Freehand –

Young People's Programme

Liverpool & Wem, Shropshire

Freehand; the Young People's Programme at FACT is delighted to be collaborating with Wem Town Hall and MediaActive to delve into the world of young people's audience development.

    Louise Latter, Young People’s Programmer at FACT, Liverpool talks us through their new joint initiative with Wem Town Hall, Shropshire

    Freehand; the Young People’s Programme at FACT is delighted to be collaborating with Wem Town Hall & MediaActive to delve into the world of young people’s audience development. Both partners have extensive experience in managing Young People’s Film literacy and filmmaking programmes, the project will harness this experience as well as give the opportunity to compare and contrast similar programmes in different contexts (urban and rural).

    In May 2014 Freehand, FACT’s young peoples programme started preparations for a Young People’s Film Festival. FLAG Film Festival was held over 3 days for 31st July-2nd August and showcased specially selected events, workshops and screenings. The young people involved in the festival produced a short documentary of their experiences- see below. 

    At the Shropshire end, the Adventures Young Programmers have been meeting on a weekly basis, exploring specialised film and thinking about new ways to stimulate interest by young people in trying something “un-hollywood” as well as making use of their local, rural cinema venues. They have helped to shape a special “Introduction to World Cinema” event, aimed at village hall promoters, and have piloted a young persons specialised cinema offer at Wem Town Hall that will be further tested over the coming weeks by trialling different set ups including indoor picnic screenings!!

    Pop up screenings (in unusual places –on the High Street and local supermarket) include the showcasing of a series of animated documentaries made by local young people, and over the next couple of weeks we will involve a further 20 young people, recruited from across North and Mid Shropshire, who will engage in the project as production teams, focussing on film festival and marketing/brand development.

    Another group of young people have been exploring archive film, looking at MACE and the Imperial War Museum archives, and have been working on short films that commemorate WW1, using archive film, animation and live action.



    A cold Saturday in March saw the culmination of six months of work for Freehand Film Club. As part of Film Hub NWC (partnering with Adventures in Alternative Cinema – MediaActive) we work with 13 to 19 year olds to explore specialised cinema encouraging young people across Merseyside to delve into the amazing world of film and the wealth of more alternative choices.
    Following on from FLAG World Cinema film festival that was based at FACT last year, the film club wanted to get out and about into a more public realm, offering free opportunities for young people to enjoy cinema. Many families struggle to visit the cinema because of the cost and so we wanted to offer a fun and welcoming atmosphere at no cost to the audience. Here’s a short doc on their pop up cinema: