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Business support service Locate East Sussex is backing a competition to celebrate the unique creative offering along the East Sussex coast.

The 2016 Coastal Culture Trail Film Competition has been launched to promote the East Sussex coast’s unique contemporary art journey and its wide appeal throughout the country. The winning film maker will receive £1,000 to cover costs and will also get a year’s membership of Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne, De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill and Jerwood Gallery in Hastings.

The Coastal Culture Trail is the brainchild of the three venues which are located along a beautiful 20-mile stretch of coastline in East Sussex and is supported by Locate East Sussex, which promotes the county as a great place to live and work.

Philip Johnson, Director of Locate East Sussex, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the Coastal Culture Trail to support this fantastic competition. In East Sussex, we are very proud of the Jerwood Gallery, Towner Art Gallery and De La Warr Pavilion which attract audiences of all ages from across East Sussex, the south east and well beyond with their broad range of events and exhibitions.”

Jessica Courtney Bennett, of Coastal Culture Trail, said: “We are delighted to be working with Locate East Sussex to showcase the universal appeal of East Sussex through our new competition. We want all budding directors to get involved and have a go at getting our vision onto the big screen.”

Designed to challenge perceptions and increase awareness of the arts and culture offering in the area, the trail also aims to highlight other points of interest, like the natural beauty of the South Downs, historic attractions, and local food and drink, encouraging visitors to discover their own Eastbourne, Bexhill and Hastings.

The search is now on for a film maker to create a short one-minute promotional film for the Coastal Culture Trail. Individuals or small groups can enter.

The deadline for initial story board submissions is Sunday, July 31.

For more details, visit www.coastalculturetrail.com/film or on twitter using the hashtag #MyTrail

The project has been funded as part of the Driving Devonshire Forward (DDF) initiative by the Coastal Communities Fund. DDF is managed by Eastbourne Borough Council and Eastbourne Homes Limited.