Freetown Film Lab II

Lab II: Audio-Visual and Storytelling Lab

Freetown Film Labs is a British Council programme which aims to support the development of skills required by young and emerging filmmakers, towards the development of documentary or scripted concepts to produce short films of high quality, leading to the creation of job opportunities and prosperity in Sierra Leone in the long term. The programme will be delivered by Freetown Media Centre (Sierra Leone) and Nova Studios (UK).

The Audio-Visual and Storytelling Lab is the second in a series of four labs which make up the Freetown Film Labs. This lab will focus solely on developing the audio-visual and storytelling skills for short-form documentary and commercial film production only

The Audiovisual and Storytelling Lab will be a five-day capacity building lab that will support young and emerging filmmakers looking to enhance their audiovisual and story-telling capabilities. The lab will involve interactive exercises, peer-led activities, experienced trainers, etc. During the labs, all participants will work as part of a small team to produce a 2-minute short documentary or promotional film using basic equipment.

Who can apply?

The Audiovisual and Storytelling Lab is designed for emerging filmmakers (1-3 years’ experience) with a strong interest in documentary and commercial film production. Please note that this lab will not include drama productions. Filmmakers looking to develop dramatic concepts, should not apply. The programme is open to citizens (between the ages of 18-35 as at the time of submitting this application) of Sierra Leone only, who are based in the country.

How to apply

To apply, you need to follow the following steps:

  • Get a copy of the application form: You can either download a copy of the application form at the bottom of this page OR pick up a hardcopy of the application form at British Council office at A J Momoh Street, Tower Hill, Freetown or Freetown Media Centre, 5 Soldier St, Freetown.
  • Read through the instructions, complete the form and submit by the stated deadline. You have the options to submit a scanned copy of your completed application form via email OR hardcopy at British Council office at A J Momoh Street, Tower Hill, Freetown or Freetown Media Centre, 5 Soldier St, Freetown.

Deadline for submission for the 1st phase: Thursday, 27 August 2020.

Application Process and Timelines

The application process will include 2 phases:

Phase 1: Complete the application form and the first task within the application 

Phase 2: Selected applicants (only) from phase 1 will be contacted with further details for the second task.

Only applicants successful in both phases described above will be offered spots on the Freetown Film Lab II. Please note that this process will be very competitive as there are only 20 spots available for the Audiovisual and Storytelling Lab.