Rainbow Trout Films is a TOP 100 Digital Enterprise Winner!

Digital Enterprise in the Leeds City Region

I received some amazing news this month announcing that Rainbow Trout Films had been named in the Digital Enterprise Top 100 2022 campaign. The campaign celebrates one hundred of the most digitally transformational, resilient and innovative businesses in the Leeds City Region. The campaign, created by Nikki Clark OBE of UMi, aims to unearth the inspirational stories of digital success and celebrates those companies that use digital technologies in the most innovative and transformative ways.

It is amazing to be included on the list, for the third time, alongside some of the biggest names in business; Yorkshire Payments, SHOO social media, Candle Digital, Jorvik, Flat Stan First Aid and Everon. I have had the privilege of collaborating with a few of the companies listed this year, just recently Simon Ferris of Flat Stan First Aid , which i think embodies the spirit of the Digital Enterprise Top 100 campaign.

We were lucky enough to be in the top 100 back in 2020 and are delighted to be back for 2022. Especially after the 2 tough years we’ve all had with the pandemic.

I recently co-founded Albion Street Studios, Halifax, alongside Danny Thompson Photography, who has also been listed in the Digital Enterprise Top 100 for this year, which is an incredible starting point for our new venture.

2022 Winners – Danny Thompson Photography, James Mellor of Rainbow Trout Films, Simon Ferris of Flat Stan First Aid with event sponsor James Bulley of Calder IT. All Calderdale businesses.

It is rewarding to receive the recognition for the hard work that goes into building and running a business and being named will hopefully help further digital transformation, not only for my business but for my clients too so we can keep current with the developing digital trends.

Here is the link to all the Digital Businesses featured this year: https://bit.ly/3FmCNk6 #DE100

Rainbow Trout Films receives support from Young Audiences Content fund to develop new drama tackling mental health

Rainbow Trout Films has today announced that they are developing a regional teen drama titled ‘The Bridge’ to challenge assumptions around those who suffer with poor mental health. The project has received financial backing from The Young Audiences Content Fund (YACF), which is financed by the UK government and managed by the BFI. The YACF supports the creation of distinctive, quality content for young audiences that entertains, informs and reflects the experiences of children and young people growing up in the UK today.

Rainbow Trout Films will attempt to provide a unique and innovative insight into how mental health challenges can feel through visual effects. The story has been informed by research and collaboration with a local mental health charity Unmasked Mental Health.

The project is inspired by a real bridge that connects two towns local to the producers, known by residents as the place where a high number of individuals lose their life to depression. The series will follow a group of teenage friends from a small Northern village who have recently finished school. As the friends prepare for their exciting new lives ahead of them, we see one of them, Harry, increasingly struggle with his mental health.

Rainbow Trout Films, Director James Mellor, formed the initial idea from conversations with Doug and Logan from Unmasked Mental Health, including their stories about mental health and the risk to one’s life. 

Producer/Director James Mellor of Rainbow Trout Films said: “I’m excited and proud to be able to have the opportunity to develop this story with the Young Audiences Content Fund I and hopefully be able to take it all the way into production. We hope it will bring the spotlight onto a very important subject and get to showcase the amazing landscapes of Calderdale in Yorkshire, these themselves being an integral part of the story.

Doug Dennison, co-founder of Unmasked Mental Health said: “Unmasked Mental Health are really excited to be working with the team from Rainbow Trout Films, really to highlight the awareness of mental health in both our local community and nationwide. I think that this project will really resonate with teenagers and get the word out about mental health and hopefully get people talking more.”

Cameron Stott, the writer said: “Even though we’re tackling a lot of serious issues in our story, it’s important that our tone isn’t always dark and that it has uplifting and magical moments too. The core of our story is a group of friends who overcome these problems together and this is often done with laughter and happiness. The locals in the Calder Valley always find light in the darkest of places and that’s the case with our show too. We follow these characters through their ups and downs and ultimately show how even though it doesn’t feel like it sometimes, the people around you will pull you out from that darkness.”


