Canary Wharf Calls for Worthy Film Projects

Canary Wharf Group is offering local schools, youth clubs and community groups funds to promote film-making and media amongst young East Londoners.

On the last day of the Canary Wharf Film Festival, CWG today called for applications to the Canary Wharf Film Fund, which encourages East London youngsters to acquire the expertise and passion for film-making that may eventually see them employed in the media or film industry in Canary Wharf or elsewhere in East London.

The Fund is not directly backing individual film projects – instead preference will be given to applications from registered charities and schools to cover capital costs for equipment; training, education or production.

Howard Dawber, Strategic Advisor at Canary Wharf Group said “This is a good way to ensure the local community benefits from Hollywood coming to Canary Wharf.”

The Fund is derived from half of all fees collected for commercial filming and photography on the Canary Wharf Estate. Feature films and television programmes including Batman Begins, Basic Instinct 2, Top Gear and The Apprentice have all been filmed at Canary Wharf in recent years. The other half of the fees collected is distributed to local and national charities.

“As well as being an established centre for commerce, East London is developing as centre for media, culture, arts and events. By helping young people from Tower Hamlets get a taste for filmmaking, we may be setting them on the path to one day winning a job at the likes of Thomson Reuters, Ogilvy & Mather or Trinity Mirror,” says Dawber.

“We have some tremendously creative people in East London. The face of media, including film, is changing so rapidly. Hopefully we can help give our youngsters the opportunities to keep pace and put their creativity to use in the commercial world,” said Dawber.

Those interested in applying to the Canary Wharf Film Fund can contact Hamish McDougall in the Canary Wharf Group press office.

About Canary Wharf Group plc

Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies. It is focused on the design, construction, leasing and management of Grade A office space and high-quality retail and leisure facilities on its 97 acre Estate in East London.

Over the past 20 years CWG has regenerated derelict wharves into one of the world’s premier business districts, constructing over 15 million square feet of office and retail space – more than any other company in London.

Canary Wharf is home to many of the world’s leading business organisations, including in the professional services, media, law, energy, financial services and transport sectors. It is also home to over 200 shops, bars, cafes and restaurants, including many of Britain’s leading brands.

The Estate includes 20 acres of landscaped parks and plazas. Canary Wharf hosts over 180 events a year and has one of the UK’s largest collections of public art.

As at 31 December 2008 the vacancy rate for Canary Wharf owned office space was 0.3%. The average unexpired lease length was 18 years.

Canary Wharf is set for further expansion. In 2008, CWG signed agreements to commence work on the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station and to continue work on a new European Headquarters for J.P. Morgan. KPMG, State Street and Fitch Ratings open new buildings on the Estate in 2009 and 2010, bringing thousands of new workers to Canary Wharf on a daily basis.

In 2009 CWG was named in the Sunday Times 60 Best Green Companies list.