Free online film-making workshops for NFF 2021

UPDATE: you can now watch the recorded live streams on our YouTube and Facebook.

Are you thinking of entering our Northampton Film Festival Schools’ Competition? Or want to enter one of our 48hr Film Challenges and don’t know where to start?

We’re running free online film workshops/webinars to get you started – you can simply watch on our YouTube or on our Facebook or if you log in to either platform you can also ask questions that we will answer live. If you miss the live broadcasts then they will remain on those pages so you can watch them later (but we won’t be there to answer questions although you can email any to You don’t need to sign up in advance but you are welcome to email us at or if you want to register your interest – that way we can send you any updates. Everything is free! You can also sign up to our Screen Northants general mailing list here.

Children, adults, parents/carers, youth leaders and teachers are all welcome to join. The material will be suitable for young audiences – some talk might be a bit advanced for a primary student but we’d would expect them to be with a parent or carer anyway due to their age. If you want to use live captions we’ve found these are pretty good on Facebook.

These are the sessions – we’ll do a general introduction to the Film Festival at each and talk about the topic described but you can ask ANY questions about ANYTHING related to Screen Northants, NFF or filmmaking at any of those sessions. Each will last at least 30 minutes and you can join anytime but I’d recommend being there for the beginning.

Thur 4 March 6pm – How to make a film during lockdown

Wed 10 March 5.30pm – Getting started on your short film

Tues 16 March 5.30pm – Shooting a Film with whatever equipment you can find

Mon 22 March 6pm – Short film production – help and advice

Screen Northants understands the importance of children being able to use the internet for education and personal development. This includes social media platforms, games and apps. We aim to support children and young people in making use of these in our work. However, we also recognise that safeguards need to be in place to ensure children are kept safe at all times.

We have a Child Protection Policy and Code of Conduct. If you would like to know more about this, or ever have any concerns about safety online related to our work, please email More information about online safety is available from

If you want to ask questions during the streams you have to log in to either Facebook or YouTube – this must be done in compliance with those sites’ guidelines. If you ask a question your name and your avatar may appear on the live stream and then will form part of the video. If you want to ask a question anonymously please email

Anyone taking part in the live streams must agree that:

  • I will be responsible for my behaviour when using the internet, including social media platforms, games and apps. This includes the resources I access and the language I use.
  • I will not deliberately browse, download or upload material that could be considered offensive or illegal.
  • I will not send anyone material that could be considered threatening, bullying, offensive or illegal. When commenting or asking a question I will be constructive, polite and not use offensive language.
  • I will not give out any personal information online, such as my phone number or address.
  • I will not reveal my passwords to anyone.
  • I will not arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone I meet online unless I have discussed this with my parents or carer and am accompanied by a trusted adult.
  • I understand that these rules are designed to keep me safe and that if I choose not to follow them, Screen Northants may remove comments and report behaviour.

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