Young directors bidding for festival glory in Hollywood

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TWO young filmmakers from Goole are making their mark on the movie industry after being nominated for awards in the Hollywood International Family Film Festival.

Directors Harvey Griffin, 15, and Hannah Turner, 13, have both been nominated in the Youth Fest category after taking part in Straight8, a competition on 8mm film which gives entrants only one chance to shoot an unedited movie.

And Harvey, whose film Going Up features a young crew and young actors from Goole, seems a good bet to win as he is so far the only nominated director in the comedy category.

Hannah’s film, Man from the Moon, is nominated for best drama and features Alec Clark, 77, from Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, in the title role.

The project was run at Goole community arts venue The Junction last year and was funded by Screen Yorkshire and the UK Film Council.

Screen Yorkshire chief executive Sally Joynson said: “This is an amazing achievement for these young filmmakers – to be recognised internationally and have your film screened in Hollywood is something they won’t forget.

“It just goes to show how Yorkshire and Humber is a hotbed of filmmaking talent across all ages.”