Our community film project sees young people learn and grow in confidence

We love working with fellow social enterprises and in late 2022, our Media Cubs project teamed up with Art with Heart and 4CT Limited to bring a group of 20 children aged 7-11 together to create a short film all about their community and where they live in Manchester.
The group created a movie over three sessions at The Stirling Centre youth club and were introduced to film making techniques such as directing and camera work.
During the project, Art with Heart collected feedback from the children at the start and end of each session to gather a better understanding about the impact from the project on the young people.
100% of young people said they enjoyed the project, 100% said they learnt something about filming and 93% feel more confident as a result of the project.
One participant said: “My mum will be so proud because this is the first time I have done something like this and she can watch it.”
Another said: “Performing in front of the camera made me feel good.”
Words used to describe the project included “surprising”, “happy” and “extraordinary.”
Watch the full impact video above.
55 people (friends and family) attended a special premiere evening to view the film, complete with popcorn of course!
They each got to walk the red carpet, watch their work on the big screen and receive a well-deserved Media Cubs ‘oscar’ award.
All of the content within the film such as the poetry, songs and dances were created by the children – they were given full creative control – watch their special film below.
Jodie Smith, project leader, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity to engage a group of young people by giving them the skills and confidence to create their very own piece of work which I hope they can look back on in years to come and feel very proud of themselves. It was brilliant to see their creativity and it also provided a talking point around what the children think is good about their community and what can be improved which is really important- young people should have a say too! Some of their responses within the film are really heart-warming.”

Claire Evans from 4CT said: “It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Art with Heart and Media Cubs on our video project.

“We commissioned them to work with our Newton Heath junior youth club on an arts and culture project – funded by our core grant from Manchester City Council as we wanted to do something where the children (aged 6-11) could produce something about where they live in the year of the child #OURYEAR2022

“Over three sessions the children learned writing, performing, interviewing and filming skills.

“Each child had a ‘press pass’ with their reporter name. We planned a premiere screening, complete with a mini red carpet and ‘Oscar’s’ and presented the film to parents.

“The children loved the process and the premiere and are already asking for repeat showings and when they can do Media Cubs again!

“Parents have shared the video link and are exceptionally proud of their children’s achievements!

“The project was incredibly positive, building skills and confidence and we would totally recommend Art with Heart and Media Cubs to other groups. Big thank you.”

Learn more about Media Cubs partnership work here or contact us at team@mediacubs.co.uk