Held back by lack of further education opportunities – there are no film schools in Myanmar – as well as other constraints, many creative young people in the country are crying out for inspiration and encouragement to develop their artistic skills. These talented people are also keen to support Myanmar’s development at a grass roots level.

Described by one local partner as a ‘milestone in capacity building,’ the non-profit organisation Yangon Film School (YFS) aims to create a diverse media culture in Myanmar by training a creative young workforce that is also capable of meeting the audiovisual needs of the country’s development sector.

The Yangon Film School offers a range of audio-visual courses and mentorships free of charge for emerging Myanmar filmmakers of different ethnicties and genders that blends theory with practical, hands-on exercises. An inspired, dedicated team of international and local filmmakers comprise the tutor group. It is their aim to foster an environment of productivity and open-minded individual creativity.

The YFS’ own local production outfit, Yangon Film Services, has also made a name for itself as a creator of well-crafted documentaries and promotional films for a growing number of clients. These works cover an astonishing range of topics and locations throughout Myanmar.