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Around 12 people with backgrounds ranging from directing, producing, camera and editing skills are participating in the workshop

Addis Abeba,  Aug. 17/2018 – A film training workshop organized by the Ethiopian International Film festival (ETHIOIFF) in partnership with The Netherlands Embassy in Addis Abeba has kicked off here in the capital. The training workshop, scheduled to last between 15th and 30th of August has a theme  “Social Responsibilities & Human Rights” and is taking place at VAMDAS Cinema.  Around 12 people with backgrounds ranging from directing, producing, camera and editing skills are participating in the workshop, according to a statement from the organizers.

“The workshop is designed to encourage filmmakers in Ethiopia to make a variety of socially responsible short films in order to promote tolerance and mutual understanding. The workshop also aims at developing the professional skills and standards of Ethiopian cinema,” the statement said.

The workshop started with the theory to promote the concept of socially responsible films and will continue with pitching exercises in which participants are expected to put forward ideas for socially responsible documentaries to a panel of experts. “Workshop participants are also expected to discuss the importance of responsibly examining cultural, social and human right themes in their work,” organizers said, adding the trainees were also expected to consider the power and popularity of the film medium and how that power can be used to have either a positive or negative impact in a society. “At the end of the workshop a smaller group of participants will produce 5-10min short films with social themes. This short film will be shown in the 13th edition of Ethiopian International film festival in Addis Abeba as well as in the partner festivals across the world.” AS

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