NAHEMI acts as a forum for debate on all matters pertaining to the teaching of practice in the Moving Image in Higher Education including the theory and history underpinning these practices.
- NAHEMI represents member institutions in debate on funding and structure on National and International Committees with Government Bodies and Industry.
- NAHEMI provides a regular forum for the membership to discuss and develop opinion around its subject.
- NAHEMI represents the aims and interests of the sector through publication and engagement in public debate.
- NAHEMI provides support for the Film, Video, Television, Animation and Digital Media departments within their institutions.
- NAHEMI forges and maintains links with the regions and the nations in the UK and with colleagues in the Irish Republic.
- NAHEMI forges and maintains links with the equivalent educational and industry sectors in Europe and with the wider international community.
- NAHEMI promotes and organises the exhibition and exchange of student work and staff and student research on behalf of the member institutions.
- NAHEMI is strongly committed to cultural diversity and promotes policies which encourage full participation in education in the Moving Image by all sections of society with particular reference to gender, ethnicity or disability.
- NAHEMI does all such other lawful acts and things which may be incidental or conducive to the attainment of such objectives.
What we do
We showcase a selection of students’ productions at national festivals. We select lively touring programmes for the Encounters festivasl in Bristol, for Scottish Students on Screen and for Ffresh, the Welsh student film festival in Aberystwyth.
Every year we organise EOS, AKA Eat Our Shorts, an exciting Expo festival of student shorts from the Nations and Regions as well as Ireland at BFI Southbank in London.
‘Eat Our Shorts’, the student film festival on the South Bank reached its eights birthday in 2010. The exuberant event includes masterclasses with outstanding film makers and industry professionals. In recent years directors such as Mike Leigh, Paul Watson and Asif Kapadia, producers such as Stewart Till, Nik Powell and Paul Trijbits, writers such as Tony Grisoni and the film critic Derek Malcolm amongst many, many other filmmakers have led passionate debates with participant student teams. EOS offers members a high profile opportunity to showcase their students’ and department’s or school’s work and provide a unique student led cultural experience and an opportunity for debate and networking.
We show students’ productions in international festivals through our contacts with the British Council and CILECT.
Every year we offer a number of prestigious awards for students’ productions. For example, in partnership with Kodak, we offer a Creativity and innovation award and a Cinematography award and we select the Best Film festival prize at Ffresh in Wales.
We distribute copies of the NAHEMI touring programme from our Brief Encounters competition free to all member institutions.
We support the Journal of Media Practice, the only refereed journal dedicated to media practice. All member institutions receive a free annual subscription to JMP.
We hold occasional events, seminars in relation to learning and teaching and screenings in different parts of the UK. In the coming years, we plan to build on our Talking Shop series of media practice subject conferences.
We are passionately committed to cultural diversity in the media and have organised high profile events to foster progress and new policies in this area.
We support members’ research initiatives. For instance, we helped secure funding for a NAHEMI Wales international project exploring the theory and practice interface in filmmaking. This collaboration with CILECT’s ‘Theory for Film Schools’ research strand culminated with a conference entitled ‘Beyond the Theory of Practice’ at the Cardiff International Film Festival.
We are represented on and/or regularly contribute to a variety of national and international organisations, including CHEAD, CILECT, GEECT, MeCCSA, Skillset, UK Film Council, BFI, the British Council, the Arts Councils, the ADM-HEA Subject Centre, Scottish Screen and SMCA.