October 2016

Support for graduate filmmakers

Southampton based film charity City Eye now has even more to offer the region’s aspiring filmmakers. Working in collaboration with Southampton Solent University and with support from Creative Network South it is extending the equipment available under its loan scheme for graduates and others developing their careers in the industry. The initiative sits alongside the company’s commitment to provide training, development and showcase opportunities for local film talent and heralds the exciting events and new facilities which City Eye will offer when it moves to Studio 144, Southampton’s new arts complex, early in 2017. Susan Beckett, Executive Director of City Eye, is delighted that in the charity’s 30th year of supporting those seeking to work in film and media, its equipment offer is improved. “Graduates will face many challenges on their route to employment or establishing businesses and by providing affordable access to equipment we can help to address at least one of those.” Micah Gates, Head of Technical Support and Specialist Facilities at Southampton Solent University adds that “Solent has always had a great relationship with City Eye and other local arts groups and charities – it’s a very important way too engage with the local community. Recently we have been exploring a solution to supporting graduates when they leave us by working much more closely with City Eye. When students graduate they can no longer access equipment they have come to rely on during their studies. By supporting City Eye to offer some key equipment we can provide that important boost to their early career. The scheme is a fantastic benefit to graduates as well as local community filmmakers.” Susan Beckett hopes that other local universities and businesses will also invest in the scheme in order that many more of the region’s graduates can benefit. “The region produces such talented practitioners and it’s always disappointing when graduates feel there are not opportunities for them if they stay here – working together we can really address this!” To access or support the scheme contact City Eye at www.city-eye.co.uk/filmmker-support or by calling 023 8071 1672.