judged across categories in drama, documentary and entertainment.

The most outstanding work will be recognised and may be awarded a RTS Certificate.

All entries are judged by media professionals who will be looking for originality, scripting, creativity, visual flair, awareness of the target audience, use of resources and professionalism.

The Young People’s Media Festival 2012 will be held at the University of Sunderland on May 16 and 23 in the David Puttnam Media Centre.

Tony Edwards, director of the festival, said: “The major driving force behind this festival is to showcase the pool of talent that we have in this region.

“The prospect of receiving an RTS certificate is a significant one as they are very much treasured and honoured, recognising a standard of excellence in the media industry.

“The entrants take the competition extremely seriously, and many of our winners have gone on to achieve great things in the industry.”

Graeme Thompson, Dean of Arts, Design and Media at the university and RTS North East chairman, said: “I am delighted to welcome the festival to Sunderland. There has never been a more exciting time for young people to experiment with making their own videos and films.

“This is the YouTube generation, where access to affordable cameras, post-production software and special effects means original and imaginative content can be produced on shoestring budgets.

“We are hoping to see a mix of factual, documentary and entertainment entries which show real awareness of how the professionals put programmes together.”

The deadline for entries is March 23. For details on how to enter, log on to: www.sunderland.ac.uk/rtsypmf or http://www.rts.org.uk/young-peoples-media-festival.

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