The Fillm Unit encourages pupils, aged between 13 and 18, to make their own short documentary or animated films under the guidance of a team of industry professional led by the renowned documentarist Michael Grigsby. The Unit is also developing proposals for a pilot scheme that would see the Abingdon Film Unit model adopted in a number of London's inner city schools.
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The Film Unit's latest project is to make a film in Moldova. Abingdon has had a link with Moldova, Europe's poorest country, for about 6 years with groups of 6th formers visiting and helping to run activity camps for children during the summer holidays. The aim of the film is to raise the profile of a place that most people have never heard of, let alone understood. As a by product, the Unit aims to establish a Moldovan Film Unit along Abingdon lines which would be run by Abingdon's first Moldovan scholar in residence who is currently here at School. The Imperial War Museum have expressed in interest in the project as they a mounting a large exhibition next November on the 20th anniversary of the dismantling of the Berlin Wall, the end of the Cold War and its legacy. Part of the exhibition will be online and this element will be aimed at school which could potentially include the Moldovan film. To make this film a reality the School needs ¬£5,000 to assist with the funding of profesional cinematography tutor and other associated expenses. Please do help this exciting project become a reality
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