This month, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) focuses on next generation documentary filmmakers through ‘Catch-Tell-Transform: 4th Documentary Filmmakers’ Workshop’. This workshop is a capacity-building project based in Manila, The Philippines. The project builds on a legacy of ASEF projects that have supported young filmmakers from Asia and Europe since 2002.
Twelve emerging filmmakers from seven ASEM countries were selected through an open-call to take part in the Manila workshop. The sessions comprise lectures, screenings, discussions, and production training. Over a period of seven months, the participants will be guided by professional mentors. In the end, each participant will produce an original documentary film. Later this year, these films will be screened by the organising partners and a select few will premiere at various film festivals.
Overall the ‘Catch-Tell-Transform’ project is a unique initiative that gathers young promising filmmakers from Southeast Asia to enhance their skills and build new audiences for their work. The project is supported through ASEF’s Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe programme.
‘Catch-Tell-Transform’ is the brainchild of the Goethe Institute in Manila and The Embassy of France to the Philippines and was first launched in 2010. In 2013, Les Ateliers Varan (France), Film Development Council of the Philippines, De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde (The Philippines), University Philippines Film Institute , In-docs (Indonesia) and The Embassy of France in Malaysia are also collaborating on the project.