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Aspiring filmmakers invited to create ‘mash-up’

The East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) is inviting submissions to their annual Mashup Filmmaking competition. Working to this year’s theme of ‘Home’ – now particularly pertinent given the pandemic, – budding filmmakers will have access to thousands of hours of film footage to create their own unique short film. The competition, now in its 6th year, is the first of its kind in the UK and the deadline for entries is Friday 28 August. 

EAFA will provide entrants a specially curated package of film held by the Archive, documenting life across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. The competition package for 2020 (pre-viewable here) is made up of excerpts from home movies, amateur films, local life, advertisements, industry films, and more. The competition has already seen enquiries from as far afield as Hong Kong, USA, Canada and the Netherlands.

The Archive is particularly keen to attract younger entrants this year and Dr Tim Snelson, EAFA Director, said: “The pandemic has affected everybody, but there are particular concerns about how it has impacted on, and will continue to reshape the lives of, those aged 10 – 25, a demographic often referred to as ‘Generation Z’. We hope the competition will provide an outlet for young filmmakers to creatively engage with and express their experiences of lockdown and apprehensions about the future.” 

Kate Welsh, Programme Delivery Coordinator for INTO Film, said: “It’s always a pleasure to advocate for the EAFA mashup as it is central to our own mission: to inspire future filmmakers and dynamic ways of engaging with film. The Mashup offers a fascinating window into the history of film and provides young people with a chance to showcase their creativity.”

The competition brief is simple: make a short film between one and five minutes in duration. Entrants must use at least 50 per cent EAFA material and, if they wish, they can combine the archive films with material they have shot themselves, or use audio-visual material sourced from elsewhere.

Anyone inspired by archive film can enter, whether complete novice or accomplished professional.  There are two categories, ‘Under 18s’ and ’18s and Over’, and the lucky winner in each category will receive a £250 cash prize and a year’s subscription to ‘Little White Lies’ film magazine. The winning films will be screened at the Norwich Film Festival and will be added to the Archive’s collections and preserved for the region.

Craig Higgins from Norwich Film Festival said: "It is always an absolute pleasure to team up with the brilliant East Anglian Film Archive and support the most awesome mashup competition around. Each year there is always a wonderful array of submitted films to this competition and we cannot wait to see what comes through for 2020. Get making, get creative and get submitting!"  

For more info about the competition, contact or visit EAFA's competition page.

Filmmakers have until 12pm on Friday 28 August 2020 to send in their entries.

A preview of the archive film excerpts for the 2020 competition can be viewed here

EAFA Mashup 2020 film trailer