More about Rainbow Trout Films: www.rainbowtroutfilms.com

More about Unmasked Mental Health: https://unmaskedmentalhealth.co.uk

About the Young Audiences Content Fund:

Managed by the BFI, the Young Audiences Content Fund (YACF) supports the creation of distinct, high-quality content for children and young audiences to be broadcast on free-to-access, Ofcom regulated television channels and online platforms.

Financed by the UK Government as part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Contestable Fund, the YACF aims to provide new avenues for creators of original content and bring new voices to the market, and back content which entertains, informs and reflects the experiences of young people growing up across the UK today. www.bfi.org.uk/yacf

About the BFI:

We are a cultural charity, a National Lottery distributor, and the UK’s lead organisation for film and the moving image.

Our mission is:

  • To support creativity and actively seek out the next generation of UK storytellers
  • To grow and care for the BFI National Archive, the world’s largest film and television archive
  • To offer the widest range of UK and international moving image culture through our programmes and festivals – delivered online and in venue
  • To use our knowledge to educate and deepen public appreciation and understanding
  • To work with Government and industry to ensure the continued growth of the UK’s screen industries

Founded in 1933, the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter. The BFI Board of Governors is chaired by Tim Richards.

Producer/Director: James Mellor                       0330 088 1725

Writer: Cameron Stott                                       info@rainbowtroutfilms.com

Script Editor: Cathianne Hall                              #YoungAudiencesContentFund from @bfi

Headline Photo Left to right

Logan Smith (Unmasked Mental Health)
Doug Dennison (Unmasked Mental Health)
James Mellor (Producer/Director Rainbow Trout Films)
Cameron Stott (Writer)
Cathianne Hall (Script Editor)

Photo Credit: Danny Thompson Photography

Local Video Production Company Wins International Community Award.

Rainbow Trout Films worked on 2 projects for the local community of Ripponden and the surrounding areas at the end of 2020.  These projects were the Christmas Tractor Parade and St Bartholomew’s first virtual Christingle service.

“I’m thrilled to have been involved with both these projects, especially as we have all gone through an incredibly tough year. Both events allowed our community to share in something, even if its virtual.” said creative director James Mellor. “It was a collective effort by all those involved to bring these films to life. Without the community’s efforts these films could not have been made. It’s amazing to see Ripponden on the International map”

“The inspired film that James Mellor produced for Ripponden Parish Council’s Christmas Tractor parade brought the event to an even wider audience and was especially poignant during lockdown when many festive activities had to be cancelled,” said Jane Moran, Vice-Chairman of the Council.  “We are delighted James has received recognition for his filming and production of this event which delighted and brought some much-needed Christmas cheer to the whole community”.

“It’s great that we were able to get so many tractors together for the parade, the result looked amazing” said David Hellowell, who co-ordinated the tractor parade.

“In the midst of this last year’s Covid fears and restrictions, it was a terrific idea of Rachel Taylor and friends to host a virtual Christingle, to raise funds for the work of the Children’s Society, and to keep our communities in touch with the Christmas faith and celebrations.

James Mellor was great to work with, as we filmed in a cold and darkened church,

so that my links and encouraging words could connect the carols and narratives that were filmed in the schools, and create an atmosphere of hope and expectation:

the Light in the darkness.

I look forward to working with James and Rachel again on future Church and community ventures.” Said Reverend Stephen Southgate of St Bartholomew’s.

The Communitas Awards is an international outgrowth of the pro bono recognition program of the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). Founded in 1995, AMCP fosters and supports the efforts of its members who contribute their unique marketing and communication talents to public service and charitable organizations.

Rainbow Trout Films has been around for nearly 11 years and moved into new premises in Halifax at Albion Street Studios, with its brand The Northern Video Company.  We are looking forward to grow as this pandemic lifts, so we can continue to support community projects in the coming years.

Thank you to the schools, community groups and local businesses in the making these event films.

Find out more about the Ripponden Christingle Service 2020

Rainbow Trout Films your trusted partner for video productions services small or large. Choose from flexible packages to suit your individual requirements.

Find Us at

Albion Street Studios
7 Carrier Street
Second Floor
Halifax, West Yorkshire
United Kingdom


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