The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced a partnership Monday with nonprofit FilmAid to present conversations and master classes on the art of filmmaking intended for refugees and vulnerable communities.
“This partnership will serve as a bridge between the Academy and the next generation of international filmmakers in communities whose vital stories need to be heard,” Academy governor and Education and Outreach Committee chair Wynn P. Thomas said in a statement. “We hope that by sharing knowledge, we can help individuals develop their voices in a number of practical ways.”
For “Academy x FilmAid: Visiting Artists Series,” FilmAid will provide media training courses and the Academy will offer behind-the-scenes insights on costume design, cinematography, directing, documentary filmmaking and sound mixing. The series will also be available on the Academy’s Youtube channel.
The program is part of a shared mission between the organizations to “advocate for, educate and empower individuals to tell their own stories through film.”
Film producer Caroline Baron founded FilmAid in 1999 as a response to the refugee crisis in Kosovo. FilmAid provides media training and approaches to provide for displaced people. It reaches an estimated 400,000 people a year.