Volunteer Films

We are passionate about helping charities promote their work through powerful storytelling and pride ourselves on our sensitive and collaborative approach to film-making. The films are completely free for the charities and vary enormously in style and content, and are used for purposes such as brand awareness, volunteer recruitment, campaigning and fundraising.

Volunteer Films was devised and developed by Media Trust and has been running for over ten years for several different funders including City Bridge Trust and John Lyon’s Charity. We work with some of the industry’s most creative directors, cameramen and editors to make powerful and engaging charity films that can be widely shared.

Without having an online presence, no matter how good you are, you’re invisible and this film has taken our message to a much wider audience

Volunteer Films Charity 2018

Homestart Barnet, Directed by Will Wilkinson

Whilst Media Trust oversees all the elements of production involved in making an extremely persuasive piece of film content for charities, we also train the selected charities in Social Media, Filmmaking and Distribution/Strategy to help them once they have a film to show and distribute. Once completed, copyright of the film belongs to the charity and they are given all assets created during the filmmaking process for their own use. Funders traditionally host a screening event to celebrate the release of the films and venues used include the Barbican Cinema, ICA, Roxy and Curzon Soho.

A funder can either nominate a number of charities, a minimum of ten per project, who would benefit from a film or we can help administer an application process for their beneficiaries. The Media Trust then produces these short 3-minute films, pairing together highly skilled volunteer filmmakers with the selected charities.

Hype, Directed by Grant Taylor

Individual filmmakers work closely on the development of the film with the charity and will produce this film pro-bono, volunteering approximately two days shooting and three days editing as part of the process.  Production expenses are covered by a small fee of between £1,000 – £1,500.

This was incredibly eye opening and is a cause I openly champion to friends and colleagues

Volunteer Filmmaker 2018

Kids Cookery School, Directed by Aine Casey

The films have extremely high production values and are often award-winning.  In 2018 three films were shortlisted for a Charity Film Award with one picking up a Gold Award giving valuable additional exposure for both charity and director.

If you are a funder and interested in offering this opportunity to your beneficiaries please contact wendyp@mediatrust.org to find out more.

If you would like to apply to be a volunteer filmmaker please contact daisyc@mediatrust.org with your resume, examples of your work and outline why you are interested in participating in this scheme.  We are currently looking to recruit 20 directors each year.

Our Corporate Partners

We enjoy outstanding support from the media industry. Our partners include: