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20 February 2010
I Live Here Too

Learn how to make stop motion animation and edit your own soundtrack!

See your original animated film screened as part of a public exhibition!

VANLAND is currently running a series of animation workshops for young people in Dawlish as part of I Live Here Too, a Teignbridge wide project exploring views and outlooks past and present. Thinking about how Dawlish has changed over the years, we will animate old photos of the area and create a special sound track for the animation. Part of the project is a specially hosted museum visit to interview older people from the community about how Dawlish has changed.

Your animations will be shown as part of a public exhibition in Dawlish and other Teignbridge towns during the summer.

There is a limit to how many young people we can work with so please book a place by calling/texting: 07990 923452 or email contact@blindditch.org

Dates and venues are:

Initial drop in taster sessions at Youthtopia:

Weds 24th Feb- Juniors (10-13) 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Thurs 25th Feb- seniors (13-19) 6.00-9.00pm
Weds 3rd March- Juniors (10-13) 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Thurs 4th March - seniors (13-19) 6.00-9.00pm

Further sessions

Churchill Ave Community centre Tuesday 9th March 4.30-6.30pm
Dawlish Museum Friday 12th March 4-6pm
Churchill Avenue Community centre Saturday 13th March 10-3pm

I Live Here Too is produced by Teignbridge District Council and supported by Teign Housing, South Devon and Dartmoor CDRP and Dawlish Museum.

Dawlish Museum is open Open May-September. Check their website for admission times.

22 October 2009
Dream it Large St Austell!

St Austell becomes the location of a new film about teenage pregnancy this autumn. Young people from ‘The House’ youth facility at Polkyth Leisure Centre have been working with Blind Ditch to research, script and storyboard a film on the issue, with a two-day shoot taking place on 26th and 27th October.

On the run up to the shoot, the young people produced a storyboard of the film from which 10 images were selected and reproduced on a large scale to be erected across town. The story boards are a great advertisement of the project to the local community, not only to show off the young people’s work but also to gather interest from any members of the public who want to get involved either as cast members, extras or crew!

Dream it Large St Austell is being facilitated by Blind Ditch for young people at The House. The project is funded by Groundwork, the Terrence Higgins Trust via the National Lottery Big Lottery fund.

Read more about Dream it Large St Austell in Past Projects

27 April 2009
Pembroke Street Youth Project make Relay

Relay is a brand new music film exploring the sites and sounds of Devonport through the eyes and ears of young people who live there. Made by young people from Pembroke St Youth Project during workshops over February half term, the finished film was screened twice to an enthusiastic local audience on 22nd April at the youth centre in Plymouth.

Relay was facilitated by Blind Ditch and PMZ and commissioned by Zest Arts for Health with funding from the Devonport Regeneration Community Partnership.

View Relay and read about the work in Past Projects

5 February 2009
Vanland workshops

VANLAND will be running workshops in film drama as part of Coombeshead College’s annual year 8 Film Week. This year’s theme is Macbeth. Hubble bubble toil and trouble… Gruesome. for more information contact Rae Hoole - Community Media Arts Officer, Coombeshead College, Newton Abbot.

26 November 2008
View From Here screens My House

You’ll probably recognize the creators of My House as part of the Exminster Youth Club team who made the award winning The Bridesmaid and Tunnel of Doom in the 2006 VANLAND workshops. They’ve been joined by some new collaborators to make this short, sharp psychological thriller as part of the View From Here workshops 2008. My House premieres at the Young People’s Screening event, 1st December, Carlton Theatre, Teignmouth 7pm as part of at the 2008 View From Here rural film festival.

relay screenshot

View From Here is organized by a committee of representatives from Teignbridge District Council, Devon and Cornwall Film, Coombeshead Theatre Trust and Blind Ditch. The 2008 young people’s workshop programme was funded by the Helen Foundation, Teignbridge Youth Council and Teignbridge District Council.

