Having some filmmaking skills is useful but slick productions do not necessarily make the most powerful films. Often being in the right place at the right time is what is needed. It is the issues that make a film appealing and when a filmmaker, amateur or professional, has access to the planning, preparation and actions and to the campaigners leading those actions; that’s when good films are made.
In the workplace and in the community, too many struggles go undocumented; people can be so busy mobilising around actions for social change, negotiating their EBA’s, too busy to document the process and yet without documentation much of that lived experience is lost.
Digital technology is developing in leaps and bounds; and thanks to mobile phones, motion picture quality technology is now within reach of most people. Amateur videographers using their phones have had a profound impact on making accountable those in positions of power. The George Floyd documentation is just one recent example – the filming of his death by cops kick started an international rebellion and reinvigorated the Black Lives Matter movement.
Dare to Struggle Film Festival will be offering some skill development workshops that will teach some simple tricks on what to do and what not to do to get the best image and sound quality from your filming equipment and how to edit it all together. We encourage people who may never have pressed the record button on their mobiles to do so and make a film about an issue or a struggle that is important to them.
We want as many people as possible to contribute to the film festival, amateur and professional and there’s a $1500 prize for the amateur film the judges like the most.