Free Filmmaking & Animation Workshops

Upcoming course: 28-31 October 2020 NOW FULLY BOOKED!
Keep an eye out for our next available workshop to be confirmed very soon!

A number of films made by our Signal Starters have been recognised internationally. The animated short film ‘The Day Before Christmas’ made by our Signal Starters film club in December 2016 with mentor Karen Bird, was selected for screening at the 1st Annual Palm Springs International Animation Festival. Animation ‘The Lost Roar’, also made in December 2016, recently beat over 3,000 entires to be awarded the clapperboard for Best Children’s Film in International Section at the Zoom. 12 Film Festival in Slovenia! 



Join us this October Half Term for a SPOOKTACULAR ‘Signal Starters: Film in a Week”

The course will take place over 4 days and will be led by industry professionals and supported by Signal Staff. Participants will create their very own stop-motion animations, learning new creative and technical skills – from character design and model-making to using a DSLR camera and digital stop-motion animation software. As well as creating their very own animated short film, participants will also have the opportunity to complete an entry level Arts Award. An amazing opportunity for Children to get creative and have lots of fun in a safe and interesting environment! 

Workshops will run over four days from 28th to 31st October. Participants will be split into 2 groups (am or pm). The Morning sessions will run from 10am-12pm and the Afternoon sessions from 2pm-4pm. Children will be allocated a specific group to comply with the COVID19 Government guidelines to create a space that’s fun and safe.

  • Times: 

    • Group 1: 10am-12pm 

    • Group 2: 2pm-4pm

    • If you have a preference for which group, please state on the application form


Workshops take place at Signal Film and Media, Cooke’s Studios, 104 Abbey Road, Barrow, LA14 5QR

Additional staff are on hand for pastoral support, supervision is only during the workshop and break times

Children must have an identified adult drop them off and pick them up, so please state on the application form. If this is not possible, please let us know in advance.

For more information on Signal Starters, please contact

Signal Starters, now in its fourth successful year, gives 8-11 year olds the opportunity to work with film industry professionals and make their own films and animations.

Participants work on filmming techniques, story creating, model-making, set design and stop motion animation techniques. With filmmakers and Signal Staff the group have the opportunity to communicate creative ideas, develop new digital skills and form new friendships!

Applications for our October have term workshops have now closed. the next set of workshops will be during the Christmas holidays.

At Signal we really enjoy delivering the Signal Starters project as it gives us an opportunity to nurture and develop children from the community in understanding creative digital skills and introduce them to the possibilities of the creative industries and positive role models!”

– Sophie Broadgate, Workshop Leader



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