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Film school to launch in Forres

By Garry McCartney

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Film Forres members and former teachers Tim Flood and Bob Kenny are looking forward to opening the community film school.
Film Forres members and former teachers Tim Flood and Bob Kenny are looking forward to opening the community film school.

FORRES is set to have its own film school with the support of Government arts body, Creative Scotland.

Community group Film Forres have successfully applied for a Film Education Partnership Fund award of £12,391 for a one-off pilot to establish a film school in the town.

Film Forres member Tim Flood trained at the BBC and has been both a teacher and a freelance film editor.

He said: "We are delighted to receive this award from Creative Scotland. Film Forres is working really hard to build community through film and this is an exciting new development for the town that could provide benefits for many organisations and volunteer groups."

The Film Education Partnership Fund establishes working partnerships between schools, organisations and businesses to promote the understanding and value of film culture, as well as the creation of moving images.

The initial grant of £12,391 from Creative Scotland, and an additional £2000 from Forres Youth Café, will be used to set up and run a local film school.

Mr Flood said: "With the growth of YouTube and social media, there are exciting opportunities for people and groups to tell their stories and promote the wonderful work of volunteer organisations in our area.

"Film Forres is about social cinema and building community. The film school will offer further opportunity to bring people together and teach both young people and adults how to use the language of film."

The videos will be shown via a recently upgraded projector on the big screen at the town hall before features on Film Forres nights. Work by younger crews will be screened before the films on family nights.

The Film School will operate two strands: the first, for P5 to S2 pupils, will be through Forres Academy; the second will be weekend workshops open to all at Transition Town Forres (TTF), Bogton.

Film Forres partners Moray Wellbeing Hub and TTF will promote the project, linking aspects of mental health, climate change and ecology.

There will be training for teachers for all schools in the Forres ASG in the use of film in the classroom.

Mr Flood added: "Moving Image Education has become a valuable tool for engaging young people in literacy and aspects of culture that are more readily understood through screen texts. Find out more at www.movingimageeducation.org"

Participation will be free and further details on how to apply for the young people's film school will be delivered via the schools.

Local Councillor and Film Forres organiser Lorna Creswell added: "This is an ambitious project. We hope that schools, community groups and businesses will engage to support our youngsters in the community to enhance their skills."

For further information visit www.filmforres.co.uk or email timflood@ymail.com

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