GMAC CashBack is a three-year programme that uses filmmaking as a hook to engage young people aged 14-25 in learning, creativity, and the development of essential soft skills to help them reach a positive destination. 

What’s involved?

This programme will be running in cycles over the years 2023 – 2026 and is designed to empower young people by providing them with the opportunity to learn new skills and explore their creativity through filmmaking.  

We are partnering with community organisations and schools to deliver our programme, starting with free Introduction to Film taster sessions and four-day filmmaking holiday workshops. These workshops will cover a wide range of topics, including camera skills, art department, screenwriting, sound, and more. Young people will get the opportunity to learn from industry professionals, raising their awareness of career opportunities in the screen industries, and learning about education and training routes into the sector.  

After completing the workshops, participants are invited to receive 1-1 sessions with GMAC to support their journey in developing their skills and interests – helping to identify progression routes towards education, training, volunteering, and employment. 

In Year 3, selected participants are invited to participate in GMAC Action! where they will be trained by industry professionals to research, develop and create a film working in partnership with community organisation about an issue in their community. 

All participants will be encouraged to continue their learning and personal development through a range of other activities run by GMAC, including the BFI Film Academy, Youth Programme Alumni programme, and Screen Start employability scheme. 

Can you help? Positive Destinations

A large part of this project will be supporting our participants in reaching a positive destination based on their individual interests. Positive destinations include Higher and Further Education, employment, training, personal skills development and voluntary work. 

Please reach out to us if you are interested in having a chat about how your organisation might be able to support some of our participants in taking their next steps. 

Thank you to CashBack

We would like to express our gratitude to CashBack for Communities and Inspiring Scotland for their support of GMAC CashBack. You can read about our project on the CashBack for Communities website.

Get involved!

Refer a Young Person / Group: If you work with any young people who could benefit from participating in the project, please reach out by emailing to get more information on how to refer a young person.

Eligibility: GMAC CashBack is open to young people aged 14-25 that are currently underrepresented and face barriers in entering into the creative industries.

GMAC CashBack is funded by CashBack for Communities and supported by Inspiring Scotland.