Since opening in summer 2012:
- over 2700 young people used the WAYout hub
640 completed certificated courses. This includes:
- Documentary filmmaking, level 1 and 2;
- Introduction to Final Cut Editing;
- Script writing;
- Introduction to Stop Frame Animation;
- Lyric Writing;
- Studio Engineering Level 1 and 2;
- Drawing, painting and crafts
- Comic book illustration
- Logic software
- Mental health awareness in the Sierra Leone media.
1000 tracks have been recorded in the studio involving 542 artists.
54 street youth regularly engaged as members of ‘The Way’ street film group
547 people were involved in filmmaking – including music promos, drama, features and documentaries.
173 documentaries, music videos and short dramas were made about social issues such as
- street life
- ebola prevention
- factory farming
- road traffic accidents
- sex workers
- family planning.
- mental health
INFLUENCE & IMPACT
In total, we estimate that our films have been seen by and influenced at least 2,000,000 people. These vary from influential government policy-makers and NGO leaders, national media organisations, to local and rural communities across Sierra Leone. These break down as follows:
“After the Jungle” was aired on BBC World
To date, we have reached an international audience of 95,687 people watching our films on YouTube
National TV audience – c.50,000*
Many of our programmes are broadcast on national TV station SLBC (Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation), Star Television and AYV Television
*SLBC state they have a daily audience of 300,000 across Sierra Leone, so this is one sixth of a daily audience.
Festival audiences – at least 5000
Several WAYout films have been screened and won awards at Sierra Leone International Film Festival and Opin Yu Yi, where audiences have included government ministers, the British Council, international journalists and NGO leaders, as well as groups of local street youth.
Opin Yu Yi has also toured the country screened WAYout films including ‘The Way’, ‘Hustle and Tustle’ and ‘Trouser Trouble’. Opin Yu Yi had over 2000 at one of their screenings in Kenema alone.
Films have also been in The International Reel Youth Festival which travels the world and in Global Dialogues competitions which has an online audience of several thousands.
Outreach to local and rural communities – at least 3000.
Dramas like ‘Trouser Trouble” and “Bite What You Can Chew” made for Marie Stopes, were used in outreach and shown in Marie Stopes clinics. Trouser Trouble has 5000 views on youtube and Bite What you Can Chew nearly 20,000 views.