First Light was launched in May 2001 to fund and inspire the making of short films and media projects, reflecting the diversity of young people’s lives. First Light in an initiative supported by DCFS and the UK Film Counil through National Lottery funding.
To date First Light has given more than 30,000 young people the chance to write, act, shoot and produce over 1000 films and other media projects under the guidance of professionals. First Light works in association with youth agencies, schools, colleges, production companies and film club throughout the UK. Some young filmmakers have used First Light as a stepping stone to gain work experience in the film industry.