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PROJECT: (Left to right) Sion Simon, Daina Anderson and Ashley Blake

BUDDING FILMMAKERS of tomorrow have produced documentaries and radio plays after just six weeks of training on a Birmingham-based project.

The Com-Youthnity Project Showcase, which stands for Creating Opportunities in Media for the Youth in our Community, was launched by Playwright Media to give young people between 13 and 21 the chance to try their hand at media work.

Forming their own mini production teams they developed two short documentaries, including one on cyber bullying and another on challenging stereotypes in the community. The entire project has been supported by the Big Lottery Fund.

The event at Birmingham’s Library Theatre was attended by Lozells-born journalist Ashley Blake, a former BBC presenter, and Sion Simon, a former Birmingham Labour MP who stood down at the last general election to attempt to become the first directly elected Mayor of Birmingham.

Daina Anderson, director of Playwright Media CIC, said: “This project is testament to the fact that listening to young people and taking into account what they say is key to their progression.

“We are extremely delighted with the success of the project and the achievements of the young people involved. We’re confident that we can continue to build on our achievements year after year.”

John Taylor, Big Lottery Fund head of region for the West Midlands, said: “I’m delighted that Lottery funding has made this interesting, highly creative project possible.

“Playwright Media has given young people the chance to learn new skills to help improve future job prospects, as well as giving them the opportunity to showcase what it means to be a young person living in Birmingham.”

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