The Young Women's Film Academy is passionate in promoting and encouraging girls and young women to develop skills and interests in the film industry through exploration of challening issues. The academy operate a Saturday Club where girls and young women aged 12+ meet to make films and learn new skills in a relaxed comfortable all female environment and also an outreach programme. The outreach programme works with a core group of young women from the local community to explore an issue pertinent to that group through film, supported by an all female mentor team. Each project is funded through a variety of grants and sponsors.
Recent projects include:
'Happy Hearts Beware' (2018) an animation project made by the Saturday Club working with Lesley Ann Rose.
'Lexi, Jo and Amy' (2017) an outreach film project exploring abuse in teenage relationships, commissoned by Northumberland Domestic Abuse Service and commisioned through Tyne and Wear community Foundation and Police Crime Commissioner.
'Chloe' (2016) which is funded through The Big Lottery. The project is being delivered in partnership with the Young Women's Outreach Project based in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.
Other recent film projects include; a mini project exploring child sex exploitation, where we worked with The Children's Society and their Scarpa Squad who created a film called 'Unheard Voices:Our Stories'. This film was completed in June 2015. ‘The Impossible Dream’ in partnership with North Tyneside Youth Service and funded by First Light, culminated in a short film called ‘Zara’ which was premiered in July 2013.
The girls involved in the project work with industry professionals including Ex-Emmerdale actor Charlie Hardwick who had this to say about Zara; ‘”I was so impressed with this vibrant group of young women from such diverse backgrounds, working so positively and creatively together. They are funny, bright and passionate and with the help of Clara and her colleagues, have produced a lovely, thought-provoking little film with a big heart. What an invigorating and inspiring project. More more more”.
Previous projects include “Torn Together” (2010) a film about young carers and their mothers supported by Barnardos.
The Young Women's Film Academy was awarded Charitable status in August 2018.