First documentary workshop in Laiza 2008
7 day intermediate visual story telling workshop

Cord Keller – Director & executive producer of Survivor,

teaches storytelling for cinema at our Laiza media center

We start our workshops by saying


“We are not here to train you to be ‘ minority / refugee photographers’. We are here to make you some of the best media makers in the world.”

During the past decade we have trained thousands of young Kachin, women, IDP’s, NGO workers, soldiers, church groups and individuals from all walks of life. From these trainings many have continued to create media and several have achieved high level international recognition.

Sakse’s countless workshops in Kachin have already been vital in creating a whole generation of media makers.

In keeping with our mission of working ourselves out of a job, Sakse also teaches our methods to our most advanced students who spread this wave of media further and faster than any one teacher ever could.

Over a dozen world class media makers and educators have taught special workshops at our Laiza center. For safety reasons, their names must remain anonymous but all of them have left important marks in the development of Kachin media.

Sakse is currently trying to develop a Jinghpaw language online training program in the near future.


Current Workshop Offerings

4 Week combined basic + intermediate Visual Storytelling Workshop at Studio Sakse

Overview : A one-day-a- week, twenty hour workshop with the goal of creating a well-crafted, in-depth photo essay or series

Where: Studio Sakse

When: 8th-29th January 2022

Teaching Language: English (geared towards non-native speakers)

Photography Levels: Open for all highly-motivated participants 

Camera: Any interchangeable lens camera is preferred, point & shoot/ high-quality camera phone is also possible 

Costs : by donation (no one is turned away) 

Saturday, January 8th, 10AM-4PM (Lunch Included)

Teaching : 

Image taking vs image making (1/2 day) 

Formats & example of photo projects and visual storytelling ( ½ day)  

Assignment : 

Write a draft proposal (1 page or less) for a project you want to shoot 

Shoot 5 example images.

Saturday, January 15th, 1PM-4PM 

Teaching : 

Review + Present your images and proposal to the class for feedback 

Cliché vs Unguarded game 

More example of photo story-telling

Assignment : 

Rewrite project proposal based on feedback 

Shoot 20+ images for your project

Saturday, January 22nd, 10AM-4PM (Lunch Included)

Teaching : 

Present your new 20 images to the class for feedback 

Making project titles & captions 

Sequencing + post-processing 

Introduction to photo ethics

Assignment : 

Digging deeper 

Producing your last images 

Prints or presentation to subjects


Thinking of project title and captions

Saturday, January 29th, 1PM-4PM + Party 4PM-Late 

Presentation of final work

Graduation Ceremony 

Potluck party with possible group exhibition 

Assignment :

Keep shooting


The Sakse Workshop Programs

Basic Media Boot Camp

Introduction to becoming a media maker

2 days with assignments

have taught 100+ participents

20-40 prefered

Intermediate photo

Visual Story telling & advanced camera functions

8 days with assignments

10 – 20 participants preferred

Intermediate FILM

Making first films in a team

14 days with assignments

10-20 participants preferred

Advanced Photo

Beyond press photography learning to document as art

14 days with assignments

5 – 10

participants prefered

Advanced FILM

Scripting & directing & the art of editing

30 days with assignments

5 – 10

participants preferred

Going Pro

How to make & keep a career in Media

2 days with assignments

5 – 10 participants preferred

Training of Trainers

Introduction to becoming a media educator

2 days with with teaching exam

5 – 10

participants preferred

Mentor Program

Covering all the real work of becoming a media maker.  Contracts, networking, professional presentation, a website, an exhibition & much more

2 years

2 per year 

4 at a time

The Sakse Instructors

Hkun Li

Hkun Li


Hkun Li is a documentary photographer from Myitkyina. He is an alumni from our programs, as well as an alumni of the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop and the Angkor Photo Workshop. He has had solo exhibitions at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand , The London School of Economics and several others.
Hkun Li received first place at the Yangon Festival in 2020 for his photo project about forced marriages among Kachin IDP women to Chinese Business men titled ‘Beauty Queen’

Awarded a full scholarship for a workshop at the Arles Photography Festival, he focused his work on the local Roma population in France.
He has since been journeying ever deeper into the remote reaches of Northern Myanmar, spending extended periods of time at IDP camps in the rugged mountains.

