Short films of young Leeds filmmakers premiered

Caption: (L-R) - Saphena Holden, Hassan Abdullahi and Mandlenkosi Maposa, with Cllr Lucinda Yeadon (front) at the premiere of their short films.

The work of three young Leeds filmmakers has been showcased this week at a city cinema.

This follows a series of workshops delivered by Studio 12 and Leeds City Council as part of the ‘Writing Leeds’ project, which provided 15 young people between the age of 15-30, many of which were first time writers, with the chance to learn more about the craft of filmmaking and pen their own short films which reflected their sense of place, aspiration and belonging growing up in Leeds

After a lot of deliberation three young writers, Saphena Holden (18), Mandlenkosi Maposa (26) and Hassan Abdullahi (24) were selected to see their films premiered on the big screen at the Everyman Cinema in Trinity Leeds, who also on the night took part in a special Q&A with the audience.

Produced to industry standard by specialist movie production company Left Eye Blind and shot on RED cinema cameras, the three films will now go forward to media outlets, broadcast channels and festival distribution.

For more information regarding the project, please see: http://www.studio12.org.uk/index.php/writing-britain/ or Studio12.org.uk and click into Writing Britain. The trailer can be viewed at: https://vimeo.com/86992788

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure & skills said:

"It was fantastic to be in attendance at the premiere of these short films by three of our city’s young filmmakers, and the quality and standard of each production was really superb.

"We are always delighted to support projects such as this one delivered by Studio 12, which provide our young people with the opportunity to not only harness their creative talents but also learn new skills.

"We would also like to give a big thank you to Left Eye Blind for producing each of the short films, which I hope will encourage other budding young filmmakers and writers across the city to get involved and want to showcase their work."

Notes to editors:

Writing Leeds is an extension project to the ‘Writing Britain’ film delivered in 2012, which was commissioned by the British Library.

Studio12 is an exemplary digital media initiative that is delivered through Leeds library service. Studio12 invests in the creative talents of young people living in Leeds. It strives to provide young people with a creative process to educate, engage and include young people in producing new work. www.studio12.org.uk,

For more information on Studio 12, please contact: Jamie Hutchison, Studio12, Central Library, Calverley St, Leeds, LS1 3AB.

Left Eye Blind is a production company based in Leeds. We create cinematic film for Music, Television and the Commercial Industry. Working across the world we continue to build upon our award winning productions with an ever growing slate of feature films.

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world's greatest research libraries. The Library's collection has developed over 250 years and exceeds 150 million separate items representing every age of written civilisation and includes books, journals, manuscripts, maps, stamps, music, patents, photographs, newspapers and sound recordings in all written and spoken languages. www.bl.com

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Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk