Mentoring from Masters of Industry
In the summer of 2011, two friends with a passion for education and film came up with an idea to change the relationship between education and the film industry, to break down barriers and demystify the process for young people. They believed passionately that by inspiring and empowering young people, by supporting and celebrating them and by providing an effective means of communication, through which they could showcase their talents, media education would be more effective and more young people would be able to make the right decisions about their futures. Out of this idea, Film’s Cool was born.
Building on the award-winning work of co-founder Oliver Rosen in 2007 and 2010, Film’s Cool is a mentoring initiative that brings high-profile film industry professionals into schools to provide expert guidance and support to young people as part of courses tailored to exam-specifications. Each extra curricular project develops young people’s transferable skills as well as having a significant impact on their grades to get into University, while preparing them with the appropriate information to make informed decisions on how to get there. Each Film’s Cool project inspires students to conceive and produce their own media products, and eventually to pitch their work to industry experts and compete for work experience placements and shadowing.
Through Film’s Cool’s courses, network of inspirational mentors and high-profile events, young people are inspired to achieve more, able to build social capital, empowered and informed to make choices to better invest in themselves, and given skills and experiences to carry with them in their future careers.
Achievements to date:
• Four Film’s Cool filmmakers exhibited their documentary, Drop the dress code, at the Royal Commonwealth Society.
• Film’s Cool won the Institute of Education’s London Education Partnership Award 2012 for Supporting Journeys based on the impact of partnerships and projects on young people
• Film’s Cool First Class: Horror trailers were premiered and judged at Channel 4’s cinema. A prestigious panel of judges included the Head of Marketing at Lionsgate Films, an Oscar-winning Makeup Artist, Channel 4 Diversity Managers and Head of Film 4.0 Anna Higgs among others
• Film’s Cool: Change One Thing documentaries were premiered at The British Film Institute and have been uploaded to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Time Capsule. Students on this course were asked and supported to plan, shoot and edit their own documentaries on the one thing they would like to change, no matter how big or small. As such, they interviewed a range of high-profile people from Tessa Jowell, MP, to Alex Ismael of huge British film “Attack the Block” fame
• Film’s Cool structured and delivered a Master Class and Workshop for 15-25yr olds with The British Film Institute at the London Film Festival 2012 to support its aim of democratizing creativity within the industry. Speakers included James Mullighan, Ex-chief of Shooting People and Director of the Edinburgh Film Festival 2011
• Film’s Cool has developed a wide number of high-profile partnerships within education and industry, including The British Film Institute, Christine Blundell Hair and Makeup Academy, Central School of Speech and Drama, Lionsgate Films, Channel 4, Seneca Productions, Incendiary Pictures and more
The Team is comprised of education and media professionals with over ten years experience in their respective fields. Co-founder Oliver Rosen is a teacher, examiner and published author. Co-founder Hugh Spurling has worked on over twenty films all over the world. Recently, Paulette Williams joined the team. Paulette has worked in some of the world’s leading Universities and education organisations and oversees the links in these areas.
Film’s Cool aims to foster future filmmakers and enable all young people to have a creative voice in the digital age while providing a supportive platform to communicate with a network of industry based, professional and pastoral support.