BFI Film Club Blackpool

Want to make your own films and see them on the big screen?

We’re looking for 15 budding filmmakers aged 12-15 yrs living in Blackpool to take part in Blackpool’s first BFI film club.

  • A filmmaking group for 12-15 year olds.
  • 6 April 2021 – 19 June 2021
  • 10 sessions and a showcase event

You’ll learn how films are made and with help from our industry professionals you’ll try your hand at lots of different skills including scriptwriting, model-making, filming on location, cinematography and video editing.

Your final film will be shown at a big showcase event and you’ll be able to invite all your friends and family.

Sessions also include workshops from Aardman Animations as well as a cinema trip. Plus, you’ll receive cinema vouchers when you screen your film at the final showcase event.

This is a great opportunity to try out creative filming techniques using a variety of kit. With plenty of expert guidance, you’ll pick up some handy skills that will make your films stand out, whether you’re completely new to filmmaking or pretty experienced.

The sessions will run from Tuesday 8 April (Easter Holidays) to Saturday 19 June 2021 and will are supported by qualified youth workers from the Magic Club Blackpool.

Session Dates

  • Tues 6 April,  ONLINE
  • Thurs 8 April, ONLINE
  • Weds 21 April,  ONLINE
  • Weds 5 May, ONLINE
  • Weds 12 May,  ONLINE
  • Sat 22 May
  • Sat 29 May
  • Tues 1 June
  • Thurs 3 June
  • Sat 12 June
  • Sat 19 June

If we can’t carry out face-to-face sessions due to covid, they will be held online. We will provide the necessary resources.

Face to face sessions (22 May onwards) will run from 10am – 1pm, you’re also welcome to stay for lunch which runs from 1-2pm.

How do I sign up?


The deadline for applications is midnight on Monday 5 April 2021.

What will I get out of it?

By taking part in the BFI Film Club, you’ll:

  • Explore all aspects of hands-on filmmaking helping you to develop your practical knowledge and skills working alongside industry professionals who are respected practitioners in their field.
  • Work with other young people to make new films that will be screened at a big showcase event.
  • Meet industry experts such as directors, writers, costume makers.
  • Watch a range of films and gain a real insight into the exciting world of cinema. Finding out what skills and experience you need to be part of the future film industry.
  • Become part of the BFI Film Club Alumni and access exclusive opportunities, advice and professional development after the course has finished.

Who can join?

To join the club you must:

  • Be aged 12–15 years old on the first day of the course
  • Be based in Blackpool
  • Have an interest in filmmaking
  • Be able to commit to the duration of the course (11 sessions between Tuesday 6 April to Saturday 19 June 2021).

Where is it?

The first five sessions will take part online. We will send you any materials needed for you to take part in the activities. The following sessions will be delivered face-to-face at The Old Electric on Springfield Road, Blackpool. There will also be visits to the cinema and to special filming locations – you will receive details on sign up.

Is it expensive?

This activity is free for young people living in Blackpool.
There is also additional help for those that need it:

  • We provide a sandwich lunch at our face-to-face sessions
  • We have a small fund available for transport costs, e.g. bus fares

Questions?

Please email us!

This film club is hosted by Aunty Social CIC, with youth worker support from the Magic Club and film tutors from Blackpool School of Arts (Film Studies). Our activity venue is The Old Electric

This is a British Film Institute Film Club. This project is supported by the BFI and funded by the National Lottery and DCMS.

Job Opportunity

Aunty Social is seeking staff to support their upcoming BFI-supported Young Filmmakers Club.

This spring, we’re launching a new club that will support 15 budding filmmakers aged 12-15 yrs. They’ll learn how films are made and try out lots of different skills including scriptwriting, model-making, filming on location, cinematography and video editing. Their final film will be shown at a big showcase event for friends and family.

We’re recruiting the following roles:

Film Club Assistant

Expected time commitment: 
10 half day (5 hour) sessions and a showcase event between 30 March 2021 and  19 June 2021. 

Pay
£9.50 per hour
Total 50 hours
PAYE

Location 
The Old Electric, Springfield Road, Blackpool
The Magic Club
If coronavirus restrictions do not allow physical sessions, we will host the sessions online (via Zoom)

Film Club Coordinator

Expected time commitment: 
1 day per week (7.5 hours)

Pay
£11 per hour
Total 82.5 hours
PAYE

Location
Working from home
Occasional Blackpool town centre meetings (if coronavirus restrictions allow).

