Apprentice joy for Thea

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A budding filmmaker from the borough has landed a place on the National Youth Film Academy apprenticeship scheme.

The academy was created to identify and develop the talents of young filmmakers aged between 16 and 25.

Thea Van Der Velde, 17, from Whitley Bay, was chosen as one of just 20 apprentices interested in working in the creative industry.

The National Youth Film Academy was created to identify, develop and demonstrate the talents of gifted young filmmakers aged between 16 and 25.

Apprentices will work in four different departments over a course of 12 months in order to understand all different aspects of the industry.

These departments include PR and events, creative, and scripts and production.

This will enable apprentices to explore and develop their talents to create the best in British film.

Thea said: “I’m really glad that I could get the chance to join a work based apprenticeship where I could gain more skills and experience and also gaining a qualification in creative and digital media.’

“The NYFA will help me to gain knowledge and experience in lots of different areas.”