The BFF Youth Media Project
The Barrie Film Festival’s new initiative is aimed at empowering youth to tell their own stories. And they’re providing the resources to do it.
Presented in partnership with Talk Is Free Theatre, Youth Media Project is a series of videos from filmmakers and film professionals offering tips, techniques and ideas for youth to get their ideas from the notepad to the screen. You can find all of the content on the BFF’s YouTube channel, and their website.
All of the video tutorials come in the form of how to talks with directors and filmmakers. The videos offer valuable instructional tips filmmakers can use to tell their own story.
From the BFF’s page devoted to the project:
“With the impact of COVID-19 many are struggling. Isolation can bring about feelings of anxiousness, having to be physically apart from friends, peers, support systems from outside of the home, as well as potentially missing important life events. We want to encourage you to turn to creating films as an outlet for self-expression. Use technology readily available to you and make a movie. It all starts with an idea. Tell a short story. Create a video diary. Put poetry to moving pictures. Experiment with stop animation or put pictures to music”
The Youth Media Project is online now, and supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund, City of Barrie and the Barrie Community Foundation
Further, aspiring filmmakers in the region can submit their own short films for consideration in the festival’s short film showcase, happening later this year.