Stories is an intensive residential filmmaking laboratory supported by and in collaboration with British Council, during which emerging filmmakers are empowered with the creative and practical tools to examine their sense of identity and nationality through film.

To date we have run Stories in Benghazi, Tripoli, Rabat, Dhaka, Karachi, Ramallah, Syria, Jordan, Gaza, Hanoi, Jakarta, and Beijing. The films produced offer surprising and nuanced insights into these cities through strong, character-led stories.

Scottish Documentary Institute

Established in 2004 by Noe Mendelle to nurture documentary filmmakers and audiences in Scotland and beyond. Scottish Documentary Institute specialises in documentary training, production and distribution, supporting filmmakers through its diverse programme of international activities and high quality training programmes. Bridging art and industry, SDI is committed to supporting authored films driven by content and emotional experience

British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We work with over 100 countries in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Last year we reached over 80 million people directly and 791 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. We make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive a 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government.

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