The roles are to start week commencing 22 March 2021, please note that the start/end dates may alter slightly depending on Coronavirus safety restrictions.
Please see the Role Descriptions for detailed information. 

If you are interested, please submit a CV and either:

  • a short covering letter explaining why you would like the role and how you meet the requirements; OR
  • A  link to a short video explaining why you would like the role and how you meet the requirements

Please send your application email to [email protected] 

Closing date: 12 noon Friday 12 March 2021

If you have any questions please email [email protected]

We will acknowledge receipt of your application.

Short interviews will take place between 5:30pm and 7pm on Tuesday 16 March and Wednesday 17 March 2021.

Model Making Workshop with Aardman Animations: Shaun the Sheep

Join an expert model maker from Aardman Animations for a fun, hands-on clay modelling workshop. 

About this Event

At this online session, you’ll discover how to make your very own model of Shaun the Sheep – The unusually bright and clever sheep who lives at Mossy Bottom farm. 

Budding animators will also get a rare chance to ask questions about the tricks of the trade straight from the Aardman studio and learn about the animation process involved in the making of their award winning films.

This online model making workshop will take place on Zoom. One of Aardman’s expert model makers will guide you through the workshop as you create your very own Shaun the Sheep character out of modelling clay.

Types of ticket

You can choose from the following:

  • Workshop (stream) only: You only need 1 of these per household/screen – £10

If you live in a FY postcode area, you can order clay kits that contain everything you need for the workshop. These will be hand delivered (contactless) and are only available to households in FY postcode areas:

  • Online Workshop with clay kit for 1 person – £12.50
  • Online Workshop with clay kit for 2 people – £15
  • Online Workshop with clay kit for 3 people – £17.50
  • Online Workshop with clay kit for 4 people – £20

If you are ordering a kit, you will need to place your order by Friday 12 February so that we can prepare and deliver your kit in time for the workshop. You can book the workshop only ticket up until 1 hour before the event.

We have a limited number of free spaces for those with low incomes. For more information on these, please see the FAQ section below.

FAQs

Q: Is there an age restriction for this activity?

A: This event is most suitable for ages 7 years+. 

Q: Can anyone order a kit?

A: The clay kits are only available to households in FY postcode areas. We’re Blackpool based and our volunteer delivery drivers will not be able to deliver further afield.

Q: I don’t live in an FY postcode, where can I order the materials?

A: You will need to purchase materials for your household in advance of the workshop. Please buy these as soon as possible, bearing in mind delivery times for online orders. The materials you will need per person are:

  • White clay: 130g
  • Black clay: 70g
  • Toothpicks x 5
  • Worksheet (we will send this to you upon registration)
  • Baby wipes or a flannel / towel (to clean hands with when switching from black to white clay)

For the clay, we recommend using Newplast, but other types of modelling clay will be fine too (e.g. Fimo, Play-Doh, Plasticine). You can buy Newplast from Cowling & Wilcox, Hobbycraft or Fred Aldous. Our local supplier ArtDiscount currently has a  30% off discount offer on Fimo at the moment too.

There are also recipes online where you can make your own clay out of household ingredients, if you are feeling particularly creative!

Q: What do I get in the kit?

A: You will receive everything that you need to take part in the workshop, this includes specialist modelling clay.

About the online workshop

Q: Will anyone be able to see me during the workshop?

A: No, we will run the workshop using the Zoom webinar format. This will automatically switch off your camera and microphone. While you will be able to see the model maker giving the demonstration, the model maker won’t be able to see you. You also won’t be able to see any of the other participants.

Q: Can I Ask Questions?

A: You will be able to ask questions via the Chat tool. Please feel free to ask questions / make comments throughout the workshop. Likewise, if you need anything to be repeated please do let us know!

Bursaries

Model Making Workshop with Aardman Animations: Shaun the SheepWe have a limited number of free places available for people on low incomes living in FY postcode areas. If you would like to request one of these ticket, please complete this short form. You will be asked to upload a photo/scan of evidence of your low income such as mean-tested benefit or free school meals.

Watch out, there’s a Foodbank Monster about…

Our Knittaz With Attitude have been busy making a colourful foodbank donation point monster for Blackpool Food Bank.

This woolly beastie is at Morrisons Squires Gate in Blackpool.

Staff say that foodbank donations are up and the kids love the “Om, nom, nom, burp and SLUUUUUURP!” sounds.

We have another monster at big ASDA on Cherry Tree Road and 2 more on the way, so watch this space…

Foodbank Monster at ASDA Cherry Tree Rd, Blackpool.
Photo from Adrian Pritchard

Mini Makers

Children’s Art & Craft time in Blackpool!

