Monday, 25 November 2013

Golden opportunity for young filmmakers

Young filmmakers are being asked to start getting creative for the city’s third annual Golden Owl Awards. And, with broadcaster David Dimbleby making a special appearance at this year’s event, the young creators have even more reason to get their cameras out!

Entries are now open for young people aged between 3 and 19, either individually or in groups, to enter the Leeds Young Filmmaking Golden Owl Awards.

Organised jointly by Leeds City Council’s ArtForms, which supports arts in education, and Leeds Young Film, the city’s hub for film and young people, the competition culminates in a black tie celebrity ‘Oscars’ style event at Leeds Town Hall in April 2014 complete with red carpet, life sized glittering Oscar statues and real life storm troopers. The evening will mark the opening of the 15th Leeds Young Film Festival.

Adding even more prestige to this year’s event, Question Time presenter and veteran broadcaster, David Dimbleby will be attending the awards, to present the prize for the 16 – 19 category.

Councillor Judith Blake, executive board member responsible for children’s services said:
“This competition is a fantastic opportunity for young people to get creative, and demonstrate their filmmaking, story-telling and technological skills. The past two years were a tremendous success with some very impressive films being created by some extremely talented young people.

“It is very exciting that David Dimbleby has agreed to come along this year and see what talented and creative children and young people we have in Leeds.”

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive member responsible for leisure and skills said:
“With Leeds being the birthplace of film, it is great that the young people of the city are able to continue that legacy by showcasing their filmmaking talents at these awards.

“I hope lots of young people take this wonderful opportunity to get their cameras out and get creative.

“Each year the standard gets higher so I expect to see some great ideas and skillful filmmaking. I hope we can encourage lots of young people to get involved in film in Leeds and learn more about a possible career in the industry.”

Sarah Westaway, Arts Manager at ArtForms said:
“We’re delighted to be working with Leeds Young Film to provide such an excellent opportunity to showcase emerging talent and celebrate the creativity of the city’s young people.

“In this digital and media driven age, there is enormous potential for children and young people to excel in the creative industries and Leeds recognises the need to be leading from the front in technology. Events such as the Golden Owl Awards encourage young people to develop their skills in this exciting and growing sector”.

Last year over 1000 young people and their families packed Leeds Town Hall to see their films on a huge cinema screen and find out who had won an award. Leeds actor Dean Smith, best known for his role as Philip Ryan in the BBC 1 Drama Waterloo Road, will be the compere for the 2014 event.

The organisers are especially pleased that Leeds-based award-winning communications agency Logistik have agreed to support the event once again.

The call for entries is already open for young individuals and groups of friends and they can find out more about how to enter by visiting:

Notes to editors:
The Leeds Young Filmmakers Golden Owl Awards are supported by Leeds City Council through the Leeds Young Film Network, ArtForms, Leeds Young Film Festival and in partnership with Logistik. The event reflects the council’s vision for Leeds as a Child Friendly City described in the Children and Young People’s Plan 2011-2015.

Leeds Young Film Festival is presented by MediaFish and Leeds City Council. MediaFish is a cooperative of young people aged 14 - 19 from Leeds that is facilitated by Leeds Young Film.

ArtForms is the music and arts team within children's services at Leeds City Council working with schools and organisations to provide high quality learning opportunities for children and young people in and through music and the arts.

Leeds Young Film Network is one of a number of art form specific networks coordinated by ArtForms that supports partnership working across the cultural sector to increase opportunities for young people to engage and excel in the arts.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713

People affected by domestic violence urged to access support

Victims of domestic violence in Leeds are being urged to access a wide range of support services available in the city.

Forming part of Leeds 16 Days of Action programme which begins today, a key aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the help that is available to any person affected by domestic violence so they can receive the help they need.

The Leeds Domestic Violence Service (LDVS) offers a 24 hour phone line where trained staff will listen and provide support for all victims of abuse for people aged 16 or older.

Callers can be guaranteed of being treated with dignity and respect by trained staff, and may be offered depending on their personal circumstances access to further services. This could include being provided with another number to call for additional help or face to face support. Depending on personal circumstances, a place in a refuge may also be offered but at no time will pressure be put on any caller to leave their partner or home if they are unsure, or do not want to.

The Leeds Domestic Violence Service can be contacted on: (0113) 2460401.

Also available are a number of drop in-sessions which are held three times a week at venues in the city centre. Funded by the NHS and delivered by Leeds Women Aid, a wide-range of advice, support and assistance in signposting to specialist services are available. For more details, please ring: 0113 246 0401 or 07776 228196.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Chair of Safer Leeds said:

"We are determined to do everything possible to help victims suffering from domestic violence, and as part of our 16 days of action campaign, we are reemphasising the wide-range of support services which are available in Leeds.

"Making contact for the first time can be very difficult, but we would like to reassure people that our trained staff never judge and will always aim to provide the best possible information and advice for each individual circumstance."

Notes to editors:

For further help and advice, there are also the following national numbers to call:

Domestic violence helpline 0808 2000 247 (for women)
Men’s advice line 0808 801 0327 (for men)
Jewish women’s aid 0808 801 0500 (for Jewish women)
Broken rainbow 0300 999 5428 (LGBT on the keypad – for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people)
In any emergency, please ring West Yorkshire Police on 999, or for further help and advice call 101.

The Leeds 16 Days of Action begins on Monday, November 25 (International Day to End Violence Against Women) to 10th December (Human Rights Day) and is part of an international campaign. Events and campaigns take place all around the world to raise awareness and encourage support for women and children experiencing violence.

The Leeds Domestic Violence Service (LDVS) is a consortium of specialist services commissioned by Leeds City Council which includes, Leeds Women’s Aid, HALT (Help, Advice & the Law Team) and Behind Closed Doors (BCD). Stonham Home Group is commissioned by LCC to provide safe housing for women and children fleeing domestic violence.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Council encourages good bin etiquette

Residents face fines if they continually fail to ignore advice from the council on good bin etiquette.

In a bid to persuade residents to put bins away once emptied and store them properly until the next collection day, letters were sent to all residents on Regent Park Terrace and Regent Park Avenue in October.

The work is part of the council’s continuing efforts to target areas where bins are left out for prolonged periods.

As well as blocking access on pavements and streets, bins not stored properly can cause littering and other environmental issues.

Warnings can be issued to residents to encourage them to take appropriate action, and ultimately the council has powers to issue £75 fixed penalty notices for bins continually left out on the street.

The letters sent to Regents Park residents have been backed up with council staff providing help and advice during door-to-door visits over a three-week period.

The majority of residents have taken heed of the advice however follow-up visits have shown that some residents have failed to get the message.

Final warnings have since been issued and the council is now preparing to issue a number of fixed penalty notices.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said:

“This is simply a matter of common sense and courtesy. Regardless of where you live, we’d ask that people put their bins out on time and store them properly once emptied.

“It’s not just a bug bear for many people to find their progress blocked by bins on the pavement; in some situations it can be dangerous as people are left with no choice but to walk on the road.

“We’re more than happy to work with residents to ensure that we can avoid the problems caused by bins left out.”

People receiving fixed penalty notices for failing to bring their bins back in have to pay £75, reduced to £60 if paid within 10 days.

The council’s approach is to ensure people understand their responsibilities, with enforcement as a last resort.

For media enquiries please contact:
Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577