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.
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.
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.
Skeleton in a Beret:
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
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.
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.
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.