YOUNG filmmakers in South Tyneside are being invited to create short movies to help victims of crime.
Members of the South Shields-based Vision Drama Group have teamed up with Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird to launch the project.
Theatre clubs and schoolchildren are being asked to create a film to highlight subjects that Mrs Baird plans to concentrate on as part of her role.
People can make films about putting victims first, dealing with anti-social behaviour, domestic and sexual abuse, reducing crime, and community confidence.
The films will be screened and judged at the Vision’s base at St Jude’s Church Hall, in Laygate, South Shields, on Saturday, April 25, and the winner will be awarded with a camcorder worth £100.
The winning film will be selected by a panel of judges, including police officers.
Sandie Malia, who runs the Vision, said: “The Vision members are very excited to be involved in the film-making project.
“They have strong views which they are looking forward to sharing in film form, regarding the issues highlighted around unacceptable behaviour.
“Many of our members have special needs and learning difficulties, and they have been victims of hate crime.
“Getting the opportunity to share their experience and say how they feel about this subject is very empowering for them.
“I am looking forward to spending the next couple of months assisting the group, helping them to channel their personal experiences into script, and then into a short film.
“This is a very exciting time for us all. And of course, the screening will be a wonderful evening where all the hard work will be recognised.”
Mrs Baird said: “The subjects which the project has asked its young filmmakers to concentrate on, match my Police and Crime Plan, and I am delighted my community fund has been able to support this project.”
The contest is open to people aged between 11 and 17, but schoolteachers may help their pupils, and actors of any age can appear in the films.
Films must be between one and two minutes long, including title and credits, and should be submitted by hand on DVD, between 2pm and 4pm, on Saturday, April 18.
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