Lancashire-based Joy Project is searching for heavily pregnant women in the county with a due date of December 25th for an exciting film project!
The team are under no illusions about the daunting challenge ahead but say it’s the most exciting thing they’ve ever taken on. Mums-to-be are being asked to register their details at the website joyproject.uk.
For everyone else this is a unique opportunity to submit a film for this ambitious one-off happening. Submissions of three-minute films will focus on six topics – hope, joy, anticipation, excitement, arrival and new beginnings. “The very antithesis of everything we have been going though with Covid” says Ian.
Unlike current life there are few restrictions on the content, style or type of film submitted. The mini-movies can be shot on phones, cameras, tablets or full-blown movie cameras, they can be live action, slideshow or animation – scripted, spontaneous or silent.
The only real stipulations are that the initial sequence features a door opening and that submissions do not run for longer than three minutes.
At the end of the project all 25 films will be edited together to form one full feature-length movie of 75 minutes and “A D V E N T 2020, The Movie” will be broadcast on New Year’s Day.
The entire project is being run by volunteers and is the first outing for not-for-profit CiC ‘ParticipArt’ with hands-on support from Blackburn College among others where students are pitching in at every stage of the process and will be leading the shortlisting process from of the 100’s of entries expected.
The company is also grateful for the mentoring and advice of other Lancs arts producers like Culturapedia, In-Situ and Blackburn videographers ‘This Is TAE’ as well as experts and community pioneers, most notably “inclusion activist” Saima Afzal MBE.