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Uganda (the lost pearl of Africa)

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Filmmaker Abroad is relaunching in 2019 with a trip to the “lost” Pearl of Africa, Uganda.

NOTE: This filmmaking adventure is available for only four participants.

You can work alone or in pairs/teams (a discount applies for pairs/teams). You'll receive personal mentorship, advice and encouragement from a highly experienced documentary filmmaker, in the field, with daily feedback on rushes. You'll develop high level insights into the craft of documentary storytelling and advice on the best use of your equipment. 

Western Uganda is one of the most fascinating and ecologically diverse places in all Africa. Less well known than Tanzania and Kenya as a travel destination for Westerners – but all the better for it.  You will film your own observational documentary in and around the Queen Elizabeth National Park without crowds of tourists cluttering your lens. A list of fully researched stories is available to choose from on a 'first in best dressed' basis. 

Act quickly, only four places are available.

Contact us for more details.

Price from USD$4999 (contact us to enquire about the discount for teams/couples)




Uganda Itinerary – Nov 27th - Dec 4th, 2019

Western Uganda near Hamukungu


• Hands-on in-the-field tuition and mentorship from highly-experienced award-winning documentary filmmaker, Sean Cousins, who will be there to support you every step of the way.

• Western Uganda is a very safe and secure destination but we are lucky to have an Australian Medical Doctor with remote medical experience travelling with us to Uganda, carrying a comprehensive medical kit. You can feel at ease if Africa seems intimidating.

• Uganda is blessed with great weather all year around. Right on the equator – temperatures vary very little throughout the year. But December is a good time to visit, allowing spectacular views of the Western Rift Valley, which can be a little hazy at other times.

• Part of your fee will go to the Uganda Conservation Foundation who do great work protecting endangered species.


• The experience begins in Entebbe – the main airport in Uganda. 

• During the eight days spent in Western Uganda you’ll be staying in a quality lodge, WITH FULL BOARD INCLUDED. The lodge is very well managed and ideally situated close to one of the world’s most highly regarded National Parks with stunning views and access to stories of all kinds right outside your window.

• We are comprehensively insured, but we recommend you purchase your own travel insurance.

• Whether you fancy yourself as a David Attenborough, a Nick Broomfield or a Gen-Y self-shooter we can help you realise your filmic dream to a standard that will fill you with pride and satisfaction.

• Only 4 places are available – so act now to secure your place!

The price for this once-in-a-lifetime all-inclusive filming experience is USD$4999

NOTE: To have your place guaranteed there is a short phone/skype interview after which a 20% deposit will be taken.


photo by Sean Cousins



If you wish to have the complete filmmaking experience, including the entire post-production path - working with a professional film editor - we can arrange that too.

What's included in the post-production component:

Only available to participants from Australia. 

If you reside outside Australia we can arrange supervision and feedback of your edit using online technology for a small fee.

  • You’ll have two full weeks in a state-of-the-art edit suite with a professional film editor – as well as supervision and added direction, should you wish it, from Filmmaker Abroad founder, Sean Cousins.
  • A professional sound-mix, and access to a massive library of music to enhance your vision, and ensure a broadcast standard product.
  • A colour grade, Tech check and Quality Assurance plus digital mastering of your finished film.
  • Uploading of your film to a dedicated online channel for your friends and loved ones to enjoy your work upon completion

The cost for the full post-production package is AUD$6000

In short, for a fraction of the cost of attempting to make your own film from scratch - in as little as four weeks - you’ll have a short documentary that you’ll be proud of, that you can use as a showreel to kick start your career, and enter into festivals.


Here is a list of the sorts of stories available in and around the Queen Elizabeth National Park:

• ‘Sara’ is the only woman in Hamukungu village to own her own fishing boat, a female pioneer in a male dominated profession.

• Every day ‘Tomas’ rides his bicycle across the valley floor hoping to avoid hyenas, lions and rogue elephants. On his bike he carries 70 kgs of bananas balanced on the bars in one direction – smoked fish on the return journey. It’s a tough and dangerous life, but it’s all the life he’s known.

• Visiting Hamukungu village can be like glimpsing life in medieval times. The village is surrounded by pit-kilns in which fish are smoked each day. The air is thick with smoke and the smell of the fish as they cook.

• Tag along with the Predator Project, an intrepid team of researchers who radio collar lions in the park to monitor their movements.

• Join the rangers who are tracking chimpanzees inside a densely treed valley in QENP.

• Famously QENP is home to the tree-climbing lion of Ishasa - perhaps the most exotic of the 95 species of mammals, and 500 bird species who live in the vast park.

• Katwe has been a salt mining village since pre-historic times. Salt mining on the shore of Lake Katwe has been the sole occupation for many Katwe families for generations. Join a family for a week and learn the rhythm of life as a salt miner in the 21st century.

• In a mud hut just outside the park lives a traditional instrument maker who supplies the local musicians with their wood and skin instruments. He raises the cows, tans the hides, carves the wood and of course plays the many varieties of instruments himself, just as his father did and his father before him.

 photo by Sean Cousins

“Tell me, I forget.
Show me, I remember.
Involve me, I understand.”

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