CBT Vietnam project garners awards, creates opportunities
March 4, 2016
“You get into some interesting scenarios for sure,” says filmmaker Kyle Sandilands, from a remote island in Cambodia via Skype, recounting memories of his documentary filmmaking in places like Vietnam, Nepal, and in sub-Saharan Africa.
“We were going into slums and high-poverty areas,” Kyle says. “If you were a tourist here, there’s no way you would ever come across this kind of stuff.”
A graduate of the Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts program at Capilano University, Kyle is carving out a niche for himself within the NGO community as a cinematographer.
His big break came with the opportunity film for Capilano U’s CBT Vietnam tourism training program—a project set in motion through contacts at the University. CBT Vietnam is a Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Foundation-funded community-based tourism training project in two villages of the Sapa region, run by Capilano University and Hanoi Open University. The CBT Vietnam project recently received Honorable Mention for the InSPIRE Award for Best Community Based Tourism Initiative from PATA in Fall 2015. In the summer, the project was a Finalist for Wild Asia’s Responsible Tourism Award for Most Inspiring Responsible Tourism Initiative.
The films Kyle made with Capilano U’s CBT Vietnam program have also gone on to win major awards, including Best Documentary Under 60 Minutes at the Zagreb Tour Film Festival in Croatia, first place in People & Places at the Art and Tourism International Film Festival in Portugal, Finalist in the My Hero International Film Festival in the United Sates, as well as other Official Selections in the National Screen Institute Online Short Film Festival (Canada) and Silver Lake Tourfilm Festival (Serbia).
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