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“Train2Film2GainSkillUPS” and “Learn2Film2Earn” free film skills and employment courses begun in the autumn of 2016 have just been completed with a public screening of the students’ training film ‘jilted’ at the Institute of Imagination Vauxhall. Kindly funded by BFI Creative Skillset and The Walcot Foundation with core funding from the BAND Trust, this third course has been an overwhelming success! Supported by our colleagues at FilmFixer and Film London, 95% of trainees gained paid work experience as runners and marshals, paid work in TV with the MAMA project and our own budding Sparkworks Studios productions, and place on the BFI Film Trainee Scheme.

‘Let’s Smile!’ is an exciting new film project started last summer with Young Carers Lambeth working with our trainees and tutors to create short films on the theme of ‘Friendship’. Kindly funded by the South London and Maudsley NHS Charity and the Ironmongers Foundation, it continues to develop with a successful screening at the BFI Southbank in April this year.

Here are the films that have been produced by our students independently from 2013 to 2017. We are so proud of what they have accomplished and can’t wait to see what they will produce on the next up and coming courses ‘Voice4Health’ and ‘Talent2Film2Flourish’ in autumn 2017.There will be 15 places available from August 1st, see Contact Us and our Facebook. Twitter and Instagram








Creative Sparkworks helping young people into employment on the new James Bond film "Spectre" featured on London Live TV

Busy and paid” – the film industry helped transform the lives of eight young people – culminating in work this month on the Lambeth set of the new British crime thriller Legend (editorial FILM LONDON Sept.2014)

Click here for a short video interview with two of the trainees, working as marshals on the set of Legend: Ayo Bodunrin and Lucie Ozanne.

We are accepting donations so that we can keep our free courses running over the next year, please use the link below to donate:


Film course trainee interviews 2013 and  films created on Lambeth Summer University 2014 by young people  ages 13 to 19


‘Vauxhall Voices – Community Bridges’ the 30-minute documentary made in 2014 by students ages 17 to 26 on our pilot film skills course funded by The Big Lottery Awards for All, Well London and the Fort Foundation.

Sylvia Edwards, the CEO at Creative Sparkworks, which ran the group’s course, says, “When the trainees were referred to us, none of them was in employment, education, or training. Now, I’m very happy to tell you – they are all busy and paid.”

Andrew Pavord, director of FilmFixer Lambeth & Southward arranged paid work experience on several big movies for the trainees, assisted by CallTime recruitment agency. He says “Too often people break in to the film industry only because they have the resources to accept unpaid intern jobs to gain experience. It’s not fair on those who cannot afford to work for nothing. We at Lambeth Council will continue to work hard to connect professional film companies with local young people. It is very hard for young people to get a start in the film industry, you need experience to get a job. It’s catch 22. I’m pleased that our film service insists that local people are trained and employed by filmmakers using our locations. These young people now have a big name movie on their CVs, so they will be taken seriously when they apply for jobs in the future.”

The trainees now turned peer mentors are encouraging the next group of young people to sign up for the funded free accredited film skills and employment training course.

Public screening of films from Gateway course
Trainees end of course fir ages 16 to 18
Start of Learn2Film2£arn film skills and employment course
pizza and study group
film course 5
Conducting entry interviews

Thank you for taking part in the National Lottery’s Celebrating 20 Years Image shoot all the way back in July. We chose you to take part because you are a fantastic example of the wonderful work that can be achieved with Lottery Funding” (Nicola Bligh, Media Relations Executive, National Lottery Productions)

 Can You Spot the Creative Sparkworks film trainees in the centre of the poster near the red carpet!



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