WFC could never have achieved its track record of success without the strategic, funding and delivery partners that have that have been so key to its progress over the past four years. Featured below are some of WFC partners, associated groups and funding supporters. WFC remains grateful to all of them for their support for WFC and their commitment to provision for youth.
The film school founded by acclaimed director Fernando Meirelles, Cinema Nosso has an intake of students exclusively from the notorious favela communities of Rio, brought to life in his award-winning film City of God. In 2009 WFC trained graduates of the school to be WFC Tutors and a number were employed in subsequent training programmes.
Committee for the Democratisation of Information (CDI)
Brainchild of Roderigo Bagio, CDI equips under-resources communities across the globe with computers and a structure of support that has enables thousands of young people to access the digital revolution. WFC has run three projects with CDI to date. The first in their computer centre in Morro dos Prazeres favela and the second and third in their centre in City of God favela.
Casarao Cultural Centre
Casarao Cultural Centre is located in Morro dos Prazeres favela and runs a number of activities for the local youth living in the favela. Founder CEO, Alice Bragg, began working in the favela during a trip in 2005 and returned three years later to run WFC’s first training programme in Brazil.
INPAR is a youth organisation situated in City of God favela. It is run in association with CDI and teaching computer and related technology skills to young people from the local favela. WFC has partnered with INPAR twice, including to run the 2014 World Cup project in Rio
Al Rowwad Cultural Centre
WFC’s first training programme in Palestine was run in partnership with Al Rowwad and it was a huge success. Located in Aida Refugee Camp, Al Rowwad hosts activities for the youth in the community. During WFC’s follow-up training in Al Rowwad, the film makers filmed the Dabkeh traditional dance class that took place there twice a week.
Yafa Cultural Centre
WFC was introduced to Yafa Cultural Centre by Hoping Foundation co-Founder, Karma Nabulsi. Located in Balata Refugee Camp, Nablus, the centre offers arts activities to the youth of the camp. WFC ran two training programmed in Yafa Cultural Centre, involving 24 young Palestinians aged 14-16 years
Hoping Foundation provides grants to grass-roots community organisations working with young people in refugee camps. Hoping Foundation generously funded two WFC training programmes in association with Yafa Cultural Centre.
Bint Al Azwar school
Located in Ramallah, Bint Al Azwar is a Government school and, although it has a mixed intake of students, the boys and girls are taught in two separate parts of the building. Teaching methods at Bint Al Azwar are very traditional and in some classes students still learn by rote. During the WFC training programme, male and female students worked together to produce four excellent films about local issues that matter to them.
Qattan Foundation has been working towards the development of culture and education amongst Palestinians since 1998. WFC worked with Qattan Foundation on a training programme delivered to 20 young village residents in the Qattan Foundation’s cultural centre in rural Nelin. The young people produced excellent films and WFC looks forward to working with Qattan Foundation on a follow up training in Fictional Shorts
The British Council in Palestine sponsor a number of cultural and educational initiatives across the West Bank and Gaza. WFC was introduced to them in 2009 and it was through this relationship that WFC ran the training programme with Bint Al Azwar school. WFC screened a number of films, as well as giving talks, during the 2010 British Council UK Palestine Film Festival.
Cape Film Commission
The Cape Film Commission is South Africa’s regional equivalent to the Arts Council and is a grant-making body for film training and film-related projects in the Western Cape. The Cape Film Commission sponsored WFC’s recent up skill programme, teaching 15 young township residents to make broadcast films on cell phones.
New Africa Theatre Association
WFC began working with New Africa Theatre Association (see blurb) in 2008 and returned to run a Documentary Film Making training programme in 2009. A number of WFC’s students have gone through training at New Africa, currently the only tertiary arts education institution with an intake exclusively from the townships.
Silulo Ulutho Technologies
WFC began their relationship with Silulo Ulutho during the World Cup, when the technology company gave WFC access to its computers to edit.
