Media Trust to exhibit the power of film in fundraising

Media Trust is working to highlight the power of film in fundraising by inviting filmmakers or production companies to volunteer to create a short charity film.

For the past four years, Media Trust has produced Reel Stories as part of a volunteer filmmaking scheme run in partnership with City Bridge Trust. The latest Reel Stories series premieres on the Community Channel on Tuesday 9 February at 19:30.

This two-part compilation series presented by BBC reporter James Longman, features eight short charity films produced by professional filmmakers on a voluntary basis. These inspiring stories aim to generate support and raise awareness for projects ranging from helping women exit prostitution, an urban farm providing educational, recreational and therapeutic activities to an organisation ensuring people living with HIV can access the nutrition they need to get well, stay well and lead healthy, independent lives.

Each programme also features a short critique of every film undertaken by experts Elliot Grove (Founder of Raindance and British Independent Film Awards) and Naomi Sesay (Head of Youth Media Engagement, Media Trust), who discuss issues such as the importance of storytelling, emotion and humour in charity films.


Furthering the work

Media Trust is now seeking filmmakers to volunteer for another series to be produced as part of the John Lyon’s Charity’s ‘Volunteer Films’ scheme. Ten charities have been selected as having the greatest need for a film promoting their work and Media Trust is seeking self-shooting, self-editing professional filmmakers or production companies to create these films.

Filmmakers volunteer their time and expertise to produce a two-three minute film and are given £1,000 to help cover costs. An approximate commitment of two days shooting and three days edit can be worked around filmmaker’s existing schedules.

If you are interested in applying or want to know more information, please contact producer Mairi Ankers at by 15 February 2016.

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