Faction Films win Google Digital Media Award

May 7, 2014

We were delighted when we heard that Faction Film’s Invisible Picture Show had been nominated for the Google Digital Media Award at this year’s One World Media Awards, we’re even more delighted to hear that it has won. Congratulations to all concerned. If you haven’t already checked out Invisible Picture Show here it is. The […]









Faction Films’ ‘Invisible Picture Show’

May 1, 2014

Delighted to hear that Faction Films’ Invisible Picture Show about children in immigration detention centres, has been nominated for the Google Digital Media Award at this year’s One World Media Awards. Experience Invisible Picture Show Invisible Picture Show gives a voice to children locked up in Immigration Detention Centres in Australia, Greece, the USA, and […]









Learning Lab: Digging up the Arts Garden

April 30, 2014

Here’s a link to a short film and publication on our Learning Lab Editions website – DIGGING UP THE ARTS GARDEN, featuring Hassan Mahamdallie (former Senior Strategy Officer at Arts Council England) talking about the groundwork for ACE’s ‘Creative Case for Diversity’ agenda. A hard fought for arts policy benefiting many yet not without its […]









Platforma Festival 2013

March 28, 2014

For those who’ve not yet seen it, here are the video highlights from the Platforma Festival of arts and refugees in Manchester at the end of last year. The two day Conference was full of interesting workshops and inspirational speakers from across the UK and internationally, and the artistic programme (including the first ever Platforma […]









(Better) Believe It: Big Journeys, Untold Stories

January 23, 2014

  We are pleased to announce the launch of an exciting digital archive project (Better) Believe It: Big Journeys, Untold Stories that will see Counterpoints Arts collaborating with filmmaker, Sue Clayton and her colleagues at Royal Holloway University. Creativeworks London under their Creative Voucher Scheme is funding the pilot stage of this project. (Better) Believe […]









Dynamics of screen storytelling

October 7, 2013

Isaacs has an astounding gift for getting people to open up to him and he uses film the way a very skilled artist uses paint. The result is beautiful, heartbreaking and profoundly humane. Times Online Join us for a Moving Worlds’ mini-season of acclaimed documentary filmmaker, Marc Isaacs, and a One Stop Doc workshop titled […]









Girl Rising

October 1, 2013

We recently had the opportunity to see ‘Girl Rising’ and meet the Executive Producer, Kayce Freed Jennings. It’s an extraordinary film that uses a whole range of storytelling tactics to launch a truly innovative global campaign for girls’ education. Here’s how this mammoth project is described: Girl Rising is a global action campaign for girls’ […]









‘Using Film to Reach Beyond the Choir’

October 1, 2013

‘Using Film to Reach Beyond the Choir’ – an interesting interview with Ellen Schneider, Director of AV Story Lab at Active Voice, San Francisco. Here Ellen talks to the Communications Network in the US, exploring why it’s important to harness good storytelling and character-driven films to change the public discussion on immigration referring to the […]









A One Stop Doc Workshop – Hamedullah: The Road Home

October 1, 2013

Storytelling potential of creative documentary – Hamedullah: The Road Home -‘One Stop Doc’ Workshop One Stop Doc @ Counterpoints Arts is running a workshop at the forthcoming Platforma Conference in Manchester on 1 November – details here. We’re also planning to run a longer workshop with Sue Clayton in London – dates to be confirmed. […]









World City: Insights on Migration in London

September 4, 2013

Barbican in association with Moving Worlds at Counterpoints Arts presents World City: Insights on Migration in London A Film programme and ScreenTalk Join us on September 26th for a ScreenTalk with editors Russell Crockett and Herbert Hunger, chaired by Sukhdev Sandhu; and a programme of films including Cosmopolitan London (1924), The Vanishing Street (1962), Sampling […]









Hoxton Street – a treasure trove of imaginative, participatory arts and learning projects…

April 9, 2013

Since Counterpoints Arts is located on Hoxton Street, we’re finding like-minded folks and complimentary projects happening just next door and up the road. Here’s a tiny sample of how the street and surrounding neighbourhood is being re-imagined through collective archiving, creative mapping, participatory arts, free learning, social justice education and much more. Check out Dustin […]









5 Youth & Creative Arts Projects – Contributing to Migration Debate

February 25, 2013

Imaginative, brave and feisty storytelling is at the heart of these five initiatives, where young people lead the way in challenging broken immigration and social policy and use their collective agency to steer public conversations towards youth oriented perspectives stemming from diverse, and deeply personal experiences. We encourage you to look, listen and take note […]









‘Designing for Impact’ – Is social documentary ahead of the game?

February 8, 2013

Unlike academic circles where the ‘impact agenda’ has caused a good deal of rancorous (arguably myopic) debate, social documentary filmmaking takes ‘impact’ pretty much for granted. So much so that ‘impact evaluation’ is increasingly being considered as an integral component of the storytelling process – at least in some quarters. A Center for Social Media […]









‘The Prenups’

February 7, 2013

What a wonderful name for a project that soothes (potential) tensions, misunderstandings and competing expectations for filmmakers and funders! Socially engaged filmmakers interested in documentary as a vehicle for social change agendas often attract the interest of foundations. At least funders increasingly persuaded by the potential for documentary film to act as a powerful catalyst, […]









12 Stories on Immigration Reform

November 20, 2012

‘How Democracy Works Now’ reads more like arid political science than a riveting 12-part documentary series on the US Immigration Reform Campaign (2001-2007).