Film Fund

The Isle of Man Arts Council has announced the opening of a new Short Film Fund, which will provide funding of up to £15,000 per project.

The aim of the fund is to increase the quality of short films produced on the island whilst attracting experienced, professional filmmakers with a commitment to using the local community as cast and crew on funded projects.

Film projects from across the British Isles can apply for support if their film is to be shot exclusively on the Isle of Man, showcasing the Island as a location and also developing knowledge, skills and understanding of the local filmmaking community.

Jeremy Theobald, Arts Council Member and Chair of the Isle of Man Arts Council’s Short Film Fund, commented: ‘I am delighted that the Arts Council is now able to support short film production on the Isle of Man to a far greater financial level than previously. This will allow bigger and more professional productions to be funded for Manx filmmakers and those coming from the wider British islands, advertising the Island as the great location for film it’s always been, whilst also benefitting local creatives with more productions to help develop experience and skills without having to work for free.’

First applications for the short film fund can be made via the Isle of Man Arts Council website and will close on June 24.

Mental Health

In the spirit of Mental Health Awareness Week, UCM hosted a number of events including a visit from Paws for Therapy, Yoga, Group Walks and Mindfulness sessions. Whilst the week shined an extra light on this important topic, UCM is constantly facilitating positive mental health and helping students develop the long-term skills to manage their own mental health.

Recently, staff from across the University College attended a workshop entitled ‘Mental Health Awareness – How to support the young people we work with’. The course was led by Samantha Lund, the DESC Health Education Officer, and provided UCM staff with the opportunity to increase their awareness of mental health knowledge, whilst equipping them with the key skills and listening techniques to support students.

Lulu Gillow, UCM’s Manager of Student Experience and Pastoral Support said: ‘Student mental health is of prime importance at UCM, and with the increase in the number of young people struggling with their mental health, it is so vitally important that all our staff are equipped to be able to identify problems early, offer initial support and signpost them to the welfare support available via Student Services.’

Governor Goes Biosphere

Government House officially became a Unesco Biosphere Isle of Man Partner, this week. His Excellency, Lady Lorimer and the household staff are keen to live by the values that underpin this very special status.

One way in which we can do this is to maximise the use of local and home grown produce from the gardens. His Excellency’s Executive chef, Yohann Bonjus, is pictured here with some of the fruit, vegetables and herbs he uses in his cuisine. Through careful and seasonal propagation, as well as culinary imagination, we can ensure there is a year round supply of home grown fare on the table.

Bad for Slugs

Plant growers are asked to avoid using poisonous slug pellets to protect their gardens and allotments, due to the risk they pose to wildlife and the environment.

It comes after the UK banned the use of Metaldehyde slug pellets last month, having already made it illegal to sell them a year earlier. The pellets contain a pesticide used to control slugs in crops and garden plants and is also toxic to snails, birds and other mammals, such as hedgehogs. DEFA is urging people to stop selling and using the product, while it looks at whether legislation is needed for similar measures on the Island.

Dr Michelle Haywood MHK, Political member for DEFA, said: ‘Metaldehyde pellets are responsible for deaths right up the food chain. Toxins can also find their way into wider ecosystems and further harm the environment, so I would urge people not to buy or use them and dispose responsibly of any they have left from previous years. As some newer pellets don’t contain Metaldehyde people should always check the packaging.’