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Inspiring young filmmakers

Sarah Stevenson (BA 2010), Director or The Filmmakers' Education Trust

Sarah Stevenson (BA 2010), Director or The Filmmakers' Education Trust

4 October 2010

A new charity has been set up to support young people with a passion for filmmaking. Sarah Stevenson (BA 2010) has founded The Filmmakers’ Education Trust, a not-for-profit organisation that aims to support Bristol students and graduates looking to get into filmmaking, as well as inspire local school children about the industry.

Sarah Stevenson (BA 2010), Director or The Filmmakers' Education Trust

A new charity has been set up to support young people with a passion for filmmaking. Sarah Stevenson (BA 2010) and Moira Scarlett (MA Film and Television 2009- ) have founded The Filmmakers’ Education Trust, a not-for-profit organisation that aims to support Bristol students and graduates looking to get into filmmaking, as well as inspire local school children about the industry.

Sarah was motivated to set up the charity by her own experience when she left university. She wanted a career in filmmaking but found opportunities for guidance and support lacking. ‘I would have loved the chance to get some work experience and tips on how to get into the industry,’ she said. Sarah and Moira are well-equipped with the expertise necessary to get the charity off its feet. Sarah has experience working as both a PR officer and an events manager, and Moira has worked for three years previously as a theatre production manager and festival co-ordinator in Glasgow.

Run by the pair and a few volunteers, the charity functions by recruiting new production companies and taking control of financial and practical matters, while leaving the company’s crew to develop their project creatively and technically. It is currently working alongside production company 24Winks, providing funding and assistance as they produce their first film The Fruits of Labour. With assistance from The Filmmakers' Education Trust, 24 Winks recently secured an Alumni Foundation grant to help fund production costs for the film. Sarah and Moira hope to increase the number of projects by not only offering support, but by also providing active roles for university students and graduates with an interest in filmmaking.

The charity also runs workshops and demonstrations in local schools to inspire young people about filmmaking. What’s more, these are carried out by the partnered production companies to give something back for the funding and support provided by The Filmmakers’ Education Trust.

Setting up the charity has not been without its challenges, but Sarah and Moira are looking forward to a fruitful future. ‘There are so many feats we want to achieve with the charity, but for now I am taking it one step at a time,’ Sarah said.  ‘I will be overjoyed when I see our first film screened at the cinema and when we receive (hopefully) positive feedback from our workshops and lectures. This will make all the hard work worthwhile and will no doubt encourage future investors to support our charity, when they see what we can achieve with so few resources.’

For more information contact Sarah or Moira at filmmakerseducationtrust@gmail.com.