get involved


Hone your skills

Drop ins - open access equipment, software and advice at The Engine Room. Bookable Free one hour weekly session providing access and support to undertake your own personal project. They are not a replacement for courses but subject to time we can probably get you started or resolve a technical problem relating to creative IT quickly. Email [email protected] for further details.

Courses - whether you are a beginner looking to gain IT skills or an emerging filmmaker seeking craft-based subjects such as scriptwriting, our programme of courses has something to offer all ages and abilities. See the diary for upcoming courses or get in touch and suggest a subject. We can also offer one to one tuition.

Work experience and bursary placements - Somerset Film offers work experience opportunities with its experienced team at The Engine Room, Bridgwater. What we’re looking for is bright, highly motivated people who have a clear interest in media, and hope to make it their career. Read more...


Create and collaborate

Advice – Ignite Surgeries | Qualifying Somerset-based artists from any artform can now apply for a FREE four hour, one-to-one surgery for advice and support with the aim of bringing a digital element to your current practice or planned work. Read more...

Alternatively, contact us if you require advice on funding, co-productions or getting into the industry.

Equipment Hire - We offer studio space and a comprehensive range of film equipment for hire at competitive rates. Past hirers of our studio and cafe space include NHS Somerset, Bridgwater College and Somerset Design Enterprise Network. Read more here...

Join a project - In addition to the initiatives listed above (see menu) we often work in partnership with community groups and organisations to develop and deliver a range of projects. If you are interested in getting involved as a volunteer, participant or would like to see a project in your local community then get in touch.

Freelance network – There's a great community of artists, filmmakers and digital practitioners living and working in Somerset. We organise events and platforms to enable everyone to network and find potential collaborators. We regularly host Junction events, an informal evening of networking and screening - for our next date see our diary. A chance for you to show a section from your latest work and get feedback. Once a month we host Creative Network evenings for artists from all artforms. We also regularly employ freelancers for commissioned films, community projects or as course tutors - if you'd like to work with us then get in touch.

Be seen and heard


Somerset TV - YOUR local TV  – a brand new online channel dedicated to films made for Somerset by Somerset people. On YOU are the story – so here’s your chance to get involved! The service is fully interactive – FREE to view and FREE to upload. You can view what’s on at any time and then register to upload your own film. Once registered you can also comment on what you see, rate each film and share them on the most popular social networks.

Reel Somerset - We curate a DVD of short films made by Somerset filmmakers and distribute free to over 150 film societies, community and not for profit cinemas across the South West. Our aim is to encourage venues to show a short film in front of a feature and raise the profile of local talent. If you have a short film you'd like to be considered or you're a venue and would like to receive a DVD then get in touch.

Junctions - Each quarter we organise a Junction event, an informal evening of networking and screening - see our diary for our next date. A chance for you to show a section from your latest work, get feedback and meet like-minded people.

Are you:

An artist – Ignite Somerset is dedicated to enabling arts makers and audiences in Somerset to harness the new opportunities afforded through digital technology to create and experience greater artistic excellence and innovation. Read more...

A Teacher – We work a number of schools and education settings and prioritise members of InspirED, a subscription based service bringing the skills and expertise of art and media professionals direct to Somerset schools, colleges and education settings. Read more...

Under 25 – There are a range of opportunities for young people to learn more about filmmaking and creative technology such as BFI Film Academy | Art AcademyRandom Acts | Work Experience Placements. Activities usually take place during weekends and holidays. Look out too for courses and workshops provided free to those aged 19 and under.