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Port of Tyne Reflects with Northern Film + Media12 Apr 2010

Port of Tyne has gone into the movie business - with a little help from Northern Film + Media, the screen agency for the North East.

For the first time, Port of Tyne's prestigious photography awards, Reflect, have added a film category and are inviting aspiring film makers to get involved by submitting their original ideas for a one minute film reflecting their particular Tyne-inspired vision. In tune with their approach to the stills side of Reflect, the organisers are particularly interested in hearing about fresh and original ideas from individuals or groups who may never have made a film before - or indeed thought about it - but are interested in the process by which a written idea can be developed, planned and turned into a memorable movie.

To this end, Port of Tyne are inviting ‘pitches' - simply, what do you love most about the River Tyne? What is it for you that makes it so unique, so special, and so stunning? It could be anything from the hypnotic lap of the waves over stones on Tynemouth beach or the way the sun sets over the Sage to the musings of the retired merchant naval officer reminiscing down by the docks or the early morning cleaner grumbling on the balcony of the Baltic. A visit to the Port of Tyne Writer in Residence page on the port's website - www.portoftyne.co.uk - cannot fail to get the creative nerves a jangling. Michael Chaplin, the Port of Tyne's Writer in Residence, has spent the past nine months of his year-long residency, talking to people on and around the river Tyne, gathering stories, poems and anecdotes which are being captured on the Port of Tyne Writer in Residence page. He believes everyone has a story about the Tyne and his aim of celebrating the history and culture of Tyneside by focusing on the river that runs through it is bang on target.

The three best ideas, in terms of originality, interest and creativity, will be selected by Northern Film + Media, and the individuals behind them will then be linked up with an experienced production company who will work with them to bring their ideas to fruition. All three films will be premiered at the glittering Reflect awards dinner in September and the overall winner revealed.

"We are fantastically excited to be working with Port of Tyne on this prestigious project," commented NFM Creative Industry Director Agnes Wilkie. "We see it as a brilliant opportunity to reach out to people who might not think of themselves as ‘film makers' but who have the imagination to visualize a short film which tells a new and compelling story about the Tyne and help them realise that vision".

"In developing Reflect this year to include film, we are aiming at attracting more entrants to showcase their creativity and talent". explains Andrew Moffat, the Port of Tyne's CEO. "Last year we introduced ReflectYouth which was a huge success and in introducing ReflectFilm into this year's competition we will be encouraging community groups as well as individuals to start their journey into the world of filmmaking".

To enter ReflectFilm, visit the Port of Tyne's Reflect Awards website - www.reflect-tyne.com. Pitches for the 1 minute film must be in by 10th May 2010.

For further information please contact:

Jennifer Dunn, Port of Tyne Marketing & Communications Manager

Tel: 0191 455 2671 Email: jennifer.dunn@portoftyne.co.uk

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