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We believe in Equality and Diversity to Educate and Nurture – so much so that we’ve even made these words, which make up our name, into little characters.

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Equality – Boom poles are used for audio recording and it is important that audio levels are balanced and at the correct level. That is why our boom pole gets to symbolise how we tackle discrimination in society; by striving for balance and equality at all times.

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Diversity – Camera lenses come in all shapes and sizes and they have a variety of purposes. Our camera lens promotes and believes in the strength of diversity everywhere and she ensures that it forever remains one of our core aims.

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Educate – Clapperboards are used on film sets to educate directors, actors and editors about scenes, locations and shots. Our clapperboard helps us on our journey to educate others, be they students taking our classes or an audience watching our films; education is key to our success.

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Nurture – Film editing takes a lot of time, concentration and patience. Our editing reel ensures that we nurture our students, volunteers, employees and films so that we can continue to share powerful stories, raising vital awareness about Equality and Diversity around the world.

E.D.E.N Shorts 2020 – New free filmmaking course!

E.D.E.N Film Productions celebrates after receiving funding from the National Lottery to run a free filmmaking course for the LGBTQ+ community.

Local based award-winning social enterprise, E.D.E.N Film Productions is today celebrating after being awarded National Lottery funding to support its work with the LGBTQ+ community. The group, based in Sheffield, will use the cash to run a free filmmaking course, E.D.E.N Shorts 2020, for the LGBTQ+ community where a short film raising awareness on important areas decided by the LGBTQ+ community will be produced.

E.D.E.N Film Productions was established in 2013 and since then has been actively involved with the LGBTQ+ community running filmmaking workshops, events, screenings and Transforming Cinema film festival. E.D.E.N Shorts 2020 will build on previous work and projects, including 2016’s E.D.E.N Shorts project where four short films were produced by the LGBTQ+ community. The films created were screened at film festivals around the world including BFI Flare, SQIFF and Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival.

The new funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest community funder in the UK, will see a new free filmmaking course for the LGBTQ+ community. E.D.E.N’s projects have been incredibly important and provided safe spaces and a way for members of the community to raise awareness of important issues through the power of film.

E.D.E.N Shorts 2020 launches on 11 February 2020 at Union St, 18-20 Union Street, Sheffield, S1 2JP. It will involve five two-hour workshops with award-winning filmmaker Brett Chapman, teaching participants filmmaking skills. Alongside, 20-hours of filming and editing with Brett Chapman and E.D.E.N Film Productions’ founder Claire Watkinson. Places are limited and you can sign up online at:

Claire Watkinson, founder of E.D.E.N Film Productions says: “We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work in this way. Now, thanks to National Lottery players  we will be able to run a free filmmaking course for members of the LGBTQ+ community in Sheffield. This is important because the project provides a safe space and opportunity to develop filmmaking skills alongside networking with other members of the community and raise awareness of important topics.  Since founding E.D.E.N in 2013 I have found our work to be incredibly important with many previous participants commenting on how taking part in our projects have helped them with their career and/or confidence. Receiving this funding allows us to continue to build on our existing work and provide a space for members of the LGBTQ+ community to thrive and develop life-long skills and friendships.  ”

Filmmaking Project

We are looking at running more filmmaking workshops specifically for the LGBT+ community in the near future. If this is something you are interested in taking part in, please complete this survey, where you can also mention any topics that you would be interested in potentially raising awareness of via the filmmaking workshops.

Survey link:

The workshops, which are taught by industry experts and free of charge, provide invaluable skills and a great opportunity to meet likeminded people – but that’s not all. Our students put their skills into practice, producing their own films and through them highlighting the topics they have chosen. This means our students are able to tell their own stories about LGBT+ lives; stories which throughout history all too often have been silenced, and which are often lacking from the public eye still today.

Board Updates

Leaving our board….

It is with bittersweet emotions that we say farewell to the lovely Becki McKechnie as a Director on our Board.

Becki has been involved with E.D.E.N since 2014 where she started volunteering on E.D.E.N Action! From there, she worked as a filmmaking/project facilitator with E.D.E.N on ‘Something About Us’, ‘E.D.E.N Shorts’ and also assisted in the coordination of the ‘Transforming Cinema’ film festival.

