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Happy City initiative and Plastic Buddha Productions offer FREE video training for community projects

And the winner is – your community

If you’re involved in something wonderful in your community, something so exciting and rewarding you’d love to make in to a movie – here’s your chance to fulfil your dream.

Community Voice is a unique venture that captures all the fun, hard work and spirit of community projects and brings them to life on screen to inspire others. And the best part is that – thanks to free training worth £1,000 you receive – you and your group will be the ones making and starring in this film.

A collaboration between the Happy City initiative and film company Plastic Buddha Productions, Community Voice is a strikingly effective way of helping people shout about what they do, inspiring others to make a difference. So effective that one group had their film shown on the regional news within 48 hours of it going live on YouTube.

Your free training means you can make an inspiring short film about what you do to use on websites, in funding bids and to help boost your publicity and media profile,’ says Liz Zeidler of Happy City, a not-for-profit organisation that inspires people and communities to share sources of happiness. ‘It’s a wonderful way of getting your profile out these, and it’s huge fun as well! Seven films have already been made – now it’s your turn.’


Any community project can apply – you just need to show your project is making a positive contribution to your community and tell its story. Two people from your project (staff, volunteer, supporter) will take part and groups of four community organisations (eight people) in Bristol will be trained together and supported to make their own films by Plastic Buddha Productions.

The activity takes place in two full-day workshops a fortnight apart in Bristol. Day 1 will involve practical fun training and experience, interview and storybuilding techniques, and on day 2 you’ll develop improve, edit and finalise your movie and get it online.

So why wait? We’re ready to book the next round of places – it could be you! For more information or to apply email or call Liz on 07932 772 985. Applications must be made by //WHEN?//

Have a look at some of the films that have been made so far and be inspired!


The Happy City Initiative is a  grassroots organisation, based in Bristol, aiming to –

  • enable communities to focus on happiness, and the things that positively influence that.
  • share pre-existing sources of happiness and support the growth of new ones, through uncovering, highlighting, celebrating, and sharing the learning from what is already working across the city and use that learning to support change to happen faster, better, with greater participation and fewer natural resources.
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