Travelling Cinema

In 2014, the Yangon Film School initiated its Travelling Cinema project. With cinemas a rarity in Myanmar, especially outside urban centres, and only limited chances for Myanmar viewers to see home-grown documentaries on television, the School decided to take its films to audiences, targeting hard-to-reach and/or marginalised communities across the country.

The YFS Travelling Cinema project enables student crews to travel to a particular area where they work with local communities to publicise and present a carefully selected programme of the School’s documentaries, fiction films and animations. An integral part of every screening is the Q&A session which gives audiences the chance to ask questions about the films and discuss the issues raised – often with one or more of the filmmakers present. 

The Travelling Cinema project also aims to help the School recruit students from remote areas for its filmmaking programme – thus helping YFS to further increase the already impressive diversity of its student cohort.

Travelling Cinema placements are run hand-in-hand with the School’s participatory video facilitations which enable a group of local filmmakers trained by YFS students to make a video and screen it to their community. To see how a facilitation works take a look at the film below about the facilitation in Taung Shae village in central Myanmar.

You will soon be able to see all the participatory videos made by these communities free of charge on our streaming platform.

In 2019, the School expanded its outreach activities by setting up five ‘Film Hubs’ in cooperation with grass-root organisations and initiatives in Yangon, Mandalay, Dawei, Hakha and Myitkyina. YFS has trained curators at the Hubs which now offer regular screenings and discussions of the School’s films for audiences around Myanmar.


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