Big Lottery funding support for weekly film workshops

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Projects giving young Scots the skills and confidence to take greater control of their futures are sharing in £455,889 of dormant banks and building society cash from the Young Start Fund, run by the Big Lottery Fund.

Amongst the 10 successful projects is a unique arts project for young people who live on Stornoway run by Rural Nations CIC.

The award of £33,330 means it can deliver over 100 weekly film workshops over the next two years to motivate and inspire the youngsters to create short films from their own ideas.

Their completed work will be showcased at the An Lanntair Arts Centre in Stornoway and will be entered in Young People’s Film Festivals across the country.

Muriel Ann Macleod, creative director, said: “We are so pleased to be able to deliver Digiheb again for young people in Lewis with this funding from Young Start.

“We will be working in partnership with An Lanntair Arts Centre to enable young people between the ages of 14 and 24 work on making their own short films with support and skills tutoring from locally based industry professionals.

“The weekly workshops allow participants to learn through practical experience and they will try out their ideas and learn about film making in all its aspects as well as getting the chance to make their own films. During the lifetime of the project the young people will develop films which can be used in their portfolios to help them enter media and other courses in Colleges and University”

Maureen McGinn, of Big Lottery Fund Scotland, added: “The Young Start programme creates opportunities for children and young people to achieve their potential.”