We have worked with Wimbledon Bookfest since 2012 to deliver an innovative documentary filmmaking project with schools based in the London Borough of Merton.

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HOW IT BEGAN

We first teamed up with Wimbledon Bookfest to run drama filmmaking workshops at Wimbledon Studios, where the young people had the opportunity to make and star in their own films on real film sets. The studio closed down, but our working relationship with Wimbledon Bookfest only continued to thrive! We worked together to adapt the workshops accordingly, choosing instead to teach young people how to make music videos and eventually going on to providing documentary filmmaking workshops which enabled young people to create their own short documentaries for our award-winning online documentary series 1000 Londoners, which has been called ‘amazing online archive of docs on real lives in our city’ by Time Out.

WORKSHOPS

For the past 3 years we have run Take 10, a 1000 Londoners documentary filmmaking project with Wimbledon Bookfest, which gives young people who attend school in the London Borough of Merton the opportunity to make short documentaries about inspirational people in their local area. Each year we work with approximately 50 students from different schools in Merton, who learn how to plan, shoot, direct and edit their own documentaries. These are then hosted on our 1000 Londoners website and are watched by thousands of people, and are shown at celebratory screenings. During the workshops the participants gain hands-on experience with the latest digital equipment and software, with guidance from professional filmmakers from Chocolate Films. Participants also gain life long experience in teamwork, confidence building and self-esteem and creative expression.

EVENTS

Following the most recent Wimbledon Bookfest documentary workshop on 5th-15th October 2017, participants were invited with their friends and family to a showcase of their finished films at Wimbledon’s Odeon cinema.

Following an introduction from a Chocolate Films filmmaker who led the workshop, attendants were treated to a free box of popcorn and got the opportunity to see their films projected on the big screen.

Participants and family members were then interviewed by filmmakers waiting outside the auditorium, to be featured in a film documenting the success of the workshop.

Wimbledon Bookfest:1000 Londoners videos

Arnold

is passionate about teaching and is also an actor

Jenna

“If people could see what I can do they would be amazed”

Thomas

Thomas is a young adventurer who spends his free time digging and discovering at his favourite nature reserves and talks to us about the various things he has found during his explorations.

Ivor

The man behind AFC Wimbledon