Village screen Logos

20 May 2008
Funkenstein hits the big screen

See Funkenstein on the big screen as part of the Appledore Visual Arts Festival Film Shorts programme. This great music video for Start Me Up's Funky Stuff has been accepted as part of the daily screening at The Glove Factory, Appledore at 6pm on Thurs 29th, Fri 30th and Sat 31st May.

On set with 'Start me up'

18 February 2008
Vanland animating in Torquay

VANLAND has just completed a 2 part project commissioned by the Children’s Society in Torquay. Different groups of young adults have produced an animated interactive DVD and short drama aimed at helping other young people with the issues they face on entering and leaving the care system. For more information about the process of making The Young People’s Guide to Entering Care and Me, Myself and I contact Cat Radford from Blind Ditch.

Animation in Torquay

05 January 2008
Crossed Lines wins award

The short drama Crossed Lines made by young people from VANLAND Village Screen won the audience award for Best Young Person’s film at the Exeter Phoenix Two Short Nights Festival. After being shown at the hugely successful week of Village Screen events held throughout Teignbridge at the end of November, Crossed Lines was chosen to be screened as part of the Young People’s element of the festival where the audience voted for their favourite film.

Felek Werpachowski the young director of Crossed Lines said:
"It was quite a surprise to win the award and it shows all the hard work that everyone put into it paid off. I’m glad that it was voted by the audience which makes it more meaningful – that we’ve made something that people want to watch.”

Jonas Hawkins Manager of the Exeter Phoenix Media Centre said:
“It was the first time that we’ve held a young peoples event as part of the Two Short Nights Festival and the high standard of films submitted shows the amount of budding talent there is in the region. The young people’s films were very diverse in content and style. Dealing with the themes of teenage pregnancy and difficulties in communication between the generations can result in films that are quite clichéd but Crossed Lines was a fresh approach and extremely watchable.”

Felek Werpachowski and Jonas Hawkins

25 November 2007
Bovey Tracey’s heritage

Bovey Youth Action have been running a year long project investigating the pottery industry history of Bovey Tracey. VANLAND worked with a group of young people from Bovey Youth Café to document the project and find out more about Bovey Tracey’s heritage. The 20 minute documentary and accompanying time travel short The Potter’s Key will be screened as part of the celebration evening on 15th December at 6pm Bovey Tracey Town Hall.

Bovey Potter

The project was commissioned by Bovey Youth Action and run in partnership with Bovey Youth Café with funding from the Heritage Lottery Young Roots Fund.

Bovey project logos

11 November 2007
VANLAND FILMS screening as part of Two Short Nights 07, Exeter Phoenix
Young Film Makers Screening, Friday 6th Dec 5-6pm - £3.50 (£2.50)

The following VANLAND films will showing as part of the annual Two Short Nights International Film Festival: Crossed Lines, Cheese, The Bridesmaid and Funky Stuff. See www.twoshortnights.co.uk for more details of the festival. To book tel: 01392 667080

8 November 2007
Crossed Lines and Funky Stuff premiering as part of VILLAGE SCREEN

Still from Crossed Lines

Brand new VANLAND films will be premiering in a week of exciting Village Screen events as part of The View From Here – celebration of moving image in South Devon Nov 26th – Dec 1st. Every event in Village Screen is being run and curated by young people and will have a completely different range of film and animation showing in very adventurous venues.

Each event will feature Crossed Lines. Shot on great quality High Definition - Crossed Lines has been scripted from research with older people in the district and will be shown with the accompanying documentary about teenage life in rural Teignbridge past and present. The groovy new music video set in Chudleigh for Start Me Up’s Funky Stuff will also be shown alongside a live gig with the band as part of the Village Screen 5. event at Chudleigh Youth Millenium Centre on December 1st.

