In 2010, LPFF joined forces with UNICEF and @ My Library to present the OneMinutesJr program. This international, arts-based initiative brought together 15 12-20 year-olds for five-day workshops where the youth were taught basic camera and directing skills, storytelling, teamwork and how to think creatively about issues and representation. The culturally and ethnically diverse students were selected from @ My Library, the Children’s Cultural Center, and the Lao Youth Union. Instructed by experienced video artists from abroad, each participant developed his or her own story based on the workshop theme of “Daily Life and Dreams” and produced a sixty-second video that was screened at the conclusion of the workshop. For many of these students, it was the first time they had every touched a video camera, and seeing their films on a big screen was a special treat for them and their families.
The short films from our workshop can be seen on the OneMinutesJr website.