ProjEct & AIMS
This research project aims to contribute to the debate around community filmmaking and cultural diversity by exploring how ultural diversity intersects with community filmmaking and the results of this intersection in terms of representations and identities as well as practices and innovation. The research aims to understand better how community filmmaking ractices, in culturally diverse contexts, contribute to the wider film ecology and to representation, identity and innovation and how this contribution can be better supported by policy. The project will outline, through a complexity perspective, a roader framework that considers the intersection between
community film making and cultural diversity through the five ollowing dimensions: representation and identity, the role of film as media, the tensions in filming practices between arts and commerce, the knowledge and innovation dynamics and the roles of intermediaries, policy and place. We aim to map the nature of the networks in which the community filmmaker is embedded and the role here of institutional settings, policy and place.
The specific objectives of the research project are to:
1. Explore the practice of community filmmaking in the UK in relation to cultural diversity, with a specific focus on the role played by the community filmmaker, its practice, values and
networks of collaborations in the broader development of community filmmaking; in particular, the community filmmaker is considered the central node in the complex network of relationships between diverse communities, funding bodies, policy and the film industries.
2. Consider the place of community filmmaking and diversity in the broader framework of the film industry as a site for experimentation and innovation, looking at exchanges, collaborations and dynamics between mainstream filmmaking and community filmmaking. The project will interconnect the ideas and practice of community filmmaking with the film industry considering common patterns and diverging ideas.
3. Understand better the role of cultural intermediaries and training organisations in supporting community filmmaking and how this role can be improved; in particular, through a network
of partner organizations which are at the interface between filmmakers, communities and training opportunities, it will be possible to capture how interconnection and collaborative work allows for professional development in the sector.
4. Consider the role of community-led and participatory approaches to filmmaking in how communities are involved, represented and connected. While the project focuses on the
community filmmaker, we will map and contextualise the role of communities and participatory approaches in order to gain a better understanding of the different modes of and possibilities for communities' interaction and involvement.