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Funding boost for Shetland arts to support community film-making

Shetland arts has received a £17,578 grant from Postcode Community Trust, thanks to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, to launch a new project encouraging community groups to use film as a way to reach out to the community.

Through the project, community groups in Shetland will have the chance to send one of their members to get trained on film-making and they will have access to equipment and facilities in Mareel to help spread their message.

Along with access to training and equipment, the project will help groups to spread videos to reach a wider audience. Not only will the films be shown through online channels such as Facebook and YouTube, the best of the films will be also be screened as trailers at Mareel’s cinemas and will qualify for entry into Screenplay, Shetland Arts’ film festival.

Bryan Peterson, Head of Shetland Arts Creative Opportunities, said:

“We’re completely open to suggestions, and we’re really looking for creative ideas. If you want to make a film that highlights what your group does, or issues you think are important, we want to hear from you. You’ll get training on how to make develop ideas into a short film and all the technical processes involved. We need camera operators, scriptwriters, composers, editors...and plenty of enthusiasm and creativity!”

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said:

“I’m delighted that funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery is supporting Shetland Arts community film project. This is a fantastic way for community groups to reach out to more isolated members of the remote community, at the same time as increasing digital skills and creative activity among local people.”

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