Forward Focus, a short film initiative, is seeking industry professionals for training and expert mentoring for young people living in North Kensington aged between 18 and 25 who have been directly or indirectly affected by Grenfell Tower Fire.
Eight participants aged between 18 and 25 will be supported to collaboratively develop an innovative idea for a ten-minute short film with a focus on stories from the local community before, during, or in the aftermath of Grenfell Tower Fire.
Each participant will then choose which roles they would like to perform in the production. This includes screenwriting, acting, producing, directing, cinematography and editing.
The initiative will culminate in the production of a ten-minute short film that will premiere at Portobello Film Festival on September 15 2017, and is aimed at helping participants learn the fundamentals of filmmaking as well as understanding how film can be a powerful visual outlet to creatively express views, actions and emotions to evoke constructive debate and change.
Workshops will be facilitated by local filmmakers, Spencer Hudson (Founder: Brave Indie) and Jack Davies (Director: Eve), and will feature a selection of film industry guest speakers to demystify and provide real-world insights into the film production process.
Forward Focus is looking for industry professionals who could come and speak to participants on subjects including screenwriting, directing, acting, cinematography and editing — and also for mentoring participants on the film shoot on 1-3 September.