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Shetland Arts has received funding from 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.

Funded by a generous award from the Postcode Community Trust, funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, and Shetland Arts’ expertise, community groups have the chance to send one of their members to get trained and have access to equipment and facilities in Mareel to help spread their message.

The project consists of free training sessions and access to equipment, including Mareel’s state of the art edit suite. 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.

If your group would like to be involved, have a think about how you would use film to benefit your community and then take a look at the Shetland Arts website for an application form! No previous filmmaking experience is necessary.

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!”

When you sign up to play People’s Postcode Lottery, your postcode is your ticket. A minimum of 30% goes directly to charities across Great Britain and internationally. It costs £10 for 10 draws paid monthly in advance.

Deadline for applications is Monday 17 April at 12pm. Application forms available at Mareel or download from the Community Film Project.

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