Screen Northants launches new shop in Grosvenor Centre in Northampton to promote access to film industry

The Grosvenor Centre in Northampton town centre

The Grosvenor Centre in Northampton town centre

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Social enterprise Screen Northants is moving to a new base in the Grosvenor Centre in Northampton next week.

Formerly called Reelscape Community, award-winning Screen Northants intends to give people from Northamptonshire unprecedented access to the film industry as well as showcasing Northants on an international platform, under its community, academy, agency and films strands.

On April 28, the public will have the opportunity to visit the new shop, learn about what film can do for them or their business, and take part in taster film workshop sessions with film professionals.

With the support of Northampton Borough Council, BBC Children in Need and local funder Growing Together Screen Northants Community runs free workshops and produces short films for the good of Northants, whether that is working with disadvantaged young people to build local pride or making films with the community that highlight important issues.

Screen Northants Academy will provide training and industry work experience for those interesting in the Creative Industries.

The film strand produces cinema-quality feature films and Agency provides the Industry with the resources needed to make Northamptonshire a Film Destination such as cast, crew and film location databases.

On April 28, the public can attend the opening day of the new premises on Princes Walk in the Grosvenor Centre in central Northampton between 3pm and 7pm.

The public are encouraged to drop in, find out about Screen Northants activities, sign themselves up to free cast and crew databases, and take part in workshop taster sessions.

One of the company’s directors, Becky Adams, said: “Northamptonshire has much to offer the Creative Industries: great transport links, close proxiemty to the world famous studios of North West London, diverse locations and a huge amount of local creative talent.

“The Creative Industries can create jobs, wealth and tourism, and increase local identity, pride and innovation.

“Running this as a truly social venture means we can make the most of those benefits to the advantage of the Northants community.

“We’re extremely grateful for the Grosvenor Centre’s support which means we can interact with the public on a daily basis,” she added.

For more information, visit www.screennorthants.co.uk