Over 150 people attended the premiere of 20 films and media projects produced by young people from across Swindon and Wiltshire at a vibrant premiere event at the Salisbury Arts Centre.
The 20 productions ranged from film, animation, graphic design, photography, music and computer games and were created by 13-25 year olds mentored by industry professionals from across the region, on the theme of Dreams and Journeys.
Each group had won £1000 bursaries to make their project a reality whilst being mentored by industry professionals over a 3 month period.
The scheme has been funded by Mediabox, a national organisation promoting media training. The Mega Media Challenge has been organised and supported by a host of media partners across the region who regularly work with young people on arts and media projects.
Project Co-ordinator Sherylee Houssein of Create Studios Swindon said, “Mega Media Challenge has been great at developing young people’s skills and ideas into real projects that will be screened across the region. This project has given young people the chance to take a step closer to working professionally in the industry.”
Project Manager, Carrie Creamer of Wiltshire Youth Arts Partnership said, ”The Mega Media Challenge has brought together the skills and expertise of a range of partners across Swindon and Wiltshire to support young people’s skills and creativity.”
The project partners who worked with Create Studios and Wiltshire Youth Arts Partnership are: Salisbury Arts Centre, Suited and Booted from Bath, and the Interactive Media Centre at Wiltshire College, Chippenham.
Projects have addressed issues as wide ranging as, street fashion, life choices and employment, domestic violence and following your dreams and ambitions.
This weekend’s premiere was the first public screening of the Mega Media Challenge productions which will now go on to be screened across the region and submitted to national competitions.