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The UK has many great short film festivals in its calendar but the latest that has sprung from the cultural quarter in Leicester is supported by a series of local community workshops teaching people who would not normally think of themselves as ‘filmmakers’ to have a go and use any camera or mobile phone to make a 60 second film. It is hoped that people of all abilities will take this opportunity to have their say. This may be the first film festival to go out and encourage new entrants through offering them some skills and tips from a professional filmmaker … and if people get hooked there are a series of ‘filmmaking bootcamps’ through the year at the Phoenix to develop filming and edited skills even further. It could also do a lot for helping people find their voice and to speak out.

Peter Bradley, Director of Speakers Corner Trust said “It looks like a great initiative – and as we have discovered it’s extraordinary what can be achieved in 60 seconds!”.

This is also a very creative partnership between an Adult Education Service along with well established filmmaker, and star tutor, Steve Friendship of Large Scale Film and a not for profit organisation called Inspirate, whose sole purpose is to inspire creativity through the many artforms that exist along with host partners - the Phoenix Square which is the ideal venue for this venture with its short film festival programme and being home to a network of creative filmmakers of all kinds.

The ECA would encourage everyone to have a go at learning new skills – thinking about composing shots, getting the sound right and the lighting to enhance effect. Anyone can shoot a 60 second film but to make it a winner takes time, skill and inspiration.

ECA Vice-Chair, Chris Minter said “This initiative shows informal adult education and community outreach at their best and we wish it every success.”

For more information and to view the film trailer please go to But be warned the deadline for submissions is the 16th May 2013.

Date Added: March 28th 2013