REcreative Film School

The Film school is a free annual programme for young filmmakers, aged 16 years and above, who are at the early stages of their careers and is particularly targeted at those who are under-represented or cannot afford similar training. The REcreative Film School launched in 2015 as a response to the need for a free programme which allows young filmmakers to gain essential work experience, increase their skills and gain confidence.

Taking place at the South London Gallery every autumn, the Film School enables participants to learn about documentary storytelling, film theory and practical ways of navigating the world of filmmaking with the support of various mentors, who are acclaimed professionals in the field. Past Film School Mentors have included Richard Platt, Dionne Walker, Evan Ifekoya, Lucy Clout, Mica Levi and Emiliano Battista.

The REcreative Film School runs at South London Gallery and compliments the South by South programme of innovative African cinema which includes quarterly film screenings and debates. Both South by South and the REcreative Film School are run in partnership with Film Africa.

The Programme

The open call is circulated during the summer months and offers a maximum of 20 places. During the programme you will be offered:

  • Five intensive Film School workshops which runs over five consecutive Saturdays throughout November and December 2019. The invited mentors deliver sessions on different areas of film making.
  • A public screening event curated by the students to premier their films in 2020 at the South London Gallery.
  • Follow up mentorships sessions facilitated by the SLG staff and external mentors after the end of the school programme.
  • Features on the REcreative online platform.

Former students have given positive feedback through conversation with the REcreative Editorial Board:

‘Thank you so so much! I am incredibly happy to be part of such a diverse group which I also think led to a very interesting and often very political discussions – I would like to keep this network together.’ – REcreative Film Student 2016

‘Patricipating in the REcreative Film School has 100% influenced my future plans – I have been uncertain about my future career and this course has had a huge impact on me; making me seriously consider a future career in documentary film.’ – REcreative Film School Student 2016

Our open call will be launched in summer 2019. To be kept up-to-date with Film School news, events and the application process, click here

Past Film School Programmes:

Class of 2015: Asad Ahmed, Awra Tewolde-Berhan, Faye Harvey, Giacomo Esposito, Halima Khanom, Irene Sola, Leonie Rousham, Mark Long, Molly Burn, Nima Shahmalekpur, Sam Douek, Sarah Saey, William Henley

Class of 2016: Kendra Chiagoro-Noel, Ander Arenaza, Yinka Aresa, Helen Haile, Yuan Jiaxin, Shama Khanna, Halema Khatun, Alisha McCarthy, Anna Merryfield, Memoona Naushahi, Ife Nwibe, Kate Paul, Margaux Portron, Ingrid Pumayalla, Shamica Ruddock, Umair Saeed.

Class of 2017: Hassan Abdulrazzak, Layla Azamoudeh-Tosifi, Baile Beyai, Seyi Bolarin, Jana Dahlawi, Ufuoma Essi, Steph Hargreaves, Usman Khan, Lucie Kordacova, Leticia Laxon, Laura Matilde Mannino, Hermione Mills, Shirhan Mohamed, Emir Nader, Mohammed Osman, Radha Patel, Lettie Precious, Ruby Waugh and Perri Wheeler.

Class of 2018: Joe Chalmers, Arnold Chukwu, Suzette Dorrielan, Cecilia Dumont, Andrew Finch, Abigail Holsborough, Daisy Jones, Swara Kadir, Sophie Morrison, Jeremy Ogunleye, Sophie Park, Ehssan Paydar, Miranda Peyton Jones, Motheo Ramphele, Soha Salem, Nathalie Seidl, Jamila Versi, Aileen Voit and Billy Wray.