Camara Chica is a British Council filmmaking project which provides young people with opportunities to discover and develop creative and technical skills through filmmaking. The project aims to develop the knowledge of educators, equipping them with the skills needed to teach digital filmmaking to young people; and to introduce young people to filmmaking and visual storytelling. 

Camara Chica (which translates to Small Camera) has been implemented in Cuba and Venezuela till date. A revised version of the project is being piloted in Nepal with stronger institutional framework for greater impact. Besides the workshops, British Council is working with UK partner Into Film and local partners, Film Development Board, UNICEF, Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival and others to create opportunities for school children to produce films on critical subjects. The Camara Chica programme in Nepal is dubbed Camara Sika (translating to Learn Camera).


Through open call applications, 13 schools and 14 mentors were selected to participate in the orientation programme run by UK film professionals Hafsah Naib, Mark Bishop and Barry Hale, representing UK implementation partner Into Film. 

During the two days, the facilitators engaged participants in various filmmaking-related exercises and approaches that can be made used to teach young people the art of filmmaking and to engage them creatively. The group was introduced to several physical as well as mental exercises to engage young people in coming up with ideas and implementing them. During the orientation workshop, school educators were paired with mentors in order to run a five-day workshop at the schools where the educators were involved.  

*Please access our progress report (downloads below) for more information on schools and mentors.

* Latest update on the project:  A one-day event for schools to experience films making.

Mentors during training exercise. Photo: Gaurav
Trying the equipments. Photo: Robic


Into Film is the primary delivery partner of Camara Sika workshops who identified facilitators (independent UK filmmakers and arts professionals) to train Nepali mentors and to monitor training to young people. Into Film provided learning resources, films and filmmaking kits to support children’s learning. The organisation will work with the British Council on a post-workshop manual to help distill lessons into best practice. 

UNICEF is a partner to the overall activities mentioned in the programme. The grant scheme for beneficiary children to produce original content around Children's Rights is being supported by the organisation. 

Government partner NFDB is endorsing the workshops/events. Is contributing limited financial and in-kind resources to the overall scope of the event. 

KIMFF is Camara Sika’s talk programme delivery partner. The organisation is also providing platforms to continue conversations around children and films and will be contributing to the organising of the digital film festival