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MK Young Filmmaker winner announced


Tomorrow evening at 7.30pm, MK Gallery will screen the MK Young Filmmaker of the Year 2016 winning entry, Training by Blumer Bennett Productions, prior to Hunt for the Wilderpeople (12A).

MK Young Filmmaker of the Year 2016 was the Gallery’s exciting competition which invited children and young people aged 4 to 19 to create new screen based work in response to green, play and open spaces in Milton Keynes. The competition, which celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Milton Keynes Community Foundation, was supported by a programme of family activities, school assemblies, workshops and Teacher CPD sessions. 

The judges were impressed with the quality of all of the films submitted, with the following entries receiving awards: 

Winning entry:  Training, Blumer Bennett Productions (Cameron Blumer)

Commended:  Magic In The Woods, Florence Aylard, Harrison Ellis

Commended:  Things I Like to Do In the Park, Hannah Worley

Commended:  Parks Are My Favourite, Laura Worley

As winner, seventeen year old Cameron Blumer and cast members Mackenzie Blumer, Joshua Bennett, Isabel Bennett and Lucy Bennett will receive £500 to fund their next creative project. Their short film, Training, explored open spaces and play equipment with friends.


Speaking about the competition, Victoria Mayes, Head of Learning at MK Gallery said:  "From Lost&Found and their regular film screenings to our recent screen work with MK Youth Faculty currently on display in MK Gallery’s Project Space, we have found that over the years film has been a popular and reoccurring media used by the young people of Milton Keynes.  We hope that the next generation of filmmakers can be encouraged by the competition to pick up a camera and start rolling. We are pleased that those who created the winning entry will have the opportunity to meet MK’s young filmmakers Josh Gurner and Carl Mason to explore how they made it into the world of film."

Training and Hunt for the Wilderpeople will be screened at MK Gallery on Friday 27 January at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5 (£3 concessions) and can be booked online by visiting HERE