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Young people offered chance to take part in new community cinema project in Rutland

Children and young people in Rutland are being offered the chance to take part in a brand new community cinema project which aims to screen films at locations around the county in 2019.

Rutland County Council is supporting the project, which has received a £300 grant from the not-for-profit organisation Cinema For All – money that is being used to provide special training for young people and screen two films as part of a pop-up cinema experience.

Cinema For All already helps young people to establish community cinemas in Leicestershire, as well as providing assistance with securing licensing and equipment.

Following a test screening earlier this month, the council’s Youth Services Team are looking for young people to volunteer to help setup and run two further public screenings at Rutland County Museum in the New Year.

Suzanne White, Early Help Coordinator at Rutland County Council, said: “We’re looking for an ambitious team of young film buffs to help us with our new cinema project. If you’re aged 12 and over and want to be involved then let us know. We need support to choose the films book screenings, set up and operate the equipment and promote the screenings themselves. Just get in touch by e-mailing Jules@rutland.gov.uk or calling 01572 758301.”

It is hoped that once the trial finishes, the young people involved will be able to establish a local pop-up cinema club. The long-term aim is to hold screenings across the county and plans are already being explored for an open air summer cinema at Jules House – the Oakham-based centre for children and young people from across Rutland.

Coun Richard Foster, portfolio holder for children and young people at Rutland County Council, said: “This is a fantastic project that we’re delighted to be able to support, both financially and by providing locations for screenings.”

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