Young Womens Film Academy


Little Big Butterfly is passionate in promoting and encouraging girls and young women to develop skills and interests in the film industry through exploration of challening issues. Each year the academy work with a core group of young women to explore an issue pertinent to that group through film. Each project is funded through a variety of grants and sponsors.

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The participants work with an all female team of film mentors to create an honest, credible and poignant film that they can be proud of.

We are very excited to be launching out new project 'Young Women with Courage' in January 2016 which is funded through The Big Lottery. The project is being delivered in partnership with the Young Women's Outreach Project based in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.

Recent film projects include; a mini project exploring child sex exploitation, where we worked with The Children's Society and their Scarpa Squad who created a film called 'Unheard Voices:Our Stories'. This film was completed in June 2015. ‘The Impossible Dream’ in partnership with North Tyneside Youth Service and funded by First Light, culminated in a short film called ‘Zara’ which was premiered in July 2013.

The girls involved in the project work with industry professionals including Ex-Emmerdale actor Charlie Hardwick who had this to say about Zara; ‘”I was so impressed with this vibrant group of young women from such diverse backgrounds, working so positively and creatively together. They are funny, bright and passionate and with the help of Clara and her colleagues, have produced a lovely, thought-provoking little film with a big heart. What an invigorating and inspiring project. More more more”.


Previous projects include “Torn Together” a film about young carers and their mothers supported by Barnardos.