A team of practice led researchers from leading film education institutions in each of the countries of Malaysia, Ghana, Colombia and the UK, led by Professor Erik Knudsen, will run a series of workshops for emerging independent filmmakers in developing countries on three continents. This team of researchers will collaborate with the host institutions involved to deliver these workshops over the period of the network project, reaching a total of 45 independent filmmakers, and will be followed by a summarising symposium hosted by Bournemouth University. The key participating researchers include:
Principal Investigator: Professor Erik Knudsen, School of Film, Media and Performance at the University of Central Lancashire, is Ghanaian born, and having shot 2 films in Ghana, one of which was AHRC funded, he also has a particular interest in how film is evolving in the developing world.
Co-Investigator: Dr Nico Meissner, Senior Lecturer at the Griffith Film School, Brisbane, Australia, but was formerly a Senior Lecturer at Multimedia University, Malaysia, where one of the StoryLab workshops will be taking place. He has a PhD in the sustainability of independent filmmaking in relation to the internet and will bring invaluable knowledge of the impact of the internet on storytelling modes and dissemination.
Participating Investigator: Dr Sandra Carolina Patiño is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Ibague and the Director of the research group Documentary Colombia. Carolina will be supported by her colleague, Susana Ortiz Obregon, who is a screenwriting lecturer and researcher at the National University of Colombia.
Participating Investigator: Sarah Kuntoh, Head of the Editing Unit of the Film Techniques Department, National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI), Accra, Ghana. She currently teaches Film Aesthetics and Art of Editing and runs the NAFTI Film Club.