North Devon Moving Image is a CIC — a Community Interest Company. Now, for the uninitiated, this means we occupy the curious and interesting space between Limited Companies (Ltd) and charities.
A CIC is like a Limited Company insofar as its directors have limited liability. Additionally, a CIC limited by guarantee, like NDMI, has no share capital and cannot pay dividends. However, unlike a Limited Company, a CIC exists primarily to benefit a community. Which is where the parallels with charities begin.
Like a charity, NDMI depends on external funding to pursue community interest projects. And, as such, all the funding we receive is invested in our projects. NDMI’s very existence as a CIC is founded upon our mission to give something back to the North Devon community.
In our case, it’s through filmmaking.
It’s about telling people’s stories. Giving people a voice. Making meaningful connections.
And there’s only one way to do that effectively.
Stop. Collaborate. And Listen.
Even though he sampled the bassline to Queen’s ‘Under Pressure’ without permission and had then included the lyrics “stop, collaborate and listen” without the slightest hint of irony, Vanilla Ice makes a valid point. This is how to make things work.
And when you have an interest in the community, and a determination to create, collect and share their stories through film, these are solid guiding principles.
Which is how we came to work on a project with Encompass Southwest.
A Facebook post looking for media-savvy volunteers to make short films, record podcasts and write blogs, caught my eye.
This was an opportunity for collaboration.
At the very least it was a chance to meet up with other people working within, and for, the community and just listen.
Which is exactly what happened.
We met. We talked. We listened. And, as a result, we discovered a common ground. A charity in need of some filmmaking and media support, and a CIC in need of its first community filmmaking project under its new management.
In short, serendipity. The stars aligned for both organisations at just the right moment.
And here we are.
Several meetings on and the @RISK project is in development and looking promising. In fact, it has the potential to be huge and impactful. More than any of us could have imagined when we first sat down for that informal chat over coffees and fruit juice.
For now, though, it’s very much a case of watch this space.
Just one final insight I’ve gained from my involvement in this first project. If you show interest in the community, the community will show an interest in you.
In the words of Ol' Blue Eyes, “I get a CIC out of you.”
A team of young people in North Devon are getting set to create a series of promotional videos for local charities with the support of North Devon Moving Image.
Thanks to grant funding from Wace Family Fund via Devon Community Foundation North Devon Moving Image (NDMI) is delighted to announce the launch of the Barnstaple Youth Social Action Project.
Chantal Tonks, who works with young people on the Careers Skills and Entry to Employment programmes at Petroc in Barnstaple, says “I am really excited to be working with NDMI again; the relationship between our young people and NDMI has been very successful in the past with some excellent results. Our current cohort who are returning next year are looking forward to the opportunity of working with NDMI focusing on an area that they feel passionate about.”
The young film makers will work in small groups, each choosing a charity close to their hearts. They will work together over the next year to learn and develop their communication and digital media skills, producing a series of short films for the charities to use as presentations and for distribution via social media.
North Devon Moving Image is registered as a volunteer with Media Trust to offer advice and training on film making to local charities and community groups in Devon.
We are looking forward to working with traditional folk music organisation Wren Music to help them develop the skills to produce their own short promotional films.
If you would like to find out more about offering your skills as a volunteer with Media Trust click here: http://www.mediatrust.org/volunteer/volunteer-with-us-1/
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North Devon Moving Image CIC
Gareth Alvarez, Creative Director
North Devon Moving Image CIC is a Community Interest Company Limited by Guarantee
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