Ryan Libre

Ryan Libre



Ryan Libre has been teaching media making for over a decade. Besides the workshops he runs through Sakse & DocArtsAsia, he has taught for organizations such as the EU, the UN, the Olympic Committee, Chiang Mai University, University of Colorado, Where there be dragons, Trocaire & Earth Rights International. 

He gave two TEDx talks about his mission & passion to create a vibrant media culture in Kachin.

The Sakse Mentorship Program

Ring Nu Awng

Ring Nu Awng


is a Kachin based documentary photographer, covering conflicts and displacement within his community.

Di Buk

Di Buk


At Sakse, the workshops are just an introduction to the long process of becoming a full time media maker. We offer many levels of workshops to help our participants reach their goals in media, but much of the real work needed to make world class media makers happens during mentoring between or after the workshops. This is something Sakse really sees the importance of and gives a lot of resources to.

During our years spent working in Kachin we’ve found that workshops alone only go so far and to really get a competitive foot in the door of the media industry emerging artists need guidance on the long and difficult path to becoming an established creator. What this means in practice is our teams checks in through calls, meet ups and chats almost daily with our members and emerging talent in Northern Burma

It’s just one of the reasons why Kachin Photographers have placed first place professional for best photo story in Burma, for four years in a row, despite being just 5% of the population. A support system for the long path and seemingly impossible goal of becoming a nationally, regionally or world recognized media maker is so vital to the real world success of our participants.

Our mentoring is free of charge and the mentees agree to mentor others in the future.

We accept 2 mentees per year for 2 year mentorships. This way we will have the 2nd year mentees also mentoring the 1 year mentees, in addition to our own mentors.

The mentees are given free website hosting for the 2 year period and are encourage to make their portfolio websites.

Past Mentees

Yawng Htang

Yawng Htang


grew up in Nam San Yang village, which he had to flee from civil war in 2011. He has since become dedicated to image making, especially covering the plight of IDPs like himself.

In 2017, his photo essay titled ” Again” won 6th prize for best photo essay from an emerging photographer at the Yangon Photo Festival.

His photos & videos have been published by the BBC, the Guardian, DVB and have been commissioned by Oxfam, Trocaire & several local NGOs.

Sinwar Naung

Sinwar Naung


In addition to making media, Sinwa is also the assistant curator of Everyday Kachin and organizing photography related resources to share.

He grew up in Namsang Yang village, which he had to flee from civil war in 2011.


We have been doing unofficial mentorships for over a decade but have recently dedicated ourselves to foster mentees free of charge, who are willing to teach incoming mentees. This will help build a sustainable model for developing future media creators.

Each graduating mentee will come out of the mentorship with a professional portfolio containing at least 20 single images, an additional strong body of work about a project of their choice and at least one paid published work.  


Real world examples of mentoring include

Answering questions about fair pricing and advising on media licensing agreements

Advising on grants & contests to be applying for and assisting the application process if needed.

Connecting our mentees with editors & gate keepers in the media world

Assisting in selection & sequencing of photo essays before sending to publishers

Yawng Htang's Portfolio

Sinwa's Portfolio

Naw Ming Memorial Grants / Award

Ya ten madi shadaw ya nga ai project ni
Naw Ming hpe shagrau sha-a ai ndai kumhpa gaw shaning shagu garum matum ai project kaw nna shata shagu madi shadaw na project de galai kau dat ai lam nga ai. Dai masing ni hta laning mi madi shadaw ai lam 12 jaw na lam nga ai.
Jinghpaw mung the Myen mung dingda ginra ni hta quality nga ai documentation ni hpe lu gayet jat na matu shata shagu myen gumhpraw 200000 kyats madi shadaw na re.

This award in honor of Naw Ming has morphed from an annual award into a monthly grant program, which offers 12 grants a year based on project proposals.

