Short films of young Leeds Filmmakers to be showcased by BBC

Caption: Councillor Lucinda Yeadon (holding picture) with (L-R) Saph Holden, Hassan Abdullahi and Mandlenkosi Maposa whose work is to be showcased on the BBC Fresh site.

Three young budding filmmakers in Leeds are set to have their work displayed on BBC’s Fresh site starting this month.

This follows Saph Holden (18), Mandlenkosi Maposa (26) and Hassan Abdullhai (24) being chosen to see their films on the big screen at the Everyman Cinema in Trinity Leeds, after participating in a ‘Writing Britain’ project delivered by Studio 12 and Leeds City Council. As part of the course, 15 young writers were given the opportunity to learn about filmmaking and create their own short films reflecting their aspirations and time growing up in Leeds.

Following the premiere of the three short films which were produced to industry standard by expert movie production company Left Eye Blind, it has now been confirmed that BBC Fresh will shortly be showcasing their work online. The Fresh site promotes the work of budding filmmakers and each of the three films will be published on the site. Saph’s is now online available to view, whilst Hassan’s will be published on 3 June and Mandlenkosi's on 10 June.

Screenings of the films have already proved to be a big hit with Leeds City Council partner organisation Screen Yorkshire, who invests in film, television and digital content across the region.

Sally Joynson, Chief Executive of Screen Yorkshire said:

"If you want to be moved, inspired and impressed this is where to look; some extraordinarily powerful work produced by some of the city’s newest emerging talent. Take it seriously – it’s not to be missed."

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

When the films become available on BBC Fresh, they can be viewed at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/fresh

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

"Having attended the premiere of the three short films by Saph, Hassan and Mandlenkosi and seen how fantastic they were, I am delighted that the quality of their work has now been recognised by the BBC. This is a great opportunity for three of our city’s young filmmakers to really display their creative productions to a wider audience, and I would urge people to take a look when the short films are available to view on BBC Fresh.

"We are always thrilled to support projects such as this one by Studio 12, which provide our young people across the city with opportunities to develop and learn new skills, and I would like to give a big thank you to Studio 12 and Left Eye Blind, who produced each of the short films, for their hard work and support.

"I hope what Saph, Hassan and Mandlenkosi have achieved, will encourage other upcoming filmmakers and writers in our city to showcase and harness their great talents in the future."

Note 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.

BBC Three’s Fresh website revolves around promoting the work of new and upcoming filmmakers. Fresh Online offers a space for short creative documentary films, which gives the opportunity to have work shared and shown by the BBC on and online platform.

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

Screen Yorkshire is a regional screen agency supporting film, broadcast and digital media in the

Yorkshire and Humber region.

For media enquiries, please contact;

Helena Moles, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: helena.moles@leeds.gov.uk