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In 2007, Ms Maiguashca set upFilm Crew Club, a media programme in which she has worked for a decade with hundreds of students. Over the last 10 years, the media landscape has changed dramatically. Social media apps and filmmaking tools have become a fundamental part of our digital lives. Young people, in particular, learn,socialise, explore their identities and engage with the world using their screens. Media literacy is now a basic literacy. In response to these developments, Film Crew Club workshops focus on co-creation formats: students work with cameras + handheld devices to explore 2/3D animation, live action, gaming and social media content. By making films together, students learn, first hand, how to look at media critically and how to engage with it safely and respectfully. Classes include playful exercises and games in which students learn to verify images, assess content for risk, understand how editing tools manipulate imagery and differentiate between authentic and sponsored content.

Film Crew Club workshops are also available for adults to help both teachers and parents connect and mentor children’s online experiences.  Our workshops are offered as part of after-school and media literacy programmes in Amsterdam based schools. They are also offered as independent workshops throughout the year for kids, teens and adults at other locations.
If you are interested in organising a Film Crew Club workshop at your school or with your group, contact us directly.
Classes can be given in English or Dutch.





Date: October 22nd – 26th
Location: 23 Tintorettostraat
Times: 10:15-13:00 every morning
Cost: €200


This is a chance for students to get involved in more intensive filmmaking! We work together as a team brainstorming, scripting and storyboarding epic drama as well as animated films. Students are given a chance to learn about every part of media production (from idea to edit/special effects) or to focus on the aspects they find most interesting. We encourage students to bring their projects to class and to use our team and resources to help them advance in their own projects.


Film Crew Club has been invited to collaborate in numerous media projects with different Amsterdam based schools as well as community organisations. We focus on teaching students how to use social media creatively to help disenfranchised communities, to build campaigns to raise awareness around important issues and to raise money to support causes that children identify with. We also encourage inter-generational and inter-cultural dialogue to help bridge the gap between parents and children, teachers and students.

Social Media Policy Project

This year, (2017-2018) I have been invited by the International Community School of Amsterdam to build on their existing social media policy guidelines. We are examining the use of social media across the different constituents that make up the AICS community and have begun with an in-depth research phase in which teachers, staff, students and parents are giving us feedback on how social media affects them in their role as educator, staff member, student or parent. The aim is to evolve the existing social media policy and raise digital literacy across the AICS community. This is a wonderful initiative that I wish more schools would dare to embark on!

Syrian Women Foundation

Film Crew Club is collaborating with a fantastic organisation called “Syrian Women”. This Foundation, run by Araa Al Jaramani, supports Syrian families who have moved to the Netherlands. Film Crew Club workshops focus on helping mothers understand the role that social media plays in the lives of their children as they integrate into Dutch schools and Dutch society.

No Escape

For “Creatieve Dag” the Berlage Lyceum offered a film workshop for participating students. We had a great time scripting, directing and shooting a grizzly zombie encounter! In my experience, co-creating media with young people disintegrates any age barriers between adults and youth. Together we create an energetic, creative space within which to work. It is from inside this experience, that sharing knowledge becomes very powerful because young people learn inductively and with full attention and participation. I do not believe we can teach young people to handle media through lists of dos and don’ts. We must engage, share and play with them.

Geloof in de Buurt

Geloof in de Buurt is a dutch educational project that focuses on faith in the community. It is commissioned by the publishers Kwintessens and Arkade-Cilon and offers elementary schools a media tool kit for learning about different faiths and religions. The purpose of the project is to encourage young people to explore, learn and share experiences. Our project team worked with seven children filming their visits to De Sultan Ahmed Moskee in Zaandam and De Dominicuskerk in Amsterdam. The final film is part of the toolkit offered to schools who join the project.



Kika Social Media Campaign

The graduating class of the Schreuder Instituut embarked on a social media project for the children’s cancer charity: Kika! A team of runners signed up for the Kika Run in Spaarnwoude in June 2012 while a team of students, armed with cameras and microphones documented the training and final races. The student media team also launched an online fundraising campaign on Facebook using films shot in the school during the run up to the big race day. They learned the value of face-to-face campaigning, standing in front of the school doors mobilizing parents and teachers to contribute to the cause. But they also learned how to reach a wider public on Facebook through the international networks of the parents and teachers in the school and found donors from as far as Canada! The whole class was involved in sharing, linking and learning how to keep a message “live” online. The team raised over 1,060.00 euros in 3 weeks. The final film was screened during the graduation ceremony.


Onze Deuren Openen

Onze Deuren Openen is a short documentary film made by a group of elementary students from Instituut Schreuder, an Amsterdam based elementary school. This project was part of the Kind Op Maandag curriculum in which students were asked to investigate the theme of “open doors”. Students spent time with homeless men and women living in a Salvation Army accommodation and learned about their lives. It was a profound experience for the children who had a unique opportunity to learn from these generous men and women about the reasons why a person might lose their home.
The film was screened in the Westerkerk for the Christmas service. Participants in the film attended.


  • Social Media Policy Project

    Social Media Policy Project

  • Syrian Women Foundation

    Syrian Women Foundation

  • No Escape

    No Escape

  • Geloof in de Buurt

    Geloof in de Buurt

  • Kika Social Media Campaign

    Kika Social Media Campaign

  • Onze Deuren Openen

    Onze Deuren Openen


Maiguashca_2015-cropManuela Maiguashca is a British filmmaker, activist and teacher who lives and works in the Netherlands. She produces and directs documentary media projects that deal with human rights, social inclusion and child welfare. She works with international NGOs as an activist, director and producer. Her film work has been broadcast and screened internationally and, more importantly, used in a wide range of educational and advocacy programmes. Ms. Maiguashca has taught media for over 15 years to adults and children in a wide range of schools and digital literacy programmes. She was a visiting lecturer at The London Film Academy for 15 years and is currently developing Film Crew Club into a media mentoring programmes for children, teenagers and parents. Workshops are offered in Amsterdam based schools as well as at other locations in both English and Dutch.
She is passionate about sharing her knowledge with young people as well as learning from them.




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