We have developed and delivered a number of creative filmmaking projects with children and young people. Our team has a broad range of experience of practical filmmaking and film theory, working with a range of schools and communities.
If you’d like to talk to us about a project then get in touch.
A creative film-making project inspired by natural heritage.
A confident and thoughtful collection of short films created by young people in South Norfolk.
Creating the Future
A series of films profiling the careers of creative professionals in the East of England.
Common Ground is a Norfolk & Norwich Festival 250 Project that connects young people with their local heritage through the arts. Over the next three years the project will engage creatively and digitally with young people across East Anglia, providing opportunities for 13-25 year olds to take part in events, projects, skills development, leadership training and paid traineeships. The project is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and delivered in partnership with Norfolk Wildlife Trust, National Trust, Prince’s Trust, SHARE Museums East, Colchester & Ipswich Museums and Suffolk Wildlife Trust. Find out more here.
Capturing the Common
Capturing the Common was created over summer 2021. Common Ground invited a group of young people to a filmmaking project led by Reel Connections at Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Roydon Common. This is the brilliant film they created, which highlights the beauty and importance of this unique place and shows that nature reserves are a place for young people.
Produced by Reel Connections and commissioned by Common Ground, Our Fenland is a short film made by young people living in the Cambridgeshire Fenlands. The aim of the project was to increase young people’s engagement with their natural and cultural heritage. The project was funded by Historic England and supported by the Young Fenland Cultural Consortium.
During lockdown 2021 Reel Connections worked with ACT NOW! to create a series of short films made and introduced by young people from South Norfolk, showcased as part of the Young Norfolk Arts Festival 2021, and screenings at The Corn Hall.
Open Road is a confident and thoughtful collection, a response to world events and to Walt Whitman’s epic poem ‘Song of the Open Road’. The filmmakers, aged between 15 and 24, were inspired by weekly online masterclasses from creative practitioners.
ACT NOW! has been instigated by Norfolk and Norwich Festival ‘Creative Individual’ Emma Bernard, in partnership with The Corn Hall, and with project funding from Arts Council England. Act Now! aims to activate young people to engage with and feed into our artistic programme, by exploring their own creative potential. Find out more.
A creative filmmaking project developed by Reel Connections in collaboration with students from Soham Village College in Cambridgeshire. The students were asked to produce ten short films profiling the careers of creative professionals in their area. Commissioned by Norfolk & Norwich Festival Bridge, each film represented one of the DCMS identified creative industries and was based around an interview with a sector professional who lives and works in the region. The aim was to show other young people that they do not have to leave the region for a creative job and the films were made available online for schools, parents and young people.
Part of Creating the Future, a partnership project building effective information, advice and guidance to make the creative industries a viable career pathway for young people from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The project ran until 2020 with secondary schools selected by the Collaborative Outreach Network.