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Access Stunts

We are officially partnering with Screen Nation to bring an event to BAFTA in London on the 26th October all about the stunts industry. Here you can see our CEO Joelle Mae David and guest speaker Shaina West highlight the shortfall in minority stunt artists on London Live.

This event is particularly aimed at those from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background who may be interested in training as a stunt artist, a current athlete or into fitness. This is because the stunts industry is unfortunately a very underrepresented area of the film industry and as we fight for more diversity on-screen this MUST be backed up in stunts too, as the demand for more diverse stunt artists increases.


BUT this isn’t just for athletes and wannabe stunt artists! Filmmakers, producers and production companies may also find this event beneficial if they want to use stunts in a future project but don’t know how the industry works.

What we have found is that most young people from diverse backgrounds simply do not know what the stunts industry is about, how to train or what to train in. It is therefore our aim though this initial event to educate the audience on what disciplines are needed to qualify, how and where to train, the costs and courses  available.

This will be told through a panel of professionals, including:

Marvin Campbell, stuntman: Inception, Casino Royale, Skyfall, The Bourne Ultimatum
Shain West, stuntwoman: Self-taught martial-artist
Jim Dowdell, The British Stunt Register
Bare Arms: A UK organisation specialising in fire arms for film and TV

With more to be announced!


More workshops will be announced in December

Shortlisted for arts and culture award

CEO and founder Joelle Mae David has been shortlisted for a Women’s Empowerment award in Barking and Dagenham.

The award is for leadership in arts and culture within the borough.

This is now the third award Joelle has been shortlisted for this year. It is also the first year Joelle has dedicated the majority of her time to Bluebird Pictures, letting part-time jobs take a back seat.

This is because she is committed to making the TV and film industry more accessible for those from hard to reach areas.


World Cinema Film Festival Insta

We are no longer putting any World Cinema Film Festival updates on our Bluebird Pictures’ Instagram page, because we feel the festival deserves a page of its own!

All updates, including; submission deadlines, mentors, prizes, and workshops will be on WorldCinemaFilmFest, we will however keep you informed on our usual Twitter page.

To avoid being left behind make sure you give us a follow!

Documentary series 2014

This was Bluebird Pictures first ever production, a documentary series called Hidden Talent.

Hidden Talent set to explore unknown artists to and sharetheir stories. This was the beginning of a journey for Bluebird Pictures which set the precedent for all future work, because it was about undiscovered talent, and offering them a platform to shine.

Each episode followed an individual or group who created art, whether through music, painting or a business for the love of it, regardless of social or economical restraints.

The series was featured on BBC 3’s Through the Lens in 2014.

Episode one: Emperor The Stag

Hidden Talent: Episode 1, Emperor the Stag from Bluebird Pictures on Vimeo.

Episode Two: Mike Katende

Hidden Talent: Episode Two, Mike Katende from Bluebird Pictures on Vimeo.

Episode Three: Innabox

Hidden Talent: Episode Three, Innabox from Bluebird Pictures on Vimeo.

Episode Four: The Alice Phelps Band

Episode 4 – alice from Bluebird Pictures on Vimeo.

Shortlisted for Best Single Event


We are incredibly honoured and humbled to announce our inaugural World Cinema Film Festival event has been shortlisted for Best Single Event at the Cinema For All Awards in September. As you can see some fantastic film societies have been shortlisted and we are grateful to have Bluebird Pictures next to them. If you are in the UK and would like to come to the conference on the 7th and 8th of September, tickets can be purchased here. Thanks for all your support! Here’s to WCFF 2019!

Nominated for a Kickstarter Award

Our CEO and Founder Joelle Mae David was nominated for a Kickstarter Award by Arts Kickers earlier this year.

'The Kickstarter award is for a person or organisation that enables emerging artists to pursue a career in the arts.

Kickstarters know the rope. They don't just know what to say - they even know who to talk to. They know all too often that even the most gifted climbers need a hand up.

