Young film makers to join annual academy

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TALENTED young people across Sunderland have the chance to join a filming project.

Fifteen to 18-year-olds can apply for the Tyneside Cinema’s 2012 Northern Stars Young Filmmakers’ Academy.

The award-winning training programme gives aspiring filmmakers in the area the chance to work with leading industry professionals and to develop their skills in all areas of film production.

Previous graduates have used their experience to secure places at university, gain work experience on film sets and make their own independent productions, and the academy has even been praised by director Ridley Scott.

The academy will run from August to December.

Young people have until 5pm on Friday to get their applications in.

Participants will study all aspects of film production, including directing, scriptwriting, photography and sound editing and the academy will include a five-day residential film camp during the autumn half-term break, as well as weekend workshops.

The academy is now in its fifth year, and 100 aspiring film-makers have already taken part in the programme.

For more information or to apply for a place, which costs £195 to cover all the costs, visit and download the application form.