'Workshop Encouraging Film and Web Content on Social Issues' will take place in Cox's Bazar in April 2020. The online applications of this fully funded programme are open till tomorrow (March 7). Through this skill development programme, 20 young filmmakers (10 males, 10 females) will receive extensive training to develop film and web series projects. The aim of this three-month programme is to bring sustainability in the film industry of Bangladesh by empowering and nurturing young creative minds. This project is funded through an Alumni TIES small grant from the US Department of State, which is administrated by World Learning. EMK Center and Dream On are collaborating as the partners of the project. Grace Cox Smart Hotel is the hospitality partner.
"Through this workshop, young and aspiring filmmakers can develop projects covering social causes, and learn about how to take their projects to international film festivals, film markets, as well as local film and web series investors," said Shahla Islam, Project Lead. The programme will train aspiring filmmakers by focusing on untold stories of the underprivileged communities, youth movements and social stereotypes.
The programme has three stages. In stage one, participants will attend a workshop conducted by two award-winning filmmakers: Arifur Rahman and Bijon Imtiaz. They will be developing film and web series ideas in a residential workshop at Cox's Bazar, where Bijon Imtiaz will be mentoring them on the directorial aspects of filmmaking and Arifur Rahman will take sessions on creative producing.
In stage two, participants will continue working on the projects they have developed in groups during the residential workshop. They will make mood videos of 3 to 5 minutes, to visually depict the ideas of their fiction projects. In the third stage, a film market will take place, where investors, including representatives of web content platforms, media agencies, and sponsoring companies will be present, along with established filmmakers and media professionals. Workshop participants will pitch their feature films and web series projects, and a screening session will take place, where all the mood videos will be projected. For this advanced workshop, participates are required to have previous experience of writing, directing and producing short films, documentaries and television commercials in last five years. The programme has no particular age limit for the participants.
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