Radu Muntean is among the Romanian film-makers who will take part in an initiative to help young disadvantaged Londoners get involved with the film industry.

The Romanian Cultural Insitiute has teamed up with the East End Film Festival and London arts company Four Corners to launch a new initiative - East Meets East - a series of free film workshops in London’s East End for young people aged 16 to 25 from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The workshops and masterclasses, in which the budding filmmakers will have the opportunity to develop and shoot their own projects, will run over the next four months organised for young people from all the main Olympic boroughs.

Director Radu Muntean, who will be in London to promote his feature Tuesday After Christmas, scriptwriter Alexandru Baciu, editor Catalin Cristutiu and actress Anamaria Marinca will be on hand to mentor the students, with the resulting films set to screen at the East End Film Festival in July.

Dorian Branea, director of the Romanian Cultural Institute in London, said: “We are extremely honoured that four of the best Romanian filmmakers, who have won prizes in Cannes, Berlin and other international festivals, have agreed to work with young people from East London in a project that constitutes a gift that Romania makes to London in the year of the Cultural Olympiad.”