Community Grant funded Suffolk based Create has been shortlisted at the European Film Festival which takes place between 26-30 October. The £15,000 funding they received helped move 12 unemployed/economically inactive people closer to employment by giving them high quality training, equipment and work experience in the film industry. The outcome is the short film The hYve which will be shown at the prestigious festival.


The film is an enthralling account of two women who have been kidnapped and the changing relationships between all the people involved both captors and captives. 

The Community Grants project managed by TCHC and funded by the European Social Fund and Skills Funding Agency enables innovative support to the local community through local community organisations. 

Shirley Day who is the CEO of Create based in Suffolk, also directed produced and wrote the screenplay from an original play by Alan Huckle (a former Create student) said “The course in film production is a great way to get students working as a team whilst also developing their own interests and giving them relevant work experience.  At the outset of the course the students highlight their special areas of interest and are able to shadow professionals, or work as part of the production.     The students have direct evidence of their work which we then build into their CV’s, The photography on The hYve website was taken by another of our students Sarah Curtis.”

Dale Morgan CEO of TCHC said “It is always a pleasure to be able to support such a creative initiative. Community Grants enable small community organisations like Create to offer unique training opportunities and so support those who are finding it difficult to gain confidence and the skills they need to find work.” 

The film The hYve will be shown at the European Film Festival in Berlin on 28 October 2015.

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