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Thu, 07 Apr


Online Event, via Zoom

Upskilling: The Freedom of Smartphone Filming

This smartphone filming workshop aims to give women the power to tell their own stories.

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Upskilling: The Freedom of Smartphone Filming
Upskilling: The Freedom of Smartphone Filming

Time & Location

07 Apr 2022, 18:00 – 19:00 BST

Online Event, via Zoom

About the Event

Join WFTV for this inspirational session that will give you the confidence and tools to make your own films professionally on your phone.

Smartphone filmmakers Jane Mote and Victoria Mapplebeck will explore the power and freedom of smartphone filming, covering why smartphones can do almost anything you want and some examples of smartphone filming in action. They’ll also share tips and tricks on how to make smartphone filming look and sound good, from the recommended apps for a professional look to advice on sound, lighting, stability and editing. Victoria and Jane have also pulled together a takeaway list of smartphone films to watch and be inspired by.


Jane Mote worked in TV for decades – a senior news leader at the BBC and then in channel management roles at UKTV, Current TV, Turner Broadcasting and BBC Worldwide. She now runs her own production company beechtobeach and trains people to film and edit content on their smartphones through Pocket Stories ( Jane has led smartphone training for the WFTV mentoring scheme for the past three years and is co-producing a drama being shot and edited entirely on smartphone with former WFTV mentee and TV scriptwriter Jillian Mannion. Jane is also Consultant editor for The Whickers, a fund for emerging documentary makers, and is a mentor and tutor in documentary labs across the world.

Victoria Mapplebeck

Victoria Mapplebeck is a BAFTA award-winning artist and director, who has worked in film, VR and immersive audio. Her works explore autobiographical stories which ask universal questions about our relationship with technology, parenting, health and wellbeing. Victoria has been shooting continuously with smartphones since 2015 and is passionate about the innovation, intimacy and diversity of smartphone filmmaking. She is currently developing Motherboard, the first smartphone feature documentary which brings to life the stories archived in the phones Victoria has owned since 2000. In 2021 Victoria co-founded and co-curated SMart, The London International Smartphone Film Festival, with director and former Channel 4 commissioner Adam Gee. She is also a Professor of Digital Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London.

How will the online event work?

This event will be live streamed via Viewing details will be sent via your confirmation.

Attending participants will not be visible to others and will be muted throughout the session. After the talk, there will be an opportunity for audience members to ask their questions to the panel by using the Q&A feature.

If you are not a member and would like to join, membership costs just £100 + VAT/yr , please click here or email

At WFTV we’re keen to ensure that all our events are accessible for everyone. If you have any access needs, please can you let us know before the event and we will do our best to accommodate you. We would be grateful if you can give us as much notice as possible – please contact


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