Month: April 2014

Submissions open for The Birdies Film Festival!



It’s that time of the year again, the Birdies Film Festival is calling all film-makers worldwide to inspire us with their films!





This year we’ve broken down the film submission categories down into five themes:

• Drama

• Experimental

• Comedy

• Documentary

• Animation

 There will also be a special ‘The Audience Birdies Award” selected on the night of the screening.

So if you’re 26 and under with a film that you’d like to submit, send it to us by  4th June 2014 for a chance to have it showcased on the Big Screen at the Odeon Cinema in Kingston during the International Youth Arts Festival on Monday 7th July.


We would love to receive all of your films but we do have a few rules:

• Your film must be no longer than 15 minutes in length

• The film must be suitable for an audience of 12+ which means no bad language, nudity or offensive content etc.

• You must submit your application by 4th June 2014


The application process couldn’t be easier; you can submit films by email, post or through Festhome.  All details are available at


For more information and further guidelines please visit If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t worry, contact the Birdies Team directly on and we’ll respond to you as soon as we can.


We look forward to receiving your films, Good Luck!


Birdies Team



Check out the video from last year’s screening!


Gala Dinner 2014

We are delighted to announce that the President of Creative Youth,
HRH The Earl of Wessex, KG, GCVO, will be joining us for the third annual Gala reception and dinner in aid of the charity, Creative Youth, organisers of the International Youth Arts Festival, on
Wednesday 14th May at the Holiday Inn Kingston.

The evening will consist of a champagne reception with canapés commencing at 7.15pm followed by dinner. Many of the young companies that Creative Youth mentors attend the dinner and this highly enjoyable night includes performances from some of the region’s most exciting young talents, an auction and raffle.

 Creative Youth enables young people to realise their potential through the arts. We provide opportunities for young people to be involved with innovative, original, ambitious projects and work with artists of the highest quality. In close collaboration with key partners, we mentor young individuals, entrepreneurs and organisations by providing artistic, business and strategic support.

Creative Youth organises the International Youth Arts Festival, which is internationally respected as one of the largest and most diverse youth arts events. In the 5 years since its inception, over 19,000 young people have been involved with the festival, attracting a national audience and considerable media coverage.

A table of ten for the evening can be purchased for £950, or individual tickets are available at £95.

We do hope that you will be able to join us for this special evening at the Holiday Inn Kingston and support Creative Youth and the International Youth Arts Festival.

 To reserve your place please complete the booking form here.  Payment can be made by cheque or BACS to the details listed on the booking form.  If you have any further questions please contact Brett Alderton ( or Ann Hutchinson (