Cámara Chica is a British Council filmmaking project that sends UK mentors to run filmmaking workshops in overseas countries, funded by monies from the Official Development Assistance (ODA) programme.
Cámara Chica - which broadly translated in English means ‘Little Cameras' - aims to develop the knowledge of educators and community leaders in various countries, equipping them with the skills needed to teach digital filmmaking to young people, and to introduce young people to filmmaking and visual storytelling.
The project speaks to many of the ideas that underpin the UK's ‘Film: 21st Century Literacy' policy. The project proposes activity that aims to go beyond a simple transfer of expertise, by pioneering a new approach to the way we think about the relationship between children, filmmaking and visual literacy. To this end ‘Cámara Chica' sits firmly within a skills agenda but also has a significant societal, educational and developmental dimension.
This year Cámara Chica is being managed by Into Film, and for the first stage of the project we are travelling to Nepal. For three weeks across November/December 2019, our filmmaking mentors will be delivering workshops to twelve Nepalese schools to help educators and young people become self-sufficient in their filmmaking pursuits.
Each school will receive their own filmmaking kit and a specially printed Into Film resource book to help them continue their filmmaking development even after the workshops.
Follow the progress of this life-changing international project - and the films it results in - on this page.
About The British Council
The British Council is the UK's international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. Its specialist film team, part of a wider arts group, works to connect the very best of UK ﬁlm and ﬁlm culture to new audiences and practitioners around the world. Aside from their extensive programme of international showcasing, they support training workshops and skills-building projects in all areas of ﬁlmmaking, from screenwriting and VFX, to ﬁlm education and festival management.
Cámara Chica - the ﬁlmmaking programme for young people - provides access to new technology, enhances digital skills, develops media literacy and unlocks the creative potential of young people everywhere.