Smartphone Storytelling: Online Masterclass Introduction

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Filmmaker Rehmat Rayatt introduces herself and talks through her free online Masterclass on how to create films on your mobile phone.

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Smartphone Storytelling Masterclass: Meet the Artist

This special Zoom Q&A event is an opportunity for those interested in the Smartphone Storytelling Masterclass to meet award-winning social photographer and documentary filmmaker Rehmat Rayatt, and find out more about the free online sessions.

The Masterclass will be available in three pre-recorded sessions from 26 April so you can learn at your own pace. The course will teach you to harness the power of storytelling, hone your technical skills and unlock the creative potential of your mobile phone. Rehmat will share filmmaking techniques, tips and tricks through case studies, personal insights and hands-on activities interspersed with mindful meditation exercises to help keep the mind attentive and focus your creativity.

Whether you are a beginner or want to develop your filmmaking practice further, this course is perfect if you want to learn new skills and find new ways of capturing the world around you, tell untold stories, or inspire others about issues that are important to you.

Masterclass Sessions: Key Dates and Information

The course is designed to fit around your availability, with three on-demand films that you can watch in your own time and learn at your own pace. There will also be two live Q&A sessions with Rehmat, giving you an opportunity to speak directly to the filmmaker, ask questions, and share your ideas with fellow participants. Participants will also be invited to join a private Facebook Group to keep in touch, share ideas and post up their work.

Introducing the Masterclass: Live Q&A with Rehmat Rayatt

  • Zoom meeting, Monday 26 April 7.30pm
  • Booking via Eventbrite required

Rehmat introduces herself and her work, and talks through the aims and ambitions of the Masterclass. This is an opportunity for participants to meet Rehmat and others on the course.

Session 1: How Film Can Make You Feel

  • A 60-minute film for self-guided learning
  • Available from Monday 26 April at
  • No booking required

The first session helps you find the starting point of your film and explore ways you can help viewers connect with your story using various tips and techniques. The aim of the session is to provide you with an understanding of concept and structure, reveal the secrets of mise en scene, and introduce filmmaking as a medium for self-expression [no booking required].

Session 2: Tell Your Story

  • A 60-minute film for self-guided learning
  • Available from Monday 3 May at
  • No booking required

Now you know what you want to say, what mood you’d like to create and an understanding of mise en scene – it’s time to make your film. This second session will provide an understanding of the technical aspects of filmmaking, and introduce you to practical tools for making documentaries [no booking required].

Session 3: Get Your Story Heard

  • A 60-minute film for self-guided learning
  • Available from Monday 10 May at
  • No booking required

This final session will look at tools, tips and routes to ensuring your documentary is seen. Rehmat will share the various platforms on which to show your film, talk through press and marketing, give insights on how to build your audience, and give an overview of film festivals and competitions that could help your story get heard [no booking required].

Final sharing event: Live Q&A with Rehmat Rayatt

  • Zoom meeting: Weds 19 May 7.30pm
  • Booking via evenbrite required

A live Zoom event to meet Rehmat and your fellow filmmakers, and talk about what we’ve all learned. Book here [eventbrite link to follow shortly].

About Rehmat Rayatt

Award-winning photographer and filmmaker

Rehmat Rayatt is a social documentary photographer and filmmaker whose work ultimately draws on her identity as a first generation British-born Indian. Now based in London, Rehmat grew up in rural Essex. She graduated from the Arts University Bournemouth with a BA (Hons) in Photography and works globally as a freelancer. Her work has been exhibited around the UK including The Old Truman Brewery Brick Lane, The New Art Exchange Nottingham, Guildhall Art Gallery London and The Gallery, Bournemouth. She has been shortlisted for a number of awards including the Culture Cloud competition.

Her most well-known film to date is Toxification, a feature film documenting the plight of the Punjabi farmer. The film won Best Documentary at OIFFA in Canada, as well as being selected for three other film festivals globally. The film is critically acclaimed, having been featured in The Guardian and Times of India. “The project was completely voluntary, and though heart-wrenchingly painful at times, it had long been a dream to see my film touch so many people and make a difference”.

Rehmat was recently commissioned to direct Terra Firma, a film about the diaspora experience broadcast on BBC Four as part of the New Creatives initiative co-funded by Arts Council England and BBC Arts. She has also had her photographs exhibited at the Southbank Centre and a number of other galleries, as well as being published in The Guardian and The Telegraph.

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