Arts & Culture


By Cait Sweeney at

Young people who fancy their talents as a documentary filmmaker are invited to enter a competition using their mobile phones to film the hidden world of the Oxford Canal.

This year’s Oxford Canal Festival is looking for film enthusiasts aged from 5 – 16 years to make short videos (lasting no more than a minute). They can draw inspiration from any aspect of the Canal, from wildlife to boats and canal architecture – or anything else that interests them.

Once their film is complete, they can post it up online for the judges to view, using social media tools such as Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/YouTube.
The winners in each category will receive a cash prize and see their entries screened at a special event during the Oxford Canal Festival on Saturday September 8.

The competition judges are Geron Swann, centre director of Film Oxford and TV producer, director and BAFTA winner Antonia Lloyd.

Competition categories are 5–8 yrs, 9–12 yrs and 13–16 yrs.
Deadline for entries is August 25 2018. For more info and how to enter visit

Geron Swann is Centre Director of Film Oxford. He came to Film Oxford via the Trades Council in 1987 and has been with the organisation ever since. He is fundraiser, project manager, Summerscreen festival co-ordinator, Location Oxfordshire manager and spokesperson for Film Oxford.

Antonia Lloyd is a producer and director, known for MasterChef (2005), Celebrity Masterchef (2006) and Culinary Genius (2017). She won a BAFTA in the Features categoriy for MasterChef the Professionals.

Oxford Canal Festival is a free event celebrating one of Oxford’s best-kept secrets.
Main event: Saturday 8 September. 12-6pm.
Live music, food, bar tent, swing boats, guided walk, storytelling, talks, crafts, canal traders, boat trips and more.

Aristotle Lane Recreation Ground
Wraparound events:
Friday 7 September, from 7.30pm
Three Chords and the Truth: eclectic session/jam. From 7.30pm, The White Hart, Wolvercote. Free entry.

Sunday 9 September 7pm
The Big Canal Ceilidh Band: St Barnabas Church, Jericho. Ceilidh dance and live music. Tickets £12.50, kids £7.50.
For more information, timetable and to register for competitions, visit: