Film by young Teesside Filmmakers shortlisted for Award at Berwick International Film Festival

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A film made by young people in Redcar & Cleveland has been shortlisted for the Chris Anderson Award for Best Young Filmmaker at the Berwick upon Tweed Film and Media Arts Festival 2013. The Award is given to the best short films from young filmmakers under 19 in North East England and South East Scotland who compete for a cash prize donated by the family of the late Chris Anderson – including his son, blockbuster director Paul W.S. Anderson who has directed films such as Alien vs Predator and Resident Evil . The winner will be announced at the Young Filmmakers showcase on Sunday 29th September at The Maltings Cinema & Theatre in Berwick where all the nominated films will be screened.

The Film entitled The Lottery Ticket is a 5 minute short film made up of a series of drawings by the young people about a man who finds a winning lottery ticket on the street, he knows the poor family it belongs to but will he return it or cash it in? He faces a moral dilemma, we see the consequences of his actions unfold but can he rectify his mistake in time…

The film was made as part of Tees Valley Arts’ Moving On project, a J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust funded project which uses the arts to help give the young people in the care of the local authority a range of skills to help them to move on positively, adding value to the dedicated work of the Care Teams.

The film was made in one day by young people working with writer and filmmaker Laura Degnan.

Jane Gray, Education Officer at Tees Valley Arts commented:-

“The young people have achieved a great deal throughout this project – not just great artwork, but confidence and self-esteem, teamwork, leadership, communication skills and personal development. We’re all extremely proud of their achievements and it is a fantastic achievement to have their work showcased at the Berwick International Film Festival”