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Young start funding for young film makers

September 22, 2015

… And the Oscar for best Director goes to …. In future years the name in the famous gold envelope could have started their creative journey on the Outer Hebrides thanks to Young Start Funding announced today.

 Budding young film makers will get the chance to hone their skill and showcase their work to a wider audience thanks to an award of £49,556 to the South Uist Youth Development company.

The island based project will offer equipment and technical training in such crafts as film production and editing the group for young people aged 11 to 18 years-old on different projects from film-making, intergenerational work recording audio and stories from older members of the community through to film nights where they will be encouraged to recreate a cinema experience for the islanders.

Youth Work Organiser Paul Steele, said, “Thanks to funding from Young Start the two of the films produced by the youngsters have won national awards and we hope to build on this success. Living on a remote island can have its disadvantages and this grant means that our young people can experience and enjoy activities that they wouldn’t otherwise have access to and help build confidence and skills for the future.”

Marc at work behind the camera

Marc at work behind the camera

Marc Lindsay, 14, has been involved with the project for 2 years. He said, ‘I really enjoyed the film making activities last time around. I enjoyed working with the camera, editing and the technical side of film-making. I am now more confident using the equipment and I can help other people. It’s really opened my eyes to the possibility of a career in film or television.”

Run by the Big Lottery Fund Scotland, Young Start awards money from dormant bank and building society accounts to support a range of projects that help young people aged eight to 24 reach their full potential.

Run by the Big Lottery Fund Scotland, Young Start awards money from dormant bank and building society accounts to support a range of projects that help young people aged eight to 24 reach their full potential.  Click  to find out more about the projects receiving funding today.

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