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Mediabox Funding Announced

Date posted: 05.06.2007

Youth organisations throughout England have just been awarded funds through the second round of Mediabox.

Mediabox is a £6 million Department for Education and Skills fund for 13-19 year olds to make media projects. Organisations and individuals can apply for one of 3 funds, with awards of between £500 and £80,000.

The panel selected 23 projects across England, which will directly benefit 1,819 young people. More than 500 London teenagers will benefit from this round with 9 London-based companies having received money.

The following organisations have secured funding for the production of youth led media projects:

  • BBA Media
    BBA Media will provide accredited radio production training to 60 young people from the Southall wards of Ealing. Fifty will then receive mentoring from broadcasting professionals and be involved in all aspects of running a radio programme.
  • Fierce productions
    The aim of the project is to create two very different films with two groups of young people. The first project will deal with gang culture in South London - aiming to tackle the issue of peer group pressure and to provide high level training and mentoring. The second project hopes to widen the experience and horizons of the young people involved, whist also working with them creatively to make a documentary.
  • Independent Photography
    This project aims to engage 35 young people of the Peninsula Ward in high quality media production (radio and film) to enable them to gain skills, knowledge and confidence. It will help motivate them to formally develop their skills and become part of the local regeneration.
  • PhotoVoice
    PhotoVoice will enable 50 participants - through photography and digital media - to document and explore their identities as disabled young people, focusing on issues around access and inclusion.
  • Point Blank
    Point Blank aims to engage young people involved in, or at risk of entering, the youth justice system. It will teach them industry skills and boost their personal development by engaging them in motivational activities.
  • Ritzy Animation
    The project will work with a group of 10 teenagers with registered special educational needs or behavioural difficulties to create a short animated film. The finished film will be exhibited at a public family screening at the Ritzy cinema.
  • Tower Hamlets Summer University (THSU)
    THSU aims to provide 450 hours of innovative media courses and activities in summer and autumn 2007, for between 200 and 300 young people. Additionally, four work placement opportunities will be offered.
  • Urban Vision
    Urban Vision aims to support young people in Lambeth by offering new media training, creative projects and personal capacity building. The project aims to give young people a platform for their ideas and investigate the development of new cultural forms  through an accredited programme which offers computer graphics, illustration, interactive media and digital photography as its core activities.
  • WAC
    The central aim of this project is to allow marginalised young people the chance to create factual-ised video narratives of their lives and to share them online with an immediate and wider peer community.

There are 3 more funding rounds running until November 2008. The next application deadline is 17 July 2007. There will be an applications surgery on 11 July between 1 and 4.30pm. Times will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Find out more on the Mediabox page, visit the official website (www.media-box.co.uk) or email nicholas.dossetor@filmlondon.org.uk with any general queries.

Mediabox will be delivered by a consortium led by First Light Movies, in partnership with Media Trust, Skillset and the UK Film Council.

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