Grants of 200,000 MMK will be given monthly to help extend the reach of quality documentation in Kachin & N. Burma.

ဒီဆုကြေးကို Naw Ming ထံသို့နှစ်စဉ်နှစ်တိုင်းပေးပြီးလစဉ်ထောက်ပံ့ကြေးအစီအစဉ်တစ်ခုအနေနဲ့ပြုလုပ်ခဲ့ပါတယ်။ဒီလစဉ်ထောက်ပံ့ကြေးအစီစဉ်ကို စီမံကိန်း စီမံချက်အပေါ်မူတည်ပြီး ၁နှစ်ကို ၁၂ ကြိမ်လောက်ထောက်ပံံ့ကြေးပေးနေပါတယ်။
Kachin & N Burma ရဲ့ မှတ်တမ်းတင်ခြင်း၏အရည်အသွေးကို တိုးချဲ့ဖို့ရန်အတွက် လစဉ်ထောက်ပံ့ကြေး ၂၀၀,၀၀၀ ခန့်ကိုလဲ ကူညီပေးနေပါတယ်။

Current grants projects


Big Brother Border – Zinghtung Yawng Htang

These images are a snapshot of the Sino-KIO border today. 

The border between China and the KIO control area was easily crossable until 2019 for up to one week with the temporary border passbook. 

Around 100,000 Kachin IDPs ( Internally Displaced Peoples ), who have fled the civil war areas, live on this China-KIO border. 

Most of the Kachin IDPs were used to regularly crossing to China for their families livelihood, as laborers, farmers or small traders.

China has recently restricted the border security highly on the China side under the pretext of the coronavirus pandemic. 

They are setting up CCTVs and the metal & cement reinforced concertina wire fences along the KIO border on the Chinese side. Many difficulties arose for Kachin IDPs who are dependent on open borders for their economic livelihood.

After the Burmese military coup in February 2021, the Chinese government has pressured the KIA not to fight with the Burmese army.

Right now the fighting between the KIA and the Burmese army has intensified near the border and the Chinese government places an embargo on all the food items being sent to the KIO border gate at Laiza,  the KIO/KIA headquarters capital city. 

KIA and China Border
ဒီဓါတ္ပုုံေတြပာာ တရုုတ္ နဲ႔ KIA နယ္စပ္ျမင္ကြင္းေတြျဖစ္ပါတယ္။
တရုုတ္ႏိုုင္ငံနဲ႔ KIA နယ္စပ္ပာာ ၂၀၁၉ အေစားပိုုင္းက
တရုုတ္ႏိုုင္ငံနဲ႔ KIA နယ္စပ္ေတြ ကခ်င္စစ္ေဘးေရွာင္
၂၀၁၉ အေစားပိုုင္က ကခ်င္စစ္ေဘးေရွာင္အမ်ားပိုုင္ တရုုတ္ႏိုုင္ငံသိုု႔
အသက္ေမြး၀ွမ္းေၾကာင္းအလုုပ္ေတြ သြားေရာက္လုုပ္ကိုုင္ၾကတာျဖစ္ပါတယ္။
အခုုေနာက္ပိုုင္း Coronavirus အေၾကာင္းျပျပီး တရုုတ္ႏိုုင္ငံဘက္က
တရုုတ္ႏိုုင္ငံဘက္က KIA နယ္စပ္တစ္ေလ်ွာက္ သံစူးၾကိဳးေတြအျပင္ CCTV
လ်ွပ္စစ္မီေတြတပ္ဆင္ထားျပီး နယ္စပ္တစ္ေလ်ာက္
တရုုတ္ႏိုုင္ငံကိုုဘဲမွီခိုုလုုပ္ကိုုင္စားေသာက္ၾကတဲ့ ကခ်င္စစ္ေဘးေရွာင္မ်ားအတြက္
အခုုေနာက္ပိုုင္ အခဲမ်ားစြာရွိသြားျပီျဖစ္ပါတယ္။
၂၀၂၁ေဖေဖာ္၀ါရီလ မန္မာစစ္တပ္ အာဏာသိမ္းျပီးေနာက္ပိုုင္ တရုုတ္အစိုုးရဘက္က KIA
ကိုု မန္မာစစ္တပ္နဲ႔တိုုက္ပြဲ မျဖစ္ဖိုု႔ေျပာဆိုုေၾကာင့္သိရသည္။
အခုုေနာက္ပိုုင္ KIA နဲ႔ျမန္မာစစ္တပ္ တရုုတ္နယ္အနီးမွာတိုက္ပြဲေတြျပင္ထန္ေနျပီး
တရုုတ္အစိုုးရဘက္က KIA ငွာနခ်ဳပ္ လိုုင္ဇာ နယ္စပ္ Gate ကိုု
အခုုလိုုအခ်ိန္မွာဘဲ အတရုုတ္က်န္မာေရး volunteer ေတြ KIA
နယ္စပ္တစ္လွ်ာက္ရွိကခ်င္စစ္ေဘးေရွာင္ျပည္သူမ်ားကိုု Covid-19

