Film festival on victims of crime taking place in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 10:22 29 January 2018

Oaklands College students involved in the film festival.

Oaklands College students involved in the film festival.


Students are putting the impact of crime into focus for a film festival taking place in WGC next week.

Beacon Film Festival Beacon Film Festival

Oaklands College has teamed up with Herts victim care centre Beacon for a second year to deliver a dynamic programme of filmmaking and victims’ awareness workshops to highlight how victims of crime are affected by their experiences.

Highlights include the opportunity to take place in recreations of iconic scenes from either The Matrix or The Dark Knight using industry standard film and video equipment, a workshop on the realities of modern slavery, an interactive session on the use of green screen in cinema, and When Banter Turns Bad - a workshop on cyberharassment and abuse presented by the National Centre for Cyberstalking Research.

The event, which takes place at Campus West from February 7-9, wraps up with an awards ceremony and screening of students’ film and the best of this year’s international movies.

BTEC creative media and foundation degree students from the college have been tasked with creating films for the festival as part of their ongoing course assessments.

Lecturer and filmmaker Oliver Samuel said: “We’re all really excited about the second Beacon Film Festival. Students have been working hard producing a range of different films and we have had lots of international submissions too.

“We are hoping to build on last year’s success and looking forward to delivering a number of exciting filmmaking and photography workshops which will focus on the impact crime has on victims and indeed the broader community.”

All events are free of charge and open to anyone apart from the film screenings which are 15 or over.

Short-listed films will receive a Beacon Film Festival ‘Official Selection’ laurel leaves award and one overall winner will receive a ‘Best International Film’ laurel leaves award.

Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd added: “Film offers a very powerful way to tell a story and so this festival will really highlight the awful consequences crime has on its victims. Last year the standard was very high with some remarkable films that covered a wide range of subjects, including domestic abuse, hate crime and sexual assault.

“This year, there are a variety of workshops which will provide more information on issues like modern slavery, cyberstalking and the impacts of crime on victims. This festival is a great opportunity to put victims at the top of the agenda, allowing them to take back their lives.”

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