Filmmaking in Schools

First Take teaches filmmaking to youth across the province.

Nickel’s First Take program brings filmmakers into schools across the province to screen short documentaries made by youth, and then lead hands-on documentary filmmaking workshops with the students. Made possible by ArtsNL and the NL Department of Education and Early Childhood Development through its Cultural Connections Strategy.

In 2017-2018, filmmakers Ruth Lawrence, Brad Gover, Andrea Dunne, Lian Morrison, and Devin Shears lead the workshops, taking the program from home in St. John’s to Roddickton, Corner Brook, Gros Morne, Makkovik, Codroy Valley, Pollard’s Point, and Musgrave Harbour.

Below are the films made by students and mentors as part of this program:


Some behind the scenes footage: