Linked to our brand new Micro Movie Challenge, professional documentary filmmaker Mirjam Marks will teach you the basic filmmaking skills to make a short doc about your feelings on the Climate Emergency.

You will learn all about the different aspects of filmmaking including camerawork, how to use sound and editing. Discover how to tell a story by filming in different ways, planning scenes and deciding which shots to be filmed.

Working in groups of three on iPads you will get to be the film director, cameraperson and star of your very own documentary. At the end of the workshop everyone will have created their own 3 minute film which can be submitted to the Micro Movie Challenge: Climate Emergency run by Leeds Young Film Festival.

Age 14-19. Children do not need to be accompanied by an adult but a consent form must be completed and brought to the workshop if you are under 18.

The Micro Movie Challange is being launched at the Film Festival on Saturday 11 April at the screening of eco-documentary 2040. Come along to the screening and find out what the competition is all about and how to submit your short film (or be inspired to go and make another on your own) . There will be a host of special guests and speakers (including Mirjam) who can let you know more about how you can make a difference and get involved.

Click Here to download a copy of the consent form

About Mirjam Marks
For me children everywhere are the same: the most important, the most open, unspoiled and honest people in the world. That’s why I like to work with them. My main motivation to make documentaries with and for children is to give them a podium, a place to be heard and seen. My films are ‘feel good’ documentaries, I don’t want to judge or make the audience feel that children are pathetic. On the contrary, I show the power and flexibility of children, regardless of the situation they live in. In my workshops I give children all over the world the tools to tell their own stories in their own way. I think sharing stories is essential in the world we live in to get to know each other to create the possibility to understand and respect each other.