Onysha Collins, a London-based Filmmaker and Spoken Word Artist, with parents from Carriacou and Dominica, is one of 5 finalists of this year’s “Dream to Screen” competiton, a national filmmaking competition.

What should you do? Vote for the film HERE.  Then pass this on and ask others to vote.

In the video below, meet Onysha, the only finalist of African descent (and she’s Caribbean!!), selected.  With her story, she hopes to raise awareness on autism within the African/ Caribbean community.

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The “Dream to Screen” competition is fronted by actor/rapper Ashley Walters (“Top Boy”), and supported by the Jack Petchey Foundation.  Dame Judi Dench and Dame Helen Mirren, both participated in the judging panel, where emerging filmmakers were asked to submit a 90-second short film pitch, based on the theme “Inspiration” at www.dreamtoscreen.org between May 7, 2014 and June 16, 2014.  No previous filmmaking experience was required – anyone with a passion and an idea was encouraged to apply.

It’s been 2 months since the initial announcement, and the initiative has selected 5 finalists from over 500 entries sent by 16-25 year olds across the UK and Ireland. All finalists will be assigned a BAFTA mentor to help them produce their own short film and they are competing against each other in a public vote, based on their short films, from September 1 – 19. The winner will have their short film showcased in all Cineworld cinemas, and will win an all expense paid trip to LA to meet with various Hollywood figures, organised by 20th Century Fox.

Open to creatives between 16 and 25 years, “Dream to Screen” is a competition to assist them reach their creative ambitions. Finalists will be mentored through Media Trust’s youth mentoring scheme by industry experts provided by BAFTA. The finalists will also win thousands of pounds worth of industry-standard equipment, contributed by the Jack Petchey Foundation, to produce their films and to use on future projects.

“Dream to Screen,” is looking to support the next generation of film talent and, as a strong advocate for providing young people with opportunities, this is something I really respect and am proud to be part of. To be mentored by real professionals from the film industry provides these young people with an unparalleled platform to kick-start their career. The theme of the competition is ‘Inspiration’ so I’m really looking forward to discovering what inspires the nation’s young talent and urge any young person with an interest in film to get involved and apply,” said Ashley Walters.

Visit Onysha’s website.