Call for Participants: FAMLAB x Stories – Workshop on Creative Documentary Filmmaking

Call for Participants: FAMLAB x Stories – Workshop on Creative Documentary Filmmaking

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FAMLAB x Stories – Workshop on Creative Documentary Filmmaking: Call for Participants
Time: 15 – 26 Oct 2019
Place: TPD – 51 Tran Hung Dao, Hanoi
Deadline for submission of application: 15 Sep 2019

From the organizer:

This workshop programme is organised by the British Council in Vietnam, in partnership with Scottish Documentary Institute and TPD Centre for Development of Movie Talents. More information is provided below. We are looking for 15 filmmakers and three to five composers to participate in the upcoming creative documentary workshop programme FAMLAB x Stories – a celebration of female and non-binary figures within traditional music practice in Vietnam.

Deadline for submission of application is 15 September 2019.


Part of the on-going initiative Heritage of Future Past implemented by the British Council in Vietnam, this workshop programme aims to provide an opportunity for Vietnamese filmmakers to engage more closely with the under-represented music traditions of the country, and to play a role in the safeguarding of Vietnamese music heritage. Adapting the Stories model developed by the Scottish Documentary Institute, the 10-day programme works with 15 emerging Vietnamese filmmakers and invited guests, who are composers and traditional music practitioners, to produce five short films about female and non-binary traditional music practitioners beyond simple portraits.

The workshop programme will conclude with a screening of five short films (duration 5–10 minutes each), to be produced over the course of the workshop. We hope that the films – and the conversations they initiate – will also enjoy an extensive life thereafter in various international contexts and sites.


– Location: Workshop location at TPD Centre for the Development of Movie Talents – 51 Tran Hung Dao, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. Shooting locations will be decided by the participants
– Dates: 15-25 October (with a day off on 20 October) for the workshop. The showcase screening will take place on 26 October at the Film Association Cinema (located in the same building as TPD)
– Hours: 9.00-12.00 and 13.30-18.00. Participants can carry out additional work outside of these core hours should they see fit
– Objectives: participants can expect to have after this workshop:

  • creative story-telling skillsets and insights – especially in terms of working with characters and stories within the context of traditional music
  • connections with composers and traditional music practitioners
  • your short creative documentary film (that you will make as part of a team)
  • screening of your film to an audience right after the workshop, and potentially abroad

– Workshop schedule: we are developing a day-to-day schedule to best suit the context of Vietnam and Vietnamese filmmakers. On Day 2 of the workshop, each of the 15 filmmakers will pitch for their story idea, with five to be selected and developed in five groups of three. A tentative programme can be found at the end of this page
*** Other useful information: The workshop organisers will arrange for and cover lunch for all participants on all workshop days, as well as a group dinner following the showcase screening on 26 October.


– Vietnamese filmmakers and composers (or student composers), 18–35 years of age
– Basic technical capability and experience in film/sound making
– Demonstrable interest in the workshop’s theme (women and non-binary figures in traditional Vietnamese music)
– Demonstrable interest in documentary filmmaking
– Commitment to attending all workshop activities and contributing to the finished films
We believe diversity should be celebrated and talent exists in all levels of society regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion or social class, therefore encourage film practitioners from across all sections of the society to apply.

We encourage filmmakers living outside of Hanoi to apply, given that you have access to local stories for the purpose of the workshop. You will be responsible for your own expenses (i.e. travels, accommodation in Hanoi) to participate in the full length of the workshop if selected.

If you are interested, please submit an application package including:

For filmmakers:

– A written text (maximum 500 words) detailing a story (taking place in Hanoi and relevant to the workshop theme) that the applicant would like to develop through the workshop
– CV (maximum one A4 side) detailing filmmaking practices and experiences
– Online viewing URLs (no more than three) of any past film work the applicant has contributed to, plus detailed information on their contribution

For composers, student composers are welcome:

– CV (maximum one A4 side) detailing practices and experiences
– Online URLs (no more than three) of any past sound work
– Please send your application package to [email protected] by 15 September 2019. If required, interviews with shortlisted applicants will take place week commencing 23 September 2019. Application results will be announced on 30 September 2019.


Films produced through Scottish Documentary Institute’s previous Stories workshops have screened at festivals including Locarno Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, to name a few.

The FAMLAB x Stories films will be jointly distributed and exhibited on relevant occasions by the British Council, Scottish Documentary Institute and TPD. The SDI will create a distribution strategy targeting local and international festivals, with underlying rights to the films held by the organisers, although the filmmakers will have the right to screen their films subject to the communicated distribution plan.

About “Stories”:

“Stories” is an intensive residential filmmaking laboratory, developed with and delivered by Scottish Documentary Institute, in partnership with the British Council. Filmmakers are empowered with the creative and practical tools to examine their sense of identity and nationality through film. The films produced offer surprising and nuanced insights into these cities through strong, character-led stories.

There have been nine “Stories” workshops since 2010, across Middle East/North Africa, Sub Saharan Africa and South East Asia, producing over 40 short films. Most recently, in 2017, Syria Stories worked with displaced filmmakers in Lebanon, Jordan and two locations in Turkey.

“Stories” films having been selected for prestigious international film festivals, including: Sheffield DocFest; BFI London Film Festival; IDFA (International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam); Locarno Film Festival; SXSW; OpenCityDocs, London; Africa in Motion, London; Zagrebdox, Croatia; Yogyakarta Documentary Film Festival, Indonesia; Encounters Short Film Festival, UK; Beirut International Film Festival; Hot Docs, Canada.

“Stories” films can be viewed here.


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