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Last Updated: Monday, 31 July 2006, 05:49 GMT 06:49 UK
Ritchie hosts youth film festival
Guy Ritchie
Ritchie's films include Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Film director Guy Ritchie has hosted the first Film for Youth Festival in Belfast.

The initiative was established in 2005 and aims to encourage and support young film makers in the United Kingdom.

It enables budding young film makers to develop their talents and skills under the guidance of industry professionals.

Ritchie, who led a film masterclass at the Waterfront Hall, said the festival gave young people a "chance to get their voices heard and work seen".

He hosted the class on Sunday and said he had been looking forward to visiting Belfast, meeting some of the young film-makers and celebrating their success at the premiere screening.

Young people from all over the UK have already participated in Film for Youth events including work shops, master classes and special screening events.

They were encouraged to get involved by making their own short films and submitting them to Film for Youth and as a result, hundreds films were submitted from schools, youth groups and individuals.


Judging panels made up of industry experts and young people in both London and Belfast selected ten films for screening at the Film for Youth premiere.

Three of the films selected were from Northern Ireland. They included Spikey, which was made by young people who are part of the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children TACT Group (Teens Against Cancer Together).

The other two films were the Man from Disneyland, by Stephen Fingleton of Enniskillen and Vocal Vinyl produced by Belfast man Michael Lennox.

John Bateman, the chief executive of UK Youth said: "The quality of the submissions was exceptional and many of the films are remarkable, entertaining and moving.

"They reflect the talent and creativity of young people from all across the UK." June Trimble of YouthAction Northern Ireland said: "As a charity, we very much appreciate Guy Ritchie's voluntary contribution to a very exciting project."

YouthAction Northern Ireland, which works with young people to support them as active and equal citizens whose voices are heard, respected and valued.

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