Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch recently hosted The Prince’s Trust Film Showcase at Madame Tussauds in London, in his role as an Ambassador for The Prince's Trust.

The Prince’s Trust Film Showcase, sponsored by The Vivendi Create Joy Fund, saw short films created by young people from London, Birmingham and Cardiff shown on the big screen to an audience of two hundred guests.

The films were inspired by issues and events affecting young people today, from unemployment and crime to the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The young film makers are being supported by The Trust’s Fairbridge programme, which builds confidence in young people through one-to-one support and group activities. The programme helps disadvantaged young people to gain skills and confidence to enable them to move into education, work or training.

Benedict Cumberbatch said, “Making films requires passion, determination and team work and these qualities are evident in the films we’ve seen tonight. Many of the young people supported by The Prince’s Trust face major challenges in their lives and I hope that the achievement of creating a powerful film has motivated them and made them realise their potential.”

Diane Emdin, Vivendi Create Joy Fund Coordinator, said: “Film making is a really important tool to help young people develop communication and creative skills. We’re extremely proud of those who have taken on the challenge of making inspirational films which give voice to issues affecting their lives.”

The young people were supported in making the films by Media Trust who led film courses at Prince’s Trust centres in London, Birmingham and Cardiff.

Source: Prince's Trust

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