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Film - Short pieces for big screens

The Edinburgh International Film Festival and Pilton Video have launched the Edinburgh schools short film competition.

The event is open to all pupils in Edinburgh nursery, primary and secondary education. Winning entries will be shown at the festival in June.

Films are viewed and selected by a jury of young people, who also organise and present an awards ceremony. In 2010, they selected 40 films to be shown at the festival, 20 of which won awards.

"The competition is a unique opportunity for Edinburgh pupils to experience the excitement and wonder of sharing their creative work on the big screen," said Graham Fitzpatrick, manager at Pilton Video.

The deadline for all nursery, special, primary and secondary schools is March 30. Higher media and Higher art and design students can submit until April 20.

The short film competition is a partnership between the EIFF, Pilton Video and Edinburgh City Council's children and families department.

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