12 October 2007

A young director has won a £5000 production budget and the opportunity to become part of FACT's (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) artistic programme for 2008, Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture.

15 year-old Terry Cheung from Childwall was awarded the top prize at FACT's Young Liverpool Film Night for his movie Airborn Freerunning. Terry, who cites his cinematic influences as John Woo, Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie, makes film in his spare time with his friends. He submitted three films to the awards night, which celebrates young filmmaking talent on Merseyside.

Another award was supposed to go to another filmmaker, but the judges, members of FACT's Young People's Forum, decided the standard of entries was so high they gave the second production budget to a team of filmmakers selected from the finalists. The collaborative award winners are Mike Donaghy (19), for his film A World so Cold, Frances Mitchell (17) for One Way Ticket? and Joseph Oliveira (17) for Bounce.

The young winners will spend the next six months creating two new feature films, with the help, technological support and expertise of FACT, which will be premiered at Special Effects: On the Edge of Reality, a programme of films and events celebrating the developments in special effects and computer generated images in film, delivered by FACT and Picturehouse.

The films' production budgets have been made possible by a grant from First Light Movies. This is the third annual Young Liverpool Film Night at FACT - the highlight in the organisation's Young People's Programme. The event is organised by FACT's Film Forum, a group of 13-19 year olds with a passion for film and new media who meet regularly at the arts centre on Wood Street. They have trained with a screenwriter, seen and judged the films, and made the final, difficult decisions about who wins the prize.

Special Effects: On the Edge of Reality will take place in April at FACT. Picturehouse at FACT operate the centre's state of the art cinemas and have an emphasis on quality mainstream, arthouse, independent and world cinema. First Light Movies funds and inspires film projects with five to 18-year-olds throughout the UK. Since launching in 2001, First Light Movies has enabled over 12,000 budding young filmmakers to write, act, shoot, light, direct and produce over 800 films. Working with filmmakers and organisations, First Light Movies films cover a diverse range of topics and genres, and make use of accessible digital film technology.