….fascinating, threatening and surreal!Jan Švankmajer Retrostrospective in Dresden Press Release Prague / Dresden, January 28, 2011 – A series of screenings of remarkable feature films by Czech surrealist, artist and animator Jan Švankmajer is set to open on Wednesday, February 2, 2011, in Dresden's Thalia theatre. The series runs until April 2, and is organized by Czech Film Center in cooperation with the German Institute of Animated Film (DIAF). Jan Švankmajer's cinematic adaptations are inspired by the “visionaries of consciousness,” Lewis Carroll, Edgar Allen Poe and Marquis de Sade. The series kicks off on February 2 with his first feature film, Alice, from 1988. The movie was shot in the Czech Republic during the period when Jan Švankmajer was officially banned from filmmaking, and was made as his first German-British co-production. The film tells the story of Alice, who finds herself in a fascinating and at the same time threatening world haunted and inhabited by bizarre creatures and objects. Švankmajer does not romanticize childhood as might be expected, but sticks to the dream logic of Lewis Carroll's famed Alice in Wonderland. The director magically combines animation and actress Kristýna Kohoutová's dramatic talent. His second movie, Faust, which will be screened on February 16, adapts the Czech literary classic. Here Švankmajer combines various animation techniques with drama and life-size puppets, harkening back to the start of this versatile Czech artist's career in the art of puppetry. “The film series is like an appetizer,” project co-organizers Andre Eckardt (DIAF) and Jana Černik (Czech Film Center) say in the spirit of Jan Švankmajer. “The main course – an exhibition of collages made during the filming of his latest feature, Surviving Life (Theory and Practice) – will be served in April. The exhibition will introduce his methods to Dresden audiences. We believe that this will be an intense experience.”
“The Tail Operation” by Ewa Pytka has been awarded with the Special Jury Prize in the History Makers Awards 2011 competition, whose winners were revealed at the special event that took place in New York between January 26 – 28. The Best History Production of the Year Award went to “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers”, Best Current Affairs Production Prize has been granted to “Afghanistan: Behind Enemy Lines”, and the Best Historical Drama Production Prize – to the “Darwin's Darkest Hour.”
more information on the awards:www.historymakers2011.com
Do you speak video? Visit www.polyglot-turku.eu to discover the entries!
NISI MASA received 87 valid submissions from 28 different European countries: Video Portraits (documentary) on My multilingualism and Video Poems (fiction) on The language I dream in.
The selected young filmmakers aged 18-35 will participate in the “Cine-Boat” documentary filmmaking workshop travelling across the archipelago of Turku (Finland) in June 2011, to celebrate its status as European Capital of Culture.
POLYGLOT: on the way to Turku is organized by NISI MASA – the European network of young cinema with the support of the Turku 2011 European Cultural Capital and the European Cultural Foundation.
NISI MASA – European Office
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Dates and Venues 2011
Session 1: May 15-21, Romania
Session 2: July 3-9, Italy
Session 3: September/October, venue t.b.c.
What is ESoDoc?ESoDoc - European Social Documentary is a training initiative promoted by ZeLIG School for Documentary (Italy) with the support of EU's Media Programme.ESoDoc takes up the challenge of bringing together the demands of different players now involved in documentary film-production. Our focus is on a special genre of documentary production that is particularly suitable for the new multi-platform world: documentaries that draw attention to human rights, social justice and environmental protection.ESoDoc participants submit a fresh proposal for a documentary or a crossmedia project along with their application. This project is developed in the following six months at three 1-week sessions and in-between via on-line consulting.
Who should apply?ESoDoc is intended for professionals who are committed to the goal of social change, who are responsive to the new ways that film is achieving it and who want to develop their own documentary film projects across a 360 degree spectrum. We are looking for documentary filmmakers and producers, NGO and NPO sector professionals with audio-visual experience, and New Media Professionals who want to realize www projects according to the spirit of ESoDoc or collaborate with others.