Check out our new project with Mint & Mamma and Betterstart Blackpool for children aged 0-4 years.We’re delivering art and craft packs to your doorstep alongside online tutorials:

We’ve created a series of craft kits to deliver to families, so that they can have their own art sessions in the comfort and safety of their own homes.

Each kit will contain:

  • All the materials needed to carry out the activity
  • Step by step instructions
  • A link to online video tutorials for those with a more visual learning style or those who may struggle with literacy.

We’re looking for 25 children to receive 1 pack a week over a 4 week period. There will be a mix of crafty activities, all of which are suitable for very young children. You’ll be invited to join a Facebook group so that you can chat to other parents, share your tiny person’s artwork and give us some feedback on the activities.

The packs (and delivery) are free, but places are limited so make sure that you sign up.

***SIGN UP NOW CLOSED***

Sorry you’ve missed this one 🙁

At the moment, packs will be distributed to families that live in these Blackpool wards:

  • Bloomfield
  • Brunswick
  • Claremont
  • Clifton
  • Park
  • Talbot
  • Victoria

World Book Night 2021: I will not be erased

Aunty is giving away 80 free copies of “I will not be erased” Our stories about growing up as people of colour, by Gal-dem to celebrate World Book Night on Friday 23 April 2021. 

We wanted to be a free book distributor because we love reading and storytelling. A lot of people that have taken part in our projects don’t regularly read for pleasure. Not everyone has access to books, especially people on very low incomes, and especially those who have been shielding over lockdown.

Copies of “I will not be erased” will be available to people in the Blackpool and Fylde Coast area. We’re also going to donate a copy to Blackpool Libraries, so people who miss out on the giveaway can access it through their free lending service.

We hope that World Book Night will inspire more people to read for pleasure, and give people who enjoy reading an opportunity to discover something new.

How do I get a book?

In the first instance, we’re offering the books to people who we know who do not usually have access to them.

The introduction to the book says “There is something in each of these essays that will speak to anyone who has ever wondered what they might say to their younger self…But it is our hope that these essays will especially speak to those of us from marginalised backgrounds…”.

As we have first hand experience of not seeing ourselves represented in books, comics, TV or film, we understand how important it is to get these books out to people who may be feeling the same way. We’re making the most of our diverse networks to make sure that these touching books go to people who will really love them.

” If you are a person of colour, growing up in a place where who you are doesn’t fit the bill of ‘how/what you ought to be’ READ THIS.”
Review from The Artisan Geek

You can still sign up for a book after World Book Night.
We’ll only close the registration form when we run out of copies.

Remember to check back here for the link!

About

the book

“I Will Not Be Erased”
Our stories about growing up as people of colour
By gal-dem


Fourteen joyous, funny and life-affirming essays from gal-dem, the award-winning magazine created by young women and non-binary people of colour.

gal-dem, the award-winning online and print magazine, is created by women and non-binary people of colour. In this thought-provoking and moving collection of fourteen essays, gal-dem’s writers use raw material from their teenage years – diaries, poems and chat histories – to give advice to their younger selves and those growing up today. gal-dem have been praised by the Guardian for being “the agents of change we need”, and these essays tackle important subjects including race, gender, mental health and activism, making this essential reading for any young person. “A radical, beautiful, world-changing collection of writing that we all need to read.” Scarlett Curtis, Feminists Don’t Wear Pink

Categories: Non-Fiction
For readers aged: 14+

We do have an optional donate option and all donations will be used to support Aunty’s creative activities.

Heritage Action Zone: Calling artists, creatives and organisations on the Fylde Coast

Are you an Artist, creative or arts organisation on the Fylde Coast?

If so, this is your chance to take part in new research to inform Blackpool Council’s Heritage Action Zone.

The research aims to understand what creative skills and resources are available in the area and ensure that artists don’t miss out on opportunities to be commissioned as part of the project.

We’re leading the research on behalf of the council along with our partners Abingdon Studios and are encouraging as many people as possible to take part.

Everyone who takes part in the survey will have the option to opt in to a draw to win one of three £100 cash prizes.

The survey takes around 15-20 minutes to complete and is open for responses until Sunday February 28.

Following the survey, we will will carry out detailed interviews with some local artists & creatives to take a closer look at their needs and finally provide a report to the council.

About HAZ

The Blackpool Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) is a £1m project funded jointly by Blackpool Council, Historic England and the Department of Culture Media and Sport focused specifically on using built and cultural heritage to revitalise the high street.

