YOUNG film makers in South Tyneside are being given the chance to show their work on the national stage.
The Gazette has teamed up with the National Youth Film Festival Awards to showcase the best of the borough’s teenage talent in a short-film contest.
Round My Corner is a UK-wide competition focusing on family, friends and local neighbourhoods.
It is being hailed as an opportunity for young people to embark upon their first film-making experience and showcase their favourite on-camera creations.
The video can be professionally produced, but can also be filmed on a smartphone and rely on basic editing and a good story.
Shortlisted nominees will have their films shown to a range of famous film sector professionals, including The Iron Lady producer Damien Jones, film and TV director Ken Loach, producer Rebecca O’Brien, actor Toby Jones, star of The Girl, Hunger Games and Harry Potter, and Film 2013 presenter and writer Danny Leigh.
Winners will be invited to London to celebrate their achievements at a glittering awards ceremony in November.
Entrants need to be under 19 and produce a film no longer than three minutes in length based on what ‘Round My Corner’ means to you.
The aim of the festival, which is in its first year, is to inspire young people to get involved and build a lifelong passion for film through watching, making and using it in new and creative ways.
It is also aiming to help teachers to engage with and bring learning to life for young people.
Gazette editor Jo Yates said: “I am delighted that The Shields Gazette is taking part in such an exciting project.
“In this digital age, the technology is getting smarter all the time, and the ability to film and edit has never been more accessible.
“Video is now an established part of showcasing the lives we lead and the world we live in. I can’t wait to see the finished projects.”
Entrants have until noon Friday, October 11.
The winning films will be screened in a West End cinema in London.