Full of practical training and inspiration, this annual film school is for Christian young people aged 15-19 who want to learn to express themselves and their faith on YouTube.
Youthscape offers this exciting 5-day residential each Spring open to up to fifteen young people aged 15-19, regardless of your previous experience in making videos. The programme is generously funded by a grant-making trust, meaning that the cost is just £40 including all teaching, use of equipment, meals and accommodation.
There are more videos about cats than Christians on YouTube, and even where faith is talked about, it can be cringeworthy. We want young Christians to find their own authentic and powerful voice to talk about what matters to them. This residential is all about giving you the skills, confidence and ideas to start that journey. It's also a lot of fun. You'll have the chance to learn the technical side of making and editing videos, as well as how to develop and create content.
Each day you'll join in two masterclasses where you'll hear from professional filmmakers, editors and industry creatives. The classes will cover a wide range of subjects from the art of storytelling to post-production. Whether you have only just picked up your camera, or you’ve been filming for years, there will be something to learn for everyone.
This is your chance to get practical! Each day you’ll have time to put into practice what you’ve learnt. Working individually and in groups, you'll work on your own new videos, with advice and support from the team as you do it.
We are passionate about creating a community of young people who support and encourage each other online and so every evening we have time to hang out; whether it's making s'mores around a bonfire, or heading out to go bowling, the evenings are a chance to kick back, relax, and get to know each other.
As Christians we want everything we do to be an outworking of our faith. That's why we start each day with time together to worship God, pray and reflect. We want to grow our faith and remind ourselves of what it is that we have to share.
All accommodation and meals are provided. We use a residential activity centre as our base, in the countryside close to Luton. It's fully equipped, secure and the perfect place to stay during Share.
How to apply
Hopefully by this point you're almost packing your bags in anticipation! If you would like to be part of the next cohort, fill in our application form here. You will also need to submit a 45 second video about why you think it's important to share your faith on YouTube, but don't worry… we will explain a little more about this short video with the application form.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I really have to be 15-19 years old to come along?
Unfortunately yes - we cannot accept applications from who will be older than 19 or younger than 15 during the film school. If you are currently younger than 15 and interested in applying for SHARE, do think about applying when you turn 15.
I don’t own a DSLR or video camera, can I still come?
Yes that's no problem at all. Lots of people on YouTube just use their phones to shoot their videos - we believe it's about using what you have well! There are free editing programmes you can use too. And we'll have plenty of equipment at Share for you to use and experiment with.
I watch a lot of YouTube, but have never posted anything before, can I still come?
Yes of course! Whether you have been uploading to YouTube for years, or are just starting out, the masterclasses and workshops will be inclusive regardless of your level or experience. However, you might find it helpful to have a go creating and editing some videos before the Film School begins, so that you have some previous experience to build upon when you arrive.
I believe in God but I'm not super confident or great at sharing my faith, does that matter?
No, this film school isn't for just those who are already really passionate and confident about sharing their faith. We want to help inspire you and gently encourage you to think about why you might share your faith, and how you could do that by being YOU. We believe that everyone has something unique and valuable to say about God, your voice matters. Maybe ask your youth leader to run the free session to the right with your youth group to get started thinking about what sharing our faith is all about.
Why is the cost only £40?
The cost of hosting Youthscape’s Film School is actually a lot higher, but is subsidised by a grant-making trust.
Why are you only focusing on YouTube, not all social media platforms?
This is a great question, and we believe that it is important to share our faith across all the areas of our lives, including our social media platforms. However, with 81% of teens in UK watching YouTube and more teens now watching YouTube than cable television, we believe that young Christians have an amazing opportunity to using this space for good and want to focus primarily on this platform. A lot of the teaching though will encourage and inspire you to think about how you share your faith across all areas of your life.
Who will be leading Share?
Members of the Youthscape team lead Share, including our Head of Visual Media, James Chapman. As an experienced and accomplished filmmaker, James has travelled the world to make films not just for Youthscape, but many other Christian and commercial clients.
Young people, youth workers and parents are welcome to contact us to find out more about Share. You can email or phone using the contact information on this page.