Kickstarters show us the ropes. There artskickers are the heroes who know their way around the batcave. They are the people who mentor support and stand by our side as we seek to pursue a career in the arts.'

And on Thursday 19th July Joelle was shortlisted in this category and will be joining the other shortlisted organisations on the 13th September at an award ceremony in Dalston.

It is always appreciated when hard work doesn't go unnoticed!

Continuing to bridge the gap between the industry and the maginalised...

Check out our feature in the biggest casting magazine in the world

We were lucky enough to be featured in Backstage in April.

Backstage were one of our supporters for the first ever World Cinema Film Festival. Here is the interview with our CEO Joelle Mae David:

Or you can find it below:

On June 16, the first-ever World Cinema Film Fest will take place in East London (Barking and Dagenham, to be exact). As an immensely diverse borough where 137 different languages are spoken, it’s no surprise that the goal of the festival is to showcase short films and documentaries from around the world—especially at this time in history.

With inclusion and diversity top of mind, Joelle Mae David, festival director and CEO and founder of Bluebird Pictures, talked to Backstage about what she looks for in submissions, why British film is particularly unique, and the revitilisation of the arts community in the borough.

Tell us a little about World Cinema Film Fest.
The World Cinema Film Fest is a celebration of community and inclusion through something we all know and love: film. Film as a visual art is something that is completely universal.

In our little melting pot in the East London borough of Barking and Dagenham, an amazing 137 different languages are spoken. I wanted this to be celebrated by screening a selection of short films from around the world that reflects the diverse community in the area: three short films/documentaries from Ghana, India, and Poland, plus two other films. Because this area is undergoing a massive revitilisation in the creative arts with purpose-built artist studios and the new Dagenham Film studios, I wanted to make the festival international but with a strong community feel as well. That’s why we are giving away two awards: one for a film/documentary/animation submitted by a B&D resident and one for [asubmissionn from the rest of the world]. This is something I hope to become a staple of the festival as we hold it every year.

Why was World Cinema Film Festival started/founded? What year is the festival in?
This is our first year and I don’t think it comes at a better time with inclusion and equality at the forefront of the industry’s agenda, worldwide.

What’s the main goal of the festival?
To highlight different artistic voices from new filmmakers around the world by giving them a platform to showcase their work, connect with industry professionals, and access equal opportunities in the industry. It is especially important for Barking and Dagenham residents to get involved with the changing landscape of film and TV in the area.

Why East London? Why do you feel it’s important to bring this community together?
East London is such a thriving place for people from all walks of life. The capital is home to people from many different religious and cultural backgrounds, and this should be embraced. Anyone can create a short film or documentary—on their phones or with friends—and it is important to use filmmaking as a tool to bring people from the area together to share common ideas, interests, or visions and get them connecting in ways they never thought possible. East London is a prime example of this happening already in many respects, as it is such a melting pot. We want to increase this further by giving people a creative outlet to form meaningful relationships and collaborations so communities can work together for a common outcome.

The festival also offers classes and workshops throughout the year as part of its programming. Why do you feel it’s important to educate filmmakers in addition to showcasing their work?
Lots of people have ideas for films but quite often don’t know where to start or what it entails. These workshops are designed to highlight the different components of filmmaking. I have also taught workshops on creating a movie on your phone and simple editing using different apps and free desktop software. It’s about making the industry as accessible as possible and not excluding anybody who may not be able to afford long courses or degrees. That’s why we try to bring top professionals to Barking and Dagenham for low cost or free at our events and training.

What’s one thing you wish people knew/that most people don’t know about festivals like this?
That there is always a chance to win the top prize; it doesn’t matter how many people you think are submitting, don’t be put off. There are often several judges who will look for different things—all art is subjective.

What do you look for in submissions? What makes one stand out from another?
We are looking [for] unique stories. The concept is, “what does culture mean to you?” This can be very broad so we are looking for people to get creative with it.

