SCHOOL students who will participate in this year's Kula Film Awards will receive a crash course on filming from two film tutors from New Zealand.
The duo, Patrick Gillies and James Wilkinson, are from the Southern Institute of Technology in Invercargill.
They have produced short films, documentaries, television commercials and shows.
"The goal really is to encourage the students to bring out their own creative inner voice because everyone has a story," Gillies said.
"What we want to see is the growth of the local industry by telling their stories."
Gillies said Fiji's situation was similar to other countries outside the US.
"We often primarily facilitate offshore productions so the battle of this country and every other country outside of the US is to facilitate but we can't achieve that at the expense of telling local stories."
He said he hoped the students in Fiji would submit their short films to international film festivals.
Film Fiji acting CEO Florence Swamy said the purpose of crash course, as like previous years, was to provide participating students training on short films and how they were made.
"We hope that budding film makers can be exposed to film-making technologies that will allow them to produce products that can be presented to international film festivals.
"We want to make sure that the local content in our stories are told to a wider stage and to an international audience."
The training was held yesterday at the Fiji National University's Raiwai campus and moves to Labasa today, then to Nadi tomorrow.