Applications Sought From Cambodia’s Aspiring Film Industry Apprentices

Cambodians who aspire to work in the local film industry have until Jan 17 to apply for a chance learn how to write scripts, use a camera or even spend 20 days learning documentary filmmaking with acclaimed award-winning Cambodian director Rithy Panh.

The Cambodia Film Commission is accepting applications for six courses, which range from 10 to 30 days and are part of the Commission’s training program “CFC Film Lab.”

“We are holding workshops because we want to develop the film industry here and to focus on getting Cambodian productions to an international standard,” CFC Director Cheap Sochea said yesterday.

Ideal candidates for the workshops, he said, are people who have some experience with either local or international film crews and are looking to build upon those skills. Mr Sochea said the number of people accepted to the courses hasn’t been determined yet and that all of the workshops will be free.

“We want to provide them with some more skills and some more experiences,” Mr Sochea said.

Last year the commission held workshops on location scouting and grip and lighting equipment, but in 2010 the commission will expand its focus into more areas of filmmaking such as production management, camera work and direct sound recording.

Mr Panh will lead a course that will teach aspiring filmmakers how to write a documentary script, use film and sound equipment and basic editing and technology tools.

Mr Sochea said the commission first opened in July of last year and since its formation has been gathering film equipment and planning events for this year.

In July, the Ministry of Culture announced the formation of the commission, which is part of its four-year Filming in Cambodia Project aimed at attracting foreign productions to the country.


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