Stars come out to celebrate local film makers at Clapperboard Awards

The highly respected Clapperboard Awards Ceremony returns to Salford this year hosted by Liverpool writer and actor Neil Fitzmaurice (Benidorm, Charlie Nodes RIP, Pheonix Nights, Peep Show). Three groups of young people from Greater Manchester and six from Merseyside, have made nine short films on issues such as hate crime, alcohol and drug misuse will come together on Tuesday 10 May to celebrate their work and achievements at Salford’s famous Lowry Theatre.

Local production companies have worked with the young people to teach them how to produce their own short films.  The young filmmakers are from Knowsley, Liverpool, Oldham and Salford.  Professional writers Christopher Green, Chris Lunt, Reece Williams, Arthur Ellison, Paul Womack, Colette Kane, Barbara Philips, Michelle Langdon have also worked with the young film-makers to develop their own ideas in to the short films, which will all be shown on the night of the ceremony.

Benidorm actor Neil Fitzmaurice said: “It’s a great honour to host this year’s Clapperboard Award at the Lowry Quays Theatre.  I am very proud of the work that Maureen Sinclair and Clapperboard does, successfully bringing together young people and their families from across the region to celebrate their achievements at this high profile awards ceremony, long may it continue”.

This year’s jury include award-winning writers Frank Cottrell-Boyce (24 Hour Party People, Millions), Paul Abbott (State of Play, Shameless), Actors Tina Malone (Shameless) and Andrew Lancel (The Bill, Coronation Street) plus two of Clapperboard’s Active Citizens Panel, Corrin Allen and Bradley Thompson.

“It is great to see how Clapperboard manages to capture the young participant’s vision in preparing them for this brilliant short filmmaking project.  Not only do they learn about what goes on in front of a camera, but more importantly what goes on behind a camera and I’m delighted to be on this year’s Jury.” Shameless actor Tina Malone

Clapperboard UK’s film-making youth project is now in its seventh year working with young people across the North West and more recently the Midlands.  The project is non-profit making and relies totally on partnerships, funding and sponsorship.

Organiser and Director of Clapperboard UK, Maureen Sinclair said “I’m overwhelmed at the calibre of support we have.  Both Tina and Neil have been actively involved in the Clapperboard project since it was launched and we couldn’t achieve what we do without presenters,  jury members and the participation of our young extremely talented young film-makers.”

On the awards evening a host of local actors and celebrities will give up their time to support the Clapperboard project and present an award they include Maxine Peake (Silk), John Henshaw (Candy Cabs), Jack McMullen (Waterloo Road), Crissy Rock (Benidorm), Tony Maudsley (Benidorm), Katy Cavanagh (Coronation Street), Andrew Lancel (Coronation Street), Christine Tremarco (Casualty), Will Ash (Waterloo Road), Jessica Forest (Hollyoaks), Alex Fletcher (Hollyoaks), Sasha Parkinson (Coronation Street), Afshan Azad (Harry Potter), Sam Siddall (Shameless), Holly Quin-Ankrah (Coronation Street) writer Matt Greenhalgh (Control, Nowhere Boy) and Peter Salmon, Director, BBC North.

This year’s partners and sponsors include: Comic Relief, Salford City Council, Panavision, Merseyside Police Properties Act, Deutsche Bank, University of Salford, Oldham College, Bermans Solicitors, Lime Pictures, Abbott Vision, Community Foundation for Merseyside, Knowsley Housing Trust, Bill Elms Associates Ltd, Pinewood Studios, T5 Event Media, Forward Culture, EventSinc, Liverpool Echo, Manchester Evening News, Lime, Mathew Clark.

Tuesday 10 May 2011

Quays Theatre
The Lowry
Salford Quays
Greater Manchester
M50 3AZ

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