Film making Labs For The Youth
Film labs for youth
The film labs are week long workshops in which young people make their own films. Are you a young person aged 13 – 19 years? Are you living in Kampala or Gulu? Have you ever thought about turning your story in to a film? This is the opportunity for you to get it done. Our film labs this year will run in Kampala from 3rd – 7th December and in Gulu from 10th – 14th December 2012.
The idea is to organise two annual Film Labs for Youth, each lasting 5 days. A five days lab will allow the young participants to create and produce their own stories using the language of film. In these 5 days they review pre-written short scripts, shoot, edit and screen their film to their peers in their community. The selection is made via an application process which involves submission of scripts by each participant. Up to 20 participants are selected for each lab and a total of four short films are produced by the end of both labs.
In year one, we worked closely with Station Next to develop a curriculum that was adapted and modified to the Ugandan context and to oversee the training of the Ugandan mentors from the professional film industry. This included a visit by Maisha Film Lab to Station Next and Danish Film Institute in Denmark, and Station Next (3 employees) coming to Uganda for the 2 labs.
The result of this collaboration saw both Kampala and Gulu members of the Youth Film Clubs make a total of four films.
In year 2 and Year 3, Station Next will oversee this process from a quality assurance perspective, which means that 1 employee will participate in the 2 annual labs (held back to back).
Who is allowed to participate in the labs?
Although our film labs are open to all members of our film clubs in Kampala and Gulu, selection of participants in each lab will be based on script submission, and priority will be given to people who have written good scripts, had consistent attendance in bi-monthly screenings and attended ALL three pre-lab workshops, i.e. screenwriting, Cinematography and Editing workshops. The labs are non-residential and free of charge, not to mention that attendees are not paid any allowances for participation.