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DCCD – Film Labs for Youth

Every year, we organise two annual Film Labs for Youth, each lasting 5 days, one in Kampala and the other in Gulu Northern Uganda. Our five days labs allow the young participants to create and produce their own stories using the language of film. In these 5 days the youth review pre-written short scripts (written by them), 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, a Danish Film Organization 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 in December 2011. 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).

Are you aged between 13 to 19 years? Would you like to participate in our film making lab 2012? Write a short film script (not more than 5 pages) and email it to dpato@youthandfilm.org.

Who is allowed to participate in the Film Labs for youth?

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 in the Film Clubs 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.

The Film Labs 2013

Kampala
Venue: to be communicated

Kampala – Boot Camp – Scripts August 27th – 31st 2013
Kampala December 9th – 13th 2013
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