FLIC Filmmaking Workshops

FLIC delivers professional filmmaking workshops for schools and youth offending teams

First Light in the Classroom (FLIC) is an exciting and creative programme that creates opportunities for young people to access and engage in professional filmmaking activities in youth settings.

Our workshops are delivered by professional filmmakers who guide young people through the filmmaking process, while helping them to develop a range of transferable skills, leading to the creation of their own short films.

FLIC builds on the continuing work of First Light and since April 2011, has been supporting young people aged five to 19 years in a range of youth settings including but not limited to schools, youth offending teams, youth groups and alternative learning environments.

Click here for more information about how FLIC supports schools.

Click here for more information about how FLIC supports youth offending teams.

FLIC workshops include the following features:

  • Support from a DBS checked filmmaking professional
  • Access to high quality digital film production equipment
  • Support in developing ideas, scripts and storyboards in advance of the workshop
  • Access to free filmmaking resources to help improve film and digital media skills during and after the project
  • Specialist exhibition and distribution support to help get your work seen by a wide audience
  • Marketing support to celebrate the achievements of the young people involved
  • Copies of the finished film for all of the young people to take away with them
  • Eligibility for the National Youth Film Festival 2013, the new film festival for schools, community groups and young people to make, watch and develop an understanding of film

The filmmaker will facilitate the workshops but the young people will act as the film crew and take on the key production roles including actor, director, camera person and editor. There are opportunities for young people to try a range of these roles and develop a host of technical skills from camera shots to editing techniques.

Select from one of the standard workshop packages or design your own. Starting from £490 (plus VAT) for a daylong workshop, FLIC workshops can be made bespoke to suit a variety of budgets and needs.

We are now taking bookings for the remainder of the year including our summer programmes Lost in Transition and Youth Film Challenge. To find out more about how FLIC can complement your work with young people, contact Daniel Smith on 0121 224 7511 or at dan@firstlightonline.co.uk.

Check out the FLIC blog for more information on projects we have supported and activities we deliver.


  • Enterprise at St Joseph's Special School

    PLAY What does this mean?

    This film was made by young people aged between 7 and 19 from St Joseph’s Special School and College under the guidance of professional filmmakers in a 5-day filmmaking workshop.

    St Josephs Specialist School is a co-educational residential and day school for children with moderate, complex and severe learning difficulties. This film explores Enterprise at the school, what specialist activities are on offer for students, and how students with needs are catered for in a fun, beautiful and engaging environment.

    Length 7’02’‘
    Aged 7-19.

  • Hands on the Clock

    PAUSE What does this mean?

    Montannr Love sings his song Hands on the Clock to a background of urban Britain with all its problems and hopes.

    FLIC offers professional filmmaking workshops in youth groups and youth offending teams that enhance both hard and soft skills and improve motivation, confidence and behaviour.

  • James Brindley is Awesome!

    PLAY What does this mean?

    FLIC ran a competition asking pupils around the UK to tell us what is great about their schools. The entries were judged by education professionals and the winner was announced as James Brindley Hospital Special School in Birmingham. Pupils at James Brindley were provided with professional support and equipment to bring their ideas to life on the big screen.

  • The Legend of the Lake

    PLAY What does this mean?

    The Legend of the Lake was made by pupils at East Harptree Primary School as part of their local Chew Valley Lake Odyssey project which explored local history through the arts.