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Making Connections

Date posted: 06.09.2007

A VIP judging panel has recently been to visit young film-makers at Connections Communications Centre in Hammersmith.

Connections Communications Centre received £80,000 of Mediabox funding. Mediabox is the Department for Children, Schools and Families fund for young people. The initiative offers 13-19 year olds the opportunity to develop and produce creative media projects, using film, television, print, radio or online platforms.

Media Writes, run by Connections Communications Centre, is an innovative project which will enable 60 young people in the boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham and Harrow the opportunity to attend creative workshops and accredited training in film production.

The selected group will work with a team of experts to learn camera skills, sound, editing and music for film. The project will produce six short films - all entirely led and produced by the young people taking part.

Top Government and TV industry figures gave invaluable advice and guidance to the group of aspiring young London film-makers hoping to take part in Media Writes. The VIP judging panel watched young people take to the stage and present their film-making ideas in an energetic pitching session.

The panel included Minister of State for Children, Young People and Families Beverley Hughes, CBBC Blue Peter Presenter Andy Akinwolere and Chairman of Mediabox and one of the UK’s top TV executives, Clive Jones.

London-based youth organisations are invited to apply for Mediabox grants - the next funding deadline is 18 September 2007. Find out more on the Mediabox page

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