What you'll get out of ESoDoc?We encourage sensitivity in working with cultures of the developing world and co-operation with indigenous communities also through the use of “participatory video”. ESoDoc is increasingly focused on digital media, and illustrate the varieties of multi-platform programming and social websites. We outline the market in Europe, the different and new ways of funding, distributing and co-producing social documentaries. One to one sessions for budgeting are hold during the workshop and the final session is focused on pitching.
Workshop StructureESoDoc offers three 1-week workshops, held over a 6-month period, during which participants, either individually or in groups, develop projects based on specific Social Documentary themes. An e-platform will provide support during and between the workshops and allow continuous collaboration through a library, different project-related discussion forums and dialogue among the teachers, tutors and participants.
Enrollment Fee and ScholarshipsThe cost per participant is 1.200 Euro (600 Euro for participants from new member states). This covers tuition, room and board but does not include traveling expenses. Four scholarships are available. To access scholarship funding, the applicant must provide the latest official tax return together with the other application materials.
Krakow, 28th January 2011 – Only a week left to submit a film for 51st Krakow Film Festival, which will take place between 23rd and 29th May 2011. Deadline is on Friday, 4th February. The Festival presents films in the three competition and in the special cycles. Only the films completed after 1st January 2010 are eligible for competitions.
Dear Friends, Documentary Campus and One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in partnership with the Institute of Documentary Film kindly invite you to a unique industry event: Documentary Campus Industry Session 11-13th MarchPrague, Czech Republic “One World, Many Ways” – New Directions in Human Rights Documentaries Documentary Campus is honoured to present a three-day industry event during the acclaimed One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in Prague (8-17 March 2011). Thought-provoking panels and case studies for industry professionals will be run parallel to workshops on low budget and online production for newcomers. It’s a forum for East and West to network, to discuss professional development and co-production opportunities from the filmmaker to the commissioning editor level. “One World, Many Ways” will explore ways to tell the stories that need to be told and introduce some of the world’s most important human rights filmmakers who have risked their lives to tell them. Stay tuned each week as we reveal our list of international guests. More information: Register now for the event on our website: http://www.documentary-campus.com/v2/page/symposia/symposia_register/53/ Participation fee will be 50,00 € only (catering is not included).There will be no further reductions on the participation fee. Find more practical info on the weekend at: http://www.documentary-campus.com/v2/page/symposia/53/ For more info on the One World Film Festival, please have a look at: www.oneworld.cz The Institute of Documentary Film also invites you to the open program of Ex Oriente Film workshop taking place in March 14 – 19, 2011.http://www.dokweb.net/en/ex-oriente-film/1st-workshop-session-programme-outline-607/?sac=2 We look forward to meeting you there!
The upcoming International Film Festival in Rotterdam will present two films from the East Silver Market 2010 - the epic documentary about the life of the Romanian dictator The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu by Andrei Ujica and nominated for the Silver Eye Award, and My Perestroika by Robin Hessman.
February 2011: Collegium Hungaricum Berlin (.CHB) sees the return of Cinema Total - a series of events for international film professionals and film buffs during Berlinale, focusing on the film industry in Central and Eastern Europe.
Learn about methods of sponsoring and co-production from both sides of the continent. Explore the latest political, economic and cultural development, as well as artistic phenomena in Eastern Europe. Look into the future of the all-European film industry, shaped by Western-European film professionals and their Eastern counterparts. Cinema Total 4 (CT4) in Collegium Hungaricum Berlin (.CHB): an intriguing series of programmes in an inspiring setting. For further information and your invitation, please see attachment. Kind regards,Jan-Gunnar Franke
-- Jan-Gunnar FrankeLeitung Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
East Silver was recently approached by two European TV stations that showed interest in two titles from the market. One of them is the Dutch TV station HUMAN which acquired the award-winning Polish documentary Chemo by Pawel Lozinski. TVP Kultura is considering the Czech film Keep the Rhythm! by Olga Sommerova.
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