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Young North East documentary makers urged to get in the frame

A free course for teenagers with an interest in making documentaries at the Tyneside Cinema is open for applications

Still from Magic of Medicine (2013), The Northern Stars Documentary Film Academy
Still from Magic of Medicine (2013), The Northern Stars Documentary Film Academy

Young filmmakers with an interest in documentaries are being invited to apply for a place in the Northern Stars Documentary Film Academy.

The Academy, which is free, will run on Saturdays and during the summer holidays between July and October and will see participants working with leading industry professionals to gain hands-on experience of all aspects of film production and make their own short documentary films about the world they live in.

The Academy workshops at Tyneside Cinema will offer training in directing, producing and editing, and provide them with everything they need to make exciting and original documentaries.

Not only that but the resulting films will get a big screen premiere for family and friends at the Tyneside in October, and if they’re anything like last year’s crop, they will be well worth seeing.

Still from Grainger Stories (2013) by The Northern Stars Documentary Film Academy
Still from Grainger Stories (2013) by The Northern Stars Documentary Film Academy
 

All four films made during the first Academy programme in 2013 were nominated for awards at the Royal Television Society’s Young People’s Media Festival, and can be viewed online now at www.northernstarsdocacademy.co.uk.

The return of the Academy has once again been made possible thanks to the the sponsorship of Intu Properties plc, who co-own intu Eldon Square in Newcastle and intu Metrocentre in Gateshead.

The fruitful partnership between intu and the Tyneside began in 2012, when the Cinema was offered an unprecedented opportunity to create a Pop-Up Film School in an Eldon Square shop unit on High Friars.

Alexander Nicoll, intu’s director of corporate responsibility, said: “We are delighted to be working with Tyneside Cinema for a second year and the Documentary Film Academy offers real skills opportunities for young people accepted into the annual programme. The combination of these skills and experiences can certainly open doors to top jobs and rewarding careers.”

Still from Graniger Stories (2013) by The Northern Stars Documentary Film Academy
Still from Graniger Stories (2013) by The Northern Stars Documentary Film Academy
 

Mark Dobson, Tyneside Cinema’s Chief Executive said, “Tyneside Cinema is delighted to invite young people from across the North East to apply for the 2014 Northern Stars Documentary Film Academy, and very grateful to intu, whose generous sponsorship of the Academy has enabled us to offer this incredible free opportunity for a second year running.

“It was a pleasure working with last year’s participants and helping them learn the skills to make their own short documentaries. We were extremely impressed by the quality and creativity of the films they made, and we can’t wait to meet this year’s intake of young filmmakers in the summer and discover the stories they want to tell about living in the North East.”

The Northern Stars Documentary Film Academy is the latest learning initiative from Tyneside Cinema, and follows the success of the Cinema’s award-winning Northern Stars Fiction Academy for 16-19 year olds and the pioneering interactive education project Time Machine for primary school children. To find out more please visit www.tynesidecinema.co.uk.

Applications for the Northern Stars Documentary Film Academy, should be submitted no later than July 7 at www.northernstarsdocacademy.co.uk/apply

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