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E.D.E.N. Shorts 2020/21, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, is our filmmaking course for the LGBTQ+ community where a short film raising awareness on important topics decided by the LGBTQ+ community has been created.

E.D.E.N. Shorts 2020/21 launched February 2020 in Sheffield via in-person filmmaking workshops, where 16 members of the LGBTQ+ community were set to produce a short film raising awareness on important LGBTQ+ issues. The group had attended five in-person workshops that covered areas of filmmaking – however, due to COVID-19 we had to postpone the project in the planning stage. 

Given the ongoing circumstances E.D.E.N. Film Productions decided to adapt the project online. E.D.E.N. Shorts members were invited to join the online project and with spaces left we also invited members from our online E.D.E.N. Digital project.

The project included interactive online filmmaking workshops, online planning sessions and group discussions. E.D.E.N. Shorts workshops and activities were led by award-winning filmmaker Brett Chapman and E.D.E.N. Film Productions’ founder, Claire Watkinson.

The participants of the project filmed interviews via Zoom with a variety of organisations and individuals discussing the impact of the pandemic on the LGBTQ+ community and the hopes for the future. 

On Thursday the 25th February 2021, E.D.E.N. Film Productions premiered the film produced on E.D.E.N. Shorts, The Year Without Pride? The event started at 7pm via E.D.E.N.’s Facebook and YouTube and was screened using Facebook and YouTube’s premiere functions.

The poster was created by stc019, a trans comic artist and illustrator, devoted to telling trans love stories and colourful mini utopias.

Twitter: @stc019

Portfolio: https://stc019.artstation.com

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