The first strand of the project is all about improving streetscapes through improving the condition of historic buildings. This part of the HAZ builds on the success of the ongoing Quality Corridors project, which has focused on new pavements and road surfaces as well as a £1.5m shopfront replacement scheme on Deansgate, Topping Street and Edward Street. As part of this we’ll be restoring some if the Victorian shopfronts to the church street elevation of the Winter Gardens, putting back the Art Deco frontage of 28 Topping Street and restoring part of the Former Black’s building on Edward Street. In partnership with the Quality Corridors project, we’ll also be creating a creative cooperative hub at No. 28 Topping Street to provide local artists and creatives with a place to sell their work and run workshops and events. The work at the former Blacks building on Edward Street will also form the first phase of creating live/work units for creatives.

The second strand of the project is a bid for £120k to create a programme of cultural events to bring new offers to the high street and new reasons to visit it. Blackpool’s bid contains proposals for street markets (crafts/farmers/flea/specialist) using empty shops for film screening and performances well as heritage events and walks.

KWA: Blackpool Foodbank Project

Get knitting lads!

Attention #KnittazWithAttitude! We need you to help us with som lockdown knitting and crocheting. We’re after squares and strips for a wonderfully weird and woolly project that we’ve got on the go with Blackpool Food Bank.

It’s all a bit ‘secret treehouse’ at the moment so we can’t tell you too many details here, but if you fancy helping, drop us a message either by email or via Facebook message.

Loving live-streamed life drawing

As you might already know, we hosted a live-streamed life drawing session for The Big Draw with performance artist Harry Clayton-Wright. On the night, we welcomed 20 artists to the session and to cut a long story story short, we had an absolute blast! It was funny, camp, laid-back… Just a lovely experience.

A Zoom like no other!

We hope to put on more sessions and are just getting our heads around the logistics of hosting this regularly. We believe in paying artists fairly for their work, so we need to do some sums to make sure that we can continue to do this.

Amazing drawings shared on Instagram.

The Big Draw: Live Streamed Life Drawing

Get settled in for an evening of life drawing with performance artist Harry Clayton-Wright.

What to expect
Join us for a life drawing featuring a variety of poses from Blackpool-based performanced artist Harry Clayton-Wright live streamed from Bootleg Social in Blackpool. We’ll start the session with some quick ‘warm-up’ poses, then try some longer poses where you can really get stuck in.

Expect to see improvised props and costume accessories that highlight this year’s festival theme #ClimateOfChange. There will be a playlist of songs to accompany the drawing session as well as some commentary from the artist.

This is an untutored session, so you’ll be left to get on with your drawing although advice will be available through the Zoom chat function.
This event is for anyone who loves to draw, as well as those who think they can’t!
Please note that this session does not feature full nudity.

What do I need?
Some paper and a pen or pencil is all you really need to take part. You can also work with pastels, charcoal or any other materials you want to try. We recommend you watch on a desktop and go full-screen if you can, to get the best possible view of the model.

 

Cost
Access to live stream: £3
Access to live stream + drawing kit: %5
Must be booked before Thurday 22 October to allow time for postage.
Pack includes a free sketchbook, pencil, eraser, pencil sharpener, Big Draw Stickers and a Big Draw artist certificate.

 

Housekeeping
Poses: Harry will make small movements to speak to you and to maintain circulation.
The organiser will also ask you if they you are happy with the pose and that is the time to make observations.
If you would like to speak to the model, please go through the organiser, using the chat function.
There will be some short breaks for the model and a 10 minute comfort break for everyone at 8pm.
Share your work
We would love, love, love to see your work so please share it on social media using the hashtag #BigGreenDrawBPL and tagging @_AuntySocial_

 

For full details, visit the Eventbrite ticket page.

 

Photos of Harry by Rosie Powell & Eivind Hansen.

Mini Makers BPL: Activity 4, printing on fabric

This week we will be
⭐️printing on fabric using rollers and sponge dabbers⭐️. You’ll get a nice big canvas tote bag and a pencil case in your pack, so your tiny folk can keep all of their art kit nice and tidy.

Notes

  • If you do get paint on clothes or furnishings use soapy water to remove as soon as you can.
  • Fabric paint can take a while to dry. Once it’s touch dry (in about an hour) you’ll need to iron on the reverse of the fabric to fix it. If you don’t want to iron it, you just need to leave it to fix for 2 to 3 days.

You can download the step-by-step instructions here.

Here’s the video tutorial…

Happy Crafting!!!