First Light Announces Funding for Young Filmmakers

Young filmmakers

UK Wide Funding

Young people from across the UK are to benefit from thousands of pounds of funding to produce their own short films, working alongside professional filmmakers.

First Light has awarded a total of £339,327 to support and promote filmmaking activities for young people across the UK in the latest round of the Young Film Fund.

Individual awards range from £5,000 to Barnardo’s Action with Young Carers to work with 7 to 19 year olds from Liverpool, to £24,000 to 104 Films which will fund a unique project working with 60 young disabled people aged 15 to 19 to create 4 horror films.

Projects working with young people from Hexham, Bournemouth, Wolverhampton, Sheffield, Huddersfield, Colchester, Liverpool and Crianlarich in Scotland aged between 5 and 19 have been awarded First Light funding, enabling them to work with professional filmmakers on their own short films.

Great Ideas

Ideas for film storylines submitted by the young filmmakers included a homeless Prime Minister, a village where everyone has a super power and a chip shop running out of chips!

Other issues that seemed to resonate with the young people included the effect of social media upon human relationships and the dangers of global warming. Many of the ideas centred around horror or vampire themes reflecting the success of the Twilight films.

The organisation received applications from a large number of youth work groups and schools and demand for funding is increasing. First Light places the young people at the heart of the creative process and the film ideas are generated by them. They will be involved with every aspect of the production process from drawing storyboards and writing the scripts to directing and lighting the films alongside industry professionals.

First Light CEO, Leigh Thomas is impressed by the quality of the latest film ideas and says,

“We received some fantastically creative ideas from young people across the UK and I can’t wait to see these inspirational stories realised on film. First Light funding enables young people to work with professional filmmakers to produce high quality films of which they can be proud.”

First Light is a nationwide organisation, based in Birmingham, which helps young people, from all backgrounds develop skills, talent, creativity and confidence by providing opportunities them to work with industry professionals on high quality filmmaking projects. First Light distributes £1.1 million of National Lottery money, through BFI funding as part of the ‘Young Film Fund’ each year.

Beacon Hill Arts CIC, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Heads Together Productions, Huddersfield
Columbia Primary School, Bethnal Green
Barnardo’s Action with Young Carers, Liverpool
Little Big Butterfly CIC, Hexham
White Lantern Film Education, Bournemouth
Exit Youth Group, Crianlarich
Fluid Space Arts, Birmingham
Access Moving Image Limited, Leeds
Central Youth Theatre, Wolverhampton
Pink Fringe, Brighton
Bedfordshire and Luton Mind, Silsoe
Tyneside Foyer, Newcastle
Hybrid Arts, Leamington Spa
104 films limited, Sheffield
Thomas Adams Media Arts , Wem
Ideal Films Ltd., Swindon
The Greenhouse Project, Liverpool
Burnley Youth Theatre, Burnley
Create Studios,Swindon
Film Oxford, Oxford
Wind & Foster, London
Interplay Theatre Trust, Leeds
Signals Media Arts Centre, Colchester