Beacon Films

Beacon Films | Viewfinder

Beacon Films: film production services in Newcastle upon Tyne, North East England

Developing Professional Skills

Viewfinder is a talent development programme for filmmakers with learning disabilities, autism and additional needs.

Between 2015 - 2018, Viewfinder was funded by Spirit of 2012 and Sir James Knott Trust. Click here to be told the Story So Far!

Starting again in January 2019, we are delighted that Viewfinder has received more funding from Spirit of 2012, the Newcastle Fund, the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and the Joyce Trust, so we can run it until the end of 2021.

Here’s what will be happening in our new Viewfinder programme and please click here to get in touch if you are interested in joining up!

  1. You will begin by taking part in eight alternate Saturday morning sessions where you will work on your own and other people’s film projects and develop your creative and digital skills.

  2. We will help you to start or join self led groups that will run alongside the Saturday morning sessions and focus on particular areas of film (e.g. vlogging, film screenings etc).

  3. As you come to the end of your Saturday morning sessions, we will help you to organise a Skills Tap event where you will present your films and the skills you’ve developed to invited guests, including local businesses and organisations.

  4. Using the connections you make at the Skills Tap events, we will help you to use your film skills on work experience and volunteering placements outside Beacon Films.

  5. We want to try out different ways to support you (if necessary) to do this work experience / volunteering. This will include:

    1. Buddying schemes, where someone comes with you to support you on your placement.

    2. Group volunteering, where you volunteer as a group and support each other.

    3. Signposting you to other organisations that can help you volunteer or do work experience that uses your creative and digital skills.

  6. Esmee Fairbairn Foundation is supporting Bespoke: a programme within Viewfinder that will support those members who face the biggest barriers to participation in volunteering placements. Through Bespoke, we will work with a small number of members alongside people and organisations in their lives, to design volunteering and deeper participation opportunities that tap into their film passions. We will also find out and share how the people and organisations involved in the project can continue to tap into these creative abilities once the project is over.

  7. We will be running regular online portfolio workshops to help you chart all your progress and achievements, and create a professional online portfolio of your work.

To find out more:

Check Viewfinder’s Story So Far by clicking here

Get in touch with us by clicking here

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Viewfinder is supported by Spirit of 2012: a funding charity, established by the Big Lottery Fund with a £47m endowment from the National Lottery. Spirit was founded to continue and recreate the spirit of pride, positivity and social connectedness that people experienced during the London 2012 Games. Spirit funds projects that bring people together – to learn something new, do something different, or experience something unique – and that leave behind a social legacy of increased wellbeing at an individual level, as well as happier and more connected communities. For more information as well as up-to-date news on all Spirit’s projects and funding opportunities, go to