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Mid and north west Wales film-makers up for movie award

The film, Chucks, was created by nine young people as part of the Film 15 project

A group of teenagers from mid and north west Wales have been nominated for a prestigious film award.

The film, Chucks, was created by nine young people as part of the Film 15 project.

The movie is one of three short-listed in the Best Film By Over 13s category in the 2010 First Light movie awards.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony hosted by TV celebrities Dick and Dom at the Odeon, Leicester Square on 2 March.


The film was written and directed by Katie Ruffy from Dolgellau, with eight other young people from Borth, Machynlleth, Harlech, Dolgellau and Dyffryn Ardudwy also taking part in making the film.

The group made the movie under the supervision of Llanbrynmair-based, Film 15, an organisation that specialises in the research, development and delivery of a range of film-making activities for young people based in mid and north west Wales.

Katie made the nine-and-a-half minute long film while studying at Coleg Meirion Dwyfor in 2008.

"I got involved with Film 15 because I really wanted to push myself and make the best film that I could," said Katie, who is now studying film production at Preston University.

She added:"Making, Chucks, helped me enormously because I was able to get on this course because they were looking for people who had already made films."

The film is about Chuck who runs a diner in the middle of nowhere and is used to interfering villagers poking their noses into his business.

When local bad boy Ted and his gang decide to make Chuck's diner their local hangout, Chuck is forced to reveal his more sinister side.

Since it was launched in 2005, Film 15 has worked in schools, with communities, and run many youth programmes, making a total of 46 films with more than 300 young people.

Film 15's founder, and project manager, Emma Macey-Storch said: "We have a 100 per cent record for people who have worked with us and then applied to go to film school.

"I am delighted for Katie and the others who helped make Chucks."

At the First Light Awards in March, Chucks will be judged by producer/director Fred Schepisi (Empire Falls, Fierce Creatures), Kwame Kwei-Armah (Hotel Babylon, Casualty) and Robert Sheehan (Misfits).

The film is up against two other nominated films from Swindon and Leeds in the Best Film By Over 13s category.

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