Youngsters have the chance to showcase their film-making skills at this year’s Holmfirth Film Festival.

The festival has launched a competition for films – no more than three minutes long – on the subject of animals.

There are prizes for the top three films and a special Tiger Award donated by Holmfirth company Red Ledge.

Red Ledge provides state-of-the-art software and engineering business solutions to some of the world’s leading companies.

Holmfirth is well-known for Fenella the Tiger. Circus entertainers Kassie and Meg Overend were offered Fenella to rear and at the outbreak of World War Two they brought her back with them to live in Holmfirth.

Fenella the Tiger being walked in Holmfirth

After a spell in quarantine the tiger lived with the circus family who took her on long walks around Holmfirth.

The competition’s director, cartoonist and animated film-maker Doctor Simpo, said: “Holmfirth is famous for Fenella the Tiger and we love cat videos but there are many more animals to see whether it’s your pet, farm animals or native beasts.

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“They can be filmed in any genre/style from animation to comedy, drama and documentary – on your mobile phone or with a digital camera. Be inventive!”

Doctor Simpo is also running a series of animation workshops during the festival open to six to 16-year-olds.

Doctor Simpo

The workshops are limited to a maximum of 20 places on each of the two ‘Create an Abstract Animation Day’ which will be running at Malkin House Barn from 11am–3pm on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22.

The best films from the competition and workshops will be screened at the Picturedrome in Holmfirth on Thursday, May 26.

Submit your films for consideration no later than Friday, May 20. Submission details can be found on the official festival website: www.holmfirthfilmfestival.co.uk