"Chris, I’m sure you will recall that I sent you a copy of our short film ‘Out Of Bounds’ produced here at South Leeds CLC last year with our partners Equal Voices. It was created by young disabled students and documented the difficult issues that they have to face in their lives, and premiered in Leeds last year as part of Leeds Young People’s Film Festival at an event attended by Rehana Minhas, Shaid Mahmood and many others from Education Leeds and Leeds City Council.
I’m extremely pleased to report that this film has now won an award. This is the MediaBox ‘Impact’ award at the First Light Film Awards which took place this week in London. First Light concentrates on the next generation of film making talent, and the awards took place in the Odeon, Leicester Square, attended by luminaries such as Sir Ian McKellen, Sam Mendes, Joseph Fiennes and Bill Nighy. Our award was accepted by Laura (Equal Voices) and Ruth, one of our young disabled film makers.
I have been contacted by Screen Yorkshire about contributing to a news item and will let you know if there are any further developments. At the moment we are featured on Screen Yorkshire’s webpage http://www.screenyorkshire.co.uk/news/news-archive/local-young-filmmakers-win-big-at-first-light-awar . I am very proud of this outcome and would like to thank everyone who supported the project and came to the premiere. Regards Pete."
This is yet another brilliant piece of work and I am personally delighted that we've won this award for this important project. Pete and his colleagues do some amazing stuff at South Leeds City Learning Centre reaching some of the parts that are hardest to reach and doing it incredibly well. This project has given a voice and a platform for some wonderful young people with disabilities to show us all their unique talent and magic.