Workshop: Creating equality through film

Residents in South Leeds are being invited to take part in a free, five day, film making course, which starts at BITMOs GATE in Belle Isle on Tuesday (12 May 2015).

Video trainingThe video course is being run by Amplify Leeds a new group which is looking for ways to address inequality in Leeds. The project is supported by The Young Foundation, Leeds City Council and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The film-making workshops are run in partnership with Insight Share.

The Schedule:

  • Tuesday 12 May: Introduction to Participatory Video
  • Wednesday 13 May: Community Mapping and filming
  • Thursday 14 May: Reflections, improving techniques and storyboarding
  • Wednesday 20 May: Logging and editing
  • Thursday 21 May: Evaluation, action planning and community screening

What is Participatory Video?

Filmmaking is an easy and accessible way of bringing people together to explore issues, voice concerns or simply to be creative and tell stories. In these workshops you will learn all the technical skills required to make a film, and work together to create an original short film about life in Leeds.

We hope to provide an empowering experience, that will enabling a group or community to take action and communicate their needs and ideas to decision-makers and/or their wider networks.

  • Participants rapidly learn video skills through games & exercises.
  • Facilitators help groups identify & analyse their important issues
  • Short videos & messages are directed & filmed by participants.
  • Footage is shared with the wider community at screening events.
  • A dynamic process of community-led learning & exchange is set in motion.
  • Communities always have full editorial control.

It is important that you are able to attend all of the workshops. If not, please get in touch with Maia to discuss special arrangements.

Contact:  07917 644411, or Email:

There are 14 places on the programme, so if it interests you and/or your group we encourage you to RSVP soon.

Because we are running three blocks of workshops over the year, participants will also be invited to a larger screening event in late June. This event will bring together the filmmakers, key decision makers and community leaders; in order to give the issues you present and explore in film, a platform to be heard!

2 Replies to “Workshop: Creating equality through film”

  1. Is this being run through the day or during the evenings?
    I would love to do something like this.
    But…. I work and have a job to hold down, so often feel excluded from opportunities such as this 🙁

    1. Yes Rich, these are daytime I’m afraid – 10am-4pm. I’ll feed your comment back to the organisers.

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