The Action for Hope Filmmaking School was launched in March 2017, building on the video training workshops Action for Hope has been organizing in Lebanon since 2013, within cultural relief convoys and also as standalone activities.
The school is situated in the Ghazzeh cultural center which is fully equipped with 2 editing units, a sound mixing suite, various shooting and lighting equipment, and a large hall that can be used for shooting and for group lectures. It is a 9-month study program divided into 3 semesters and culminating with a film project. The study curriculum is developed by Mostafa Youssef, the artistic supervisor of the video school, and is delivered by a group of qualified trainers in filmmaking. The curriculum includes the following topics: cinematography/videography, moving image and animation, script-writing and directing, sound design, film and narrative structure, editing and special effects. The study program is also accompanied by regular film screenings followed by discussions with the trainers. Students are selected upon an open application process, followed by an assessment workshop.