The Yangon Film School curriculum comprises a three-year programme of study. During this time, participants are required to complete five courses and submit a graduation film in order to graduate.

Yangon Film School Courses

This eight-week course is the point of entry and compulsory for all YFS students in the three-year programme. There are 12 places for six male and six female participants aged between 20 and 35, preferably with some prior experience in the media. The course includes an introduction to the documentary genre, specialised sessions and practical exercises in cinematography, sound recording, interview technique, research and treatment writing.

Introduction To Editing

A four-week training for 12 participants who have already completed the Art of Documentary Filmmaking for Beginners. Students receive an introduction to the School’s digital editing suites and are given an opportunity to shape their own short film exercises.


Compulsory for all YFS students, this four-week course uses excerpts from a wide range of World Cinema to analyse movements, theories and genres and help participants to understand the ways in which cinematic language has developed. It includes a one-week Introduction to the History of Myanmar Cinema.

Film Analysis

Compulsory for all YFS students, this three-week course gives emerging filmmakers the ability to distinguish between different editing methods in documentary and/or fiction and to understand how editing can be used to build a film’s intensity.


This four-week course aims to instill professionalism at the closing stages of the edit and encourage students to take charge of finessing a film. Using a range of tools including Adobe DaVinci® colour grading software, students learn the art and science of colour correction and how to create subtitles, main titles and credits for their films.

Participatory Video

'Participatory video’ is a set of techniques that enables a group or community to shape and create their own video. It also provides a way to bring people together to voice concerns, explore issues, tell stories and find ways to promote change. Designed around experiential learning, this ten-day training aims to develop participants’ capacity to deliver all aspects of the participatory video (PV) process, including planning, facilitation and participatory editing.

Sound Design

This four-week course for participants specialising in sound engineering includes an introduction to the use of sound design software such as ProTools®, as well as screenings and practical exercises to help participants to understand the contribution of a nuanced soundtrack to a film.


This two-week course for up to ten new writers of drama and animation takes students through the process from developing their first ideas for a film story to finishing the first draft of a short screenplay.

True Fiction

An intensive two-month course which introduces students to creating film drama with a documentary sensibility. Working together in film crews, the students swap roles to gain a taste of directing, producing, cinematography and sound recording as they develop stories inspired by real life and film them with non-actors in real locations.


This nine-week course covers crucial aspects of research, identifying protagonists and developing a sensitive interviewing style as well as innovative and emotive animation techniques to create animated documentaries about topics which can be too sensitive to film as live action.