Funding Body/Client: First Light/The National Lottery/BFI
Goals: The empowerment and engagement of young people in the design, delivery and evaluation of film education activity, enabling them to create their own film and digital media content and tell their own stories in their own voice
Blueprint: Film Foundation ran several First Light Movies projects around Lincolnshire and the surrounding counties. These involved working with young people to give them the skills and encouragement to produce their own short films.
We ran projects with a diverse mixture of groups, from a group of younger children who were part of the Salvation Army youth club to a group of hard to reach teenagers in a deprived area of Lincoln. The different groups brought a variety of ideas and inspiration too, so the films ranged from an experimental anthology film to a zombie horror short and everything in between.
As well as teaching children and young people the skills required to make their own film, the groups all benefitted from working closely as a team on something creative and of a high professional standard. We always held premiere screenings of the films, which were a great way to make the groups proud of what they’d achieved and to share their success with friends and family as well as the greater community.
A number of the film projects were run in collaboration with Shooting Fish Theatre Company, including ‘Broken Sleep’, which won Best Drama at the First Light Movie Awards.
Quotes: Roger Golby – Director of ‘Hustle’, BBC “a brilliant short film, really mature, inventive, atmospheric and scary”
A Sawyer, Salvation Army “the film was excellent, fantastic, exceeded expectations”