Project information

Providing Experiences for Young Film Makers.

Using on-the-job training to give beneficiaries specific and transferable skills in film and associated industries, and to help them to make professional connections and gain confidence.

We envisage this to be an annual project if support can be sustained.

Charity information: Primary Films

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  • Need


    Many people who want to work in film and associated industries are not able to do so as they face many barriers through not having access to work experience and skills development opportunities.


    Primary Films wishes to address these barriers by offering education and opportunities to develop skills and experience across the broad range of production, distribution, and exhibition tasks.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    For beneficiaries to gain specific and transferable skills through film production, and distribution


    » Making two short films with beneficiaries taking key roles.
    » Providing on-the-job mentoring to beneficiaries.

    Ongoing monitoring and formative assessment of the learning and skills being achieved.

    Aim 2

    To increase confidence and self-esteem of beneficiaries.


    » Create a filmmaking environment in which beneficiaries are key decision makers and evaluators.
    » Focusing the film making on the quality of the product – beneficiaries should be proud of the skills they have learnt and the thing they have made.

    Self assessment and focus groups will be used to measure learning progress and distance travelled in soft employability skill acquisition.

    Aim 3

    To help beneficiaries to create their own professional networks.


    » Creating on-the-job opportunities for beneficiaries to meet and talk to industry professionals.
    » Creating a website for the films, and using social media to promote the films, with beneficiaries taking key roles in these processes.

    The destination of beneficiaries will indicate the success of the project and its long term impact.

  • Impact


    Increased numbers of skilled workers in film and associated industries, demonstrated through membership of our project and the quality of the films we will make.


    One risk could be that beneficiaries no longer retain a support network to further their development after the project. We have dealt with this by including creating professional networks as a focus of the project, and by letting beneficiaries keep up to date with the project via social media after the actual production has finished.


    Donors will be able to follow the project through the website and our social networking presence. The Trustees Annual Report publicly available on the Charity Commission website will include a section dedicated to the funding this project receives and evaluative updates on its performance.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 Filmmaking costs Paying for the production and delivery costs involved in making a short film
      £8,000 Mentoring costs Sessional fees for those who will mentor the beneficiaries
      £6,000 Website and social networking Creating and managing the website and social network presence
      £6,000 Admin costs Costs to cover project management, admin and consumables

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Third Sector Services £10,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Across London communities


    Those who want to work in film and associated industries and who would not otherwise have the opportunity to do so, with a focus on young people age 18 - 25 years.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    During 2011 and 2012, Primary Films has made three films in which beneficiaries have learnt practical and creative skills. Many of the young people with whom we have worked have now gone on to gain professional jobs in the creative industries.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Alex Lichtenfels

    Alex has made films since he was a teenager. He has recently completed a doctorate in film critique which he teaches alongside professional work.

    Teddy Powell

    Teddy is passionate about high end production. His love for music, imaging and people is encompassed in film. He is well connected and in demand!

Alex Lichtenfels

Alex Lichtenfels

Having worked with Primary Films in creating The Fantastic Megan Fox has just been amazing.

Young Trainee Film Maker