Accountants Clement Keys have taken on a contract to do the auditing for a Birmingham charity that helps young people get involved in the world of digital film and media.
Digbeth-based First Light took on the firm, which specialises in services to the not-for-profit sector.
First Light is funded through the UK Film Council and directly from the Department for Children, Schools and Families, administering over £5m each year. Since launching in 2001, the charity has helped more than 20,000 young people make more than 1,000 short digital films, taking part in every stage of the process from initial idea to script writing, filming, editing and screening.
Renowned producer Barbara Broccoli, best known for the James Bond film franchise, is chairman of the board of directors at First Light. Alongside the grant element of First Light’s work, it also organises the UK’s biggest celebration of young creativity in the form of the First Light Awards held annually at the Odeon Leicester Square. The awards are a permanent fixture in the film awards calendar attracting an impressive list of industry partners and celebrity endorsements including Daniel Craig, Kate Beckinsale, Sienna Miller, Orlando Bloom, Joseph Fiennes, Danny Boyle and Kevin Spacey.
First Light is spearheading Film: 21st Century Literacy, which aims to co-ordinate film education to help children understand and enjoy the moving image. It also operates a number of youth funding schemes including the Young Film Fund, the UK Film Council’s Lottery-funded filmmaking initiative for five to 19 year olds; Mediabox (a Department for Children, Schools and Families fund to help young people have a positive voice in the media) and Second Light, which helps give young people from BME backgrounds opportunities to move into the film industry.
Clement Keys has significant experience in the film world, having worked with Screen West Midlands for a number of years. The lead agency for film, TV and digital media across Birmingham and the Black Country, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire, Screen West Midlands develops media literacy and education initiatives, promotes involvement in media production, develops local talent and promotes career opportunities in the digital media, interactive and games sectors.