Tracy Pallant – Film Development Worker

Moved to Wales from South London in 1980. Worked in Community radio with Cardiff Broadcasting (CBC) for 5 years as a fieldworker and then went to Birmingham in 1985-87 to study for the diploma in Youth and Community Work.

Tracy became interested in community film work, particularly editing at the time. She came back to Cardiff and worked at the BBC on a freelance basis, initially as a trainee film editor, then dubbing editor and editor. During this time Tracy also helped to set up and run after school film clubs and community film projects. In 1997 she started work for CSV Training Wales as a video teacher, working with young people to develop communication and confidence skills. Tracy applied for lottery funding in 2000 and set up and helped to run the Pillgwenlly Video Project (PVP) in Newport. She had also run lots of film projects with young people on Alternative Curriculum.

Since 2003 Tracy has worked with school groups and community groups on First Light projects and had the opportunity to take a group of young filmmakers from Wales to work with young people in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to make a film together about issues that affect teenagers. Tracy has worked in Ethiopia as a volunteer with Gem TV a community video production company on different projects for the last 5 years. She is committed to expanding this project. Tracy is now a freelance community film worker with Valley and Vale Community Arts and is passionate about working with young people to help them learn new skills in film production and to work with them to develop their self confidence, creative expression and communication skills.

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