4th Video Storytelling Workshop

Monday 08 May 2017 to Thursday 18 May 2017
The Link 78 Hotel Mandalay

4th Video Storytelling Workshop: Exploring Human Rights and Advocacy

Now in its fourth year, the Video Storytelling Workshop will take place in Mandalay for the first time, to provide the opportunity for emerging filmmakers and engaged activists in Upper Myanmar to learn how to use and produce short video addressing sensitive issues that impact on their communities.

The event is collaboration between the British Council in Burma, Equality Myanmar, University of Michigan (USA), Witness and the outreach programme at Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy (CHRA). The event receives the support from the Bertha Foundation and Picture People, a British non-profit organisation delivering advocacy-based multimedia projects to vulnerable communities.

The workshop empowers young people by turning stories into powerful videos that can raise awareness, influence public perceptions and be a tool for change.

The programme offers a combination of lectures, screenings, working groups, group tutoring sessions and technical exercises (shooting with DSLR cameras and editing on Adobe Premiere Pro CC) focusing on the production of a short video advocacy project on human rights and/or environmental issues.  

Speakers 

  • Nick Danziger, award-winning photographer and filmmaker
  • David Chung, visual artist and filmmaker. Director of the MFA program at Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, University of Michigan.
  • Claudia Modonesi, human rights expert and media trainer 
  • Arul Prakkash, Witness Program Manager for Asia and the Pacific
  • Thein Than Oo, Myanmar Lawyers Network
  • Aung Myint Myat Cho, Filmmaker

Who can participate?  

The workshop is free and open to all citizens of Myanmar: filmmakers, activists, NGO staff, students, and whoever uses audiovisual media as a communication tool in their work are welcome to participate. Teaching and tutoring session will be held in English and/or Burmese.

Essential requisite

  • Proficiency in English.
  • Previous experience of film production, even if limited. 
  • Laptop essential, video or DSLR camera kit recommended. 


The event is free of charge. Places are limited and on application. 

Please note that applicants who fulfil all the criteria for participation will be accepted on the first receipt of application date, first granted place on the workshop, so please apply early. 

Application forms can be downloaded below. Please send the completed soft copy form to Daw Thin Aung Htoo at thinaung.htoo@mm.britishcouncil.org or please send the completed hard copy form to U Aye Kyu at Mandalay British Council office – 30th Street, between 77th and 78th street, Mandalay. 

Closing date for applications is 19 April 2017.

For all enquiries please contact the Arts Programmes Team on 01 370830, 256290, 256291 extensions: 3333 or 3443.