1000 Films Submitted to Beacon Film Festival
With just under a week to go to the Beacon Film Festival, organisers are working hard to whittle down over a thousand short film submissions to just twenty films to be shown on the evening.

The films will be premiered at the Weston Auditorium at the University of Hertfordshire on Thursday the 23rd February.  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, who 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 the college have also been tasked with creating films for the festival as part of their on-going course assessments.

Oliver Samuel, Lecturer and Filmmaker at Oakland’s 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 the 20th to the 24th February.

The film festival will start at 6pm. Tickets are still available and are free.

Please register your interest by this link and further details will be sent.

More information about Victims’ Rights Week is available on the Commissioner’s website.