Community Filmmaking Projects

Y2Y workshop at the skatepark

In her role as ABC Open Producer in South West Victoria (2010-2013), Colleen has coordinated many digital media projects and delivered countless workshops in her local community. She has worked with primary schools, secondary schools, TAFE, community groups, senior citizens, people with disabilities and the indigenous community. She adapts her workshops to suit the ability levels and experience of workshop participants. The stories produced by her community as part of ABC Open projects have been distributed far and wide on all ABC platforms: web, radio and TV. Colleen has run workshops in film production, sound production, photography, writing/blogging, social media, digital story telling and creating media using new technology (such as smart phones and iPads). Read more.


Before her time at ABC Open, Colleen worked in Melbourne in the Bayside area as a Secondary School Teacher and as a project coordinator of the Bayside Film Festival Youth Documentary Program. In this position, she developed, coordinated and facilitated a series of documentary filmmaking and digital storytelling workshops to schools and community youth groups. The outcome of the project was public screenings of the films at the Palace Cinema, Brighton in 2006 and 2007 and circulated DVDs of the films.

Community Filmmaking Projects and Digital Storytelling:

  • Video Editing workshops presenter for Oceanarium, Fun4Kids Festival (Funded by Festivals Australia & Warrnambool City Council) 2016
  • Facilitator of the Movie Makers space at Fun4Kids Festival (Funded by Sinclair and Wilson & Warrnambool City Council) 2015
  • Filmmaking Workshop Facilitator for TRACTA at Timboon P-12 School (Funded by FRRR and ABC Heywire Grant) 2015
  • WAVE School Sound Project Crime Prevention Initiative (Funded by Community Safety Fund) 2015
  • Landscapes and Locals community collaborative film project, Peterborough, Moyne Pitch Project Grant Recipient (Funded by Moyne Shire) Read about it
  • Silver Ball Film Festival Documentary Workshops presenter (2014)
  • Glenelg Hopkins CMA in partnership with Gunditj Mirring Staff Training (documentary film-making) 2013
  • Digital Stories For Kids Project for Port Fairy Ex-Libris Festival. Funded by the Victorian Government and Public Record Office Victoria (2013)
  • Artists in SchoolMortlake Shines’ Documentary Project at St. Colman’s School, Mortlake (Funded by Arts Victoria) 2013
  • ABC Open Multiplatform Content Producer (2010-2013)
  • Port Fairy Ex-Libris Writers Festival Documentary Film Workshops (Funded by the Port Fairy Film Society)
  • Bayside Jump Cut Film Competition Coordinator (2007-2008)
  • Digital Storytelling Course Teacher at South West Victorian SEAL Inc. (2008)
  • Youth Documentary Project Coordinator (2006 & 2007) and filmmaking & Digital Stories workshops facilitator (2005, 06, 07) for the Bayside Youth Documentary Film Festival Youth Documentary Project
  • Artists in School Digital Storytelling Project at Berendale School (Funded by Arts Victoria) (2007)
  • Digital Storytelling Workshops Technical Assistant (Volunteer position) at ACMI for the Monash Disability Group Civic Participation Digital Storytelling Project. (2006)
  • Video Workshop Presenter for Young Mothers Group, ExperimentaLAB Project, Warrnambool.(2004)
  • Travelling Filmmaking Workshop Facilitator and festival information session co-coordinator for 15/15 Film Festival (destinations include Albury Wodonga, Wagga Wagga, Sydney, Alice Springs, Broome, Adelaide and Hobart) (2004)
  • Facilitated Video Workshops at AMES Multicultural Women’s Camp (2002)