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Edition No. 90

Date:- 17 May 2003

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NWDA backs Olympic Bid


THE Northwest Development Agency welcomed the announcement of full government support in London’s quest to host the world’s biggest sporting event, the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympics. 

Although the bid proposes a base in the South East, there are still major opportunities for the Northwest region to play a major part in the Olympic Games – either providing venues for specific sports such as football, or providing training support for the 199 counties that may be taking part. 

Given the huge success of the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England’s Northwest has proved it has the operational and business expertise to host and support major sporting events. This vast experience and knowledge will no doubt be invaluable to the British Olympic Association’s bid to the International Olympic Committee. 

The Northwest is still building on the wider social and economic benefits of the 2002 Commonwealth Games and this development will continue with today’s proposed Olympic bid. 

Sheldon Phillips, Special Projects Advisor for the NWDA and former Regional Director of Sport England, said, “The decision today that full backing is being given for a London bid to host the Olympics in 2012 provides excellent opportunities for the Northwest to build on the outstanding success of the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. "

"The Northwest has built up an enviable reputation for bidding and hosting major sporting and cultural events as well as maximising the social and economic benefits these events can bring. I am convinced that this experience and knowledge built up over many years will ensure that the Northwest plays a full part in the Games bid and will be an invaluable resource for the London bid.”


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THE brightest and best of North West filmmaking talent is set to take Cannes by storm this week at the prestigious film festival. North West Vision, the film and TV development agency for England’s Northwest is taking 11 producers with feature films in development to the festival to show off their wares and try to attract international financing.

During the festival North West Vision is hosting a series of events providing the perfect opportunity to promote filmmaking in England’s Northwest to an international market. One of these events includes the screening of 9 short films where key distributors and financiers will have the perfect opportunity to view first hand the talent that exists in the region.

For the first time England’s Northwest will attended Cannes as a unified presence, and together with the wider UK industry will co-host the ‘Screen England Day’, a day of events including filmmakers masterclasses, film screenings, a pitching competition and evening reception.

Steve Morrison, Chair of North West Vision said:-

“I think it is brilliant that we are now in a position to start really promoting what we have in the northwest. We have the talent, we have the locations, we have the crew, and we have everything. What we want to do at Cannes is make sure that everyone hears that message.”

The mission is funded by the Northwest Development Agency as part of its ongoing support for the film and television industry in England’s northwest.

Peter Mearns, Director of Marketing at the Northwest Development Agency said:-

“The Film Festival provides a unique opportunity to showcase the very best of the region’s talent to an international market, and for the filmmakers themselves to establish crucial contacts. England’s Northwest has an amazing breadth of creative talent and the contribution to the regional economy of our creative industries is already £1.7 billion.”

Reports with thanks to the NWDA.

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