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Young Filmmakers’ Lab

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The Young Filmmakers Lab (YFL-TT) is an educational and life skills programme that provides selected at-risk kids between the ages of 16-21 with the requisite knowledge and skills to enter junior roles in the television and film industry. The programme spans three months and is offered at no cost, providing these aspiring filmmakers access to education needed for securing employment opportunities that are otherwise not in their reach. Participants also meet other like minded persons, get access to mentors and eventually income, whilst using creativity as an outlet for dealing with the strife they encounter.

We aim to create a positive, pivotal moment in their lives, that supports and expands the culture of grassroots, community filmmaking by providing industry specific training to the selected participants to develop the skills and tools to make films from their own unique perspectives.

The programme adopts a multifaceted approach, using film as an avenue for change in the lives of these young people who are at risk of being left behind in society while at the same time offering them an opportunity to enhance their social-emotional development through the literacy of film. This includes knowledge transfer, use of film creation, facilitated dialogues, stakeholder engagement, and data-driven evaluation to address the identified problem of marginalised youth ages 16-21 that require a legitimate avenue to earn income by establishing a connection between being creative and having a career in film.

Programme Goals

  1. To use film as an avenue for change in the lives of young people at risk of being left behind in society while at the same time offering them an opportunity to enhance their social-emotional development through the literacy of film.
  2. To be a positive influence to these young people, in hopes of developing their sense of identity and belief in the future through them seeing their stories as worthy of telling.
  3. This initiative will be an opportunity to introduce young people to film, and to build appreciation and knowledge for film through a diverse curriculum and mentorship to persons regardless of their background.
  4. Establish the connection between being creative and having a career in film.
  5. Investing in the lives of this susceptible group of young people will help to empower the next generation of filmmakers to find their voice and channel their creativity through filmmaking as well as shape the destiny of their personal lives.

Community Partners

Annually, we partner with supportive entities:

  1. Heroes Foundation
  2. SERVOL
  3. St. James Police Youth Club
  4. Tobago Library Services

Duration

12 weeks – Saturdays. Each Saturday, two sessions will be conducted.

The first session will be from 10am–12pm and the second session from 1pm–4pm, allowing a lunch break from 12pm–1pm.

Entry Requirements

  • Participants must meet a certain literacy criteria to ensure that they stay engaged and obtain the most from this programme. They should be able to read and write at a level to pass CXC.
  • Citizen of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Ages 16-21 during year of programme
  • Must be connected to a partner entity

What is Provided?

  • Meals (break snack and lunch with beverages)
  • T-shirt
  • Equipment for programme’s curriculum
  • Travel Stipend
  • Notebook
  • Graduation Ceremony
  • Certificate of Participation

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