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28th July 2010

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Hi8us Midlands to host Cultural Olympiad workshops to help young film-makers create short films to be shown at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Hi8us Midlands will be hosting Film Nation: Shorts workshops at The Bond, Fazeley St, Birmingham, to help young film-makers win a chance to get their work showcased at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

London 2012 is urging aspiring young film-makers to apply for their place on the workshops which will take them through the skills involved in making a film.  Young people who are between 14 to 19 years old and based in the West Midlands, should contact Vicki at Hi8us on 0121 753 7700 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to register their interest. The workshops will be held on 11th, 12th, 17th, 18th and 19th August from 10am to 4pm - interested young people are required to attend all five days of workshops.

London 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme Film Nation: Shorts - a short film competition for 14-25 years olds - has commissioned Hi8us Midlands as part of a unique national programme of free workshops. The workshops will give young film-makers the chance to meet professional film-makers and acquire new skills in film-making techniques using the latest state-of-the-art Panasonic equipment. More information on the national workshops including how to attend can be found at www.filmnation.org.uk, please contact Vicki at Hi8us for information about the Birmingham workshops.

Film Nation: Shorts was launched by eminent film producer Lord David Putnam and actors Nicholas Hoult and Georgia Groome at BAFTA in London and invites 14-25 year olds to create short films that celebrate the values of the Olympic and Paralympic Games: respect, courage, excellence, friendship, equality, determination and inspiration. Submissions for the first round of Film Nation: Shorts are open until 1 October 2010 and the competition culminates in a special national award ceremony each year to highlight the best new film making talent, with the first ceremony in December 2010. Click here to download images of Nicholas Hoult and David Puttnam launching Film Nation: Shorts.

The winners' work will be screened at the iconic venues of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London 2012 to an audience of millions. The best films will also be showcased on giant London 2012 Live Site screens around the country, on the London 2012 website, and on a dedicated Film Nation website, with monthly awards leading up to an annual award winners ceremony. Submissions for the competition opened on 23 June 2010, and the competition will be run each year until 2012, showcasing the creative talents of the next generation of young film-makers and giving them a chance to be right at the heart of the Games.

Ruth Mackenzie, Director, Cultural Olympiad, said: "This programme will deliver a powerful message about our intentions for the Cultural Olympiad: young people and their creative power are developed and celebrated and, with the support of our partners Panasonic and the Olympic Lottery Distributor, will be brought right into the heart of the 2012 Games.

Panasonic UK Advertising and Sponsorship Manager, David Bonney said: "We are delighted to be working with LOCOG to engage young people in the craft of film making. These youngsters will be able to use the latest Panasonic consumer and broadcast camcorders to create a broad range of films, including Olympic and Paralympic inspired ones, in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

"We are looking forward to helping to identify new film making talent and seeing these short films recognised through regional and national competitions."

Film Nation: Shorts is delivered in partnership with Panasonic, Screen West Midlands, First Light and 104 films with funding from the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor.

Visit www.filmnation.org.uk for more details.



Media Contacts:

Hi8us Midlands

For further information about the Birmingham workshops, please contact Vicki Collis or Kulwant Dhaliwal at Hi8us on: 0121 753 7700 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Further information about Hi8us: www.hi8us.co.uk


For further information please contact Paul Woodmansey the London 2012 Press Office on +44 (0)203 2012 100, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit the website at www.london2012.com.

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Panasonic Sara Barrett, 01344 476536, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Notes to editors:

About The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad

The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad is the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Movements.  Spread over four years, it is designed to give everyone in the UK a chance to be part of London 2012 and inspire creativity across all forms of culture, especially among young people. Millions of people around the UK are already part of the Cultural Olympiad, through the Inspire programme and Open Weekend.


The finale of the Cultural Olympiad will be in a twelve week UK-wide Festival in the summer of 2012, bringing together leading artists from all over the world.


The Cultural Olympiad has benefited from a National Lottery grant of £15.6 million from the Olympic Lottery Distributor. Other funders include Legacy Trust UK and Arts Council England. British Council will commit £3million to the international development of London 2012 Cultural Olympiad projects. BP and BT are Premier Partners of the Cultural Olympiad. Panasonic are the presenting partner of Film Nation: Shorts. For more details visit www.london2012.com/culture


London 2012 Live Sites

The Big Screens are erected and run in partnership between LOCOG, the BBC and the various cities, in association with London 2012 partners BT and Lloyds TSB, supported by Cisco and the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor.  The screens carry a combination of local and national news, London 2012 updates, partner films and local community focused output such as university graduations or local art projects.


There are currently 18 London 2012 Live Sites located in Bristol, Cardiff, Middlesborough, Norwich, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Swansea, Waltham Forest, Bradford, Derby, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Swindon, Edinburgh, Leicester, Dover and Woolwich.


At Games-time in 2012 it is hoped there will be a national network of screens - both permanent and temporary - which will enable local communities to gather and watch London 2012 events.



Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products for a wide range of consumer, business, and industrial needs. Based in Osaka, Japan, the company recorded consolidated net sales of 7.77 trillion yen (US$78.4 billion) for the year ended March 31, 2009. The company's shares are listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York (NYSE: PC) stock exchanges. 

Panasonic fully supports the ideals of the Olympic Movement and is proud to be the official Audio and Visual Equipment Partner for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Since the Calgary 1988 Olympic Winter Games, Panasonic has been an Official Worldwide Olympic Partner, bringing the passion and performance of top athletes to homes around the world through state-of-the-art audio and visual technology.

For more information on the company and the Panasonic brand, visit the company's website at http://panasonic.net/.


Olympic Lottery Distributor

The Olympic Lottery Distributor is investing National Lottery money to fund the London 2012 Games. It is providing £15.6 million to support the Cultural Olympiad and is a principal funder of Film Nation: Shorts.  It is also providing funding of £2.62 million to fund the network of Big Screens across the UK and will be providing up to £1.8 billion for the infrastructure of the Olympic Park and other Olympic facilities across the UK.

More information about the Olympic Lottery Distributor can be found at www.olympiclotterydistributor.org.uk


Screen WM

Screen WM is the lead agency for film, television, games and digital media in the West Midlands; a region that is driving innovation and excellence in content creation and cross-media collaboration. Our remit is to develop the economic, social and cultural wealth of the region through support for the screen media industries.


First Light

FIRST LIGHT is a unique organisation that provides funding and expertise to enable five to nineteen-year-olds, from all backgrounds throughout the UK, to make their own short digital films and media projects. FIRST LIGHT is supported by the National Lottery, through the UK Film Council and by DCSF. This year, the organisation will distribute £5.3 million. Since launching in 2001, FIRST LIGHT has funded over 30,000 young people to produce more than 1,000 films and media projects. For more information visit www.firstlightonline.co.uk


104 Films

104 Films are a Film & TV Production Company with a track record in producing original and distinctive films. The Company specialises in developing projects through creative and improvisational workshops.

104 Films will be delivering the Workshop Programme for the Over 19 year olds as part of Film Nation : Shorts. The workshops will deliver a basic introduction to film making skills and techniques with an informal, fun and hands on approach.

For more information on 104 Films see website at www.104films.com





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