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Calling independent Filmmakers! What is the idea behind Stories of Being Me?

in SINGAPORE, 25/09/2013

‘Stories of Being Me’ asks people across Asia to share their real-life stories about learning to deal with differences in sexual orientation or gender identity.

The series seeks to focus on the perspectives of young people who prefer to avoid labels, as well as young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. We also want to learn from young people who are simply curious or undecided about their sexual orientation and gender identity.

We want to hear from people - especially young people - who mustered the courage to share their differences with their family and friends as well as classmates and colleagues. We also want to hear from families and friends who have realised that these differences should not get in the way of mutual care, support, and love.

How will ‘Stories of Being Me’ work?

We are calling for film treatments for three-minute, documentary-style videos for presentation on the web (eg. YouTube, YouKu).

The deadline for film treatments is October 4, 2013.

Film treatments are invited for stories from the following capital cities: Bangkok, Beijing, Hanoi, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Phnom Phen and Singapore.

An international selection panel will choose one film treatment from each city (the selection panel will be announced soon).
The chosen filmmaker for each city will be given a modest cash grant (USD $2000) to produce their film.

Film-makers are asked to submit their first cut no later than 25 October 2013 with scripts and translations to the series production unit for post-production.

Post-production will be handled by the series production unit based in Manila, Philippines.

Treatments should be structured so that the stories are told by the storytellers themselves in their own native language. Subtitles will be created in English during the production process.

The final cuts will be compiled by the series production unit prepared for launch on web-based social media networks in November 2013.

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