Seng Mai & Brang Mai – Naw Ming Award winners for thier work together to create & run the Myitkyina Journal.
About the original Naw Ming Award

This Award was given to a Kachin person producing outstanding media works or showing leadership in the media fields of Film, Photography, TV, Radio or Print journalism. The Winners receives a jade prize statue each as well as 1,000,000 Kyat to be shared and was honored in a ceremony, receiving recognition for their work from the local and international community. A panel of local nominators selected the best candidates for the prize & a jury of international judges decided the winners. The ceremony was held in January 3rd 2017 in Laiza, the Capital of the free Kachin State.

About Lahpai Naw Ming


Naw Ming, was a Kachin film director and visual journalist who was shot and paralyzed from the neck down while covering the Kachin conflict. In addition to making media himself he taught and mentored many youth in the ways of media.

Naw Ming shot the feature Kachin film ‘Galoi mi she?’ or ‘when will it be.? ‘ He ‘earned’ over 2 years in Burmese prison for his cinematography.  Later he was released under the condition he would never work in media again.   He agreed and soon after joined the KIO’s media department, out of the reach of the Burmese government which jailed him.

He stayed active in media making & mentoring till the day he was paralized.  Later in his life, Naw Ming was honored with the Citizen of Burma Award

He passed away aged 48 from complications of being paralyzed & bed ridden for years…

