Filmmakers of the future to be based at Sheffield centre

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Sheffield is to be the base for a new talent centre for filmmakers of the future – developing the best young prospects from around the regions.

The centre, run by Creative England, will be one of only two based outside London and will share £1.2 million in funding from the British Film Institute.

The BFI says Sheffield has been chosen due to its cultural and historical links to the film industry, and the centre is expected to give a major boost to South Yorkshire hopefuls.

In charge will be Paul Ashton, an experienced senior talent development executive, who formerly held a senior position at the BBC.

He will be looking for promising writers, directors and producers, developing the next generation of the country’s filmmaking talent.

Ben Roberts for the BFI said: “We’ll seek to discover and develop the region’s most distinctive filmmaking voices, enabling them to realise their potential and ultimately prepare them for their first feature film.”

Short films and feature film pilots will be developed and funded, while masterclasses, readings and screenings will also be held in the city.

Ben added: “Sheffield’s centre will aid emerging talent from all over the country and will run short film schemes aimed at new filmmakers.”