Still from Funky Stuff

10 October 2007
Village Screenings Nov 26th – Dec 1st

The Village Screen filmmaking is well underway and has involved young people and members of the community from Chudleigh, Chudleigh Knighton, Bovey Tracey, Moretonhampstead, Dawlish and Kingsteignton. The finished films will be premiered as part of the brand new View From Here – a celebration of moving image in South Devon Nov 26th – Dec 1st. Village Screen organizers are also looking for young people’s films up to 10 minutes long to screen at events throughout the festival. For more information visit Devon and Cornwall Film.

Shooting Crossed Lines in Teigngrace July 07


26th June 2007
VILLAGE SCREEN – a great new project running over the summer and autumn.


Blind Ditch have received major funding from www.media-box.co.uk funded by the Department for Education and
Skills and Teignbridge Rural Regeneration Partnership to run VILLAGE SCREEN - a three part project open to both young and older people to participate. Workshops are absolutely free and you’ll work with professional film makers to write, direct and star in your own film!

The first workshops running in July and August will bring together young people and older members of their community to make a short film about teenage life in Teignbridge past and present. Facilitated by Blind Ditch and award winning script writer Peter Snelling, the project will be based in real-life research and is open to people aged 12-20 or 55+. The first sessions will be held on Thursday 5 th July and Saturday 7 th July in Teignbridge (Teigngrace Village Hall) with further sessions for scriptwriting on the weekend of the 14 th and 15 th July. A five day film shoot will be on 26 th, 27 th, 30 th, 31 st July and 1 st August in Teignbridge.

In September and October we will be working with a local unsigned band to make a music video for screening live at gigs and to be available online. In November the results of all this hard work will be screened along with other local work in a series of Village Hall events across the district organized and marketed by a group of young producers!

If you are aged between 12-20 or 55+ and would like to participate as a film maker, actor or be interviewed about your teenage experience, if your band would like to work on video with local young film makers, if you would like to curate and manage your own village hall event - please contact Blind Ditch on 07754 232285
or contact@blindditch.org


26th June 2007

Robert Fisher and Andrew Darne’s film The Perfect Hole is a digital short exploring life for young people in the picturesque Dartmoor Village. Richard Crossman from Appledore Visual Arts Festival praised the film by saying “The Appledore Visual Arts Festival received a wide variety of entries from across the world for the category of best film by a young person. The Perfect Hole by Robert and Andrew charmed the judges with its simplicity and wit”. The film makers received a glass trophy for their work and Robert Fisher who worked on camera and appeared in the film said: “It’s a great achievement for me.  I’ve never won an award for a film before and I’m really excited about it.  I think the Perfect Hole is really good and some of it is really funny – it’s funny seeing myself on screen!”

22nd February 2007

Latest Workshop News - sign up soon to ensure a place!

email contact@blindditch.org or text 07881 882714 to book

Saturday March 17th, Exeter Phoenix Media Centre,
Film Editing Skills with Volkhardt Mueller (places limited to 10 maximum so you can get your hands on a computer all day!)

Saturday March 24th 10am-4pm venue to be confirmed.
Writing a film outline and script writing techniques with Award Winning Film Maker Peter Snelling. Click here to see some of his work.
You will write at least 4 different film stories to take home with you to make with us or with your own camera!
Places limited to 6.


30th January 2007
VANLAND short listed for South West Media Innovation Award

Just under 30 creative companies from across Devon and Cornwall have been nominated for 11 categories in the Media Innovation Awards 2007, which will be presented on 1st March at a gala ceremony in St. Mellion, Cornwall. More than a thousand creative industries practitioners from Devon and Cornwall and their clients were invited to enter the prestigious awards competition to find the star innovators in the region.

