Cultural Heritage Workshop
Ancestral Rituals of Borneo
A travel filmmaker or vlogger fascinated by exotic cultures? Wondering how to turn your passion into a profession?
With cultural tourism experiencing across the globe unprecedented growth, and immersive short films proven to be the most effective marketing tool to promote cultural events, filmmakers specialized in ethnographic productions are in high demand by tourism boards, large-scale travel companies as well as airlines.
Organized in collaboration with ICH, the INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE CENTER SARAWAK, the intensive hands-on workshop led by an award-winning European filmmaker based in Malaysia gives away the secrets of the trade, empowering you to develop the skills needed to establish yourself as a sought-after specialist in the field of cultural heritage filmmaking.
Available to the most talented applicants from all over the world, the workshop is partially funded by ICH, with return flights, a cultural familiarization event, inland transfers and full board accommodation in a picturesque rainforest hideaway fully paid for. All you have to cover are the costs of the actual course.
The most compelling films produced in the course of the workshop will be automatically entered into the GLOBAL FILM FESTIVAL OF CULTURAL HERITAGE, an annual event hosted by Sarawak, and showcased by Sarawak Tourism Board across various online channels, with your work enjoying global exposure.
Quick look into your Course Book
A wonderful resource for any aspiring Ethnographic Filmmaker, the book expands upon the many captivating aspects of Cultural Filmmaking covered in the workshop. All participants will receive a digital copy. A printed version will be available at Amazon towards the end of 2022.
WORKSHOP INFO AT A GLANCE
15 days + post mentoring
24. May - 9. June 2022
Permai Rainforest Resort Kuching / SARAWAK / MALAYSIA
12 filmmakers from all over the world, selected among applicants based on the quality of their films.
Flights, inland transfers, full-board accommodation and filming permits funded by INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE CENTER SARAWAK, Malaysia Airlines and associated Sponsors.
Aiming to impart specialized skills that will empower you to establish yourself as a cultural filmmaker sought after by tourism boards and travel companies, the course is designed for filmmakers and vloggers with a keen interest in foreign cultures.
Medium to advanced skills in both, shooting and video editing is a prerequisite.
You are expected to bring your own camera, sufficient number of batteries and SD cards to cover a full-day shoot, external hard drive and a laptop with editing software of your choice. On-camera led-light, white-balance tools & monopod are recommended.
2. COURSE OVERVIEW
Developed based on years of experience, the workshop covers all crucial aspects of cross-cultural filmmaking from culturally sensitive conduct and applicable laws, through gaining access to rituals not open to the public, to establishing the trust necessary for getting authentic close-up shots of your subjects.
You will learn how to sharpen your instincts, tune into the energy of spiritual happenings and intuitively follow their uncertain flow and unpredictable dynamics. You will master the art of capturing emotionally charged moments and learn how to quickly identify in a crowd charismatic subjects that will become the lead characters of your films, ensuring you return to the editing suite with the most compelling scenes possible.
You will enhance your composition skills, learning how to navigate the fast-paced environment of cultural events while choosing intriguing angles, deciding on optimal focal length and framing your shots for maximum impact and optimum coverage that ensures plenty of freedom in the post-production phase.
Applying the acquired skills hands-on, you will shoot a fascinating 2-days-long cultural event.
The post-production classes will focus on the art of story-finding and the building of a narrative arc that turns seemingly unrelated shots into a story that instantly grabs a viewer's attention and keeps him hooked until the very end.
Special attention will be given to sound design starting with the selection of a powerful score and progressing to a masterful mix with on-site audio recording and sound effects that bring your film to life.
A wealth of practical tips pertaining to continuity from screen direction consistency, through music transitions to color-grading will ensure you will deliver a seamless & polished end-product that will impress your clients, enchant the audience and wow the juries of film festivals while paying tribute to the cultural heritage of the community you portray.
