A film being driven by an Ilkeston man to promote the anti-knife crime message will go into production thanks to an online fundraising campaign.
McGibney Productions used website Kickstarter to raise the £5,000 they needed to make Stereotype - a film about a teenager facing a difficult choice.
Producer Luke McGibney said: “It’s incredible to see how much the local community has supported us.
“The hardest part was getting potential backers to look at the project initially, as people get so many of these sort of requests, but as soon as they saw what we wanted to achieve with our film, almost all of them offered their support in whatever way they could.”
Ilkeston film maker, Ashley Carter, 25,is one of the team behind the project. He said: “It was thanks to the massive support we received from the local press and social media that we met our target. We can’t wait to get started on the project.”
The film will now go into production in April and will be used by schools, youth clubs and other educational facilities from September.