The VANLAND project has been nominated in the installation/ exhibition category - to recognise creative, editorial, technical or commercial innovation for projects produced for installation or exhibition (this includes digital stills exhibited in a gallery or published, and interactive museum installations making use of a range of technologies and platforms). The nominations in this category are:

Explorocean - Pyramid for the National Marine Aquarium (Plymouth)

Motion Plymouth - Motiongrafik in association with South West Screen, Arts and Business, Plymouth City Council, City Centre Management and BBC South West (Plymouth)

Purple Planet - HMC Interactive in association with Event, New Angle, Clement and Street, Electrosonic, HB Source, Fixel for Cadbury World (Plymouth)

Vanland - Blind Ditch in association with Teignbridge District Council and Coombeshead College with funding from Arts Council England, DEFRA, Teignbridge Rural Regeneration Project, EAGGF of EU and Teignbridge District Council (Newton Abbot)

4th January 2007
Latest Vanland workshops for young people

Between Easter and September 2007 VANLAND will be running a programme of workshops in film making and exhibiting for young people across Teignbridge. For more information contact Paula or Cat email contact@blindditch.org or text 07881 862714 with your contact details.

21st November 2006
'Bridesmaid' wins audience vote at Vanland wrap party

Prizes of cinema tickets were given to the young people involved in making the short film ‘Bridesmaid’. This was voted audience favorite at the Vanland wrap party on Sunday 19th of November, held at the Shaftsbury theatre, Dawlish.

Click here to view the film (You will need the free quicktime plug-in to view all films on this site).

16th November 2006

On Sunday 19th November young people from all over Teignbridge will gather with their families at the Shaftesbury Theatre in Dawlish for a glamorous grand screening full of local film making talent. This gala event is being held to celebrate the successes of the VANLAND mobile media project and will be a marathon showing of most of the 25 short films that have been made throughout the three years it has been running. True to grand screening form there will be huge projections, vox pop video interviews with audience members and a prize for the film voted audience favourite. Although places are very limited there will be a small number of free tickets available to the general public. Please contact Cat Radford on 01803 861783 to book or email contact@blindditch.org before 17th November.

17th October 2006
Motion Plymouth Festival

The VANLAND exhibition van will be screening this years short film work at the new Motion Plymouth Festival on November 16th 2006. Check out the Motion Plymouth website for details of workshops and film events at this brand new 3 day festival.

30th July 2006
VANLAND is Transforming!

Vanland is teaming up with The Centre for Contemporary Arts and the Natural World (CCANW) in Haldon Forest Park near Exeter, to facilitate creative video making projects for older people (55+) and women from the rural Teignbridge area.
Read more in this press release (.doc).
Email CCANW for more information about this exciting opportunity.

6th July 2006
VANLAND 2006 exhibition tour

VANLAND 2006 exhibition tour launched at Kingsteignton Youth Club. Present were some of the young people involved along with parents, Teignbridge Councillors and members of the Teignbridge press and film community. Click here to download the press release.

20th October 2005

An excursion in to Devon life past and present. Christow Hall, Devon, 7.30pm Weds 26th Oct.
Come to TIMETRIP and see how things have changed in rural Devon. Archive film screenings. Record your own memories for inclusion in the South West Film Archive. Listen to Devon music from the past and be involved in making a live music video with a local young band. There will be good food and drink available all evening. Everyone is welcome & Entrance is free. Dowload the TIMETRIP poster here. TIMETRIP is one of the events during VANLANDs VISIONSWITCH week.

30th September 2005

LIVE VISION MIX your own TV PROGRAMME make a MUSIC VIDEO produce your own FICTIONAL SHORT FILM make a DOCUMENTARY about your community and a RADIO PROGRAMME ready to BROADCAST! Click here for details.

Check out the layout of the Mobile Film Festival

Check out the cut-away diagram of the van to see how an ordinary caravan has been converted into a clean white gallery - which has proved perfect for showing films. More info.

7th July 2005
Press release

Blind Ditch have published the 2005 VANLAND press release. Download it here. The project has recently been featured on the BBC Online website, Devon Today magazine, and the Mid Devon Advertiser.

7th July 2005
VANLAND 2005 launches in Chudleigh

The brand new VANLAND 2005 exhibition opens at Chudleigh Youth Millenium Centre on the 15th July. Present will be some of the young film-makers involved with the project, as well as council representatives, sponsors, and the organising performance group Blind Ditch.
Click here for the 2005 tour dates.

