At YFA, we passionately believe in the transformative power of filmmaking to positively impact the lives of marginalised young people.
YFA regularly partners with charities, local authorities and organizations working with NEETs, as well as Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) across the UK, to deliver award-winning filmmaking courses and programmes.
YFA is actively looking for partner charities for further film projects with disadvantaged young people. Please contact us if you think your organisation would be interested in partnership.
Since 2005, Young Film Academy has partnered with national charity Fairbridge to run practical filmmaking programmes with NEET young people from centres in London and Kent.
These films have been screened at the Ritzy Cinema (Brixton), The ICA (Pall Mall), IMAX Cinema (Waterloo) and BFI Southbank and won awards including First Light, BFI Future Film Festival and Film Nation Awards.
YFA is actively looking for partner charities for further film projects with disadvantaged young people.
Check out our videos tab to see films produced by YFA with NEET young people.
YFA delivers Summer Uni filmmaking courses as part of the UNITAS SUMMER ARTS PROGRAMME in partnership with Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) across the UK.
Typically 10-15 days in length, these courses can be Arts Award Accredited (Bronze) by arrangement.
Our partners over the past year have included Leicester Youth Offending Team, the London Borough of Southwark and the Youth Justice Board.
YFA provide all the filmmaking equipment and facilitators who are highly experienced in working with young people within the prison justice system. YFA works closely with the YOT to deliver a high quality course with measurable outcomes.
Previous YFA films made with NEETs and Young Offenders have played in venues including Ritzy Cinema (Brixton), The ICA (Pall Mall), Odeon Cinema (Leicester Square) IMAX Cinema (Waterloo) and BFI Southbank.
First Light Award Nominee, 2008,
Film Nation Short Awards Finalist, 2010
Winner Film Nation Short Awards Film of the Month, 2010
How to Be a Badman
Winner Best Film (15-18yrs), Flipside Film Festival 2010.
Nominated Best Drama (15-18yrs), BFI Future Film Festival 2011.
The Truth Behind the Rhyme
Runner Up, Flipside Film Festival 2010, BFI South Bank
YFA excel themselves in producing moving, funny and interesting documentaries that appeal to a much wider audience than those who might ordinarily be interested in youth filmmaking.
Fairbridge has worked in partnership with Young Film Academy since 2006. Filmmaking courses have become an integral part of the programme of activities that we offer to young people, providing a powerful medium for young people to uncover and explore issues that are important to them, develop practical filmmaking skills as well as work on key personal and social skills that underpin the courses. For many young people these courses have provided a very important step in their development as they move on to a positive outcome such as re-engaging back into education, further training or employment.
What a great course! This filmmaking course was viewed as a huge achievement for Leicester City YOS in terms of overall outcomes. The YFA tutor created a great learning environment for young people who are often viewed as very difficult to engage. There was a real sense of achievement from the young people who were awarded for their achievement at an awards ceremony at the Y Theatre in Leicester (courtesy of Leicester YMCA). The YFA tutor attended this event and was able to share in the jubilation of the young people along with YOS staff and parents/relatives. We would definitely recommend this to others!