Any hallmarks of British short films? Documentaries?
What I love most about British short films and documentaries is the unique voices of the filmmakers. These stories are told through so many different lenses and are less mainstream, less trying to conform to what they think people want to see or what will make them money. It’s all about being creative and exploring the art.

What advice would you give someone who is just starting out in the industry?
To stay focused, think of ways you can get your content out without the backing of a major production company or lots of money. Social media and video platforms are a great way to manage your own projects. And your project should always have a positive core or do something that makes a difference. Every story you tell will relate to someone, somewhere—good or bad—fantasy or real-life…tap into that.

Interesting in submitting a project to the World Cinema Film Fest? The general deadline is April 30 and the late deadline is June 10 (this is also the date winners will be notified). The festival itself will be held on June 16 at the Broadway Theatre in Barking. 

Film Slate 2018/2019

We aim to release our official film slate for 2018/2019 in the coming months.

Already in pre-production:

Women & Activism documentary

Short sci-fi film (working title)

All upcoming productions will have an inclusion trainee scheme attached to it with opportunities for young people from underprivileged backgrounds to learn the skills necessary for on-set roles. Taught by professionals actively working in the industry.

Our slate aims to reflect our ethos of ‘inclusion matters’ and ‘Community. Culture. Barking and Dagenham’

Next year we would like to commission new voices in the short film and documentary sectors.

Watch this space…

Bluebird team

Filmmaking with the experts

Join us on the 7th March for a special directors Q&A as part of our masterclass and workshop season in conjunction with our World Cinema Film Festival that will take place on the 16th June at the Barking Broadway Theatre.

We will be hosting workshops every month from now until June to help people submit their films on ‘culture’ to our festival. More information can be found on Film Freeway where you can submit your short film/documentary/animation under 25 minutes long.

You could win meetings with top industry professionals and an additional screening at Dagfest on 6th July. There’s a special discount for Barking and Dagenham residents and a guarenteed winner from the borough.

So far we have the following mentors on board to meet with the winners of our festival: Dan Hubbard, casting director for Bourne Ultimatum, the writers of the new Mulan movie Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek, and producer of King Arthur and Sherlock Holmes Steve Clark-Hall. MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED – Keep checking our ‘news’ section.

So join us for some inspiration from our guest speaker Sebastian Thiel on the 27th Feb at The Boathouse in Barking from 7pm, to bend his ear on what makes a good director, and what he has learned over the years.

Seb Is A 27-Year-Old Award Winning Filmmaker & Digital Social Entrepreneur. The Key, Trap Town, Illegal Activity (Screen Nation Winner) Adots Apprentice, Friday UK, Fill Me In (Sundance Finalist.) In his late teens he Founded the production company Upshot Entertainment.

His most recent success has been BBC 3’s Just A Couple which you can find on BBC iPlayer: Just A Couple

We will be providing tea, coffee and other refreshments, so come down to The Boathouse and get inspired!

More information on all our talks and exciting film festival can be found on our homepage.

LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE on Eventbrite: Q&A with Director Sebastian Thiel


And join us on the 3rd March for a special filmmaking session Caroline Deeds!


So if you’re a budding filmmaker, or want to get started  in the industry join us on the 3rd of March to meet Caroline Deeds, a renowned documentary filmmaker who can guide you on how to make the most out of this competition.

Caroline has a background as a fine artist. She studied Documentary Direction at the National Film and Television School in the UK. Caroline directed award winning Walking Backwards, screening at international festivals. She has made films with people on the edges of society, including women banished to witch camps, refugees looking for a sense of belonging, and recovering mental health patients. She is inspired by stories of isolated people who refuse to lose sight of their dreams.

Check out some of Caroline’s work on Vimeo under her company Pitch Black Films:

More information on our other workshops and our film festival can be found on our homepage.

We will be providing tea, coffee and other refreshments, so come down to The Boathouse and get inspired!

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