15th June 2005
Blind Ditch export VANLAND to Ireland

Over a series of workshops during 2005 and 2006, Teignbridge young people will have the chance to collaborate with young people from Kildare on a film about the perception and reality of their respective landscapes.

10th April 2005
Blind Ditch present VANLAND paper at the Interfacing research and Practice Symposium - University of Exeter Film Dept - Panel for Alternative Viewing Spaces

Blind Ditch members and VANLAND producers Paula Crutchlow and Volkhardt Müller gave a lecture about the importance of VANLAND in the context of young people's situation in rural Devon. Click here to download the presentation notes (.doc).


Teignbridge District Council Teign Housing Vanland Groundwork Terrence Higgins Trust National Lottery Big Lottery fund Blindditch Plymouth Music Zone Zest Arts for Health Devonport Regeneration Community Partnership The Helen Foundation Devon and Cornwall Film Teignbridge District Council Blind Ditch The Heritage Lottery Fund Devon Guild of Craftsmen Bovey Tracey Youth Cafe

24 Feb - 13 March. Dawlish
VANLAND have been running a series of animation workshops for young people in Dawlish as part of I Live Here Too, a Teignbridge wide project exploring views and outlooks past and present.


26-27 Oct. Dream it Large, St Austell
St Austell became the location of a new film about teenage pregnancy when young people from ‘The House’ youth facility worked with Blind Ditch to research, script, storyboard and shoot a film on the issue.

10-11 Feb. Macbeth, Newton Abbot
Screenings of short dramas made by year 8 as part of Coombeshead College Film Week.

22 Apr. Premiere of Relay, Plymouth
A brand new music film set in Devonport. Commissioned by Zest Arts for Health. 6.30pm Pembroke St Youth Club, Devonport, Plymouth


28 Mar. Torquay
Premiere of Me, Myself, I and A Young Person’s Guide to the Care System at 4.30pm The Grand Hotel, Torquay.

29-31 May. screening of Funkenstein, Appledore
Start Me Up’s music video daily screening at the Glove Factory as part of Appledore Visual Art’s Festival, Appledore, North Devon.

1 Dec. View From Here, Teignmouth
My House showing as part of View From Here young people’s screening. 7pm, Carlton Theatre, Teignmouth.


download press release here (.doc)

26 Nov - 1 Dec - Village screen events

Bovey Tracey
Mon Nov 26. Vanland Village Screen 1:

An exciting programme of digital shorts made and curated by young people. Presented with the support of Bovey Youth Action Café. 7pm Methodist Church Hall, Fore Street.

Tues Nov 27 Vanland Village Screen 2:

An exciting programme of digital shorts made and curated by young people. Presented in collaboration with WASProject The Lawn Bandstand 7pm start. Dress for the Weather!

Tues Nov 27 Vanland Village Screen 3:

An outdoor screening of Crossed Lines - a time-travel short about miscommunication between generations. Presented with the support of Devon Youth Service. Kingsteignton Youth Centre. 6.30pm-8.30pm starting every 20 minutes.

Hensford Farm
Weds Nov 28 Vanland Village Screen 4:

An adventurous outdoor screening of digital shorts and animation presented by WASProject. 7pm start. Hensford Farm nr Dawlish. Visit www.wasproject.com for travel directions or tel: 07917 591632 to book a minibus seat leaving 6.30pm Dawlish train station.

Sat Dec 1 Vanland Village Screen 5:

An afternoon gig and film screening with live local bands including Start Me Up with the premiere of their new video Funky Stuff. Presented with the support of Devon Youth Service. 1-4pm Chudleigh Youth Millenium Centre.

15 Dec. Bovey Tracey,
The Potter’s Key and the Heritage Pottery Project Documentary showing as part of an evening exhibition hosted by Bovey Youth Action at 7pm, Bovey Tracey Town Hall, Bovey Tracey.

