Competition to capture South Downs on film

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ASPIRING directors are being invited to capture the South Downs in a short film.

A first prize of £500 is on offer for the amateur film maker who captures the best story of the South Downs National Park in three minutes or less.

The My South Downs short film competition, organised by the National Park Authority, is open to anyone and films can be in documentary, animation, live action, or any other genre.

Stephen Sibbald, interpretation officer for the South Downs National Park, said: “Whether you’ve grown up in and around the National Park or you’ve only just discovered it, we want to see your stories.

“Your film could feature anything from a day out mountain biking, to a quiet ramble, the story of a place which is particularly special to you or about something happening in your local community.

“We’re excited to see the different ways that people interpret the theme, ‘My South Downs’.”

Entries will be judged by representatives from the National Park Authority and professionals from the film and media industries.

The first prize winner will receive £500, with second and third places winning £300 and £200 respectively.

The winners will also have their films screened at the launch of the new South Downs Centre, in Midhurst, next year.

More information can be found at www.southdowns.gov.uk.