Our Social Projects
E.D.E.N. Film Productions run a variety of filmmaking projects
working with the LGBTQ+ community.
The workshops are taught by industry experts, provide invaluable skills and a great opportunity to meet like minded people. Attendees of our courses put their skills into practice, producing their own films and through them highlighting the topics they have chosen. This means participants are able to tell their own stories about LGBTQ+ lives; stories which throughout history all too often have been silenced, and which are often lacking from the public eye still today. These films, broadcast to the local community and subsequently the world, help raise awareness about issues concerning the LGBTQ+ community. From there on the skills obtained mean attendees are able to take on the world of filmmaking in their own right. Films produced on our filmmaking projects have been screened at film festivals around the world including BFI Flare, SQIFF and Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival. Find out more about current and past projects below.
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What our past participants say
“It has been a very enjoyable process, I feel fortunate to have been a part of it. The project has been a fantastic opportunity to learn about our heritage, allowing the young people involved to a gain valuable insight into the history of the local LGBT community, which they may otherwise not receive.”
“This is the best thing I have ever done.”
“I’ve enjoyed the project as a whole so much; learning new skills, meeting new people, learning about LGBT people in Sheffield and making a film! I am very proud of mine and the group’s efforts and very pleased I took part.”
“Really good to be on set. Learnt lots on camera, different shots, sound, language, etiquette, lighting.”
Our regular filmmaking projects
E.D.E.N. Digital – Online
Our online filmmaking course for the LGBTQ+ community where each participant makes a short film about the subject of their choice.
E.D.E.N. Shorts – In Person
Our filmmaking course for the LGBTQ+ community where a short film raising awareness on important topics decided by the LGBTQ+ community is produced.
Read about our other projects
Something About Us
Something About Us was a project funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and based in Worksop. Working with young people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group W.O.W in Worksop, the project aimed to research and record what it was like historically to be LGBTQ+ in the past compared to the present-day, with a focus on the local area.
The People’s Project
Our project, Transforming Cinema, aiming to bring a transgender film festival to Sheffield, was one of five finalists in the National Lottery Fund and ITV’s The People’s Project in 2016.
Trashing Transphobia, funded by The Big Lottery Fund, run from August 2015 till November 2015 and worked with 15 members of the LGBTQ+ community. The project involved training the 15 members of the LGBTQ+ community with filmmaking and interviewing skills, which they used to produce a feature-length documentary, Trashing Transphobia.
E.D.E.N. Action! was a Humber Learning Consortium-funded project for unemployed members of the LGBTQ+ community in and around Sheffield, aimed at developing filmmaking skills and employability skills.
E.D.E.N Incubator was funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All. E.D.E.N Incubator engaged members of the LGBTQ+ community in creating and distributing a video on their experiences and thoughts of homophobia and transphobia, to raise awareness of the issue for the wider community.
International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia
The 17th of May is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia and commemorates the date in 1990 on which the World Health Organisation declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder. In 2015 we marked the day by creating a campaign video where we asked members of the Sheffield public to make noise to the camera.