RIP Lahpai Naw Ming

Ko Naw Ming သည် Kachin Film Director တယောက်ဖြစ်သည့်အပြင် Journalistတယောက်အနေနဲ့ပါ Media field နဲ့ပတ်သက်သည့်အလုပ်တွေ ကိုလုပ်ကိုင်ခဲ့သူတဦးဖြစ်ပါသည်။ Media နှင့်သက်ဆိုင်သည့်ပညာရပ်တွေကို ကိုယ်တိုင်လေ့လာသင်ယူခဲ့သည့်အပြင် အခြာသော Media နှင့်သက်ဆိုင်သည့်ပညာရပ်တွေကိုစိတ်ဝင်စားသည့်လူငယ်တွေကိုပြန်ပြီးမျှဝေသင်ကြားပေးခဲ့သူလဲဖြစ်ပါသည်။ Kachin Filmဖြစ်တဲ့ Galoi mi she? Or When will it be? ဇာတ်ကားကိုလဲရိုက်ကူးခဲ့ပါသည်။ Ko Naw Mingသည် Kachin Conflict တခုတွင်ပါဝင်ကူညီကာကွယ်ပေးရင်း လည်ပင်းအောက်ဘက်ပိုင်းကိုသေနတ် ထိမှန်ခဲ့သောကြောင့်အကြောသေတဲ့ဝေဒနာကို ခံစားခဲ့ရပါသည်။ထို့အပြင် သူရိုက်ကူးခဲ့သည်ရုပ်ရှင်ရိုက်ကူးရေးအပေါ် မြန်မာအစိုးရကပြစ်ဒဏ်ချမှတ်ခြင်း ခံခဲ့ရသောကြောင့် ထောင်နှစ်နှစ်ကျော်ကျခဲ့ရပါသည်။ ထို့နောက် Media နဲ့ပတ်သက်တဲ့လုပ်ငန်းတွေကိုနောက်ထပ်ထပ်မလုပ်ပါဘူးဆိုသည့်ဝန်ခံကတိဖြင့်ပြန်လည်လွတ်မြောက်လာခဲ့ပါသည်။ ပြန်လည်လွတ်မြောက်ပြီးနောက်ပိုင်းတွင်မြန်မာအစိုးရဥပဒေနဲ့ကင်းလွှတ်တဲ့ လွတ်မြောက်ရေးနယ်မြေဖြစ်သည့် KIO Media Departmentတွင် သဘောတူညီချက်နဲ့ Media လုပ်ငန်းတွေကို ဆက်လက်လုပ်ကိုင်ခဲ့ပါသည်။ သူသည် အကြောသေဝေဒနာခံစားရသည့်တိုင်နောက်ဆုံးအချိန်တွေအထိ Media ပိုင်းနဲ့ သက်ဆိုင်တဲ့အလုပ်တွေကို ကြီးကြပ်လုပ်ကိုင်နိုင်ခဲ့သောကြောင့် Citizen of Burma Awardကို ပေးအပ်ချီးမြှင့်ခြင်းခံခဲ့ရသူလဲဖြစ်ပါသည်။ Ko Naw Mingသည် အသက်48နှစ်အရွယ်တွင် နှစ်အတန်ကြာခံစားခဲ့ရသည့် ၄င်း၏အ‌ကြောသေရောဂါနဲ့ဆိုင်တဲ့ နောက်ဆက်တွဲရောဂါဝေဒနာတွေကြောင့် ဆုံးပါးကွယ်လွန်သွားခဲ့ရပါသည်။ RIP Lahpai Naw Ming ငြိမ်းချမ်းစွာအနားယူနိုင်ပါစေ။

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Project hpan

Types of projects eligible  –  စီမံကိန်း၏သင့်တော်သောအမျိုးအစားများ

Photo story ( Sumla hpe yu nna mau mwi hkai mai ai sumla hpan )  sumla 20 hte dai sumla ni lam hpe shachyen ya ai laika gadun

Photo story – Image lead storytelling – 20 images with brief captions & introduction text

ဓါတ်ပုံနဲ့ပတ်သတ်တဲ့ အကြောင်းအရာ/ပုံပြင် – စာတန်းအတိုနှင့်နိဒါန်းစာသားပါသောဓါတ်ပုံ ၂၀ ခု 

Lachyum hte sumla maumwi  

Lachyum hte sumla maumwi rapra lu tsun ai lam – sumla 12+ ( sumla a lachyum hte laga ningmu hte sumla shachyen laika man 3 )

Text & photo story – Balanced story telling  – 12+ photos with 3 pages of text or more & extended captions

ဓါတ်ပုံနှင့်သက်ဆိုင်သောပုံပြင်/အကြောင်းအရာများကိုမျှတစွာပြောဆိုခြင်း-  စာမျက်နှာ(၃)မျက်နှာလောက်နဲ့ဓါတ် (၁၂)ပုံကျော်လောက်ကိုစာသားပြုစုခြင်း


Documentary kadun –  Minit 5-15 lapran byeng gram ngut sai documentary kadun

Short documentary – 5-15 min editied documentary short

မှတ်တမ်တိုရုပ်ရှင် – ၅-၁၅ မိနစ် လောက်နဲ့ ပြုလုပ်ပြီးထားသောမှတ်တမ်းတိုရုပ်ရှင်


Fiction kadun – Minit 5-15 lapran byeng gram ngut sai fiction kadun

Short fiction film – 5-15 min edited complete fiction short

ဇတ်လမ်းတိုရုပ်ရှင် – ၅-၁၅ မိနစ် လောက်နဲ့ ပြုလုပ်ပြီးထားသောဇတ်လမ်းတိုရုပ်ရှင်

Screenplay ntsa lam – Sumla hkrung a lam ntsa lam  laika man 20 (Ndai sumla hkrung a lam ntsa lam gaw Sakse shingni program hta shata 3 jai lang mai ai)

