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THE OFFSHOOT FOUNDATION

Inspiring a New Generation of Film Makers

The Offshoot Foundation is a registered charity based in Suffolk, delivering film education and training to disadvantaged and young people across the UK.

 

ABOUT US

We are the Next Generation of Film Makers.

Based in Sudbury, Suffolk, The Offshoot Foundation is a registered charity and has consistently produced professional filmmaking workshops and projects for young and disadvantaged young people across the whole UK since 2008.  These projects help develop confidence, leadership and teamwork skills through film making and creative media.

We aim to empower, enthuse and inspire young people, to develop life skills and raise aspirations by using creative media to reach their full potential - and we're always happy to see former students return as mentors, passing on their experiences to new participants.

We've already had plenty of success stories, having helped many young people into further education, university and employment in the film and TV industries, with many of our ex-students also coming back for work experience and paid work with us. Over 30 of our ex-students now work professionally in the Film and Television industry

To keep up to date with us and what we do, follow our socials and sign up to our newsletter by clicking our LinkTree.

Students from a local Secondary School working on a project with the Foundation
Students from a local Secondary School working on a project with the Foundation

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One type of lights we use when filming

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Students from a local secondary school working on their interviewing skills
Students from a local secondary school working on their interviewing skills

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Students from a local Secondary School working on a project with the Foundation
Students from a local Secondary School working on a project with the Foundation

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4-DAY SHORT-FILM WORKSHOPS

Our final workshop before the Summer holidays starts in less than 3 weeks! 

We will be at Samuel Ward Academy in Haverhill on the 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th of July running a 4 day short-film workshop!

At this workshop, participants will learn how to write a script, act, film, edit and so much more with the help of our professional filmmakers!

To find out more information drop us an email or go to our Facebook page. To book, click on the poster to download a form and then email:

theoffshootfoundation@gmail.com

Top 10 Skills of 2025

Click the button below to have a look at our analysis on the World Economic Forum's Top 10 Skills of 2025.

These divergent and creative skills are what the WEF say will dominate the top 10 needed skills for employers. 

At The Offshoot Foundation, we thrive on helping every child improve on ALL of these skills, click the 'Read More' button below to have a look through our thoughts.

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SUMMER 2022

We are currently seeking funding and venues to run our Summer 2022 workshops across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, and London. 

If you would like to keep up to date with our progress, please do sign up to our newsletter by clicking HERE.

If you have any questions, please do drop us an email at theoffshootfoundation@gmail.com or message James on 07849 245423.

Until then, we will keep empowering, enthusing and inspiring the next generation of young filmmakers.

See you soon

 

OUR GOALS AND WHO WE HELP

Turning Interest Into Action

​The Offshoot Foundation works with disadvantaged and young people using creative media to:

  • Develop social and technical skills

  • Build confidence

  • Teach teamwork, communication and leadership skills

  • Employ people who what already completed our courses to mentor new participants 

  • Encourage young mentors into specialist or general further education and into work.

We help:

  • Any school age children

  • Separate youth organisations

  • Schools

  • Young people living in disadvantaged areas, youth organisations and schools.

  • NEET young people.

  • Young people with disabilities.

  • Pupil Referral Units, working with disengaged young people.

  • Adults with disabilities.

  • Long-term unemployed.

  • Young offenders.

  • Young people in care.

  • Young carers.

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WHO WE WORK WITH

  • First Light

  • Into Film

  • The National Lottery

  • Suffolk County Council

  • Essex County Council 

  • Enfield Council

  • Babergh/Mid Suffolk District Council

  • Neaco

  • Dedham Vale AONB

  • KNOW, Saudi Arabia

  • Thomas Gainsborough School, Great Cornard

  • Volunteering Matters, Ipswich

  • Stagecoach

  • Befriending Scheme, Sudbury

  • Guildhall, Bury St Edmunds

  • Essex Young Carers

  • Suffolk Young Carers

  • Sudbury Museum Trust

  • The Apex - Bury St Edmunds

  • The Quay Theatre - Sudbury

  • Gorseland Primary School, Ipswich

  • Ormiston Sudbury Academy, Sudbury

  • Thurston Academy, Bury St Edmunds

  • Haverhill Arts Centre

  • Kernos Councilling 

  • Keystone Trust, Thetford

  • Community Action Suffolk

  • Chantry Library, Ipswich

  • Gainsborough Library, Ipswich

  • Thurston Library, Bury St Edmunds

  • Gainsborough's House, Sudbury  

  • Little Hall, Lavenham

  • Devonshire Infant School

  • West Suffolk College, Bury St Edmunds

 

WORKSHOP FILMS

 

PAST PROJECTS

The Offshoot Foundation takes on a wide range of work, all with the aim of helping young and disadvantaged people develop skills and confidence, and to express themselves through film making. 

