Community filmmaking and cultural diversity: Practice, innovation and policy


Principal Investigator: Dr Sarita Malik (Brunel University)
Co-investigators: Dr Caroline Chapain (University of Birmingham); Dr Roberta Comunian (King’s College London).
Collaborators: British Film Institute (London); Worldwrite (London); Light House (Wolverhampton); City-Eye (Southampton)
Duration: From 2013 to 2014

The research aims to understand better how community filmmaking practices, in culturally diverse contexts, contribute to the wider film ecology and to representation, identity and innovation and how this contribution can be better supported by policy. The project will outline, through a complexity perspective, a broader framework that considers the intersection between community film making and cultural diversity through the five following dimensions: representation and identity, the role of film as media, the tensions in filming practices between arts and commerce, the knowledge and innovation dynamics and the roles of intermediaries, policy and place.