Teenage filmmakers showcase their work to American audience

Young filmmakers from Beacon Hill Arts.
Young filmmakers from Beacon Hill Arts.
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A film made by a North Shields-based award winning company has received a prestigious screening in the United States.

Justin and the Priceless Vase, made by young filmmakers at Beacon Hill Arts, was selected by Cineyouth 2013, which is part of the Chicago International Film Festival.

The film, the only UK entry to be selected, was showcased last Friday and is the second year in a row that Beacon Hill Arts has had work chosen by the festival.

Rebecca Fons, director of Cineyouth, said: “We have been proud to accept a film from Beacon Hill Arts these past two years.

“The creative work they do and the stories they tell us are terrific.

“We particularly enjoyed Justin and the Priceless Vase because of the film’s great sense of humour.

“The costumes, the sound design and the acting come together with such a clever narrative. What is best – the students involved are having a total blast.”

Will Sadler, development director at Beacon Hill Arts, said: “It’s brilliant that Cineyouth have decided to show our work for the second year running, and just demonstrates the quality of our young filmmakers’ work.

“In July we’ll also be exhibiting at the International Youth Arts Festival in Kingston upon Thames for the second year in a row.”

Earlier this year, Beacon Hill Arts became one of the British Film Institute’s 24 pilot film academies, a national scheme to encourage 16 to 19-year-olds to discover and develop filmmaking talents; and are the only one in the country focusing on providing those opportunities to young people with learning disabilities and additional needs.

For more visit www.beaconhillarts.org.uk