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Cary Comes Home film challenge now open

Are you up for a filmmaking challenge inspired by the Golden Age of cinema? The Cary Grant Comes Home For The Weekend festival is back for 2016 and they’re running a film challenge for micro movies inspired the classic 1938 film Bringing Up Baby. Movies must be under 90 seconds and include one of the following items:

evening dress
dinosaur bones
a net

Intrigued? Find out more here.  Our Director Carolyn Hassan is on the judging panel again this year and is looking forward to seeing your submissions!

Cary Comes Home is run by festival directors Charlotte Crofts and Anna Farthing, born out of their shared passion for Bristol’s vibrant cinema culture and film heritage. The festival’s aims are to celebrate Cary Grant’s Bristol roots, develop new audiences for his films and recreate the golden age of cinema-going.

Meet new creative talent at Triple Bill

We’re inviting schools, artists, young people and creative sector employers to join us for an evening of networking and activity that celebrates Bristol’s young media pioneers and offers employers the chance to meet new talent.

The Triple Bill event on Thursday 26th March will mark the launch of Eight, a new platform for supported employment for 18-30s that aims to build networks between creative sector employers and young people. Employers will have a chance to network with young creatives, see examples of work they’ve already produced, and find out more about the possibilities of working together.

Visitors will be some of the first to see ‘The Glowing Divide’, an interactive documentary about social isolation amongst 13-19 year olds – and what can be done to tackle it. There will be an opportunity to meet KWMC’s Junior Digital Producers: a team of filmmakers, researchers and coders aged 18-24 who have been employed for six months through the Creative Employment Programme.

The evening will also include the re-launch of KWMC’s programme for 10-25 year olds as Jump Studios.

The event takes place at Knowle West Media Centre, Leinster Avenue, Bristol, BS4 1NL, from 5-7pm. For more details call 0117 903 0444.

Digital Hub – Interactive Documentary Sessions

We are looking for 12 young people aged 13-19 who are interested in filmmaking and digital technologies. From Wednesday 14th January we’re hosting a new series of workshops about how to make your own ‘interactive documentary’. These sessions will take place during our Digital Hub on a Wednesday evening from 5pm-7pm .

Danai Mikelli is coming in to run the sessions, a PhD Researcher in Interactive Documentary and Critical Media Education at Coventry University who has already worked with our Junior Digital Producers on their film.

During the sessions we will be collecting interviews and materials to bring your stories to life, learning about film making, editing and multimedia, and getting a better an understanding about what an interactive documentary is!

For more information and to book a place, contact Dot: or phone 0117 9030 444.

Interactive Doc



KWMC Director to judge Cary Grant film competition

Could you write, shoot and edit a 90-second film inspired by North by Northwest – in just one month?

We’re delighted that our Director, Carolyn Hassan, has been invited to judge a short-film challenge commemorating the cinematic work of Cary Grant.

The Cary Comes Home festival takes places on 11th-12th October 2014 and celebrates internationally renowned film star Cary Grant – who was born Archie Leach in our very own city of Bristol. The festival includes film screenings, talks, and a film challenge.

The challenge is free to enter and entries are accepted from 1st September until the deadline of Friday 3rd October 2014, 5pm. Films must be must be under 90 seconds and include at least one of the following: a suit, a classic quote from North by Northwest, a compass, a field, a train, sunglasses, matches.

Shortlisted films will be featured on the festival website and shown on The Big Screen At-Bristol Millennium Square, opposite the Cary Grant statue, over the festival weekend. Winning films will be screened before the red carpet gala screening of North by Northwest at the Bristol Hippodrome on Sunday 12th October.

The films will be judged by a panel including:

  • Carolyn Hassan (Knowle West Media Centre)
  • Rich Warren (Brief Encounters)
  • James Ewen (CineMe)
  • Cathy Poole (MoVIES)
  • Charlie Harman (Compass Presents)
  • Catherine Grant (Film Studies For Free)
  • Gina Fucci (Films at 59)

For more details visit the Cary Comes Home website.


Summer activities for 10-19 year olds

This summer sees our biggest holiday programme for young people yet! We have five weeks of activities, ranging from coding and app-making to sculpture, music and outdoor activities. We hope there will be something for everyone; take a look and let us know what you fancy:

Young Rewired State Festival of Code

Monday 28th July – Sunday 3rd August (doors open 8.30am-6pm; guided activity 9.30am-4pm)

A week of coding, app-making and fun. Design and make your own app – no experience necessary, mentors will be on hand to help you.  From Monday to Thursday we’ll be making and coding at KWMC; from Friday to Sunday we’ll be at Plymouth University presenting our apps to a team of judges!

Ages 8 – 18 (Under 14’s must be accompanied by an adult to Plymouth University)
Free but participants will need to pay for travel to Plymouth
Book online at the Young Rewired State website.

Sculpture and Animation

Monday 4th – Friday 8th August – POSTPONED

XLR Urban Music Festival

Tuesday 12th – Friday 15th August (Workshops 11am-4pm; Performances 5-9pm)

A celebration of local music culture featuring live performances, graffiti, urban sports and much more. Now in its fourth year, XLR 2014 offers an even bigger selection of acts, extended hours and even more opportunities to get involved.

Workshops for ages 10-19
Free. Drop in, with opportunities to sign up for workshops. Contact

Taking it to the Streets

Monday 18th – Friday 22nd August (10am-4pm)

A week of KWMC activities in parks and outdoor spaces around Knowle West.

Ages 10-19

KWMC Summer Programme

Tuesday 26th – Friday 29th August (10am-3pm)

Lots of creative and digital activities to choose from. Workshops to be confirmed, but in previous years we’ve offered animation, performing arts, photography, music and more.

Ages 10-19
£3 per session or £5 per day
You can drop in but we advise you book in advance to secure a place. Contact

Below are some photos of the things we’ve done in the last few months:


Upcoming project – See It Make It Film Sessions

Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) is about to launch a new film programme for 14-19 year olds: over a ten-week course young people can dive into film production, learn industry-standard filmmaking techniques, and create their own movie!

We’re working with Into Film’s “See It Make It” project and Chris Kemp of Suited and Booted, who will support young film enthusiasts to create a short film – from the initial storyboard to the editing. The film will be screened at a celebration event at the end of the course. The group will meet every Tuesday (term time) from 6.30-8.30pm, beginning 13th May 2014.

Places are limited, so we’re looking for young people with a keen interest in filmmaking and a proactive approach. To help us select a great group of young people, we’re setting a little challenge…We’re inviting YOU to tweet YOUR idea for a short film to @knowlewestmedia using the hashtag #film14. Young people can also e-mail ideas to with the title “Film 14”. It could be anything from “A dog gains superpowers and starts fighting crime!” to “A documentary exploring young people’s hobbies in Bristol”.

We want to spread this opportunity far and wide, and we need your help! Please feel free to forward this opportunity to any relevant networks, share with friends, colleagues and anyone you think may benefit from these sessions.

For more about KWMC call 0117 903 0444
More about the project at:
More about Chris Kemp and Suited And Booted at

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Knowle West Media Centre
Leinster Avenue
Knowle West
+44 (0) 117 903 0444

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