Calling The Shots (CTS) is to run a three-year project to nurture new talent in the south west. The new Random Acts Network, funded by the Arts Council England, will support young filmmakers of all backgrounds to create short films for Channel 4s Random Acts strand.
Working with a broad range of partners, including Spike Film and Video and the Universities of Gloucester and Plymouth, CTS will deliver a programme of education, mentoring and technical support to facilitate the creation of these films in a playful, challenging and nurturing environment.
The project aims to engage young people who might not otherwise have these kind of opportunities. The call-out for to participants will be as wide as possible through working with partners experienced in youth engagement and development.
Spike Island is a key partner in the delivery of the project, offering opportunities for visits to artists’ studios and exhibitions and linking the young filmmakers with practising visual artists who will act as artist mentors. Spike Film and Video take a technical consultancy role and will provide post-production services, particularly in supporting the final delivery of the films. Other partners include Arthur Cox, who will lead on supporting animators, Icon Films and a panel of independent producer-mentors.
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