U.K. Film Council hands out $194,000 gift to junior auteurs

LONDON — The U.K. Film Council has allocated £100,000 ($194,000) to 400 young filmmakers to make 29 digital shorts.

The films include “Young Sainttts,” a “Romeo and Juliet” story with a breakdancing theme; “The Elusive Cheviot Bushmonk,” a comedy search for a legendary inhabitant of the Northumberland Moors; “Hex,” an animated fantasy about a boy who discovers magical powers; “Flashback,” a horror comedy set in and made by a school for dyslexic students; and “Taking Over,” a toon thriller about children who reassemble a smashed-up mobile phone, unwittingly reviving an evil force.

Projects come from all parts of the country. Filmmakers as young as 5 will make their shorts under the guidance of professionals, who will teach them to write scripts, produce, edit and direct.

The funds, which come from the national lottery, are supplied through First Light, the Film Council’s young people’s filmmaking initiative.

First Light will hold its awards for young filmmakers Feb. 23 at London’s Odeon West End in Leicester Square.

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