6 Dec. Two Short Nights, Exeter
Crossed Lines, Funkenstein, The Bridesmaid and more showing at the Young Film-makers Screening as part of the Exeter Phoenix annual international short film programme. Main auditorium, Exeter Phoenix 5pm


download press release here (.doc)

Visionswitch, County Kildare, Eire
8 Feb. Old Town Hall car park, Newbridge 
9 Feb. Clane 
10 Feb. Athy Dominican Hall
11 Feb. Outside the library, Ballitore

Visionswitch in Dawlish
17 Feb. 7pm Visionswitch Red Carpet Screening at the Shaftesbury Theatre, Dawlish.

17 Feb. Devon Arts Forum, Dartington College of Arts, Totnes
08 Jul. CCANW, Haldon Forest Park
09 Jul. Chudleigh Knighton Summer Fayre
14 Jul. Exminster School Fete
21-23 Jul. Air Fusion, Newton Abbot
27-30 Jul. Maker Sunshine Festival,
Torpoint, Plymouth
05 Aug. Totnes Young People's Festival
12 Aug. Manaton Show and Fair
13 Aug. The Big Picnic, Haldon Forest Park
16 Aug. Dawlish Carnival
17 Aug. Chagford Show
19 Aug. Christow Show
28 Aug. Lustleigh Show
16-17 Sept. 9 Days of Art, Organic Arts,
West Town Farm, Ide
19 Sept. Manhatton Short Film Festival,
Exeter Phoenix
23 Sept. Anti-Static Festival,
Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton
16 Nov. Motion Plymouth, Plymouth City Centre
19 Nov. Vanland Wrap Party,
Shaftesbury Theatre, Dawlish
21 Nov. Framing the Forest, CCANW,
Haldon Forest Park
15 Dec. Dunsford Village Hall


9 Feb. Getting into Film and TV symposium, Exeter Phoenix Media Centre
21 Apr. Presentation at the Viewing in Alternative Spaces Panel, Interfaces Between Theory and Practice Film Symposium organised by the University of Exeter.
12 Jul. VANLAND season launch, Chudleigh Millenium Youth Centre
17 Jul. Chudleigh carnival, party in the park, Chudleigh
22-24 Jul. Airfusion, Newton Abbot
31 Jul. Bovey Tracey Carnival
13 Aug. Manaton Show and Fayre
14 Aug. Hennock Country Fayre
17 Aug. Dawlish Carnival
20 Aug. Christow Show
21 Aug. Moretonhampstead Carnival
29 Aug. Lustleigh Show
5 Sept. Teignmouth Film and Cine Club
17-18 Sept. 9 days of Art, Organic Arts, West Town Farm, Ide
22 Sept. NALGAO Arts Workers Conference, The Quay, Exeter

Time Trip in Christow
Oct 27. 7pm Time Trip, a Visionswitch event, Christow Village Hall, Dartmoor.


12 Jul. Preview at the Devon Theatre Locality Plan Conference, TR2 Plymouth
13 Jul. VANLAND launched at Teignbridge District Council, Newton Abbot
16-18 Jul. Air Fusion, Newton Abbot
23 Jul. Lamb Pie Day, Buckfastleigh
30 Jul - 1 Aug. LitFest, Port Eliot
14 Aug. Manaton Show and Fair
18 Aug. Dawlish Carnival
21 Aug. Christow Show
22 Aug. Moretonhampstead Carnival
30 Aug. Lustleigh Show
11 Sept. Autumn Break, Belmont Park, Exeter
18-19 Sept. Rixey Park Tractor Machinery and Country Fair
8 Oct. Bungalow Youth Centre 1st Birthday Party, Buckfastleigh
13 Oct. All Aboard, Community Council of Devon, Social Inclusion Conference, Okehampton
25 Oct. Quality of Life conference, Leader+ Observatory Contact Point, Brussels