Twelve promising Bangladeshi filmmakers participated in virtual master class from the five US Arts Envoys from the U.S. entertainment industry, arranged by US Embassy Dhaka.
The Global Media Makers (GMM) programme, overseen by non-profit organisation Film Independent, organised the master class from May 11 to 19. The envoys were Hollywood scriptwriters, directors, and producers Javier Fuentes-León, Jim Young, Ruth Atkinson, Tatiana Kelly, and cinema expert Maria Bozzi from Film Independent.The virtual master class provided 12 Bangladeshi filmmakers and visual storytellers the opportunity to discuss ongoing projects and receive feedback from the experts and classmates, develop new project ideas, and practice pitching their projects.
Sessions throughout the class also covered production, story structure, and a case study of the challenges facing the independent filmmakers.
GMM selected the 12 participants in consultation with The Bangladesh Short Film Forum, Khona Talkies, the International Film Initiative of Bangladesh, Dhaka Doc Lab, Box Officer, and Chaibal.
The Global Media Makers (GMM) programme, launched in 2016, is an innovative mentorship programme by Film Independent in partnership with the US Department of State.
Film Independent is a nonprofit arts organisation that champions independent film and supports a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision.
Film Independent helps filmmakers make their movies, builds an audience for their projects, and works to diversify the film industry.The US Arts Envoy Programme shares the best of the US arts community with the world to foster cross-cultural understanding and collaboration and to demonstrate shared values and aspirations. Under the programme, US arts professionals – including performing artists, visual artists, poets, playwrights, theatrical and film directors, producers, curators, and others – travel overseas to conduct workshops, give performances, and mentor young people.