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Distant Future involved in Arts Minister’s visit to Keighley

Arts Minister, Michael Ellis MP, is making a ministerial visit to Keighley this month, and Distant Future Animation Studio will be one of the creative bodies involved in the event.

Hoping to draw on the very best of the region's talent, organisers have invited artists, film makers and anybody else involved in creative industries in and around Keighley to join the Minister at this month's event.

Hosted by Keighley Creative Space, the importance of representing the region is vital to raising awareness of the town's contribution to creativity in the area.

"Plans as exciting as the 'Keighley Window on the World Arts & Film Festival 2019' (formerly knows as RATMA) need to brought to the attention of the Minister in the brief time he is here," comments Distant Future's Emma Ashcroft.

"This time allocated to the visit at Keighley Creative Space will enable representatives from the creative sector to talk directly to the Minister about their ideas and the kind of strategies that can help develop creative industries in Keighley itself."

"It will also be an opportunity for everybody to showcase their work."

Organisers hope to run a drop-in style workshop jointly hosted by Keighley Town Council and Film Hub North in conjunction with the Minister's visit.

The workshop will help sign post and support arts and film projects to appropriate initiatives and funding streams but will depend on the relevant staff being available at short notice.

Distant Future's Founder, Bill Beaumont, is no stranger to being a representative at events that are significant to the development of the digital and creative sectors.

He is a seasoned Judge for the annual Royal Television Society's Student Awards, and in 2016 he was also a Judge for the National Association of Student Television Awards.

"Nurturing our industry's next animator or film maker is as responsible as it is exciting," comments Bill, "so a visit from the Arts Minister to this area is encouraging for those of us who have the ability to offer work placements, apprenticeships and ultimately, full-time jobs."

"Michael Ellis making this visit and supporting the town in this way is fantastic for Keighley and the surrounding areas."


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