Founded by Abigail Howkins, Marie Olesen and Doug Aubrey, Diversity Films CIC was a community interest company working in communities to nurture, train and develop a new generation of creative filmmakers. A creatively led organisation based in Woodlands, Glasgow, our aim was to work with a diverse range of people through our new filmmakers development programmes, to build capacity of local people in different communities in Glasgow and to equip them with the skills, motivation and opportunity to create short films and digital content for multi-platform distribution and exhibition, including local community screenings, TV and internet broadcast, mobile phones and international cinema screens.
After completing successful pilot work in 2007 and 2008 through the Community Filmmakers Project (supported by Scottish Screen, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and 4Talent) we launched the brand new filmmaking training and mentoring programe in the Greater Easterhouse, Scotstounhill and Govanhill areas of Glasgow (supported by Scottish Screen, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Scottish Arts Council).
In 2010, Diversity Films launched a new national filmmaking programme called Starting Block, which commissioned six first-time filmmakers to make new authored short films.
They continued work on a number of single commissions working with organisations such as Provanhall Housing Association, Youth Alcohol Information Service, see me, Positive Mental Attitudes, Moving Image Education and more. Individual filmmakers were also supported to make their own work, including BAFTA New talent nominated director Sharon McCance and Peter McMahon.
In 2012, they were commissioned as an outreach partner for Scotland’s mass participation feature documentary, We Are Northern Lights, dubbed ‘the people’s movie’ and which is nominated for a Scottish BAFTA.
Diversity Films also provided equipment and filmmaking training and mentoring on programmes, projects and at events run by community, charitable and educational organisaions.