Screenplay Draft – 20+ pages of a screenplay draft.  This draft could then be used to apply for the 3 month Sakse artist in residence program

စာမျက်နှာ(၂၀)ကျော်ဖြင့် ဇတ်လမ်းမူကြမ်းရေးသားခြင်းဖြစ်သည်။ ဒီမူကြမ်းကို Residence program မှာရှိတဲ့ Sakse artist တွေက (၃)လကြာ အသုံးပြုနိုင်မယ်


Sumla /Sumla hkrung hte seng ai tinang a ningmu hpaji jaw lam, myit ningchyan ni jaw na hpe mung ra sharawng ga ai

Other – Welcome your suggestions & ideas for media / visual art projects

မင်းရဲ့အကြံပြုချက်နဲ့ media,visual art project နဲ့ ပတ်သတ်တဲ့ အကြံဉာဏ်တွေကိုလဲ ကြိုဆိုလျက်ပါ။

Copyrights / မူပိုင်ခွင့်

The content creator keeps the full copyright to all works producted.

At Sakse, we would request to add these images to our growing archive of images for research, media & activisit use at

-သတင်းအချက်အလက်တွေကိုရေးသားဖန်တီးတဲ့သူကတော့ သူများပြုလုပ်ခဲ့တဲ့ အလုပ်တွေအတွက် မူပိုင်ခွင့် အပြည့်အဝ ဆက်ပေးနေရပါမယ်။
-Sakse မှာဆိုရင်, ကျွန်တော်တောင်းဆိုချင်တဲ့ တစ်ခုကတော့ ရိုက်ခဲ့ပြီးတဲ့ ဓါတ်ပုံတွေကို သုတေသနအတွက်ပိုပြီး အထောက်အကူဖြစ် ၊ကြီးပွားအောင် မှာ media နဲ့လှုပ်ရှားပြောင်းလဲရေးတွေမှာအသုံးပြုချင်ပါတယ်။

Ndai madi shadaw gumhpraw hpe gara kaw jai lang na matu yaw shada a ta?

Ndai madi shadaw lam a yaw shada lam gaw muklung kaba, mungdan a shiga dap ni ndep nhkap ai shiga matsing ningting lam ni hpe atsawm sha lu matsing ninghting la u ga matu yaw shada ai re. 

Ndai madi shadaw gumhpraw gaw project hpe galaw ai ten hkawm wa hkawm sa hte lu sha a matu sha pi tau lu u ga ngu myit mada let garum ai lam re. Ndai madi shadaw lam hpe shata la hka hku jai lang ai nre sha sumla dem ai ten atsawm ngut kre lu hkra garum ya ai lam re.

ဒီထောက်ပံ့ကြေးရဲ့ အဓိကရည်ရွယ်ချက်ကတော့ မြို့နယ်(သို့) နိုင်ငံတွေရဲ့ media မှာလွှမ်းခြုံထားခြင်းမရှိတဲ့ မှတ်တမ်းတွေရဲ့ ခေါင်းစဉ်တွေကို ကောင်းကောင်းမွန်မွန် ထောက်ကူဖို့ရန်ပဲ ဖြစ်တယ်။

What is the grant supposed to help with?

The main idea of these grants is to enable topics to be well documented that are not being covered by national or international media.

The grant funds are primarily to help with hard costs, such as travel, food, lodging, etc  The grant funds need no reciepts of any kind.  Anything not used in the production costs, the grantee will keep.

The idea is to keep focus on doing the project, the best it can be done, not to think of these grants as a salary that shouldn’t be spent.


Ndai madi shadaw lam galoi du hkra rai na?

Ndai madi shadaw lam galoi du hkra rai na?
Ladaw gaw shata mi rai na raitim ndai laman shani shagu gaw n gayet ra ai. Gayet ai lawng la langai the langai hta madung let hkrun lam hkawm ai the laga manu ni hta hkan na galaw sa wa na re.


