The Film and Video Workshop is an educational charity founded in June 1997 by Simon Oatley. Our objective is the education of adults, children and young people in the art of film, video and other types of media. We aim to work particularly with those people who are in need by reason of disability, age or economic circumstance.
The company has grown steadily since its formation and is now the largest producer of child and young people directed moving image work in the United Kingdom. Many of the films we have helped produce have been shown in international film festivals and some have won prestigious awards. Each year we work with approximately 1000 film makers and produce some 300 films. Past clients include Tate modern, Tate Britain, The National Portrait Gallery, Arts Council, Film London, Film Council, Skillset, Cartoon Museum, Learning and Skills Council, Tribal Education, London Development Agency, ten of the London councils, BBC, Channel 4 and Nickelodeon. Recent premiere screenings have been held at the London Imax Cinema and the Odeon West End.
For the past 8 years we have been working to help young people stay engaged in schools through a number of projects. This work is based on providing media workshops and long term mentoring. Since 2007 we have successfully worked with around 75 schools and over 1200 young people, the majority of whom made measurable improvements to their lives.
The company is managed by an unpaid board of directors to whom we are very grateful for their long standing support. They are:
- Andy Doyle — Director of STA bikes
- Rob Humphreys — Author for Rough Guides (London, Scotland, Prague, Vienna +)
- Cary Bazalgette – Freelance media specialist (ex Head of Education at BFI)
- Brian Bench – Headteacher at Hungerford School
- Paul Callaghan – Manager at Discover Stratford (ex manager at filmworkshop for 7 years)
Our office is based in a purpose built media studio in the playground of Hungerford School, the majority of our work takes place off site. The building has full disabled access.