Practical filmmaking for young people at Signal Film & Media

‘Get digital’ free taster sessions and workshops available for 16-19yr olds interested in practical filmmaking in the New Year.

Furness young people will have a variety of free and practical film and media opportunities in 2019 with artists and filmmakers at Barrow charity Signal Film and Media as part of the Get Digital course aimed at 16-19yr olds.

Get Digital will be an intensive programme of activities between January - March designed to promote leadership, creative and digital skills among Barrow and Cumbria's young people, including hands-on film skills sessions and speakers, one-to-one mentoring; the chance to devise and make dramatic and documentary short films and the chance to complete an accredited qualification.

The course runs weekly on Tuesday evenings at Cooke’s Studios on Abbey Road, next door to The Duke of Edinburgh from 5.30pm starting on 22nd January, with an additional full 3-day film shoot during February half term.

More activities in the programme, to be confirmed in Spring, will specifically support young women on the autistic spectrum and to offer out film screenings, criticism and theory to young people aged 11-19yrs as part of the wider programme.

Project Manager Julia Parks says: “It’s going to be a really fun and practical programme that introduces story-telling, script-writing, cinematography, editing, special effects and loads more! This will really enable young people to learn creative media skills and meet professional filmmakers and artists; to see what the possibilities are out there for them. It also builds up their CVs for college or employment.”

The resulting films will then be screened at a celebration event for friends, family and the wider community at the end of the project in Spring. Participants can also work towards an Arts Award qualification to enhance their CVs, and can sign up for further opportunities for mentoring, careers advice, film screenings and trips to local events.

Organisers are particularly hoping to attract the interest of young people who aren’t necessarily interested in academia but love exploring digital technologies and/or being creative, or want to learn more about how to tell stories on film. The project is funded by the Sir John Fisher Foundation and the Francis C Scott Charitable Trust, with the aim of encouraging young people to gain leadership and creative skills that improve their lives and help them gain confidence and self belief. The programme is free, and financial assistance is available to help with travel costs.

Signal Film and Media Director Kerry Kolbe said: “Barrow can feel a little isolated, especially for young people, and options can feel limited. We think it’s really important to give young people the chance to get creative in a safe and supported environment with like-minded peers. To provide opportunities through exploring the latest creative media – something people in cities perhaps take for granted, but that here would otherwise be unavailable.”

To apply for a place or to find out more about Get Digital, visit or call 01229 838592 / email

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