Professional Filmmakers Wanted Now

Are you an experienced TV or film director with a bit of time to do something really useful? Well, the Media Trust needs you.

The Media Trust basically puts media people in touch with charities who need help with various things, such as writing press releases, making short promotional films, advising on marketing, selling feature ideas, sourcing celebrity sponsors and etc. Right now they are involved in a new initiative in partnership with Sainsburys to make short quality films for a good cause.

Here’s the information:

Media Trust has partnered with Sainsbury’s and is about to launch its seventh series of Untold Stories, a national initiative that matches professional filmmakers with small charities to create short, high quality films.

We are currently looking for professional filmmakers wanting to offer their skills and expertise to produce films for our selected charities.

The scheme is open for applications to charities, not-for-profits or voluntary organisations with an annual turnover of less than £2 million. The short films produced, which can be up to five minutes in length, will be available for the charities to use as promotional tools and will be broadcast on national television channel, Community Channel as part of the Untold Stories series.

“Making a charity film has been an amazing experience and a unique opportunity to volunteer my skills and expertise to something worth while. I’ve gained a greater understanding of the charity and voluntary sector and will also benefit from adding this new angle to my CV and show-reel.” Amanda Whittington, Volunteer Filmmaker

“Volunteer Filmmaking is an amazing opportunity for both charities and filmmakers to work together to tell inspiring stories… It is also brilliant to be connected to a charity who was keen to make a film – often as a director/producer hunting for great and keen contributors takes a long time, and to be able to work with a charity with so much knowledge, passion and access to great characters, who are already excited about making a film, is fantastic” Lyndsey Dryden, Freelance Filmmaker

 “The Untold Stories project was a fantastic opportunity for me as a filmmaker to work on a creative project with a charity that I was interested in. I enjoyed having all the support and structure from the Media Trust with production packs and guidelines, delivery dates and an executive producer so I could primarily concentrate on making the best film possible.”  Matthew Hopkins, Freelance Filmmaker, Progress Films.

Phil Burton, from Herefordshire Nature Trust said: “From start to finish our experience with Media Trust’s Untold Stories scheme has shown us the true power of the use of moving images for conveying your organisation’s message in an engaging and influential way.  The filmmakers we were assigned were simply marvellous and their enthusiasm, knowledge, contact network, creativity and dynamism really helped shape and produce a film that was worthy of network broadcasting.  The response to the film so far has been overwhelmingly positive.”

Now in its seventh year, Untold Stories has produced more than 150 films for small charities working in a wide range of areas including disability, youth, community conflict, race relations, sport, arts and the environment and the equivalent of £1,250,000 has been donated in time and resources by the media industry.

Untold Stories is run by Media Trust in partnership with Sainsbury’s with the aim of supporting small community organisations and encourage volunteering in the film and television industry.

Applications for the scheme are open until Friday 20th October 2011.

For further information please contact Sarina Gascon at Media Trust on 020 7871 5616 or

For further information and an application form, visit

or call Volunteer Filmmaking on 020 7217 3628 or email


This particular project – Untold Stories – is only open to experienced professionals. 

Now, I have no doubt there are plenty of media graduates out there capable of helping a charity with their projects but the Media Trust point out they generally take on volunteers with a minimum of 2 years experience in media. They do however suggest there can be opportunities that arise for less experienced people like students, for example helping a more experienced filmmaker on a project or even filming a small event. It all depends on the requests that come through.

If you want information about volunteering generally with Media Trust generally check this link

About Media Trust

Media Trust is a national charity that believes everyone should have a voice and the opportunity to be heard. We work with media organisations and charities to enhance their communications and enable communities to find their voice. We own and run Community Channel, the UK’s only national channel to be run by a charity. Media Trust corporate members BBC, Channel 4, Daily Mail and General Trust, Discovery Networks Europe, Elmwood, Google, Guardian Media, IPC Media, ITV plc, MTV Networks UK and Ireland, News International, OMD, Sky, Warner Bros. and WPP.  Go to

About Community Channel

Community Channel is dedicated to engaging people with the charitable and voluntary sector, showcasing stories and issues that inspire action and encourage involvement.  Broadcasting original shows, the best of terrestrial TV and showcasing the work of new directors and community programme-makers, Community Channel is the place for real-life stories from communities around the world.  The channel is broadcast 24 hours a day on Sky 539 and Virgin TV 233.  Community Channel is a Media Trust initiative,




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