We cannot thank Becki enough for her dedication, devotion and pure love that she has put into everything for E.D.E.N. 

We are going to miss her immensely but we are so excited and happy for her with the new career.

Joining our board….

We are delighted to announce that Jay Baker will be joining the Board of Directors. 

Jay says “I have been involved with E.D.E.N Film Productions on and off over the years, both formally and informally as a supporter of the organisation and the good work it delivers, and I am excited to join the Board of Directors.” Please check out Jay’s full bio on our website:

We are thrilled to announce that Diane Howard will also be joining the Board of Directors. 

Diane says “I am honoured and proud to be part of a new team, to build on E.D.E.N’s past achievements and to move the company forward with new exciting projects and campaigns, while building on the name  ‘E.D.E.N’ which stands for:-  Equality which is the goal. Diversity which is E.D.E.N’s strengths. Education which is E.D.E.N’s method and it is by Nurturing which is the passion to create a better world. Together, for the LGBT+ community locally and nationally.” Please check out Diane’s full bio on our website:

We are excited to welcome both Jay and Diane on E.D.E.N’s Board and look forward to moving forward with the new team. 

Claire & Tom x

Presenting… Transforming Cinema 2018! #TC18


E.D.E.N Film Productions are proud to announce Transforming Cinema 2018

Transforming Cinema is a trans-focused film festival, championing the voices, experiences and talents of transgender, gender non-conforming, non-binary and genderqueer individuals and communities.

Thanks to funding from The Big Lottery Fund, 2018’s festival will take place across the weekend of Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November at various venues in Sheffield.

Film screenings and workshops will take place at Sheffield Town Hall, Curzon Cinema and Sheffield Hallam University’s Void Cinema.

The first Transforming Cinema festival was coordinated by E.D.E.N in 2016. E.D.E.N Chair Tom Reaney explains the significance of events like Transforming Cinema:

“Events like these are massively important in combatting ongoing overwhelming transphobic attitudes.
Whether it’s negative media attention, so-called ‘debate’ on trans lives and existences, falsehoods, fears and scare-mongering being perpetrated through politics, in the media and in both LGBTQIA+ communities and non-LGBTQIA+ communities around the world – trans voices are being ignored whilst cis-gender fears are being elevated to dangerous prominence.

Transforming Cinema takes the art of film and aims to set this right, by elevating and amplifying trans voices.”

Film submissions are now being accepted for 2018’s festival – full details on how to submit a film can be found on the Transforming Cinema website at

The E.D.E.N Board will be working with a trans consultation group to help facilitate the success of this year’s festival. Other events will be taking place in Sheffield to mark Trans Awareness Week and the International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR).

The festival programme will take shape over the coming months. For updates and announcements, follow Transforming Cinema and E.D.E.N Film Productions on social media and sign up to the E.D.E.N newsletter.

Thomas Reaney joins the board!

We are delighted to announce that Thomas Reaney is our new Chair on the board of directors. We are so excited to welcome him to our team!

“I’ve been a massive fan and supporter of E.D.E.N Film Productions since 2014. I eagerly follwed the progress of the E.D.E.N Incubator project which produced the fantastic film ‘Families Like Ours’ (which made me cry with pride when it debuted at the Odeon Cinema in late 2014! “That’s my city!”, “They’re my people!”, “That’s my story!” And so on.)

E.D.E.N have created some fantastic projects in and around Sheffield, and the films they produce are always creative, honest and reflective of the communities they involve, at every stage. I am proud to join this amazing team and I’m super excited for the future!” – Thomas.

Read more here:

We also want to say a massive thank you to our previous Chair Bella Qvist who resigned in December 2017. Bella was an absolute star whose determination, dedication and motivation for E.D.E.N was inspiring. Thank you for all your work with our projects, awareness raising and our film festival Transforming Cinema.

E.D.E.N Shorts Films Online!

In August 2016 we launched a free filmmaking course for the LGBTQ+ community funded by The Big Lottery Fund. Called E.D.E.N Shorts, the project taught members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community how to make short films that tell transgender stories.

E.D.E.N Shorts provided skills in camera, sound, light, storytelling, interviewing, publishing and editing! Alongside one-to-one support that helped develop the participants skills. 