How long is the grant time period?

The period is a month, but the grantees are not expected to be shooting everyday.   A number of days shooting will be decided on a case by case basis, depending on travel and other costs.

Madi shadaw project hta hpa ni galaw shangun mayu a ta?

Sumla madi shadaw na matu, resolution hpring na captions hte re sumla – 20, project shachyen laika man 1 the minit 5 shing nrai second 30 re sumla hkrung gadun.

Laika ni hpe jinghpaw hku ka mai ai.

 What will grantees be expected to do?

For still photo grants, we request 20 full resolution images with captions, a 1 page introduction to the project & 5 or more 30 sec+ 4k video clips from the project.

Writing in Jinghpaw is OK


Ngai gaw shiga hte seng na shabra shapraw ai bungli hku galaw ai nre tim mai shawk na kun?

Ngai gaw shiga hte seng na shabra shapraw ai bungli hku galaw ai nre tim mai shawk na kun? Mai ai. Mahkrum madup nnga ai ni tim mai shawk ai. Na a sumla yu jut hpe anhte chye lu na matu chyeju hte nang dem da ai kaw na hkrak dik ai sumla 10-20 shing nrai sumla hkrung kadun hpe sa ya rit.


I’m a citizen journalist with no published works, can i apply?

Yes, anyone without previous experience may apply. Please send us 10-20 of your best photos or video clips as a portfolio to help us understand your visual style.


Documentary projects sha re kun?

Sakse kaw na sumla/sumla hkrung hte seng ai shingni yawng hpe galo na matu hpaw da ai. Sumla shiga, documentary galu hpan, conceptual documentary, portrait series & fine art. Sumla hkrung a lam ni hpe kaja byin ai mabyin, gin shalat la ai sumla hkrung ni madung tawn na.


Only documentary projects?

Sakse is open to work with visual artists of all styles.  Photojournalism, long form documentary, conceptual documentary, portrait series & fine art.  Film scripts can be based on real events or made up fiction.

Gear Loan

available for our resident artists, grantees & in-house projects

Black Magic Designs 4k pocket Camera with cage and SSD 1tb drive


Zoom H6 recorder with Rode Boom


Rode Go Wireless mic system ( x2)


12mm 20mm 45mm & 75mm prime lenses each


Ronin SC Focus Combo Gimbal


Full Set


*All prices are per day

Residency Program

   Sakse is offering a unique editing residency outside of Chiang Mai, Thailand, which includes:

  • A stand alone house with a bedroom, bathroom, large workspace & small kitchen
  • Free access to several world class mentors in photography & film
  • Mentors include: John Novis (former head of photography for Greenpeace International), Chris Lowenstein (executive producer at Living Films), and Jeanne Hallacy (documentary film director)
  • Large metal wall board for viewing 100+ images & external monitor
  • Organizing of talks / workshops / screenings to connect the artists with the wealth of local and international artists and art lovers in Chiang Mai

We hope this opportunity will bring more photo, research & film projects to the light that have already been captured, but need focused time & working space to make them all they can be.   

 This residency is  open to 1 or 2 artists working as a team

Script writers – apply for a micro grant to made a draft film script.  after a draft is finished, apply to come to CM for 3 months and complete and polish it up.

Film editors –  with material already shot – come edit a documentary or fiction film with advice from world class sound and color editors.  

Curators –  to plan an exhibition

Editors – edit a book of works made by yourself or by another artist.

Researchers – art research related with Burma


To apply for this residency, please send the following to (English, Jinghpaw, or Burmese are okay):

  • a one page or less description of the project you plan to edit (include links to / attachments of examples of the materials you are planning to edit)
  • bio & CV or link to a website with them on it
  • OPTIONAL: We are interested in organizing workshops taught by the visiting artists as a way to share skills & to generate income for the artist and this residency. If you are interested to teach a workshop during this residency, please write another page or less about the workshop topic, length, target audience and proposed cost to join.