Lab III: Directing 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 creation of job opportunities and prosperity in Sierra Leone in the long term. The programme which is co-delivered by Freetown Media Centre (Sierra Leone) and Nova Studios (UK)offers a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills, consolidate old ones, build new networks and immerse yourself in filmmaking.

The Film Directing Lab is the third in a series of four labs which makes up the Freetown Film Labs. The Film Directing Lab will focus on directing short-form documentary and commercial films. Participants will work in groups, pitch and refine their ideas, learn and discuss their methods before shooting and editing a complete 3-minute film - all within the space of five days (07 – 11 December 2020).Participants will learn about developing ideas and pitching, pre-production planning, working as part of a crew, interview techniques, visual storytelling, working with sound, editing, structuring your production company, building client or commissioner relationships and more.

Who can apply?

To apply for the Film Directing Lab, you must meet the following criteria:

·         Have good English language skills

·         Be a citizen of and currently reside in Sierra Leone 

·         Be between ages 18-35 as at the time of submitting this application form

·         Be an emerging filmmaker with 1-3 years’ experience and 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.

Applicants should have primary knowledge on filmmaking, should have directed or produced at least one film (short, feature or documentary) with average knowledge on writing and basic skills in camera.   

Application Process and Timelines

The application process will include 2 phases:

Phase 1: Complete and submit an application form by the deadline

·        Download the application form from our website or collect a copy at either of the offices listed below.

·   Submit a softcopy of your application and photocopy of your ID to OR submit a hardcopy of your application and photocopy of your ID to either of the offices listed below;

o    British Council: A. J. Momoh Street Tower Hill, Freetown.

o    Freetown Media Centre: No. 5 Soldier Street, Freetown.

Phase 2: Selected applicants (only) from phase 1 will be contacted to attend an in-person interview with a copy of a show reel not longer than 3 minutes.


Applications close on Friday, 20 November 2020

Only applicants successful in both phases will be offered spots on the Freetown Film Lab III. Please note that this process will be very competitive as there are only 15 spots available for the Film Directing Lab.