Media Trust has launched this year’s Untold Stories, the initiative that will let up to 15 small charities across the UK benefit from having a top film-maker create a film about them. They can then use the film for fundraising, campaigning, and publicity.
The films will also be broadcast on Community Channel next spring.
Untold Stories matches the selected charities to an experienced volunteer filmmaker who will research, plan and produce a short, high quality film “at a fraction of the normal cost”. Applicants must be able to put £1,000 towards the production of the film.
The scheme is supported again by Sainsbury’s and now by Google. The latter will provide advice to the charities about how to achieve maximum online exposure for their films.
The scheme is now open for applications from charities, not-for-profits or voluntary organisations with an annual turnover of less than £2 million. Applications close at midday on 22 October 2012.
Caroline Diehl, Chief Executive, Media Trust, said: “Film is a powerful method for communicating a message and this is a rare opportunity for small charities to receive support from a professional volunteer filmmaker.”
Untold Stories has been operating for eight years, during which time it has yielded over 175 films for small charities. The Media Trust estimates that it has attracted the equivalent of more than £1,250,000 in donated time and resources from the media industry.
One of the films made last year was for Hi Kent, a charity for deaf and hard of hearing people:
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