Our film education programme for primary school children has wrapped on another year of out-of-this-world storytelling, filmmaking and team work. We are so excited to be able to share the final films of this year’s project – themed ‘The Future Is Ours’ – hit play below to watch the films!

As the schools and teachers returned to in-person lessons, this year’s Pic ‘n’ Mix was a great chance to discuss what we can look forward to, as well as reflecting on changes our current society can make to improve the future for generations to come.

‘The Future Is Ours’ used an emphasis on literacy and visual storytelling, with local school children encouraged to write, direct, perform and edit films based on their individual and collective visions for the world they wish to create and live in. As you’ll see from their videos above, this was a theme all the schools took on with aplomb. From aliens to spaceships, underwater adventures and even a Brick Lane Frankenstein, each film is packed with imagination and creativity, as school children learnt new ways of sharing their visions of the future through script writing, filmmaking, acting and directing.


We loved inviting our local schools into our building to watch the premiere in our cinema screens this week for the Pic ‘n’ Mix Film Festival.

On Mon 27 Jun the students were able to walk the red carpet to the film screening, as well as taking part in informal Q&As after the premiere with Associate Artists Amani Saeed and Mr Gee. Some of the children also worked with our Marketing Team to reflect on their experiences through the programme, creating tweets and social media posts.

Quotes from school children about this year’s project:

“I was really amazed by the way it came together. It felt amazing to see myself on the big screen!” — Pupil

“I was so impressed by our finished film when I saw it on the big screen!” — Pupil

“The experience was amazing! I learnt that making a film takes a lot of hard work and patience.” — Pupil

“The most enjoyable thing about making the film was holding the camera and the hardest part was keeping the camera still.” — Pupil

Image by Sabab Khan

Image by Sabab Khan

And from teachers:

“The structure of the workshops alongside the CPD and premiere were excellent. Your staff are incredibly helpful and supportive” — Teacher

“A pupil said, ‘I’ve loved the animation…maybe I’ll do it for a living one day!'” — Teacher

“Many children grew in self esteem and confidence after completing this project. Some learned how to be better leaders and others learned how to embrace their own personal skills, not compare to others.” — Teacher

“My children learnt to use ‘film language’ to communicate clearly with each other – learning how to be active listeners.” — Teacher

“Children were extremely proud of their film and all the hard work they put into it. Many now want a career in film or animation.” — Teacher

What a way to mark the end of a fantastic year of Pic ‘n’ Mix – our fifth year of the programme! If you fancy coming to see it in-person, don’t miss the Pic ‘n’ Mix Exhibition from Wed 7 Jul in The Lab.

With thanks to all the teachers and children at:

St. Anne’s and Guardian Angels Catholic Primary School

St. John’s C of E Primary School

Osmani Primary School

William Davis Primary School

Thomas Buxton Primary School

Christ Church C of E Primary School

Find out more about this year’s The Future Is Ours programme.

Watch 2019’s Tower Hamlets Stories compilation film.

Watch 2020’s Green Tower Hamlets compilation film.

Watch 2021’s My Story, Our Story compilation film.

The programme is delivered in partnership with THAMES (Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service), Into Film and supported by THAMESDerwent LondonThe Portal Trust, Travers Smith and Garfield Weston.