Epic Chance To Honour Our Young People!

Published: 7th February 2017

The Customs House is delighted to announce that our young people’s filmmaking project, Custom Reels, has been shortlisted for the Epic Awards 2017.

The Epic Awards celebrate the achievement of voluntary arts groups across the UK and Republic of Ireland, by recognising the skill, innovation and hard work that goes into their activities. Epic Award Winners will receive £250 and a tailored package of training, mentoring and promotion to help bring the group to the next level.

Custom Reels gives 13-19 year olds from South Tyneside and the surrounding area the opportunity to create their own short films that are screened at The Customs House, streamed online and entered into film festivals around the world.

In 2016, Custom Reels completed 10 film projects, worked on the Takeover youth arts festival at The Customs House and had films recognised by KRAF 47 in Croatia and Into Film, the UK’s premiere film education charity. Find out more about Custom Reels here.

Ryan Ogden, 17, who has been part of Custom Reels since 2014 said, “Winning would be a great opportunity for everyone involved in Custom Reels. The prize money would allow us to work with an inspiring filmmaker and the mentoring, training and promotion would be amazing.”

Learning and Participation Officer, Daniel Clifford, leads on the project, “Being shortlisted is really exciting for me, as it recognises the hard work of our group members. We have 15 young people working on Custom Reels right now, and they are involved in every aspect of the films they make as well as being mentors to younger group members and organising film workshops for the public.”

Voting for the People’s Choice Award closes at midnight on Sunday 5th March. You can vote for Custom Reels here.

Custom Reels is currently recruiting new members for the group. For more information or to register an interest, email daniel@customshouse.co.uk or call 0191 427 8193.