Art groups invest in funding for North East's young film makers

The North East Filmmakers Fund has released up to £2,000 to develop the region's young film makers

Young people filming as part of a project
Young people filming as part of a project

A new tranche of funding has been made available to encourage the North East’s next generation of film makers.

The North East Filmmakers Fund is offering grants of up to £2,000 for artists or organisations involved in making films while the North East Venues R&D Fund is offering grants of up to £1,500 to venues hoping to engage young people.

Helen Green, head of Bridge North East, which provides practical support to promote young people’s engagement with the arts, says opportunities for filmmakers working, or wanting to work with children and young people are scarce.

She 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.

“We hope this initiative will prove a catalyst for enhancing the support and sharing best practice for individuals and organisations involved in developing emerging talent.”

Gateshead College and Newcastle-based Live Theatre have teamed up to provide 18-year-old student Craig Spence with a back-stage apprenticeship which will see him gain the skills for a career in theatre sound and lighting.

The apprenticeship meets the needs of a creative sector that’s facing a skills gap and needs to recruit new talent to meet current and future employer needs.

Chief executive of Live Theatre, Jim Beirne, said: “There is certainly a skills gap in the arena of stage, production and technical skills, so schemes such as the one introduced by Gateshead College are important because they bring new and skilled young people into the industry.

“The partnership between Gateshead College and Live Theatre provides learning and real world experience for apprentices, which makes them much more employable.

“Not only is it an advantage for learners but also employers. Their knowledge is often more comprehensive because of the consistent education they receive along with the hands-on experience.”

Craig said: “To gain an apprenticeship within the sector was a dream come true. This particular way of getting into employment holds the advantage of being able to gain experience while constantly building your technical knowledge through attending college.”


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