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Mexican filmmaker wins coveted associateship with Tec Hub

An exciting young Mexican filmmaker has received an associateship with Eastleigh’s newest creative incubator Tec Hub.

Marina Morales Moya, who trained in Mexico but who is now based in Eastleigh, will join the Tec Hub’s year-long associate programme, a package worth in excess of £5,000, that offers free membership to its hub plus a host of business development opportunities.

The Tec Hub associateship is part of a development programme offered by The Point theatre, in association with Eastleigh Borough Council and its European-funded partner initiative Recreate.

Marina was awarded the associateship after impressing judges with her short film STICK at the inaugural Eastleigh Film Festival for which she won Best Short Film.

Speaking about winning the Tec Hub associateship Marina said: “Having the recognition and support means the world to me, it has given me the confidence to launch myself as a serious filmmaker and for the first time in a while I can see a career path, I’m suddenly full of ideas and ways to make this work with the support I’m getting. The opportunities have been given and feel so honoured and lucky to be able to use all the resources and links I have been given.

“I currently work from home which proves to be tricky, so having the Tec Hub as a working space is just fantastic and I’m sure it will facilitate the development and pre-production of upcoming projects. In addition to that, I’m looking forward to networking with other professionals from similar disciplines.”

As part of the associateship which kicks off in January 2015, the videographer and filmmaker will be based at the hub in Wessex House, Upper Market Street, Eastleigh and will work on developing her next fiction short film, which will be co-produced by The Point. She will also be developing a series of documentary shorts that will focus on the creative arts in the region.

Eastleigh Borough Council’s Head of Culture Cheryl Butler, who oversaw the creation of Tec Hub, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Marina as one of our associates to Tec Hub. She is an extremely gifted filmmaker that is already part of an exciting network of young filmmakers.  We feel certain she will be an exciting addition to Tec Hub and will learn much from our founders and members.

“This is a super opportunity for her to develop as a director, to benefit from the professional networks and support mechanism to which she will have access. It’s great for Eastleigh and the wider region too. The more creative businesses we can attract to the area, the more the sector can grow, resulting in greater job and wealth creation.

“It’s a very exciting time creatively for Eastleigh.”

Officially opened in October, Tec Hub offers an environment designed to support and help grow start-ups, small businesses and entrepreneurs working in the creative digital and tech industries. Based at Wessex House, Eastleigh’s thriving business community, Tec Hub provides real, hands-on, practical support for creative business; from shared work space to resources, advice, networking opportunities and meeting space. Tec Hub is part of the European-funded Recreate programme in association with Eastleigh Borough Council.

For examples of  Marina’s work, go to www.marinamm.co.uk

To find out more about Tec Hub, go to www.techub-eastleigh.co.uk

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For more information on this story, to interview Marina Morales Moya or for images, contact Lucia Blash at lucia.blash@eastleigh.gov.uk