More than 1,000 international entries for victims' film festival in Hatfield

Beacon Film Festival

Beacon Film Festival

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A victim of crime awareness film festival taking place in Hatfield this week has received more than 1,000 international submissions.

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.

The Beacon Film Festival can be seen at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield on Thursday, February 23.

Organisers are working hard to whittle down the 1,000-plus short film submissions to just 20 to be shown on the night.

The films will be premiered at the Weston Auditorium.

The Beacon Victim Care Centre and Oaklands College, who are hosting the event, are delighted with the positive response they have received, both locally and around the world.

Beacon is commissioned by Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd.

He said: “My Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan talks about victims being at the heart of the system, not criminals.

“I am delighted to see that we got such a wide international entry.

“I think we need something that celebrates victims and allows them to take back their lives and that is what this festival is doing.”

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

Oliver Samuel, lecturer and filmmaker at Oaklands College, praised the students’ enthusiasm.

He said: “Being a victim of crime is something that a lot of people can relate to.

“The students’ inspiration comes from within, but they have to work inside a tight brief and to have creativity on demand like that is not always an easy thing to do.”

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.

The event has been put together to support the 27th Annual European Victim Awareness Day.

It is just one of the activities that will feature as part of the Victims’ Rights Week, which takes place from today (Monday, February 20) to Friday, February 24.

The film festival on Thursday will start at 6pm.

Tickets are still available and are free.

Register your interest by following the link and further details will be sent http://eepurl.com/cw6lif

• More information about Victims’ Rights Week is available on the Commissioner’s website at www.hertscommissioner.org/victims-rights-week

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