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Local filmmaker sets sights on Hollywood

A filmmaker from Gretna, who studied at the University of Cumbria, has had his first feature film picked up by television giants Amazon Prime.

Sam Fountayne produced "Zombies Have Fallen" during his time studying in the city and used local locations for the majority of his shoot.

He's hoping it will put him a step closer to a career in Hollywood. Lori Carnochan has been to meet him:


WATCH: 'The easiest form of time travel'

A collection of historic films from the Border region can now be viewed by anyone at any time, in what's being affectionately described as 'the easiest form of time travel.'

Everything from newsreels to family videos and public information films is being made available online as part of a major new project from the British Film Institute.

You can search for films from your area here.

'The Guardians' urges young people to use vote

The film sees historical figures come back to life and urge people to cast their ballot Credit: ITV Border

A group of Carlisle-based film makers, students, and actors have joined forces to produce a short film aimed at encouraging young people to vote in this year's General Election.

'The Guardians' was shot around Carlisle and sees local historical figures come back to life and urge people to cast their ballot.

Graduate wins international film festival prize

The film follows a young Nepalese boy's impressions of the UK. Credit: Laxcha Bantawa

A University of Cumbria graduate is quickly making a name for herself in the film industry.

Laxcha Bantawa's documentary has just won the top prize at the Katmandu International Mountain Film Festival.

It explores a young Nepalese boy's candid impressions of the UK:

Free course could create workforce

Unemployed sixteen to twenty-five year olds in Cumbria are being encouraged to sign up to a free film-making course.

It's run by charity in Wigton who say that last year's recruits have learned valuable skills to help them find employment.


Filmmaker celebrated in Hawick

A pioneering filmmaker and animator is being celebrated in Hawick today, as part of centenary celebrations for Norman McLaren

The renowned filmmaker has influenced artists, filmmakers and musicians, from Picasso and Truffaut to Lucas and Linklater.

A workshop will be held in the Heart of Hawick from 1pm to learn about Norman's filmmaking techniques.

A special screening of classic short films from his impressive catalogue will run from 2.30-3.50pm.

Theatre wants to show films by up-and-coming filmmakers

Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness-on-Windermere Credit: ITV Border

The Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness-on-Windermere is calling on up and coming filmmakers to submit their short films to be shown on the big screen. For one night only the Theatre turns into a cinema for a Short Film Evening featuring films up to 15 minutes long.

The theatre says it doesn't mind if the films are old or new, documentaries or animation. They can already have been shown at film festivals or on the internet, but it's also be a chance to show something never seen before.

All films should be submitted in a digital format for the panel to view by 28 October.

For more information contact Theatre Manager Fliss Pocock or call 08445 040604.