Free Filmmaking & Animation Workshops

Applications are now OPEN for our Christmas Film-in-a-Week workshops in December!


Our 4-day Film in a Week Signal Starters workshops are open for application from 1st December 2021

During the Christmas holidays we’re running our fantastic Film-in-a-Week workshops from Sat 18th – Tue 21st December 2021. So if you want to learn stop-motion claymation and make our next award-winning short film, think about applying!

check out some of the films below made by past signal starters groups!


  • Please make sure your application is signed by a parent or legal guardian
  • Refreshments will be provided on the day so please let us know of any allergies or dietary requirements
  • If dropping off and picking up within Cooke’s Studios please ensure a mask is worn if possible in public areas
  • Please let us know if your child is unable to attend so we can offer the place to our waiting list 
  • For more information or help to apply, please contact

some images from our 2020 signal starters cohorts made during lockdown

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! 



Signal Starters has been providing 8-11 year olds the opportunity to work with film industry professionals and make their own films and animations since 2014!

Participants work on filming 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!


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