Cromer carnival song video hits big screen

A jokey carnival music video filmed by a student has been screened at a Norfolk film festival.

The crazy footage showing singer Andreas Yiasimi dancing around Cromer singing his self-penned carnival song has been a big hit on the YouTube website since it was shot by his 18-year-old daughter Elsie.

Now it is among 40 bits of work appearing capturing everyday life in the BBC Norfolk Film Festival currently running at the Forum in Norwich.

Former Cromer High School pupil Elsie has studied film and media at Paston College and would love to make it her career, but is also training to be a nursery teacher as a Plan B.

'It is a hobby at the moment, but I really love doing this sort of work - making films for people to enjoy and watch,' she said. 'And I hope being part of this festival, and meeting other film makers at the weekend will help me.'

The filming took just a day, on location in the resort and persuading townsfolk and traders to join in playing guitars while her dad danced around as the music - which he launched at this summer's carnival queen crowning - played on a portable CD player.

'Beforehand we listened to the songs loads of times at home to get ideas for the filming. Cromer carnival is all about the town, so we went around asking if people wanted a part. Some were shy but some joined in. And dad did not take long with his bits because he knows what is involved.'

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Mr Yiasimi is part of the Constantia Brothers singing group, and works at the family's Greek restaurant at East Runton - where Elsie occasional waits at tabel too. But he is also a photographer and has produced music videos himself in the past.

'It was 10 years ago since I last appeared in a video though, and you forget how hard it is to perform in front of a camera,' he added.

Mr Yiasimi was proud when the father and daughter team got the call-up to take part in the festival, run by the BBC Voices media workshop and production unit, which aims to provide a wider audience for camcorder footage of everyday events and activities.

Other films include a look at nature and the seasons, BMX biking, and the reflections on life as an early morning office cleaner.

The festival runs until October 30 with free public access from 10am to 5pm.

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