Organisations are being urged to put young people in the picture with the launch of two funds.
Bridge North East and the Tyneside Cinema are calling upon groups to get involved in The North East Filmmaker Fund and North East Venues Research & Development Fund, which aim to enhance the existing provision of film activity for, with or by children and young people in the region.
The North East Filmmakers Fund is offering grants of up to £2,000 for individuals or organisations involved in film making, who want to use the cash to employ a writer or an editor for a project, to mentor young people or access formal training.
The grants are available to support professional practice, not to support young people or filmmakers who wish to make a film.
The North East Venues R&D Fund, meanwhile, is offering grants of up to £1,500 to venues demonstrating a genuine desire to develop their own provision and explore new ways of engaging children and young people with film.
The funds must be used to support the testing of new activity or the significant development of existing work to provide a sustainable legacy.
Helen Green, head of Bridge North East, which provides support to promote young peoples’ engagement with the arts, said: “These funds will help filmmakers enhance their own professional practice, develop a network of filmmakers and exhibitors across the region and raise the standard of provision for children and young people.”