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Victims' Rights Week: 20th -24th February 2017

February 22nd marks the 27th Annual European Victim Awareness Day. In 1990, Victim Support Europe, the leading European umbrella organisation advocating on behalf of all victims of crime, declared February 22nd as European Victim Awareness Day. Since then victim support groups across Europe have come together on this day to raise awareness of how crime can affect victims and their wider families.

In support of the day, the Victims Commissiong Team at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is planning a number of events to take place across the week of February 20th to 24th, to bring awareness to victims of crime.

BEACON Film Festival: Shining a Light on Victims of Crime

Beacon Victim Care Centre and Oaklands College Media Department are hosting a film festival to be held on Thursday, February 23rd at the Weston Auditorium 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.
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.

Over 400 short films have already been created and submitted from countries around the world; including Iran, India, United States, Spain, United Kingdom, Turkey and Italy.

The Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd said: “I applaud the work being done to put together something as positive as a film festival to highlight the issues faced by victims of crime.”

“Victims of crime are at the centre of my Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan and any event 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.”

A short-list of 20 films will be screened in front of an audience and given feedback from a panel of prestigious film makers, lecturers and members of the Police & Crime Commissioner's Office.

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

Oliver Samuel, Lecturer and Filmmaker, 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.”

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 6pm, tickets are free and if you would like to attend, please register your interest by following the link and further details will be sent http://eepurl.com/cw6lif

How to Submit a Film

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 10th February 2017.