Kent Film Foundation is bringing back its free film clubs in October and will be hosting a special screening event this month.
Kent Film Foundation began as a not-for-profit arm of a film production company based in Thanet when a group of filmmakers attached a training element to a series of feature film shoots. This successfully fed talented young people through and into entry level film industry jobs, film school, universities and drama schools for those interested in careers in media.
One of the filmmakers, Jan Dunn founded Kent Film Foundation with charitable status in 2010 in the hope of hiring professional filmmakers to mentor young people in film workshops that would be free to participants.
Covid caused physical closure of the workshops but there was but a successful online covid film festival.
Organisers took the past year off so the team could concentrate on the pursuit of acquiring the Granville Theatre in partnership with five other arts community groups. This eventually was sold to another venture and so Kent Film Foundation members have used the last 12 months to raise the funds once more to run the workshops.
Launch film event
The public screening launch will show KES (PG) a film by Ken Loach on Monday 25th September at St Luke’s Church Hall, Hollincondane Road, Ramsgate, Doors Open: 6.30pm.
To book visit the website www.kentfilmfoundation.co.uk
The weekly youth film clubs resume from October 2 and will also run at St Luke’s Church Hall. There will also be a monthly Doc club, screening the best of contemporary documentaries in partnership with Ramsgate International Film Festival.
If you are a young person or know of a young person who might be interested in finding out more or joining the film clubs the team will give a short talk to accompany a launch film screening at St Luke’s Church on Monday September 25, 6.30pm – 8.30pm.
Film workshops are open to all young teenagers regardless of experience and if they are simply interested in watching and talking about films, the foundation is also running a Young Programmers initiative with the Ramsgate International Film Festival.
The New Talent film club is open to any teenagers ages 14-19 but there are also specific clubs aimed at teenage girls and an LGBT youth aged 16-19.
Workshop with Keith Ross
By application only the foundation will also be running a bespoke free Wildlife & Nature film workshop for young people aged 16 – 25 who are genuinely interested in wildlife and nature, filming, camera, editing, researching or presenting.
This will be hosted by local wildlife photographer Keith Ross who contributes to the BBC’s Countryfile and Springwatch. This club is open to anyone from South east Kent who is seriously interested in working in the field of wildlife/nature as a career.
Find the application form and more details about the film clubs at https://kentfilmfoundation.co.uk/