Have you been filming life under lockdown?

Have you been recording the impact Covid-19 has had on your life and the lives of those around you? 

If you have, Screen Archive South East would be very interested in seeing and preserving your films, enabling them to be shared and viewed by everyone today and for generations to come – long after the current pandemic has become a distant memory.

Our region covers Surrey, Kent and East and West Sussex and we’ll be very happy to receive films from everyone living in these counties. Your films can take any form – from video diaries to filming aspects of your daily life under lockdown and can be created on smartphones, digital and even movie cameras. With your films we can create a special collection that will document this unusual time for the future.

As always, it is important that you do not risk your own or anyone else’s health whilst making your film and all government guidelines regarding hygiene, social distancing and self-isolation should be followed.

It’s quick and easy to send your films to Screen Archive South East either from your home computer, tablet or smartphone by following the simple steps below

  1. Click the following link to begin the process
  2. Once you’re on the WeTransfer site, you’ll need to enter your email address where marked
  3. In the box marked ‘Message’ enter your full name, your postal address, a suitable contact phone number, the title you have given the film, the date the film was made, if you know it, and a short description of why it was made
  4. Once those details are completed click ‘Next,’ and a verification message will be sent to your email address
  5. When that number arrives in your Inbox enter it into the ‘Verification Code’ section, click ‘Verify’ and let your upload begin
  6. Once your upload has arrived at Screen Archive South East you’ll receive a confirmation email from WeTransfer and later an email from us to acknowledge receipt of your film

[Don’t forget if you’re under 13 years of age please check with your parents or legal guardians that they are happy for you to send your films to us].

Because of their size, some video files might take a long time to upload and send over the internet depending on your connection and broadband speed. With that in mind, we recommend that you upload your films during quiet times of the day or night especially when your internet connection is not being shared by too many others.

Once we receive your file, along with the requested information, we’ll begin to process it and invite you to sign a contract which will enable us to make public use of your work. While we’re happy to accept all films submitted to us during the ‘Covid Open Call’ – we cannot accept films that would be considered unsuitable for a public archive.

We are also working with our partners, the West Sussex Record Office in Chichester and the Novium Museum, Chichester on a parallel Covid-19 collecting project.

Screen Archive South East is always on the look-out for new films to add to its public collection, be they films, videotapes or digital video files. We welcome potential donors and depositors to get in touch with us to discuss their films and the ways in which these moving image treasures can be preserved for future generations to enjoy.