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The Co-operative

Inspiring young people and changing their world through film.

The Co-operative Group have been supporting young people in film for over 45 years.

The Co-operative Film Festival has been running since the 1960s, giving young film makers the chance to share their films on the big screen. Visitors to the festival get to take part in a range of workshops and masterclasses, such as animation, editing and special effects. In 2011, the Festival was opened by Harry Potter stars James and Oliver Phelps, who played Fred and George Weasley in the blockbuster movies.

The Co-operative’s six year, £1.2 million, partnership with The Co-operative British Youth Film Academy is working towards creating the UK’s most accessible youth film making academy.

Already the work of The Co-operative Group has directly benefited 330,000 young people across the UK, but they have set their sights far higher and want to bring about a cultural shift in the way they are viewed and treated in this country. The Co-operative’s new Ethical Plan shows that they mean business. It contains a target to benefit one million individuals through their Inspiring Young People programme by 2014 with a range of projects that make a real difference to the lives of young people in the UK.

Whether it’s through volunteering, coaching, gaining qualifications or combating climate change, The Co-operative is committed to inspiring young people to change their world for the better and give them real hope for the future.

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