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Over the past four years, World Film Collective (WFC) has shown that it can engage young people with limited access to employment, education and/or training in the craft of making films on cell phones, working with these young people to distribute their films through new media networks to audiences of thousands across the globe. [read more]

 

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WFC UK, Cumbria

WFC UK are excited to begin their training project in the North West of England in a town called Wigton in Cumbria. The programme will replicate the work in South Africa, taking a group of young people through a six month training programme and working with the most committed students to create a professional production company. We're pumped to be working with our partner, North Allerdale Development trust (NADT), headed up by Sandra Keaveney and her team. Local MP Rory Stewart is supporting the project, as is Wigton Councillor, Lord Liddle of Carlisle and local businessman Bill Lowther. Anyone from Allerdale aged 16-24 and currently not in education, employment or training should come down to the taster day at Wigton Market Hall on 18th March. Just drop Sandra an email to register sandra@nadtcommunity.com or call the Market Hall.

 

WFC SA, Khayelitsha, Cape Town

In August last year, WFC Productions SA were commissioned to make a series of short films for national broadcaster, etv. For those of you reading this from the UK, etv is South Africa's equivalent to Channel 4. All films were shot on Nokia Lumia phones and - we think - this is the first series shot entirely on mobile phones to be broadcast on South African national TV. Ntombi Xaba and Manez Sobetwa headed up the project as Programme Manager and Creative Producer respectively. They led an amazing team and worked out of WFC's office in Khayelitsha, a township just outside Cape Town. The 26 films focused on trends in the townships, from fashion to music, popular food, festivals and hobbies, they give an exciting, vibrant and positive take on the townships, showcasing the incredible talent of young people living there and the amazing contribution they are making to their communities. Totally mind-blowing. Big up the youth of South Africa!

 

WFC UK, Hackney, London

As part of its partnership with youth media movement, Fully Focused Community, WFC filmed young women talking about their experience with gangs. Some of the young women have been helped away from these influences by highly-acclaimed youth organisation, XLP, and the goal of the shoot was to demonstrate how important young women’s voices are in the debate about girls in gangs. WFC hopes this will be the start of a larger project in which young people use cell phone films and social media to contribute to the pool of knowledge on gangs, and to finding solutions to combat their negative impact on youth and their communities. To view a photo from the shoot click here

 

WFC SA

WFC is delighted to start work on a feature documentary charting the progress of our filmmakers in South Africa from the 2010 World Cup to the present day. For a taste of where it all started, click on WFC’s World Cup website www.worldfilmcollective.com/SA2010 Here you can watch over 80 reports made by WFC filmmakers and viewed by audiences worldwide.

 

WFC Global

WFC is proud to become a grantee of The Bertha Foundation, which champions those using media, law and enterprise to achieve a more just world. Amongst other organisations and initiatives, The Bertha Foundation invests in documentaries that change people’s perceptions and advocate for positive social change. We look forward to developing this relationship further and thank everyone at The Bertha Foundation for their faith and support.

 

WFC UK, London

WFC’s London production team was commissioned by reputation management company, Reputation Inc, to develop an innovative training programme for one of their global financial sector clients. The young team filmed interviews with civil servants, government advisers, CEOs of companies and global corporate affairs officers, among others. WFC Cameraman and Editor, Tristian Joseph, had this to say, “It was good working with a big company and within a deadline. I learned how to work within a set period of time, which was really good experience”

 

WFC Global

WFC CEO, Alice Bragg, was invited to give a talk at Harvard University. The talk was entitled: ‘Rolling for the Future: How Making Films on Cell Phones is Democratizing Media and Empowering Marginalised Youth’. The talk was hosted by the Civic and Moral Education Initiative (CMEI), part of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, and a lively discussion followed. To watch a video of the talk, please click here

 

