The festival was a day bursting with ideas, images, music, questions and discussion from around the world. The conversation ranged from two young radio broadcasters who skyped in from Zambia, to seasoned specialists on story-telling and film editing, to academics, to upcoming London-based producers who are making films for girls’ empowerment.
The 12 organisations who presented were champions for a great variety of media in development. Across this variety, several shared experiences and common reflections emerged from the speakers. Most notably: The value of conversation that is inclusive and reflective. The role new technologies and how these developing platforms influence the conversation itself. The difficulty of measuring impact, and how innovation can heighten this challenge.
In parallel with afternoon activities, InsightShare led an immersive workshop on Participatory Video methodology. Participants took the camera in-hand as the group explored questions of «What does your ideal future look like? When have I experienced a perfect world?». Over two hours, they learnt how video techniques can bring about community-led change.
The Programme — including links to the presentations given — was as follows:
C4D Network welcome – Jackie Davies & Katie Bartholomew [ C4D Network Challenge Presentation ]
Malaria Consortium – Marian Blondeel & Daudi Ochieng [ Malaria Consortium Presentation ]
Andrew Lees Trust – Yvonne Orengo [ Oral testimony video ]
Feba Radio – Johnny F & Stephanie M [ Presentation ]
Restless Development – Sho Konno [ Restless Bog Post ]
The evening featured a discussion on ‘Who’s holding the camera? The journey of sight and sound in representations of development’. Keynote speaker Antonello Proto (producer, director and script-writer on more than 70 audiovisual programs) guided the audience through footage from archive clips of anthropological, posed documentaries, to contemporary examples of participatory, use-led film. Responding to him was panelist Dr. David Dunkley Gyimah (Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster, and Publisher of the international award-winning viewmagazine.tv), who gave a dynamic insight into the next generation of media makers and their contribution to a developing field of journalism and C4D. Panelist Nicola Harford (Director of iMedia Associates) concluded the evening by considering the innovative uses of video-gaming in HIV/AIDS programming and challenges of evaluation in creative contexts.
We look forward to seeing you for all the exciting events and meet-ups that we have coming up for 2017!