Industry Insiders Establish Short Filmmaking Course

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A shortage of human resources in the Cambodian film industry – and a desire to meet the needs of those wishing to work there – prompted the decision of a team of experienced filmmakers to introduce a four-month short film production course .

These short film courses will start on August 13 and will continue until November 27. The sessions will be organized by film producers from the Professional Institute of Cambodia (PIC), in collaboration with the Department of Media and Communication (DMC) of the Royal University. from Phnom Penh.

After completing the course, trainees will receive certificates demonstrating that they understand the technical skills in the field of film production, including script writing, production management, directing, camera techniques and production. lighting and film and color editing. The students will work together to produce a short film, said Ung Bun Y, trainer and head of DMC.

Bun Y has more than 10 years of experience in media education at university and has worked in video production – creating television programs, documentaries and short films – since 2008. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from Hong Kong Baptist University and a Professional Certificate in Multimedia from the International Press Institute of Germany.

He explained the purpose of the training and the type of candidates they hope to attract.

“There is a shortage of skilled workers in the film industry here, that’s why our team has organized this course. It will give practical skills to people who are passionate about the film industry. In just four months, they will acquire the knowledge and the skills they need to become short filmmakers,” he said.

“This course is open to the public, and we will only accept between 15 and 20 trainees for each session. The first course we will start on August 13 and will cost $495 per person. Interns can register by calling 502 836/015 456767,” he added.

He said the school will offer a discount for group enrollment, with a group of three receiving a 15% discount and a group of five earning 20% ​​off their tuition. To encourage more women to enter the industry, applicants will be eligible for a 20% discount.

The course will be taught by film experts who are all graduates of prestigious universities here and abroad. All of them have many years of experience in the film industry.

Nhem Piseth, one of the instructors, is an independent director of short films and documentaries at PIC, and has been working in the field since 2013. He holds a bachelor’s degree in media management from the Royal University of Phnom Penh.

Sothea Ines is a lecturer in video production at DMC and a freelance filmmaker. Like Piseth, she graduated from the Royal University. She has been in the industry since 2011.

Mony Kann Darung will teach directing. He holds a master’s degree in film and video from Dongseo University, South Korea, and has been working in film since 2011.

Him Thideth is a freelance cinematographer. He is currently a freelance cinematographer and editor. He started working behind the camera in 2017 and earned a bachelor’s degree in cinematography from Dongseo University.

Pok Borak, director of the Department of Cinema and Cultural Dissemination at the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, expressed his support for the course, saying it would certainly make a valuable contribution to the Cambodian film industry.

“Although this is a short course, I believe it will cultivate some exciting new talent,” Borak said.

“The thing is, developing new entrants into the industry is tough, because it requires a real love of hard work, as well as talent. I really appreciate the Cambodia Vocational Institute team for introducing this training – it will be interesting to see where the graduates end up,” he added.

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