The WFC story in the words of our Film Makers
WFC was set up in 2008 to give young people in marginalised areas the skills to enter the media. We were able to do this because the quality of mobile phone video cameras was high enough to shoot viable films. Along with this, Youtube and Facebook offered the opportunity for accessible and afforable distribution and marketing of the films.
WFC was founded by Alice Bragg in collaboration with Founder Members: Vanessa, Goes from Brazil; Nidal Atrash from Palestine; Mark Ellison from the USA and Simcelile Kalimashe from South Africa.
World Film Collective began running training programmes simultaneous in four countries: Brazil, South Africa, Palestine and the UK because we wanted to create an international platform that enabled young people from around the world to connect with one another through film. We believed – and we still believe – that stories are a really effective way of breaking down barriers and combatting stereotypes. Films are also a great way to learn about different nationalities and cultures. We saw the development of technology was giving anyone, anywhere in the world, the opportunity to tell their story and we wanted to help some of the most marginalised young people in the world to represent themselves by doing this.