Six families taking part in a video-recording project in Teesdale are getting ready to screen their first short film for their friends and neighbours.

They will show it in the village school at Butterknowle on Thursday, June 19.

Other residents will be able to see the 20-minute production and hear about it from 1.30pm to 5pm.

The families were taught to shoot scenes, edit their film and get it ready for an audience.

Other families will show their first effort at Hamsterley Village Hall on Friday, July 4.

Three similar projects are being planned at Barnard Castle, Bowes and Cockfield under a scheme funded by Northern Arts, Teesdale Council and several other bodies.

Gerardine O'Connor, project co-ordinator, said yesterday: "The first families have thoroughly enjoyed learning all about using a camera and producing a finished film.

"The idea is to get all ages working together - children, parents and grandparents. We are sure everyone will be interested in seeing the initial film at the premiere."