Film In Action runs specialized filmmaking courses overseas for students from all over the world. We are a team of filmmakers from the UK and the USA with many years of experience in the creative industries and working in developing countries. We design short courses that have an emphasis on experiential learning. We are founded on the belief that film and media can be a force for positive change in the world and an opportunity to give a voice to people and issues that need to be heard.

Mission & Vision

TextOur Mission is to nurture the skills and knowledge of aspiring filmmakers by designing and running experiential, immersive film courses around the world. We aim to give our students the tools and environment to explore their passions for storytelling raise awareness of serious issues, and give voice to underserved communities worldwide.
TextOur Vision is to inspire the next generation of documentary filmmakers and help bring their talents and voices to films that will have a positive impact on the world.

Our Story

As filmmakers and educators, we met while teaching documentary filmmaking courses throughout Ecuador, Cambodia and Kenya. We worked with film students who traveled from foreign countries to learn the art of storytelling, while immersed in the country and culture of their characters. There, we saw first hand that the experience was about so much more than filmmaking, with both students and teachers learning about themselves through the challenges and excitement of life in our host country.

To spend time with inspired young filmmakers had a huge impact on us and on our approach to teaching. Experiencing the power of filmmaking bringing light to stories, issues and people who would otherwise have no voice, we decided to develop and run our own experiential courses. Thus, Film In Action was born.

We provide a platform for students from all different backgrounds and disciplines to have a life affirming learning experience abroad while supporting organizations, communities, and people who have stories that need to be heard. We facilitate a variety of specialized creative courses, all rooted in the belief that film can be a force for positive change in the world. It is our intent that, through Film In Action, we enable others to be a part of this journey.

Our Values

    • WE EDUCATE, develop, and celebrate the next generation of storytellers by teaching them the transformative power of film.
    • WE PROMOTE a diverse, inclusive, and participatory cultural exchange that is respectful of all communities.
    • WE TEACH techniques that empower students to harness their imagination and utilize their creativity.
    • WE VALUE our students and invest in resources to ensure the highest quality of experiential learning.
    • WE UPHOLD the principle of neutrality and believe documentary film must never exploit people’s vulnerabilities or be used to further any political or religious doctrine.
    • WE ARE DEDICATED to forging strong partnerships, collaborating with experts, nongovernmental and community-based organizations, and other stakeholders to achieve the best possible outcome for the students, organizations, and communities we engage.

Get Involved

We have Documentary Outreach courses this summer. If you’re interested in taking part then we want to hear from you…inspiration and adventure awaits!

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