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Are you a budding director, waiting for you chance to show off your movie making talent?

Then the Matlock Mercury has great news for you.

We are inviting young people aged under 16 to take part in a mini film making competition in preparation for Movies in the Park by Maazi.

The open air film event is due to take place in Hall Leys Park on May 26 and young people are being asked to produce a 30 second ‘YouTube’ style video promoting what is brilliant about Matlock.

The winner of the contest will be honoured with the task of being the guest of honour opening the film event, as well as the prize of a meal for four people at Maazi.

Irfan Shabir, owner of Maazi, came up with the idea of hosting the film event to promote Matlock and bring more people into the town.

“It’s going to be a great family event and it’s an opportunity to promote a vibrant family place for people to come and visit – Matlock,” he said.

“I think we have a beautiful and wonderful place and I look at the park from the restaurant every day and I think it would be great to have an event that brings the community together and I have never seen a film event in Matlock before.

“It will be something for everybody to get behind.”

The films Irfan is planning to screen are Up, Mamma Mia and Puss in Boots.

He has the full backing of Matlock Town Council, and has already signed up several local businesses to operate stalls on the day including Bellisima, Bow, Pink Cake Box, All Things Nice, Fresh, Magpie and Tineke.

There will also be popcorn and refreshments available and fairground rides.

“I am hoping it will be an opportunity to showcase what a great place Matlock is,” Irfan said.

“I’m hoping it will be good for the local businesses. I want the whole town to get behind it as well.”

Irfan said if the event is a success he would consider staging it again.

Any young people interested in taking part in the competition can do so by sending their entry to news@matlockmercury.co.uk complete with their name, age, address and daytime telephone number.

The videos will be judged by a panel including Irfan and Mercury editor Amanda Hatfield.

The video must be just 30 seconds long and needs to be a WMV file and the closing date for entries is 12 noon on Monday May 21.