Wide Angle Tasmania helps not-for-profits tell story

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TASMANIAN film industry experts are set to provide the Tasmanian not-for-profit sector with an opportunity to harness the power of video to help tell their stories.

Devised by Wide Angle Tasmania, ‘Films Work’ is a program that supports Tasmanian not-for-profits to use films for social change.

Wide Angle Tasmania’s executive director Abi Binning said support from the Tasmanian Community Fund meant participants could work with them to learn the best strategies to communicate their mission using films.

“We know that film making can be a powerful way to tell a story, using emotion to inform and build advocates for a cause,” she said.

“Social media and websites are a critical communication tool and although we have tight budgets, the not-for-profit sector can benefit from creating good video content.”

Over a two day workshop, participants will learn how to create inhouse videos to document their impact and create more engagement in print, on the web and through social media.

The fast, fun and information-packed workshop covers all the basics for not-for-profit leaders to use film for social change.

During the workshop, participants will start to formulate the strategy for using films within their organisations.

They will find out how to work with professional filmmakers to develop compelling stories that connect and engage their stakeholders.

Following the workshop, each organisation will receive six mentoring meetings designed to create an action plan and stay on track to implement their film strategy, which may include hosting a film screening, creating video content or developing a brief to produce a professional short film.

Tasmanian Community Fund Chair Sally Darke said the Films Work program was a fine example of the sector building capacity and knowledge to make more effective change for the future.

“We commend Wide Angle Tasmania for their vision for this project, as we know that there are Tasmanian not-for-profit organisations doing important work and we will all benefit more by knowing what that is,” she said.

“We are looking forward to watching the film work that comes from the program in the coming months.”

This opportunity is open to any small or medium not-for-profit organisation operating in Tasmania.

Each organisation is required to have two participants attend the workshop (this can include employees, board members or volunteers) who can commit time to develop and implement a strategy to use film in their organisation during 2021.

Applications to participate in the program are due on 10 June 2021.

For application forms or more information on Films Work, visit https://www.wideangle.org.au/films_work.

Wide Angle Tasmania (WAT) is a not-for-profit organisation with a long history of supporting Tasmanians to make films that reflect and shape Tasmanian culture.

WAT bridges a dynamic space where its services are used for education, employment and creative expression with a strong track-record of partnering to deliver projects that leverage resources and the community.

Their creative excellence has been recognised through international festival awards and screenings on ABC, SBS and online.

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