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: https://www.edenfilm.co.uk/team/thomas-reaney/

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
Queerology
The POP Film Weekend

Skeleton in a Beret Screenings:

BFI Flare 
Scottish Queer International Film Festival 
Trans Pride
SPARK
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

EXCITING NEWS!

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: http://translations.strangertickets.com/films/43028729/none-of-the-above-non-binary-shorts

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: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/8M6PRQH

Tickets for the awards ceremony can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/south-yorkshire-lgbt-awards-tickets-31791096024

Thank you 🙂

 

Keeping People Living with Dementia: Safe & Found, Safe & Well

Dementia Safe & Found. This video provides information about how the Herbert Protocol can help if a person living with dementia goes missing.

South Yorkshire Dementia Action Alliances (SYDAA) is an umbrella structure bringing together the four local Dementia Action Alliances (Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield) and South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue (SYFR) to work in partnership and deliver the Dementia Fire & Home Safety Project.
The emphasis of the project is to:

Preserve the independence and identity of people living with dementia; and enable people to live well with dementia safely in their own home for as long as possible.

The video is aimed at families, friends, carers of people living with dementia and organisations that work with anyone living with dementia.

E.D.E.N is moving

After two years at The Circle on Rockingham Lane we are moving out of our Sheffield city centre office.

E.D.E.N will continue to operate as before and we look forward to continuing our film projects and educational work around equality and diversity.

We want to take this opportunity to thank The Circle for the great support in helping us host projects such as E.D.E.N Action!, Trashing Transphobia and E.D.E.N Shorts.

To find out about our current projects head to edenfilm.co.uk and for a taster of what we do check out the behind the scenes video from E.D.E.N Shorts here.

In November 2016 we hosted the inaugural transgender film festival Transforming Cinema – watch our video about it here.