Successful Partnerships


Southall Black Sisters

In December 2011 BoldFace Productions received funding from the Sara Charlton Charity to work with Southall Black Sisters to raise awareness of honour-based violence amongst young men and women.

A group of young women from Southall Black Sisters learned all the skills they needed to make a film including camera-skills and ideas development and produced a 10 minute film which  explored the issue of Honour Based Violence.

The film has since been used by Southall Black Sisters to further their work becoming part of their education programme in schools and being screened both nationally and internationally. 


Salford First Films

In 2011 Boldface Productions received funding from Salford City Council and Current TV to deliver a programme of work in Salford. The BoldFace team spent two months in Salford working with five council-run community groups including 3 youth groups, an LGBT group and a detached football project that had been set up in response to the cities recent riots.

Each group received 15 hours of film training where they learnt to plan their films, use cameras, record sound and edit. Once the films were completed all five groups attended a screening at BBC Media City where their films were critiqued by industry professionals. The whole project was documented by Current TV and aired as a 1 hour documentary on 27th November 2011.



In 2010 BoldFace Productions received funding from Mediabox to work with LGBT youth groups across London. Young people were recruited for the project and given the opportunity to make 2 films that could be used as PSHE resources in schools. They chose to make a film about homophobic bullying and a documentary about the use of the word ‘gay.’

Participants were trained in the full process of film-making. They gained skills in pre-production, research, interviewing, camera skills, sound, editing and event planning.

The project culminated in a screening at the British Film institute in January 2011 where the films were shown in front of a panel before an open discussion about LGBT issues. The films have since been shown at the BFI’s London Lesbian and Gay film festival.



Our largest programme so far was funded by vinspired and the Rank Foundation, it took place over 6 months. This training programme was designed to create a pool of volunteers skilled in film-making. Their role was to make films about issues that matter to them and their communities. Once the films were made they devised a Community Action Plan that mapped out how the film was going to make a positive change.

During this time we worked with 1000 young people across England. Our feedback illustrates the success of our work:

  • 100% of partner organisations said that we had improved the communication, leadership, team working and film making skills of their young people
  • 79% of adults felt more confident that young people could make a positive change in their communities after they had attended our film screenings.
  • 83% of young people now believe that film can make a positive change
  • 75% of our partner organisations had used the films to create dialogue within their communities between young people and community leaders/police/religious groups/politicians
  • 72% of young people said they were now going to do positive things for their community
  • 71% of young people said they were now more interested in making films to help others
  • 65% of groups completed community action plans that mapped out activities to create solutions to their issues and all of them are pursuing these post training.

The programme finished with a large-scale youth event at the British Film Institute called ‘Visionaries – Youth in High Definition’ where young people were invited to watch each others’ films and meet with industry professionals.


First Light

In 2012 BoldFace Productions spent two months in Blackpool working on a programme of work funded by First Light Films. BoldFace worked with three groups; Blackpool Young Carers, The Hub and The Alum Rock Youth Project to produce three films.

Young people received training in all aspects of film-making as well as being mentored by industry professionals David Richardson (Shameless, Hollyoaks, Eastenders) and Paul Alexander (My Parents are Aliens, Red Dwarf).

At the end of the programme all of the young people were invited to a screening event at Manchester cinema The Picturehouse where they received further filmmaking workshops and viewed their films on the big screen.


Northern Ireland

In 2011 BoldFace Productions worked in partnership with Community Action for Northern Ireland and the Rank Foundation to produce BoldVoices.

60 young people were trained to make films from groups as diverse as Travellers, ethnic minorities, NEET, women’s groups and those who identified as other than heterosexual. Each group received 15 hours of film training and produced 8 films that explored issues such as domestic violence, suicide, joy-riding and the travelling community. Half of the young people also joined together for a weekend of intensive training where they produced a further 3 films.

All of the groups came together at a screening event at the Queen’s Cinema in Belfast where they presented their films to local councillors and industry professionals. The event received coverage from BBC news and local radio stations.

After the event, UTV decided to produce a half hour programme that featured 6 of the films and was presented by two of the young people who got to work alongside professionals at the UTV studios.

Films from this programme have been screened at festivals including the British Film Institute’s London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, they have been incorporated into education programmes raising awareness of domestic violence and LGBT issues and were selected to be screened on BBC Belfast’s Big Screen.

100% of youth workers said that we had improved the communication, leadership, team

working and film making skills of their young people

100% of groups are using their films to promote their issues and inform other people.

This includes tours and viral campaigns.

90% of young people reported an increase in confidence

85% of young people reported an increase in communication skills

88% of young people reported an increase in creative skills

88% of young people reported an increase in leadership skills

88% of young people reported an increased in team work skills

85% of young people reported an increase in technical skills

100% of youth workers rated the training as excellent

100% of youth workers rated the films as excellent


Please watch some of the examples of films made, along the side


Southall Black Sisters Film
Southall Black Sisters Film: The Making of
Salford First Films
Salford First Films
Salford First Films
First Light
First Light
First Light
Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland

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