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FilmAid x The Academy: Visiting Artists Series

FilmAid x The Academy: Visiting Artists Series

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is proud to share a series of conversations and master classes to the FilmAid community on the art of filmmaking.

The Academy and FilmAid share a similar mission to advocate for, educate and empower individuals to tell their own stories through film. Through this collaboration we aim to inform, inspire and amplify the work of aspiring filmmakers in FilmAid’s locations worldwide.

“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,” said Academy governor and Education and Outreach Committee chair Wynn P. Thomas.  “We hope that by sharing knowledge, we can help individuals develop their voices in a number of practical ways.”

As part of its work, FilmAid provides media training courses to give young people the necessary skills and confidence to express themselves and advocate for their communities.  The Academy created an in-depth series, to be distributed through FilmAid’s training programs, that enlists Academy members to give behind-the-scenes insights into a variety of topics, including costume design, cinematography, directing, documentary filmmaking and sound mixing. The series is now available on the Academy’s YouTube channel


FilmAid was founded by film producer Caroline Baron in 1999 in response to the refugee crisis in Kosovo.  Having worked in over 20 countries, FilmAid has become a leader in amplifying the voices of displaced youth and providing life-saving information to communities in need.  In addition to media training courses, FilmAid uses a community-based, multi-channel approach to provide displaced people with actionable information about their rights, safety, health and future.  Through video, radio, print, SMS and digital media campaigns created and distributed in collaboration with host communities, FilmAid is able to reach more than 400,000 people every year.

The Making of Oscar-Winning Short “Hair Love" with Matthew A. Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver

Masterclass: Cinematography - How to Develop Your Personal Visual Style w/Michael Goi

Sound Mixer Peter Devlin's Hollywood Dream Imagined

Kenyan filmmaker Toni Kamau at the forefront of African filmmaking

Sanaa Hamri | Director Spotlight

The Collaborative Nature between Cinematographers and Directors | Sean Bobbitt and Steve McQueen

Ruth Carter's Creative Process | Oscar-Winning Costume Designer