Filmmakers to help charities

Two youngsters test out their filmmaking skills as part of VIEWFINDER.
Two youngsters test out their filmmaking skills as part of VIEWFINDER.

A team of filmmakers are offering charities and non-profit organisations the chance to have a film made for free through a new talent development programme.

VIEWFINDER, funded by the Spirit of 2012 Arts and Culture Challenge fund, with support from Tyneside-based Sir James Knott Trust, is a film talent development programme for filmmakers with learning disabilities, autism and additional needs.

One of the first to benefit was Wallsend-based Go Wild in Nature CIC which provides outdoor adventure days to schools across Tyne and Wear.

Ingrid Wilkinson, director, said: “We are thrilled to have been chosen for this exciting opportunity, this film will help to promote GWIN and enable schools to get a real flavour of what our adventure days are all about.”

VIEWFINDER is run by multi-award winning Beacon Hill Arts, one of the official British Film Institute Film Academy Network Partners.

Zosia Feher, VIEWFINDER project member said: “I am looking forward to making this film because it will merge the creative uniqueness of Beacon Hill Arts with information about Go Wild In Nature to make a fun and interesting film rather than just a list of facts.

“I hope to develop my film making skills so that I can continue to make films and that I learn more about Go Wild In Nature’s work.”

Andrew Coats, creative director of Beacon Hill Arts, said: “This project is proving to be a fantastic opportunity for our filmmakers to develop their talents and wow local charities and non-profits by creating creative engaging, innovative and unique films for them.

“People with learning disabilities and autism have far fewer opportunities to develop creative skills – but we work with so many talented individuals whose unique view of the world gives their work an edge and it is that edge that is exciting the clients we are working with.”

Any charity or non-profit interested in becoming a VIEWFINDER filmmaker should visit www.beaconhillarts.org.uk/viewfinder for more information.