Open Call for Filmmaker

We’re looking for a professional filmmaker to work in collaboration with a group of three, thirteen to sixteen year olds from the Pennine Lancashire area (Ribble Valley, Burnley, Pendle, Hyndburn, Rossendale, Blackburn and Darwen) to create a short promotional film about Blaze. 

 Our aims of the project are to: 

  • Provide a unique experience for three young people to work with a professional filmmaker and receive training and hands on experience in all aspects of filmmaking. 
  • Create a short (maximum three minute) promotional film about Blaze that communicates what the charity does and what impact it has. The film will be shared on our website and social media channels and should support our audience development plan and enable us to attract new investment and engage more people. 

 We will be responsible for recruiting young people to work on this project.  

 The film must contain diverse voices of young people who have taken part in Blaze’s programmes. Blaze will lead on recruiting previous participants to interview. The film must embody Blaze’s values.  

Throughout the project you will listen to the opinions and ideas of the young participants and involve them in decision making.  

We would like you to develop a proposal for how you would deliver this project and provide the best possible experience for the young people participating. We expect them to spend a minimum of eight hours with you. 

You must provide all of the equipment required to deliver this project.  


Essential Requirements 

  • Professional experience of making films for clients.  
  • Experience of working with young people under 18 and working collaboratively with diverse people. 
  • A current, clear DBS check and appropriate public liability insurance to cover your work on this project.  
  • Willingness to abide by Blaze’s Equality and Diversity and Safeguarding policies. Please contact us if you’d like to read these before you express an interest in working on the project. 


Where and When? 

We expect the majority of this project to take place in Burnley however we would welcome proposals that include trips to other locations including professional editing suites or filming locations. Blaze has access to spaces in Burnley that can be used for interviews and meetings. 

If you’d like to express an interest in this project, please get in touch by 5pm on Friday 28 January 2022. 

Interviews will take place in the week commencing 7 February 2022. 

The project must be completed between 14 March – 13 May 2022. 



The total fee available for this commission is £3000 (including VAT).  

There is an additional budget to cover participant’s travel expenses and support access needs. 


To Submit an Expression of Interest 

Please send a short email, video message or sound recording to by 5pm on Friday 28 January including: 

  • Your name, address, email and phone number.  
  • An outline of how you will approach this project including answers to these questions:  

How much time will you spend with the young people? 

What training will the young participants receive? 

How long will the project take? 

How will you involve young people in decision making? 

  • A breakdown of the commission fee. 
  • Links to websites and/or films that document your previous work. 
  • The names and contact details of two referees.

 The selection and interview process will involve young people so please consider this when you submit your expression of interest.