Coming Out Stories project: Brief for Film Commission.


Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund under its ‘Young Roots’ strand; “Coming Out Stories” is a programme of creative research, heritage training and community collecting. The question young people will ask “What is your coming out story?” will trigger a wide range of memories and responses.

‘Coming Out’ has to be understood within a context of fear of rejection, prejudice or intimidation, which has been experienced by many for hundreds if not thousands of years. However, coming out also represents a process of self- discovery and acceptance necessary to grow as an individual. Therefore the decision to ‘come out’ whilst historically has been a perilous journey; marks a rite of passage between emancipation and our liberation. This project represents a significant milestone in our history and will support young people to better understand our past, our present with a view to shaping their futures.

Young people will be trained in leadership, archival research, oral history interviewing, film making, marketing and social media to capture, preserve and disseminate the untold stories and through the media of film, create a resource which represents a  major thread in the tapestry of Birmingham’s diverse history.

Birmingham LGBT have employed a part time Heritage Officer, responsible for delivery of the project and we have recruited a project steering group and a ‘production crew’ of volunteers all aged between 15 and 25 and we are just about to start project training and induction (August)  with project activity starting in  autumn (October).

The Commission

We are seeking an experienced film maker with additional skills of working with young people, volunteers and communities. Your approach should be participatory and enable the young people you will work with to develop their skills in making film. The development and concept for the film will be determined by the Film maker and Production Crew in conjunction with Project Staff and project Steering Group.  The successful film maker will assess audio testimonies alongside the Volunteer producer and Volunteer Researcher to decide which ‘Coming Out Stories’ will make the final film and with the Crew, arrange times and locations to film participants who are willing to share their story on film. For anyone with a poignant story, but who is unwilling to be named or appear on film, we would like to see elements of that story used creatively though other forms. Ideally the successful film maker will either be from the LGBT+ Community, or have experience working within the community. A high degree of flexibility is required as majority of volunteers only have evenings and weekends available for this activity.



  • To premiere the finished film at SHOUT! Film Festival
  • To create  a film that provides a legacy to the Coming Out Stories project and wider dissemination of the project
  • To produce a film that will be archived by Library of Birmingham
  • To capture a diversity of voices and stories from the LGBT+ Community



  • To work with young people to create a piece of documentary film that is also artistic
  • To create a film that is accessible across a range of barriers
  • To upskill young people & volunteers in the process


Deadline for responses to the tender – Tuesday 26th August

Interviews                                                        – Tuesday 9th September

Filming                                                            -  November & December

Post production                                               – January & February

Final film                                                         – March 2015


There is an inclusive fee of £4500 for this work, which includes all pre and post-production work. There is a small budget for travel when working with the volunteers, otherwise the filmmaker is expected to cover their own travel expenses.


Please send written proposal for how you would approach this piece of work, how the budget will be spent and please include links to previous work and supply the names of two referees. This must be received by   4pm Tuesday 26th August

We will then invite three shortlisted candidates to present their proposal or a relevant piece of work on Tuesday 9th September

All contractors must first undertake a DBS (formerly CRB) check before being contracts are confirmed.

Befrienders/Peer Mentoring Volunteers

We also have volunteering opportunities available for activities and events support as part of this project, please contact Ann Strach for more details

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