BUDDING film-makers at Wirral's Hive Youth Zone showcased their talents in front of British Board of Film Classification’s vice president during a tour of the facility this week.

Alison Hastings' visit was organised in recognition of the BBFC’s commitment to funding The Hive’s film and media studio Launched in 2017, the film and media studio - named 'Rewind' by Hive members - provides young people attending the centre with a dedicated space to develop multi-media and film editing skills.

The studio is equipped with cameras, lighting, a green screen and editing software, enabling young people to create and edit their own audio-visual projects.

Having provided initial funding for the film and media studio last year, the BBFC has now committed to another two years of funding for the facility, which will cover staffing costs and ensure The Hive's young members can continue to pursue their passion for film-making.

To thank the BBFC for its ongoing support, Chief Executive of The Hive, Stuart Barnes, presented Alison Hastings with the special BBFC Founder Patron’s plaque – a replica of the plaque that adorns the Patron's wall at the Youth Zone.

Alison was then given a tour of The Hive, meeting the management team, youth workers and volunteers who deliver the facility’s broad range of arts, sports and enterprise activities. She also spent time speaking to some of the young people who have benefited from using the film and media studio.

She said afterwards: "We are delighted to receive this plaque, I am particularly pleased to be representing the BBFC today as I live in Birkenhead and love supporting my local community.

"The Hive is a fantastic facility, which gives young people the opportunity to use media equipment for the first time and to develop their passion for and skills in producing their own original content.

"At the BBFC we recognise the importance of supporting community film and education groups across the UK and consider the opportunities given to young people at The Hive to be positive for both them and the industry as a whole."

Stuart Barnes added: "It was a privilege to welcome Alison to The Hive and to officially recognise the fantastic support that the BBFC has provided to our Youth Zone.

"Without the BBFC, our film and media studio wouldn't exist.

"Having the studio enables our young members to develop essential multi-media skills, nurture creativity and indulge their passion for the big screen."