films work

‘Films Work’ is a program that supports Tasmanian not-for-profits to use films for social change.  With support from the Tasmanian Community Fund, participants will work with Wide Angle Tasmania to learn;

  • how to find and use high-quality films to support your organisation’s mission;
  • how to create inhouse videos to document your impact and create more engagement on the web and social media; and
  • how to work with professional filmmakers to develop compelling stories that connect and engage your stakeholders.

In 2021 six small-medium Tasmanian not-for-profit organisations were selected:

  • Burnie Community House
  • Working it Out
  • Connect 42
  • Landcare Tasmania
  • Mental Health Family and Friends Tasmania and
  • Multicultural Council of Tasmania

At the 2 day workshop the 12 participants were engaged by presenters Jen Murnaghan, Matthew Newton, Jason James, Abi Binning and Catherine Pettman. They also connected with six Tasmanian filmmakers during a speed-networking sessions - including: Rebecca Thomson, Daniel James, George Underwood, Dan Peek, Joel Wilson and Rose Schramm. 

Participant feedback from the workshop

"Loved being able to try out skills in real time. Enjoyed the access to the plain english documents and knowing we will have those resources to hand. The session helped us clarify how to scope small and larger projects as well as form a brief to a filmmaker. Loved the speed networking session and viewing different pieces of work. Enjoyed time and space to think how we can make this happen in our organisation." Ricki Mawad – Connect 42

"Very worthwhile investment of tome for not for profits. I can see how beneficial it will be getting our heads in this game better. A big thank you to TCF for once again thinking outside the square for NFP's and allowing access to the gaps in our industry that are so needed." Shandel Pile – Burnie Community House

Applications for 2022 will open in November 2021.

Films Work 2021 Information
Application pack (word doc)
Application pack (pdf)

‘Films Work’ starts with a 2-day workshop in Hobart. This fast, fun and information-packed workshop covers all the basics for not for profit leaders to use film for social change. During the workshop you will start to formulate the strategy for using films within your organisation over the following 6 months.   

Following the workshop each organisation receives six mentoring meetings designed to create an action plan and stay on track to implement your film strategy (including hosting a film screening, creating video content and developing a brief to produce a professional short film). These sessions are provided each month by phone, zoom or in-person and are tailored to the needs of your organisation.

The ‘Films Work’ program requires an ongoing commitment from the participants – but it will produce outstanding results for organisations that are serious about using film to amplify their mission.

Each organisation contributes $50 towards the cost of the program. Each organisation is required to cover any costs associated with attending the two day workshop in South Hobart (including travel and accommodation if required).  Participating organisations will need access to internet/phone to participate in the mentoring sessions.The Tasmanian Community Fund and Wide Angle Tasmania covers the remaining costs of the workshop and mentorship sessions.

This opportunity is open to any small or medium not-for-profit organisation operating in Tasmania.  (Using the ACNC definition - a small organisation has annual revenue under $250,000, a medium organisation has revenue $250,000 - $1 Million).  Each organisation is required to have two participants attend the workshop (this can include employees, board members or volunteers) who can commit time to develop and implement a strategy to use film in their organisation during 2021.



Applications Open

1st May 2021

Information session (by zoom)

3pm 20th May 2021 - click through for more info & to register

Applications Due

10th June 2021

Selection notification

17th June 2021


1st and 2nd July 2021

Mentoring sessions

July – December 2021



Wide Angle Tasmania (WAT) is a not-for-profit organisation with a long history of supporting Tasmanians to make films that reflect and shape Tasmanian culture.  WAT bridges a dynamic space where our services are used for education, employment and creative expression with a strong track-record of partnering to deliver projects that leverage our resources and community. Their creative excellence has been recognised through international festival awards and screenings on ABC, SBS and online. 


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