E.D.E.N Shorts launched on the 7 September 2016 with a masterclass from filmmaker Fox Fisher.

The four films that were produced with E.D.E.N Shorts were screened at Transforming Cinema Film Festival 19-20 November 2016. 

These films have screened at film festivals around the world and have had an incredible audience reach. We are delighted to be sharing these films with you online.

Switching Teams:

Skeleton in a Beret:

Crossing Paths:

Please find below a list of all the film festivals and events each film has screened at.

Switching Teams Screenings:

Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival
Scottish Queer International Film Festival – SQIFF 
tilde 2017
TranScreen Filmfestival 
Transforming Cinema 2016
Free Pride – Glasgow – Transgender Day of Remembrance 2016
Andro & Eve film screening
The POP Film Weekend

Skeleton in a Beret Screenings:

BFI Flare 
Scottish Queer International Film Festival 
Trans Pride
TranScreen Filmfestival 
18th edition of the Queer Film Festival MEZIPATRA. 
Transforming Cinema 2016
LGBT Foundation #TransMCR Film Festival 
The POP Film Weekend

Crossing Paths Screenings:

Transforming Cinema 2016
The POP Film Weekend


Switching Teams Official Selection for Translations 2017: Seattle Transgender Film Festival


We are super proud to announce that one of the E.D.E.N Shorts films, Switching Teams is part of the official line up for Translations 2017: Seattle Transgender Film Festival

Well done to the team!

The film will screen on the 13th of May. To check out more details of its screening alongside the fantastic festival schedule check out their website:

E.D.E.N Film awarded Media Moment of 2017 at South Yorkshire LGBT+ Awards

We won!

We are extremely pleased to be able say that we were awarded the Media Moment award at the South Yorkshire LGBT+ Awards last night. E.D.E.N was up against some very worthy nominees and we were honoured to be recognised alongside so many other inspirational LGBT+ activists.

Thank you

2016 was a big year for us as we launched the first ever trans-focused film festival, Transforming Cinema, and we couldn’t have done it without all the support that we had.

We want to thank everyone at E.D.E.N; Claire, Bella, Becki and Josh. Kellie and Cyd, our funders the Big Lottery Fund, and everyone who helped make E.D.E.N Shorts and Transforming Cinema happen. Our E.D.E.N Shorts mentors Brett and Fiona, everyone who attended our workshops, the Trashing Transphobia and E.D.E.N Shorts crew – we admire you and your work so much. Further thanks go to all the speakers and artists who made the festival what it was, we were extremely honoured to have you, to everyone who submitted the amazing films that we were able to show and of course everyone who came and made the festival what it was. Thanks to all the venues and all our fabulous volunteers and everyone who helped spread the love on social media and elsewhere.

E.D.E.N Shorts and Transforming Cinema was a success, however our work here is not done.

We live in a part of the world where, although we do not see fair representation in the media and our society is not free from homophobia, biphobia or transphobia, we are able to celebrate events such as the South Yorkshire LGBT+ Awards, Pride and Transforming Cinema. Around the world, however, this is not the case and we have been reminded of that not least in the last couple of weeks, where the atrocities in Chechnya have shocked us deeply.

In times like these it is important that the media takes responsibility. At E.D.E.N we believe that by adding our LGBT+ voices to the conversation, by demanding space be given to our stories and by telling our truths we can create a change.

We are so proud of the many fantastic filmmakers who have taken part in our projects, who have shared their talent with us and who are doing just that; creating positive change. To them and all LGBT+ filmmakers out there: we urge you to keep doing what you are doing. Together we can continue to transform cinema.


The full list of all the winners at the South Yorkshire LGBT+ Awards can be found here. We look forward to next year, when we hope to see an even more diverse event.


South Yorkshire LGBT+ Awards

We recently let you know that E.D.E.N Film Productions and our film festival Transforming Cinema have been nominated for awards at the South Yorkshire LGBT+ Awards!

It has just been announced that one of the categories we are in ‘LGBT+ Activity / Event category’ will be decided by public vote.

If you would like to vote you can do here:

Tickets for the awards ceremony can be purchased here:

Thank you 🙂


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