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Film Festival puts Victims Rights in the Spotlight
A film festival to raise awareness of Beacon - Hertfordshire's Victim Care Centre - and the impacts of crime on victims will take place in Welwyn Garden City from the 7th to the 9th of February.

Beacon has teamed up with Oaklands College for a second year to deliver a dynamic programme of filmmaking and victims’ awareness workshops to highlight the impact crime has on its victims.

An awards ceremony and screening of the student films from Oaklands College and the best of this year’s international films – all of which have a focus on victims of crime - will close the festival on the evening of Friday, February 9th at Campus West in Welwyn Garden City.

Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd said: “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.”

BTEC Creative Media and Foundation Degree students from Oaklands College have been tasked with creating films for the festival as part of their on-going course assessments.

Oliver Samuel, Lecturer and Filmmaker, Oaklands College 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.
 
Awards & Prizes

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.

The film festival will start at 7pm, tickets are free and if you would like to attend, please register your interest by following this link and further details will be sen

BACKGROUND:

Beacon was set up in 2015 as Hertfordshire’s Victim Care Centre. Anyone who has been a victim of crime is entitled to free support through Beacon – irrespective of whether a crime has been reported to the Police.

Beacon is a partnership organisation created by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, the Constabulary and (currently) Victim Support staff. The Constabulary’s Victim Service Team makes initial contact with a victim of crime and provides a crime reference number. They also update the victims of crime on their case. This will be followed by an offer of victim support, and those who accept are handed over to the Victim Support team.

Last year, Beacon introduced dedicated Victim Case Managers for vulnerable victims of crime. This service is for people who have been persistently targeted and require very specialist care.

You can contact Beacon on 03000 11 55 55 or send an e-mail to info@hertfordshirebeacon.org.