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Filmmaker Fellowship

Combine filmmaking & travel to make movies that make a difference

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Become an LRTT Filmmaker

The filmmaker internship is a unique opportunity for talented and ambitious filmmakers to combine travel and film to produce a series of short documentary-style films and contribute towards the important social cause of education. It's a chance to travel to a new context, film in a variety of locations, experience new challenges and produce work that you can be proud of.

IDEAL FOR FILMMAKERS

  • Keen to develop their story-telling through documentary short films
  • Excited to gain experience filming on location
  • Ready for the challenge of working to a clear creative brief
  • Looking to capture amazing footage in an incredible location

Program Overview

TRAINING

Pre-Departure Training Workshop

Our pre-departure training day consists of practical workshops to develop your interviewing skills, information sessions to prepare you for the technical and logistical challenges of filming on location and a detailed Q&A relating to your creative brief, so you're feeling confident before you travel.

TRAVEL

Join a team in one of 11 countries

As a filmmaker, it's completely up to you as to the location you choose. Take a look at the countries on offer below (note that each location has unique dates, so there might be some that work for you better than others). Many of our filmmakers have taken part in 3+ programs, so if you're finding it hard to know where to choose, don't worry, you can keep coming back to do them all!

PLAN

Fail to plan, plan to fail...

It's very tempting to get your camera out straight away and film everything that catches your eye! It's great to always have your camera at the ready (just in case!) it's really important to have a clear plan before you start filming proper. We encourage all filmmakers to use their first week to build rapport with local teachers and LRTT Fellows and get to grips with the context so they can put together a clear plan for the remainder of the trip.

FILM

Filming on location

With a clear filming plan in place it's time to start interviewing. Your role will involve traveling between a number of schools and colleges to interview a range of teachers and educators to capture their stories, from the importance of education and the challenges they face as teachers to the benefits of the LRTT and the specific strategies they're going to take away from the training. You'll also capture b-roll within classrooms, during LRTT workshops and at opening and closing ceremonies.

PRODUCE

Pulling it all together

A rough-cut (assembly edit) will be requested by LRTT shortly after your return so it's important to dedicate time during your trip to keep all your footage organized in folders and begin cutting your sequences as you go. We will provide you with feedback and support through the different phases of editing until we're happy with the final films.

SHOWCASE

Showcase your film on the big screen

Your finished films will be showcased at our annual LRTT Film event in London. This is an opportunity for you to invite friends and family to see your work on the big screen, as well as potential employers. Soon after being showcased, your videos will be added to the LRTT website and used as part of LRTT's recruitment campaigns.

Film Locations

Americas

Belize

9 Jun - 30 Jun 2021

ASIA

Cambodia

14 Jul - 4 Aug 2021

AFRICA

Ghana

3 Jul - 26 Jul 2021

ASIA

India

1 Jul - 25 Jul 2021

ASIA

Laos

29 Jul - 19 Aug 2021

ASIA

Malaysia

14 Jul - 4 Aug 2021

ASIA

Nepal

4 Jul - 25 Jul 2021

AFRICA

Rwanda

29 Jul - 19 Aug 2021

AFRICA

Tanzania

29 Jul - 23 Aug 2021

AFRICA

Uganda

26 Jul - 19th Aug 2021

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to join?

The main program fee is £295 ($395). This covers pre-departure training, all in-country accommodation, transport, and all your main meals. You’ll also receive ongoing support from our team throughout your experience. Your flight and travel insurance are not included. Our team will help you find the best deal and help you in preparation for your trip.

Do I need my own filming equipment?

Generally, filmmakers travel with their own video and audio equipment. If you don’t have your own camera gear, please get in touch as we do have kit to lend out on request. When you’re filming on the move it helps to travel light so we encourage all our filmmakers to keep their kit nice and compact. A good DSLR with 2+ lenses, a tripod, and some simple audio recording gear is all you need to produce a great film.

Do I need prior experience in film?

We’re looking for aspirational filmmakers, who are confident using their gear, and ready to learn more about the documentary filmmaking process. Whether you’re an amateur or professional filmmaker this internship is a great opportunity to film to a brief, develop your story-telling, get experience conducting interviews, and also hone your skills in post-production. There are no specific requirements you need to take part, but ideally applicants would be able to reference one or two videos they’ve worked on as an example of their current level.

What's the application process?

First things first, you’ll need to submit an application online by selecting a location and date from the list below. From there, you’ll have a 45-minute phone interview that will focus on both your suitability and also provide you with an opportunity to ask any questions you have about the program. If we believe you’re a good match, you’ll be offered a place on the team and from there, you’ll be introduced to your trip leaders and your dedicated creative lead who’ll be guiding you through the filmmaking process.

Will I be filming on my own or as part of a team?

During your trip, you’ll be with a team of 20-25 teachers, led by 2-3 team leaders with experience in the education context and the location you’re traveling to. As far as the filmmaking, you’ll be the only designated filmmaker in the group, which means you’ll gain full credits for the filming, directing and production of the finished films. If you’d like to team up with another filmmaker, please request this in your application and we will consider matching you with another filmmaker.

What our Filmmakers say

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A defining career moment

Joining LRTT has turned out to be one of the most defining decisions of my career. After initially travelling to Uganda, I returned to Nepal and again to Laos. With each experience, I've developed my skills as a filmmaker, improved my showreel and made some amazing friendships along the way.

Harvey

Uganda, Nepal & Laos
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It's a great platform

It's a great platform for any young filmmaker looking to develop a range of skills as a self-shooter and story-teller. Since LRTT, I've gone on to work on projects at the BBC - the LRTT experience really helped me get to where I am today.

Matilda

Nepal
★ ★ ★ ★

You'll come back craving more

If you're an aspiring filmmaker considering joining LRTT - I'd just say do it, seriously, life's too short to miss such an opportunity and the impact you have is the most satisfying feeling. You'll come back craving more.

Asiri

Nepal & Uganda
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A chance to build my portfolio

It was definitely one of the best experiences I've had. The programme gave me a chance to build up my video portfolio whilst travelling and experiencing an incredible part of the world.

Penn

India
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It's been an amazing journey

For me, LRTT has been an amazing journey. After filming my first Fellowship in Cambodia in 2016, I've been involved every summer filming in Tanzania, Laos, and Uganda. I highly recommend it!

Mike

Cambodia, Tanzania, Laos & Uganda
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It's led to more work

The LRTT experience has been amazing for me in developing my skills as a story teller and documentary film-maker. It's led to more work back home, so for that I have a lot to thank LRTT for.

Kash

Nepal & Uganda

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