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Cameras roll on creative youth project; pounds 5,000 grant for short films.

Byline: By CATHERINE JONES Culture Reporter

YOUNGSTERS will produce a series of short films with the backing of a new Culture Capital fund.

Clapperboard UK is one of the first organisations to benefit from the pounds 600,000 fund developed by the Community Foundation for Merseyside to mark Liverpool's 2008 title.

The city-based group has used a pounds 5,000 grant to finance an innovative youth project.

The initiative, set up to help young people learn more about the moving image industry, offers school-age children the chance to develop their creative skills through the development and production of short films.

They will work alongside industry professionals both in front and behind the cameras.

A spokeswoman for the foundation said: "The initiative will encourage social integration, inclusion and interaction among those who've had difficulty in responding to traditional methods of education."

The group also plans to run a series of careers advice workshops throughout Merseyside to help youngsters secure work placements and pursue a career in the film industry.

Unlike the Culture Company's creative communities scheme, the Arts and Culture Fund Merseyside is also open to organisations in Wirral, Sefton, Knows-ley and St Helens.

More than 120 groups are expected to benefit.

The fund, financed by European cash, will run for two years with awards of up to pounds 5,000 each for art and culture projects that add value to the cultural and creative life of Merseyside, and that help improve people's employability.

Community Foundation for Merseyside outreach manager Val Bayliff said: "This fund has already proved popular.

"We've been delighted to fund a host of innovative and interesting projects. But we're still actively encouraging applications."

For further information call Sue Loftus on 0151-707 1404.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 22, 2006
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