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October 11, 2021

Bangladesh Cymru Climate Stories: women building resilience

SHORT FILM COMMISSIONS

The Brief

Bangladesh Cymru Climate Stories is an international partnership between WOW Wales One World Film Festival and Dhaka DocLab, funded by a British Council international collaboration grant. 

We are inviting young and emerging filmmakers in Wales and Bangladesh to apply for one of 4 filmmaking commissions.

This project provides opportunities for 4 young filmmakers aged 18-35, 2 from Bangladesh and 2 from Wales, to each make a short film of up to 30 minutes in length on the theme of women building sustainability and resilience in response to climate change issues. 

Each filmmaker will work with women in their country to tell stories of women’s empowerment and innovation in response to the impacts of climate change on their communities. We are interested in a range of styles and filmmaking techniques.

The four films will be finalised and delivered by February 2023. They will be compiled into an anthology film to be screened at WOW Wales One World Film Festival in March 2023. 

WOW Wales One World Film Festival will be granted global rights to screen the films at WOW Film Festival and associated events, including partner events, both online and in cinema in 2023. The filmmakers will also be invited to participate in online events alongside the screenings.

Workshops & mentoring

The 4 commissioned filmmakers will receive guidance from a producer and take part in a hybrid programme of mentoring, masterclasses and networking opportunities curated by Dhaka DocLab. This will include Dhaka Doc School (22 – 27 August) and a rough cut workshop in October 2022 (5 days).

Selection Process

Selection will take place through an open application process. 

Shortlisting will be based on the filmmaker’s creative response to the brief, covering letter and portfolio.

A shortlist of 15 young and emerging filmmakers will be invited to a four day storytelling workshop and pitching process between June 4 – 7, 2022 during which time there will be the opportunity to develop and pitch the creative idea. 

Through this process we will select the final 4 filmmakers to proceed to production. 2 young and emerging filmmakers will be selected from each country. 

We are aiming to achieve a gender balance in this project, with at least one female filmmaker selected in each country.

Criteria

Filmmakers will be resident in or have a strong connection to either Bangladesh or Wales e.g. by birth/education.

Filmmakers will be aged between 18-35 at the beginning of the project.

Fee: £7,000 per film

To cover all costs associated with production and post-production, including but not limited to filming, editing, music, sound editing, licensing, colour correction, translation and subtitling in English and Bengali, travel and accommodation.

To Apply

Send us:

  • Your 1 page idea including a logline (20 words), synopsis (200 words) and production plan (100 words) 
  • Links to previous filmmaking experience
  • A short CV (up to 200 words) 
  • a covering letter detailing why you are interested in the project 

Email your application to info.dhakadoclab@gmail.com 

Closing Date: Monday 20 May, 12am BDT 

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by Tuesday 25 May.

4 day storytelling workshop: 4-7 June.

Pitching for selection of four projects: 10 June

About the project

Bangladesh Cymru Climate Stories is funded by the British Council’s International Collaboration Grants, which are designed to support UK and overseas organisations to collaborate on international arts projects.

The project is a partnership between WOW Wales One World Film Festival and Dhaka Doc Lab.

Dhaka DocLaborganises an annual event of pitching and mentoring for Asian documentary filmmakers in Bangladesh. Besides this annual international event, since its inception in 2017 the organisation is engaged with Bangladeshi emerging filmmakers for developing their talents through organising film screenings, master classes & workshops. See https://www.dhakadoclab.org

The only UK festival dedicated principally to films from Africa, Asia and Latin America, for the past 21 years WOW Wales One World Film Festival has showcased thought provoking, eye-opening stories told by international filmmakers. The festival also specialises in environmental films and debates around green issues. https://www.wowfilmfestival.com

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