We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be supporting the Golden Owl Awards 2016 – a young film competition open to all ages and abilities from 3 – 19 years.

The competition is already open for entries, and this will be its fifth year as a unique and accessible platform for the young film makers of our city to showcase their work.

We caught up with the organisers at Leeds Young Film Festival to find out what it’s all about and why there’s nothing quite like Golden Owls in the rest of the UK…

Who are you and how did you get here?

We are the Golden Owl Awards – a collaboration between Leeds Artforms, Leeds Young Film Festival and communications agency Vista that celebrates the best of young people’s filmmaking across the city and offers an opportunity for young people of all ages and backgrounds to see their work on a big screen in front of an audience of friends, parents, carers, teachers, filmmaking professionals and other young film enthusiasts.

What makes the Golden Owl Awards unique?

The competition is totally free for anyone aged 3 – 19 years to enter and anyone that enters will be invited to the mini Oscars ceremony at Leeds Town Hall on 31 March 2016 too, where you can walk the red carpet with celebrities and characters from the big and small screens.

You can make a film in a group, at school or by yourself. There are nine categories so there’s plenty of space for lots of different film makers to be recognised – and every year we’re blown away by the calibre of the entries from young people as young as three!

What can people expect from the Golden Owl Awards?

An opportunity to have your film viewed by VIP judges – and we provide every entry with feedback on their film. We can also guarantee a fantastic night of fun at the awards ceremony on 31 March too.

We’ve got some great prizes lined up this time too including a CBBC studio tour, Diggerland tickets, cinema tickets and ice cream for your whole class!

What’s your favourite thing about the Golden Owl Awards?

Seeing all the talented young people in this city making marvellous films. We see films of all types and genres and themes and the competition gets tougher and tougher every year. We also love it when people enter year on year – we get to see the progress they’re making and the passion behind their film making grow and grow. That’s very special.

How can young people enter the Golden Owl Awards 2016?

More information is available at www.leedsyoungfilm.com but you can also ‘Like’ our Facebook page for the latest updates. Please make sure you enter your film by 5 February 2016!

What do you think makes Leeds so awesome?

Leeds is committed to being the ultimate child-friendly city and a great place for young people to grow up. We think that’s a very special quality.

Where do you like to hang out in Leeds?

At Leeds Young Film Festival of course!

Finally, describe the Golden Owl Awards in three words…

Young. Film. Fun.