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2019 ACDGP grantees

We Can We Are Talented, Bus Stop Films’ Project

Bus Stop Films promote inclusive education in Mongolia through filmmaking and story-telling, as well as teaching social, work ready, language and literacy skills to students with and without disabilities at the Media and Arts School in Mongolia.

Group photo of Cast and crew from the production.
Cast and crew of Stairs, an inclusively-made short film shot in Mongolia, October 2019. Photo by Sarah-Jane Johnson.

Sector: Film and inclusive filmmaking

Grantee: Bus Stop Films

Project description

Bus Stop Films in Mongolia is a 12-month program, in partnership with the Arts Council of Mongolia. With local creatives, the program has established an Australian made, Accessible Film Studies curriculum in Ulaanbaatar. The program, designed to provide filmmaking workshops for people with intellectual disability, aims to increase their literacy, communication, job-readiness and confidence. For 10 years a similar program has been running in Australia, and not only has it had an impact on the lives of the participants involved, it has also had a major impact in our domestic film industry. Bus Stop Films has been a force for advocating inclusion and diversity in film production and within society at large.

Bringing the program to Mongolia, the benefits include increasing the capacity of individuals with intellectual disability and increasing community awareness about disability through a human rights framework, and increasing the capacity of local emerging filmmakers at an entry level and professional level stage of their careers. Students and local film industry mentors worked together to create a short film about inclusion in Mongolia, which will be used as an advocacy tool to promote inclusion in Mongolian society.

The all-female Australian crew from Bus Stop Films travelled to Mongolia in late 2019 to work with students, a local crew and members of the Arts Council of Mongolia. The team shot scenes around Ulaanbaatar to create the inclusively-made short film, Stairs. The film was edited back in Sydney with assistance from the team at The Editors, who hosted editing classes with the students in Ulaanbaatar over Skype. A premiere of the film is being staged in partnership with the Arts Council of Mongolia in April 2020 and will be screened in Canberra to coincide with World Down Syndrome Day in March 2020.

Project start-end dates: October 2019 – April 2020

Country: Mongolia

Total project value: $87,455

Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grant: $57,300

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