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NEIFF and Newcastle University have once again partnered to offer this wonderful opportunity to create your own documentary film

NEIFF / Film@CultureLab Documentary Filmmaking Challenge

Newcastle University

Sept 11 – 15, Culture Lab

Are you 18+?

Are you curious about people and the world around you?

Have you ever wanted to make a documentary but not had the opportunity?

Are you willing to work collaboratively as part of a team towards a common goal?

If you are living in the northeast region and have aspirations to be a documentary filmmaker
but never had the experience of being part of a crew and making a film, then this exciting
and challenging programme is the perfect opportunity for you to try! North-East
International Film festival and Newcastle University have come together to offer people the
chance to participate in a week-long documentary making programme, delivered by award-
winning documentary filmmakers and film technicians with mentoring from filmmaking
students at Film@CultureLab, the University’s centre for documentary making.

Twelve people will be offered the opportunity to work in crews of four to produce a short
documentary (3 – 5 mins) on any subject of their choice, subject to approval by the
Programme leaders. They will be given training on how to ‘shoot for the edit’ with
University supplied 4K cameras and sound recording equipment, and also given instruction
of how to edit using the latest version of Adobe Premier Pro in the University’s state of the
art editing cluster in Culture Lab. Each crew will be assigned a mentor, who will be a
documentary filmmaking student from the University’s degree programme.

The winning
documentary will be screened as part of the North East International Film Festival running
from the 25th of September till the 1st of October 2023.


Monday 11 Sept 3 – 6pm (The Ballroom, Culture Lab)

Idea generation (3-5pm)

Crew formation (5-6pm)

Tuesday 12 Sept 9 – 1pm (The Ballroom, Culture Lab)

Camera and sound recording workshop (9-10am)

Practising shooting for the edit (10-11am)

Editing workshop (11 – 12pm)

Green lighting projects (12-1pm)

Weds 13 and Thurs 14 Sept – shoot (with student mentors) *

Friday 15 Sept 9 – 6pm (Assembly Room, Culture Lab)

Importing, logging and assembly (9-12pm) (with student mentors)

Editing (12 – 5pm)

Export (5-6pm)

*If shooting is done by either Wednesday or Thursday groups could potentially start

importing, logging and assembly on those days

If you would like to be considered for this filmmaking challenge, please apply on the

Eventbrite link below by the 4 th of September. The selection process will be on a first apply
first served basis.