About

Eye Want Change promotes and spotlights Smartphone Filmmaking. We nurture creative self-expression and storytelling from a multitude of voices. 

Filmmakers no longer need to depend on broadcasters and suits. Eye Want Change offers a space where creativity and passion is placed above formal education, access to equipment, large budgets and technical expertise. Inspired by the use of phones by activists across the world and by films shot entirely or in part on smartphones, we look to affordable mobile technologies to democratise media and diversify filmmaking.  

We lead workshops, and put on screenings and events focused on smartphone filmmaking, guerrilla filmmaking and how to harness accessible digital technology for social change.

Central to Eye Want Change is our annual international smartphone film competition. It is free to enter and awards prizes which help filmmakers develop their skills and projects. Its entry requirement is simple: Submit a short mobile film on a social issue that you care about. The 2017 competition is now closed.

 

2017 winner, Laura Kirwan-Ashman

2017 winner, Laura Kirwan-Ashman

Aim 1

To support and amplify a more diverse range of voices and filmmaking talent, and inspire them to engage creatively with social issues.

AIm 2

To provide a welcoming and open home for Smartphone Filmmaking, countering the inaccessibility and elitism of the film/TV industry.

aim 3

To harness the creative potential of the mobile phone and its ability to make social impact.


 

Workshops + screenings

We welcome projects, collaborations and enquiries. We deliver tailored workshops on smartphone and digital filmmaking across a range of age groups, levels of experience, and events. To commission a workshop or find out more about what we can provide for your group, please email eyewantchange@gmail.com or fill out a contact form.

PEABODY + ICA SUMMER HOLIDAY PROGRAMME // August 2017 Two practical smartphone stop motion workshops commissioned by Peabody and the ICA as part of Peabody Estate's summer holiday programme. The workshops were designed for children and young adults, 11-18 years old.

PEABODY + ICA SUMMER HOLIDAY PROGRAMME // August 2017

Two practical smartphone stop motion workshops commissioned by Peabody and the ICA as part of Peabody Estate's summer holiday programme. The workshops were designed for children and young adults, 11-18 years old.

BRAINCHILD FESTIVAL // July 2017 Screening of smartphone films entered into our competition over the years, followed by a practical workshop teaching participants how to make your own DIY smartphone filmmaking equipment for under £5.

BRAINCHILD FESTIVAL // July 2017

Screening of smartphone films entered into our competition over the years, followed by a practical workshop teaching participants how to make your own DIY smartphone filmmaking equipment for under £5.

V&A FRIDAY LATES // June 2017 Screening of short smartphone films that explore/showcase how smartphones have been used to drive social movements. This screening was followed by an hour-long panel discussion with 2017 competition winner Laura Kirwan-Ashman and journalist Mari Shibata.

V&A FRIDAY LATES // June 2017

Screening of short smartphone films that explore/showcase how smartphones have been used to drive social movements. This screening was followed by an hour-long panel discussion with 2017 competition winner Laura Kirwan-Ashman and journalist Mari Shibata.

ICA SCREENING // May 2017 Eye Want Change in conversation with Aziz Alhamza (Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered SIlently), Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff (Guardian, gal-dem, Dazed), Adam Gee (Channel4, ITV, Arkangel), and Nadira Amrani on the subject of Diversity in Film: Smartphone and Digital Filmmaking. Plus a screening films entered into our competition over the years.

ICA SCREENING // May 2017

Eye Want Change in conversation with Aziz Alhamza (Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered SIlently), Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff (Guardian, gal-dem, Dazed), Adam Gee (Channel4, ITV, Arkangel), and Nadira Amrani on the subject of Diversity in Film: Smartphone and Digital Filmmaking. Plus a screening films entered into our competition over the years.

HOUSE OF VANS // March 2015

A day of screenings, talks and workshops at House of Vans London. The programme included speed dating-style workshops from Eye Want Change, journalist and writer Robbie Wojciechowski, and stop motion artist Jack Brown.

LOUD TATE: I.D // November 2015

As part of Tate Collective's annual LOUD event, we hosted a smartphone filmmaking lab and curated a screening of 2-minute films made in response to an open call for submissions around the theme of 'Identity'.

BFI FUTURE FILM FESTIVAL // February 2016 Combining smartphone film screenings with talks, basic filmmaking exercises and participatory discussion, this workshop was held as part of the BFI's Future Film Festival - the UK's most important industry film festival for 16-25's.

BFI FUTURE FILM FESTIVAL // February 2016

Combining smartphone film screenings with talks, basic filmmaking exercises and participatory discussion, this workshop was held as part of the BFI's Future Film Festival - the UK's most important industry film festival for 16-25's.

ICA STOP PLAY RECORD // July 2016 Practical smartphone filmmaking workshop hosted with the ICA's STOP PLAY RECORD programme. This 4-hour hands-on workshop culminated in participants making a completed 60-second smartphone film.

ICA STOP PLAY RECORD // July 2016

Practical smartphone filmmaking workshop hosted with the ICA's STOP PLAY RECORD programme. This 4-hour hands-on workshop culminated in participants making a completed 60-second smartphone film.


 

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