It’s always difficult to announce yourself. And it’s awkward to talk about yourself in the third person.
So, how do you go about letting people know that there has been a change in directorship at North Devon Moving Image CIC (NDMI)?
Introducing NDMI’s New Creative Director
I’m Gareth Alvarez, the new Creative Director at NDMI.
Earlier this year, when Mandi announced she was stepping down as Creative Director and searching for a new leader to take the organisation forwards, I jumped at the opportunity.
Over the past seven years, Mandi has done exceptional work with NDMI. She has run some amazing projects, told some beautiful stories, and given people across North Devon both a voice and a platform to express themselves through film.
She has also left some huge shoes to fill.
But, it’s also an opportunity to develop and build upon the work she has already done. A chance for a fresh face to take NDMI in a new direction, while keeping true to its values and overall mission: to deliver arts and heritage projects and produce short films which inspire, enlighten and entertain.
And this is what I intend to do.
So, who am I? And why has Mandi willingly handed over her baby to me?
Well, I am the Head of Media at The Ilfracombe Academy. So taking up the Directorship at NDMI felt like a natural step for me. Another way to provide young people and the wider community with access to film and its potential to inspire creativity and tell important stories.
As Head of Media, I have always sought opportunities for my students to gain real-life filmmaking experience. Having previously submitted student work for Mandi’s Wild Shorts Competition, I have experienced NMDI’s potential as a wonderful vehicle to support young people’s education in North Devon through film. And this is something that I aim to develop further.
I love filmmaking and the creative process. I love working with young people, and people in general, to help them discover the possibilities and potential that film has to offer. And I want to channel this through NDMI.
We’re Going This Way
So, as the new Creative Director at North Devon Moving Image my personal mission will be:
North Devon Moving Image CIC (NDMI) is a community film making organisation delivering arts and heritage projects to produce short films which inspire, enlighten and entertain.
In October 2020, 7 years on from launching NDMI, I will be stepping down leaving an opportunity for a leader or leaders to take the organisation forwards with new energy and creativity. If you think this is you, read on...
There is an opportunity for earning income with NDMI by running local arts and heritage projects. Historically, the majority of our income has been from grant funding but as a CIC there is potential for commercial offers e.g. film and video production, education and training as well as monetising our substantial short film archive.
The position would suit a creative entrepreneur, project manager or arts producer or a collective of multidisciplinary parties. You don't need to be a film maker, you do need passion and dedication to working to benefit the north Devon community. The company will be passed over with no assets nor liabilities and no charge. Annual core running costs are approximately £300 (insurance, web costs, company filing fees).
You will be free to run the company as you wish in line with our mission statement and it could be a part time side hustle or a full time job. There will be a hand over period so you aren't thrown in the deep end and training on managing the website if you need it.
The organisation has an excellent reputation and is known to and supported by local and regional funders.
To find out more about the company see our company information at Companies House https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/08737215 and you can scroll through these news pages to give you an idea of what projects we have worked on to date.
Please do get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest or to arrange an informal chat.
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Gareth Alvarez, Creative Director
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