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Last year, independent arts organisation Writers’ Block North East took over the management of the Big Screen in Middlesbrough’s Centre Square. The team behind Writers’ Block, including Laura Degnan and James Harris, have been known for bringing over 400 new works from the grassroots and showcasing them in regional galleries, independent cinemas, libraries, cafes, pubs and nightclubs, but the acquisition of the Big Screen has presented them with a much juicier prospect. Now they have the perfect platform to broadcast these works to the people of Middlesbrough and the Tees Valley.

So, between Friday 13th and Saturday 14th March, the organisation are hosting a music video festival, Don’t Dream It, Screen It. As well as being on the Big Screen, the films shown at the event will also be screened at a number of local venues at the same time, including mima and the Green Dragon Studios.

To make it all happen, though, the team need you to send your family-friendly music video content to them. If you’re a budding music video director then you can send your applications, as movs or MP4 files, to [email protected] to have them considered for the event.

If you’re not sure about your skills, though, you can get involved with Make A Music Video in a Day. As its name implies, the aim of the event on Saturday 28th February is to film a clip for local band Dressed Like Wolves within Middlesbrough’s town centre. Degnan is encouraging members of the local community to get involved, and anyone interested in participating in the event should email her on [email protected].

Of course, the festival wouldn’t be able to run without a dedicated team of participants and volunteers making it all happen behind the scenes. Community groups, filmmakers, performers, artists, designers and dancers are all encouraged to contact the event if you’re interested in helping out or taking part in any way.

Likewise, if you’re in a band but don’t have anyone to direct a clip, then getting in touch might help you to connect with your dream filmmaker so you can finally put a video to that song you’ve been working on for months. Four bands are already having their music videos made by local filmmakers in time for the festival, why not yours?

Culminating in an evening awards ceremony and a screening of the best of the festival on the Big Screen on Saturday 14th March, Don’t Dream It, Screen It is likely to be one of the biggest film events in Middlesbrough this year.

To find out more, visit Don’t Dream It, Screen It’s Facebook page.

Alternatively, email [email protected] for more information.

Don’t Dream It, Screen It will take place at Middlesbrough’s Big Screen and various other locations on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th March.

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