12 days of collaboration

This festive season we wanted to celebrate some of the many projects we have helped to create in our 12 days of collaboration countdown.


01. Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline – Scottish Women’s Aid

We created a 30-second advert for Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline.


02. Never More Needed – SCVO

After more than a year of the pandemic, the voluntary sector in Scotland has been Never been More Needed.

We were proud to work with SCVO on the short film, to sum up their #NeverMoreNeeded campaign, highlighting the way we all benefit from charities and voluntary groups in our daily lives.

Nominated for the UK Charity Film Awards! Please vote for it here… https://smileymovement.org/single-award/292


03. We Know What We Need – Childcare in Glasgow’s East End – Children In Scotland CHANGE Project

Childcare in the East End of Glasgow needs desperate improvement – we gave parents a voice in this animation.

Nominated for the UK Charity Film Awards! Please vote for it here… https://smileymovement.org/single-award/236


04. Green New Deal – Consortium on Gender, Security, and Human Rights

Are Green New Deals new enough or green enough? And who gets the raw end of the deal?

Launched during COP26, a media co-op infographic for our first client in the USA – the Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights,

You can see the full infographic here: https://genderandsecurity.org/feminist-approaches-gnds


05. We’re Here For You – Scottish Women’s aid

Last year, we worked with Scottish Women’s Aid to make this campaign advert to encourage people experiencing domestic abuse to call Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline. 

It was a truly collaborative effort. Survivors gave us guidance on the script and storyboard, and real call handlers lent their voices. It was also our first television advert!

Nominated for the UK Charity Film Award! Please vote for it here… https://smileymovement.org/single-award/293


06. Life Changes Trust

Tips for co-production: how to make sure the people receiving your grants or services get a real say in how your charity runs.

As the Life Changes Trust draws to an end after 10 years, we made this film with care-experienced young people, as part of the evaluation of the Trust’s Advisory Group.


07. On Your Side, By Your Side – Aberlour/Scottish Refugee Council

If you were an unaccompanied minor arriving in Scotland to seek asylum, or a trafficked child – what would you need?

This 2-minute animation for Scottish Refugee Council and Aberlour celebrates 10 years of the Scottish Guardianship Service.

Nominated for the UK Charity Film Award! Please vote for it here… https://smileymovement.org/single-award/291


08. Vox Animation

The pandemic had a devastating impact on people’s mental health. VOX Scotland, a mental health charity lead by people with mental health problems, wanted an animation that showed the difficulties some of their members had during lockdown. Real members lent their voices and their stories to the film.

The takeaway? Community, connection and belonging are vital.


09. Locavore

We enjoyed working with Social Enterprise Scotland to celebrate the work of Locavore who’re building a more sustainable local food system with their shops bursting with locally produced, organic, zero-waste food. Not only did Locavore win Social Enterprise of the Year in Scotland – they scooped the UK title too!


10. Equally safe at school

How to step sexual harassment in schools?

Equally Safe at School (ESAS)e by Rape Crisis Scotland has the answer. This short animation sums up the problem, and points to the solution.


11. Co-ops UK 2021

We were delighted to be chosen to produce the #JoinACoop campaign film for Co-operatives UK in 2021. After over a year of lockdown, we travelled to Glasgow and Leeds for some in-person filming

In 60 seconds, this film reflects the diversity and variety of industries and structures of co-ops in the UK – from retail to engineering, from interpreting services to farming. Every co-op makes a real difference to their members and their local communities.


12. Sunrise

During the pandemic we worked with Sunrise to create this short film about the services they offer for rape and sexual assault survivors in the Scottish Borders.