Thursday, 18 November 2010

Some Useful Sites for Community Film

A Scene from Te Whare (The House), Dir. Richard Green

 Please comment below if there are other sites that you have found helpful for your fim and community work

The International Community Film Forum and Facebook Site offers general support and advice for community film makers and participatory video.

FilmAid engages communities to shape the messages most needed for their survival and strength. We work with communities to create films and videos in their own voice, and to show these films in the most impactful and appropriate settings. FilmAid screenings range from intimate discussion of 40 people to large outdoor screenings, reaching thousands at one time. 

Culture Unplugged. Watch films (documentaries, short films, interviews) at this online film festival. Discover film-makers and their voices. Learn about social issues prevalent in the modern world. Vote for the art & entertainment that is evolved and exists for transformation towards new future. Promote consciousness about humanity & environment - our culture, nature & life driven by the spiritual state, individual and collective.

MFDI’s motto is that a video is only as good as the number of people that see it. Over the last 15 years, MFDI and its sub-distributors have distributed many thousands of videos, mostly into Africa, and had hundreds of broadcasts on African (and other national) television stations. http://www.mfdi.org/

Video Volunteers’ vision is a global social media network, which provides solutions-based media for marginalized and poor communities around the world. http://www.videovolunteers.org/

In 2002 the World Bank asked 60,000 people living on less than a dollar a day to identify the single greatest hurdle to their advancement. Above even food, shelter or education, the number one need identified was access to a voice. Hear that voice on http://www.ch19.org/


WITNESS uses video to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations. WITNESS empowers people to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools for justice, promoting public engagement and policy change. WITNESS envisions a just, equitable world in which all individuals and communities are able to defend and uphold their human rights. 

10 tactics provides original and artful ways for rights advocates to capture attention and communicate a cause. It includes a 50-minute film documenting inspiring info-activism stories from around the world and a set of cards; with tools tips and advice, for you to work through as you plan your own info-activism. http://www.informationactivism.org/

Campaigners and the media have a complex relationship. This section explores how to work positively with the media. http://www.campaigncentral.org.uk/know-how/using-media