Olympic film-making opportunities for young Hackney residents

Hackney teenagers with an interest in filmmaking can get behind the camera and create an Olympic documentary that will be screened across the country.

To get involved, young people between the ages of 14 and 19 can sign up for the launch event of the VAULT project, which will see young people from the five host boroughs for the 2012 Games (Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest) trained in digital filmmaking.

Taking place at The Brady Arts Centre on Sunday 27 September, the free event includes workshops, film screenings, tips on how to crack into the film industry, and information about the VAULT project.

Cllr Guy Nicholson, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to learn about filmmaking by documenting London’s past and present involvement with the Olympic and Paralympic Games, it is one of the many exciting arts and cultural projects that are on offer in the run up to London 2012."

Those selected to take part in the project will be trained in filmmaking. With their new found skills, they will produce a series of short films that explore the London of the 1948 Olympics, while following the lives of the young Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls as they prepare for London 2012.

All of the films produced will be shown across the UK on the BBC’s Big Screens, as well as being showcased at the 2010 East End Film Festival.

The VAULT project is led by Tower Hamlets Council, and aims to join together different sections of the community - including young people, the elderly and athletes of all ages. It has been funded by Tower Hamlets Council’s 2012 Unit, the London Development Authority and Lea Valley Regional Park Authority.

For more information and to sign up for the day, visit, or contact Alison Poltock or Stephen Block, VAULT Project Coordinators on 020 7364 7917, or Text: VAULT to 81025.