WFC SA, Khayelitsha, Cape Town

After the success of the World AIDS Day series, the Kaltcha Pioneers were invited by popular mobile phone social network, Mxit, to create an App. The App allowed young South Africans to watch the films very cheaply and easily. To coincide with the release of the App, WFC’s young filmmakers launched a social media campaign, again with the message, Get Tested, Know you Status, in the run up to Valentine’s Day. The App was downloaded by almost 2,000 young people and the comments pages had over 1,000 responses to the subjects raised in the films. The Kaltcha Pioneers connected with global organisations through Twitter and with the local township communities via Facebook, where conversations were hosted on subjects including how to persuade your partner to get tested and how to support somebody with HIV. To access the App simply download Mxit onto your phone and add kaltchapioneerssa - Mxit ID: kaltchapioneerssa. Please note: there is 'sa' at the end of kaltcha pioneers - for South Africa

 

WFC SA, Khayelitsha, Cape Town

Following on from our HIV-awareness project with the Premier League and Grassroot Soccer, World Film Collective partnered with NOKIA to produce a daily, 5min show for Cape Town Community TV in the run-up to World AIDS Day. Five filmmakers were selected from the Kaltcha Pioneers training programme to produce films throughout November 2012 with the key message, Get Tested, Know your Status. The team used NOKIA Pure View 800 camera phones, HD-quality with built-in stability function, to produce over twenty fantastic films. Subjects ranged from admitting to your partner that you are HIV positive to the reality of living with a young family and having HIV to discussions amongst parents with HIV positive children A massive thanks to NOKIA for pioneering cell phone filmmaking with us

 

WFC SA, Khayelitsha, Cape Town

Funded by the UK Premier League as part of its global commitment to youth, World Film Collective partnered with Grassroot Soccer to deliver a training program to 20 young people from Khayelitsha township, Cape Town age 17-24. The programme took Grassroot Soccer’s highly effective method of using foootball-related activities to teach simple HIV messages and expanded upon it to spread those messages to other young people through cell phone filmmaking and digital distribution. The students made fantastic progress, producing over 30 fiilms and building an online community of over 3,500 people. A big thank you goes out to The Premier League for believing in the potential of youth. For a write-up of the project on The Premier League website, please visit: Premier league projects taking fight to hiv

 

WFC UK, Hackney, London

WFC recently concluded the second part of their project, What We've Done, exploring the causes of the UK riots. The young people identified Stop and Search as a major factor and interviewed a number of famous artists about their experiences. These included actor/director Adam Deacon and actor/writer Noel Clarke best known for the cult youth classic, Kidulthood. Students of the programme were recruited through The Princes Trust and supported by members of the film industry including award-winning producer, Tendeka Matatu and Brick Lane director, Sarah Gavron. The young people organised an event on the anniversary of the riots (10th August), proving that young people can communicate issues effectively through creativity instead of violence. For more information on this event and the project itself, visit www.whatwevedone.co.uk

 

WFC SA, Khayelitsha, Cape Town

World Film Collective recently worked in collaboration with the Pearson Foundation on a training programme to produce Public service announcements. The film they produced tackled the issue of literacy amongst township adults. It was screened at the Pearson Southern Africa Strategy Meeting and was received with high acclaim from many of the delegates in attendance.

WFC SA, Khayelitsha, Cape Town

World Film Collective recently added 14 new cell phone film makers to their Khayelitsha production team following a training programme sponsored by Cape Film Commission. The result was a 12-part series, Uyfun'undazi? in English ‘Do You Want To Know Me?’ that takes a common township statistic and gives it a positive human face by profiling an individual living in those circumstances.


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Welcome to World Film Collective continues...

In four years we have trained 364 young people to make films on mobile phones. Our aim is to be the most successful training organisation in the world that teaches young people, especially the disadvantaged, how to make first class films in the new broadcast era. Cell phone film-making has already brought the horrors of the clashes and injustices in Libya, Syria, Iran, Yemen onto TV screens around the world. We want to expand the ways that young people can make media, which changes attitudes, perceptions and lives by bringing visual images made by youth across the globe to worldwide audiences. Since starting in 2008, we have championed the voice of the youth around the world. Now we want to anchor a permanent place in the fast advancing digital media space for cell phone films with revolutionary teaching methods.


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