Hatfield film festival to shine a light on victims of crime

PUBLISHED: 11:19 18 January 2017 | UPDATED: 11:22 18 January 2017

Herts Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd

Herts Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd


A new film festival in Hatfield will shine a light on victims of crime in Hertfordshire.

Beacon Film FestivalBeacon Film Festival

In support of the 27th annual European Victim Awareness Day, the office of Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd is planning a Victims Rights Week to take place between February 20 to February 24.

A number of events will take place across the week to bring awareness to the impact that crime has on people affected.

The centrepiece of the week will be a film festival in Hatfield.

The Weston Auditorium at the University of Hertfordshire in HatfieldThe Weston Auditorium at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield

Beacon Victim Care Centre and Oaklands College’s media department are hosting the festival on Thursday, February 23 at The Weston Auditorium, on the de Havilland Campus at the University of Hertfordshire.

The aim of the evening is to share stories and short films from around the globe to raise awareness about the issues faced by victims of crime.

Police and crime commissioner David Lloyd said: “I applaud the work being done to put together an event as positive as a film festival to highlight the issues faced by victims of crime.

About Beacon Film Festival

• Beacon was established in 2015 by Hertfordshire PCC as a hub that provides support to victims of crime, helping them to cope and recover from their ordeal.

• The film festival’s aim is to share stories and films specifically from Hertfordshire students and from filmmakers around the globe, in order to raise awareness about the issues faced by victims of crime.

“Victims of crime are at the centre of my Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan, and any gathering that helps to create awareness and share knowledge is key to improving the services provided for victims of crime.

“I look forward to attending and viewing the short-listed films.”

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

Awards and prizes

• Shortlisted 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.

• The film festival will start at 6pm, tickets are free and if you would like to attend, register your interest at http://eepurl.com/cw6lif

• Films can be submitted to the website https://filmfreeway.com/festival/beaconfilmfestivaluk via Vimeo or an appropriate file transfer site such as WeTransfer. If you do choose to submit your film using Vimeo, please ensure that you activate the download option.

• Entrants will be notified whether their film has been selected or not on or after Friday, February 10, 2017.

• Further information on how to submit a film to the festival is available on the Herts Police and Crime Commissioner’s website at www.hertscommissioner.org/victims-rights-week

There will also be an international category, of which 450 short films have already been created and submitted from countries around the world including Iran, India, United States, Spain, United Kingdom, Turkey and Italy.

Oliver Samuel, lecturer and filmmaker at Oaklands College, said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to help shine a light on the kinds of difficulties victims of crime face and raise young people’s awareness of Beacon.

“We have received an overwhelming response from filmmakers all over the globe, tackling a multitude of issues from war to the justice system.

“Our students are really excited to be involved with such a fantastic project and can’t wait for the event.”

A shortlist of 20 films will be screened in front of a live audience at the 400-capacity Weston Auditorium, and given feedback from a panel of prestigious filmmakers, lecturers and members of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office.

Entries are still being accepted for consideration, and the only criterion is that films are made according to the theme ‘victims of crime.’

• The first Beacon Film Festival is set to take place on Thursday, February 23, 2017, from 6pm onwards.

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