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Empowering Communities: Creating Change

Little Big Butterfly make exciting and socially responsible film and drama projects for youth and community groups, empowering individuals to become agents of social change.

We also deliver training facilitated by experienced qualified practitioners with creative arts skills.

Chloe is the latest film made by the Young Women's Film Academy. The film was made over a period of 6 months with young women aged 14-19 years from Newcastle and Gateshead. The project was delivered in partnership with Gateshead Young Women's Outreach Project and explores the theme of Courage.
INTO Film Sunderland Bluewatch
INTO Film provided funding to enable us to work with an amazing group of young people from Bluewatch Special Needs youth project in Sunderland to make a short film about their experiences of bullying and the importance of having a safe space to come to, with other young people.
INTO Film Byker YMCA
INTO Film provided funding to enable us to work with a group of young people from Byker to write and make their own film on the issues on their estate they worry about the most.
The Camel, The Yeti and the Untold Secret
Our latest Drama in the Academy project with Frederick Nattrass Primary Academy, Stockton. The school chose the option of having an accompanying film, it really does speak for itself.
The Mystery of Emily - An INTO Film Project
Children from Year 4 Walkergate Primary School made this 2 minute film with us as part of an INTO Film Project. The children shot the film themselves using the school's green screen and had lots of fun!
North Tyneside Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Film
Children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities talk about the realities of their lives living in North Tyneside.
City Equals Education Health Care Plan Film
Young people from City Equals worked with our creative team including drama worker, script writer and film maker to create their own piece of theatre for an awareness raising event in Sunderland. The piece was then filmed to be used as an educational resource within the local area.
Drama in the Academy Showreel
Drama in the Academy is a unique bespoke theatre residency aimed at Academy Schools in the North East. Offering children and learners an alternative education option has enabled students to gain confidence, skills and be more work ready when leaving school - moving onto education progression in the media and arts sector.
Young Women's Film Academy Showreel
Our fantastic Young Women's Film Academy has big ambitions!
Headliners: Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Project
Headliners commissioned us to work with a group of young people from Newcastle Bridges School to produces a film which explores the new Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Reforms. The film captures the views and experiences of children, young people and their families living in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Stories from our Sisters in Sunderland
This film captures the stories of the women that participated in a heritage and migration project focussed on their journeys to Sunderland from different parts of the world.
A little film with a lot of heart. Zara explores a young girls dream to take a different path...
Rights Here Right Now
Rights Here, Right Now Are a group of young people in Newcastle passionate about raising awareness of issues affecting themselves and other young people with disabilities. This film explores these issues.
Username is an E-safety film made by young people for young people supported by Whitley Bay Partnership of Schools in North Tyneside. Its Ace.
Northumberland Youth Beach Council
Young people from Northumberland, promoting the Youth Beach Council through film. Youth Beach Council Film
Life and Times of the Incas
Life and Times of the Incas is a short film made by children from a primary school in Gateshead, exploring the theme of the Incas as part of a First Light in the Classroom project.
Short film made by young people from Cramlington alternative education programme, exploring crime and consequences.
Torn Together
An emotive short film exploring the mother/daughter relationship in modern Britain as seen and told through the eyes and voices of young female carers aged 12-19. Using music, re-enactments and drama, young women struggle to make sense of their mother’s mental illness and the invisible impact it has on their relationship.
Lizzie’s Story
A collaboration between one of our visual artists Kate Sweeney, Open Clasp Theatre Company and SECOS Recovery Project in Middlesbrough. The project explored prostitution through workshops where women devised and performed scenes that related directly to their own life experiences. The workshops were filmed, animated and edited into this harrowing, beautiful and frank film. lizzies-story
Newcastle Slutwalk
Short film documenting the Newcastle Slutwalk 2011. A response to the worldwide march against victim-blaming that began as a result of a statement made by a member of the Toronto Police that said not to dress like a “Slut”, if you do not want to be raped.
The Beauty Myth
Digital Arts Project, Northumberland Youth Service. Young women explored how images of beauty are manipulated by the media.
Forum Theatre Youth Project
Forum Theatre Youth Project, Newcastle Pupil Referral Unit. Young people explore the theme of conflict using Forum Theatre working with leading Forum Theatre practitioners from Cardboard Citizens.

Latest News

We are delighted to have been shortlisted for a Children and Young People Now Award! The Young Women's Film Academy has been nominated under the Arts and...
Over the summer groups of young people are learning how to engage with older people in their communities and families, learning about their lives and important...
Watch this years beautiful film Chloe, a girl with courage made by the Young Women's Film Academy and screened at the Tyneside Cinema.