Ground Glass is an ethical production company, specialising in commercials and run by CEO Janette de Villiers. Janette has been an Ambassador to WFC since 2009, offering continuing support and inspiration. The Ground Glass staff and crew have also generously helped out WFC a number of times.
Street Stories Films
Street Stories is an independent production company that offers training opportunities to previously disadvantaged young people. Street Stories Director, Jo Menell and Producer, Richard Mills taught WFC’s inaugural Documentary Film Making training programme in 2009 and the relationship has continued since then. Last year, the WFC team interned with Street Stories Films and one WFC team member went on to work full-time for the company.
Mxit is South Africa’s most popular mobile social networking site with an estimated 27 million users. It works like Blackberry Chat, except that it charges users small amounts to communicate with each other. WFC co-created a platform on Mxit called Mopix and made 92 films of 1 min in length. These were screened over six-months and over 150,000 people subscribed to the Mopix channel
Gate 7 is a mobile entertainment and content company headed by CEO, Emma Kaye that was WFC’s distributor to Mxit.
Cape Town TV
Cape Town TV is a community-based TV station founded by over 200 non-profit organisations in 2006. Since 2009, WFC has supplied content to CT-TV including films from training programmes, inserts for their World Cup series and WFC’s own 28min series, ‘Elements’. WFC and CTV continue to have a great relationship.
Amy Biehl Foundation Trust
With an 18-year track record of success, Amy Biehl Foundation Trust provides extra-curricular activities for school children from some of Cape Town’s most dangerous townships. WFC ran two training programmes in partnership with Amy Biehl, both in Nyanga township. The young students were enthusiastic and made good films. WFC looks forward to the opportunity to work with Amy Biehl again in the future.
Dramatic Need is a charity that sends volunteers in the creative arts to work with underprivileged young people in rural South Africa and Rwanda. WFC ran their very first training programme in partnership with Dramatic Need, teaching 86 children of agricultural workers to make films about their communities.
Ape-Media is a youth outreach and media development organisation that works with young people, Governmental and commercial organisations to train and develop young people’s skills making them ready for a career in the media. WFC began working with Ape Media in 2008, teaching young people at risk of exclusion from school in Newham Borough. It re-connected with Ape in 2011 to run What We’ve Done, WFC’s project exploring the causes of the summer riots
Little Ilford Youth Zone
Little Ilford Youth Zone offers extra-curricular classes for the local community with a focus on youth. WFC’s training programme with young people at risk was hosted by Little Ilford Youth Zone and WFC partnered directly with the organisation to run their Video Art training programme, sponsored by Felix Dennis.
Keithley Association Women and Children’s Centre (KAWACC)
KAWACC is a youth and women’s centre in the heart of Keithley, a town near Bradford in Leeds. The centre runs a number of projects that bring young people together from difference faiths and backgrounds. WFC worked with KAWACC in 2010 teaching young people to make films on cell phones. The training was a success and WFC looks forward to partnering with KAWACC again in the future.
WAC Performing Arts and Media College
WAC provides a vast range of affordable training opportunities for the under twenty-fives, including career and personal development projects for over 18s. WFC worked with WAC in the recruitment of students for their recent riots project, What We’ve Done.
Media Box is a grant-making organisation, funded by the British Government, that gives young people opportunities to be creative. Since its launch in 2006, Media Box has enabled over 20,000 young people to create media projects and get their voices heard. WFC was awarded a Media Box grant in 2009, enabling it to continue working with at-risk young teenagers in Newham Borough, East London.
Big Lottery is a grant-making organisation that distributes the income earned from the sale of lottery tickets in Britain. WFC was awarded a Big Lottery grant to run their cell phone film making training with young people in the town of Keighley in Leeds.
Russian Century is the family foundation of Marina Goncharenko, a philanthropist whose work includes funding an orphanage in the town of Kaluga outside Moscow. It was in this orphanage that WFC ran their training programme in Russia.