From film workshops to helping young people address stigma and finding their future career path, we're committed to enriching people's lives through film.


See the links below for examples of projects we have worked on and films we have made.

 

SUCCESS STORIES

Through work with The Offshoot Foundation and Offshoot Films, we've provided over 300 young people with work experience.  

"Many young people who have had work experience with myself still keep in touch.  Lots have gone on to work in the film and TV industries, but there many more who have found other careers.  Never a week goes by without a former student asking me for a reference.  I'm proud to think that in some way I've helped a young person take one of those first few steps on the career ladder."

- Paul Press (Charity Founder)

There have been many successes along the way - sometimes small ones, sometimes life changing ones.  Here are two of those stories.

DAN'S STORY

Dan first worked with Paul when in Year 9 as part of our young film makers group.  He quickly became a talented editor and Paul employed him to work alongside him on projects, building up Dan’s showreel and CV. 

Dan attended West Suffolk College and was the first of Paul’s students to attend Ravensbourne University.  Dan worked with Paul as often as he could and also found work experience at many production companies in London.  He left University with a 2:1 degree and continues to work with The Offshoot Foundation, as well as Russia Today and The Clare Balding Show for BT Sport.

“Before I worked alongside Paul, I only dreamt of working in TV. I had no idea of how to achieve this. It was Paul who advised, coached and mentored me through school, college and university. He showed faith in my talent and ability."

— Dan Newman, BT Sport Floormanager

ASHLEY'S STORY

Ashley was fourteen when he first went along to one of our workshops.  He quickly became engrossed in media and would attend every workshop he could.  He was disaffected at school and left with no qualifications.  Despite this, Ashley was welcomed to West Suffolk College on the Media Production course because of his commitment to working with Offshoot during his spare time in the preceding two years. 

Ashley continued to grow in confidence and ability at college and continued to develop his film showreel over the next two years.  With a CV demonstrating a wealth of experience, he applied to Ravensbourne University in 2013, but was concerned about his lack of formal qualifications.  Once the university had seen the amount of work that Ashley had completed whilst working with Offshoot and at college, they were happy to offer him an unconditional place.

“Meeting and working with you has changed my life. I never thought I would amount to much and was told that by many people. You showed me that with commitment and hard work, I can achieve. Thank you for showing faith in me and giving me a focus in life. I wouldn’t be where I am today without you."

— Ashley

 

"I have been working with Paul and his filmmaking team for many years and have seen the power of film making in education. Students simply thrive when given the challenge of writing, filming, producing, editing and promoting their own films. They work as young leaders and develop their practical, creative and technical skills. Most importantly, they feel proud of their work and see the tangible, successful outcomes. Young people’s confidence grows. And, they have fun!"

— Nicola Shelley - Suffolk School Leader

BEHIND THE SCENES

 

GALLERY

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OUR PARTNERS

Making A Difference

The Offshoot Foundation works with a number of different organisations, groups and companies to better accomplish our goals.  This page features those partners who we've worked with extensively on various projects, and how we've been able to better work with young and disadvantaged people with their help

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OFFSHOOT FILMS


The Offshoot Foundation started as the community group side of Offshoot Films, with a focus on engaging young and disadvantaged people through creative media.

Since becoming an independent, registered charity in 2015, The Offshoot Foundation has been able to further these goals by engaging in a wider range of projects with the continued support of Offshoot Films.

For more information, visit offshoot-films.co.uk and its Vimeo channel.

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VITEC

Vitec Production Solutions design, manufacture and distribute premium branded and technically advanced products and solutions for broadcasters, film and video production companies, independent content creators and enterprises. Products include video heads, tripods, lights, batteries, prompters and speciality camera systems and are sold under brands including OConnor, Sachtler, Litepanels, Anton Bauer, Autocue, Autoscript and Vinten.

 

GETTING IN TOUCH

For further information contact Paul Press via:

(01787) 370378 or 07740 308 048

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