Braced with the newly gained post-production know-how, and with a hard drive filled with fascinating footage you captured during the cultural shoot, you will start creating your film in the second half of the workshop, enjoying individual hands-on support whenever you encounter creative or technical challenges.
You will continue with the edit at your own pace over the next three months in the comfort of your home while having access to a dedicated Facebook group set up so that you can regularly exchange with your peers and support each other on your creative journey.
You will be able to submit your film in progress for the tutor's review. Two half-hour-long personal online feedback sessions will be available to each participant, with the tutor providing guidance and assisting with creative challenges.
The final version of your film will be uploaded to a password-protected Vimeo account where you will be able to watch and learn from the work of your peers and provide fellow students with constructive feedback to help them further grow.
The most compelling films will be entered into the Global Film Festival of Cultural Heritage, shared across social media by the Sarawak tourism board and showcased on the Cultural Heritage Workshop Website.
4. ADD-ON MARKETING COURSE
Landing the assignments of our dreams depends on the quality of your work as much as on your ability to market your services.
The OPTIONAL marketing course scheduled after the main workshop imparts in 3 intense days the underlying principles of a successful marketing strategy.
You will explore how to find your voice and develop your signature style. An array of actionable tips on effective online presentation, convincing sales pitches, compelling proposals, smart pricing strategies and negotiations will empower you to find your spot in the market, attract the right clients and develop a thriving business as a cultural heritage filmmaker.
10.-12. June 2022
Full-board accommodation in price included.
The Cultural Heritage Filmmaking Workshop is open to aspiring male and female filmmakers of all ages and from all over the world (provided your citizenship allows you to enter Malaysia).
Each applicant will provide a link to his portfolio and submit a 5 min long introduction video, sharing why he/she feels drawn to cultural heritage filmmaking.
Selected applicants will be notified 3 months prior to the workshop.
THE THEME OF YOUR FILM
A breathtaking tribal event that captivates with ornate traditional garments, the sound of drums, war cries, ritual sacrifices, and sacred ceremonies, Gawai Dayak is an annual harvest festival celebrated all around the island by the indigenous people of Borneo.
Split into four groups, you will be driven on the morning of the 31. May to remote traditional longhouses in different parts of Sarawak, to capture the regionally diverse fascinating rituals performed in the course of the Gawai Dayak Eve and the celebration that follows the next day, returning back to the workshop resort on the 2. June.
PERMAI RAINFOREST RESORT
Only 30 min drive north of Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, the Permai Rainforest Resort is an eco-retreat set in a pristine rainforest at the foot of the mystical Mount Santubong overlooking the shores of the South China Sea.
Secluded and serene, the resort provides a wonderful atmosphere, allowing you to completely focus as we dive into the fascinating topic of ethnographic filmmaking.
The beautiful surroundings make the delicious traditional Sarawakian cuisine
served in an open-air setting a memorable dining experience, while providing a wonderful opportunity to enjoy during lecture breaks lovely jungle walks and in the evenings atmospheric bonfires on the beach. The fresh air coupled with the soothing rainforest sounds is sure to lull you to a deep restful sleep so that you rise on the following morning filled with energy and eager to learn.
A European based for more than a decade in Asia, Kamila Delart is passionate about preserving ancient customs and indigenous rituals, compelled to build cross-cultural bridges and to develop a global community of ethnographic filmmakers who celebrate with their work the Cultural Heritage of our planet.
Drawing upon her studies of Anthropology and Art, she developed a signature style of Ethnographic Art Films that have been widely recognized on Film Festivals around the world and utilized by Tourism Boards and Travel Companies to boost cultural tourism.
Passionate about inspiring others and passing her knowledge onto a new generation of aspiring filmmakers intrigued by ancestral traditions, she is a guest lecturer at the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak and the University of Malaya, and a co-founder and jury member of the Global Film Festival of Cultural Heritage. Collaborating with cultural organizations and tourism boards, she conducts her signature CULTURAL HERITAGE WORKSHOPS across Asia, with the plan to expand the workshop series to Oceania and Africa.