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New project aims to empower LGBTQ+ community through filmmaking

The E.D.E.N. Digital virtual project will empower participants to ‘tell their own stories’ through film.

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Award-winning social enterprise E.D.E.N. Film Productions is launching a virtual filmmaking project for the LGBTQ+ community next month.

From 16 February, E.D.E.N. Digital will provide a safe space for LGBTQ+ people to express their ideas, develop their skills and create a short film about their story, business or project across 15 online sessions.

The project launch follows a period of adaptation for the Sheffield-based organisation, after the pandemic caused its E.D.E.N Shorts in-person project to be postponed. It has been made possible by Comic Relief’s LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Recovery Fund, in partnership with METRO Charity, Yorkshire MESMAC and Birmingham LGBT.

A previous participant of E.D.E.N. Digital said, “Being able to participate in this project virtually is one of the best opportunities to have come out of the pandemic.

“I think the LGBTQ+ community in particular has historically been ignored or misrepresented, so I’m really grateful that a project like this exists, to equip us with the tools and the confidence to tell our own stories.”

People of all abilities and confidence are encouraged to apply. Sessions will cover the basics of filmmaking before progressing to more advanced techniques.

Founded by Claire Watkinson in 2013, E.D.E.N. has produced content for the likes of CRESST, Sheffield City Council, SAYiT, Disability Sheffield and Voluntary Action Sheffield. The independent organisation works to tackle discrimination and inequality through increased education and nurturing passion.

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