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Exciting QPR community film project gets funding go-ahead 28/01/2013

QPR in the Community Trust – in partnership with the Octavia Foundation – have secured funding for an innovative and creative community film and media project that will culminate in the production of a documentary film that charts the history of QPR football club and the communities and people that sit close to Loftus Road in west London.

An award has been made by the Premier League Charitable Fund and the PFA (Professional Footballers Association) to QPR in the Community Trust to support the costs of the project, provisionally titled ‘The story of QPR’ which will run for more than two years.

The project, developed collaboratively by both charities, will provide opportunities for fans and volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to contribute to the film and be involved throughout the research and planning stages. A further 40 young people will be recruited and trained in film-making, media, research and heritage skills as part of the production of the film and other accompanying materials, including a podcast, soundtrack and website.

Andy Evans, Chief Executive of QPR in the Community Trust explains, ‘this is a fantastic project that will provide real opportunity for the local community to come together to tell the story of their club and local area. We’re excited to capture the history and story of our club from fans, current and previous players and staff alike and the film will be a fantastic complement to our broader community and education projects throughout the local area.’

Reena Mukherji, Director of the Octavia Foundation adds, ‘we’re delighted to partner with QPR in the Community Trust and really excited to engage with local young people interested in developing their skills and experience in film-making, media production and heritage.’

‘We have an excellent reputation for delivering youth-led media and heritage projects. In all of our previous projects, the young people involved have benefitted from real, positive impacts including increased confidence and self-belief, higher personal aspirations and improved employment prospects as a result of the skills and knowledge that they’ve developed during the film-making process.’

The film will receive a premiere screening at Loftus Road in 2014, before beginning a screening tour of cinemas, schools and community centres across London.

The project will be formally launched in May 2013, when appeals for volunteers, contributors and participants will be made. For more information and to find out how to get involved, please email QPRfilm@octaviafoundation.org.uk

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