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07 th February 2013

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For the Love of Film

Scala Cinema and Arts Centre launches film education programme to benefit local community, young people and the disadvantaged.

The young people of North East Wales will have the opportunity to develop their creative talents with the launch of a new Strategic Film Education Partnership Group and literacy hub.

Led by Scala Cinema and Arts Centre with funding from the Film Agency for Wales, the new partnership entitled ‘For the Love of Film’ will be delivered with a network of film education providers who will work together to develop film education and literacy activities. Over 300 young people will benefit from a six month programme of film literacy workshops with youth leaders and other practitioners also receiving bespoke training.

The scheme aims to identify and celebrate local talent, providing a nurturing environment that will encourage them to reach their full potential. Participants will also be given the opportunity to explore specialised film and its role within society, through a Young Specialist Film Group.

Some of the programme’s most important work will be done with Rhyl’s Tir Morfa Special School, which is situated in the most deprived ward in Wales and is signalled as an area of child poverty by the Children’s Commissioner for Wales. The scheme aims to provide work experience opportunities for people in the community, helping them to identify pathways to further education and employment.

Throughout the project, Scala will work with local schools and youth services, as well as Further and Higher Education institutions in North East Wales. Scala’s previous education partnerships have included National Theatre Wales and young people’s media skills development organisation First Light.

Chris Bond, General Manager of the Scala says 'The Scala appreciates the support from the Film Agency for Wales, which has enabled this exciting education initiative to be developed. The Education Strategic Partnership which will develop the programme of activities is chaired by Hywyn Williams Corporate Director of Communications for Denbighshire County Council and includes Glyndwr University as one of its partners. The group will also be working with local schools, youth organisations, and community groups. This is a real opportunity to use the Scala's wonderful training facilities and cinema studios to support young people in their pathways to employment in the creative industries.'

 

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