Helping teenagers make film

Exmouth’s filmmakers of the future are set to get a cash boost thanks to the National Lottery.

Thousands of pounds of funding have been earmarked for young people in East Devon to produce their own short films, working alongside professional filmmakers, production company My Pockets.

It is all thanks to First Light - a nationwide organisation based in Birmingham which helps young people, from all backgrounds, develop their skills, talent, creativity and confidence in film making.

They distribute �1.1 million of National Lottery money, through the ‘Young Film Fund’, each year.

As a result of their creative and inventive ideas, 62 young people from East Devon aged between 13 and 18 have been awarded �20,000.

My Pockets will be working with young people who are not in employment, education or training.

They will create short comedies using puppets which will centre around the theme of teenage relationships and embarrassing teenage-parental conversations.

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Many of the young people are at an increased risk of teenage pregnancy, catching an STD or engaging in relationships that may not be healthy for them.

My Pockets project facilitator Peter Snelling said: “The subject matter of the film will improve this situation and give them a voice to express what they think and feel about their experiences.”