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Supported by CNC Romania, ARTE/France and MEDIA, Aristoteles Workshop has over the past five years become a unique training programme, offering both a hands-on approach and a continuous tutoring system, and managed to double its status as an established production house as well. Entry deadline: May 31, 2011.

Kaunas International Film Festival launches cooperation with young film artists
Kaunas International Film Festival has become the official representative of the European network of film associations NISI MASA in Lithuania. The membership of the Lithuanian festival in this project will open up wide opportunities of international projects and festivals not only for young film artists and critics, but also for film students and other players of the film industry.


“NISI MASA is a European network that involves and gives access for youth to the film industry. NISI MASA activites ranges from film making workshop, script developing, and film criticism workshops. Kaunas IFF participation in the network, will hopefully inspire youth in Lithuania to take part and develop their skills in above mention fields of the film industry. We are looking forward to encourage the future generation in Lithuania to work with film,” Tomas Tengmark, Kaunas Film Festival programme producer commented on the Festival’s joining the NISI MASA network.


The name NISI MASA is a reference to 8 1/2 by Federico Fellini, in which Marcello Mastroianni repeats the phrase “Asa Nisi Masa”. The film, a European cinema classic, and the sentence, an incantation belonging to no specific language, both reflect the cinematic and cross-border spirit of the network.

NISI MASA was founded in 2001 and is financed by the European Union, the Council of Europe, and several French foundations. It unites associations, currently present in 26 countries, with a common cause – European cinema. The network of students, young professionals and film enthusiasts aims to discover new talents, develop cross-cultural audiovisual projects, extend film education and promote new European film.

Another goal of NISI MASA is to create a platform of discussion and collaboration for young European filmmakers. The network organises international filmmaking and scriptwriting workshops, holds various cinema-related conferences and seminars, promotes short films, and edits film critique publications produced during various international film festivals.
An international team of young critics and designers formed and trained by NISI MASA publishes a daily film critique magazine Nisimazine at the international film festival in Cannes, Torino, Helsinki, Tehran, Abu Dhabi, Rio de Janeiro, etc. The magazine covers reviews of films introduced at the festivals and interviews with filmmakers.

Filmmaking workshops organised by NISI MASA’s partners include important international projects of documentaries and art-house movies. During “Cine-train”, young film professionals travel on a train for three weeks making documentaries. The “Visions Of” workshop takes place in various European cities and is aimed at producing cinematographic portraits of the cities. Besides the journalism projects and various workshops, NISI MASA also holds scriptwriting competitions and helps the winners to implement their cinematography ideas.

NISI MASA together with Kaunas Film Festival will open up wide opportunities of creative practice for young people in Lithuania. More information about the projects and opportunities of NISI MASA is available upon registration in the special section of Kaunas Film Festival: www.kinofestivalis.lt/lt/nisimasa. For more information please call +370 678 11324.


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The last session will be held at the 51. Krakow Film Festival between the 25th and the 29th of May in the MANGGHA Centre of Japanese Art and Technology, in Krakow.

Project selection was especially difficult this year, dues to large amount of applications. After long consultations the selection committee chose 15 projects to take part in this year's Dragon Forum Pitching. Additionally, 5 projects were selected conditionally. Our congratulations to Pitching Participants, best of luck!


List of projects qualified to participate in the Pitching can be found at: http://www.dragonforum.pl/index1.php?sec=news&lang=pl&id=655

Following commissioning editors confirmed their participation in this year's Pitching:

Margje de Koning - IKON, (Netherlands)
Jerzy Dzięgielewski - HBO, (Poland)
Adam Gee - Channel 4, (United Kingdom)
Hanneke Hagen - VPRO, (Netherlands)
Marje Jurtshenko - ERR, (Estonia)
Cynthia Kane - ITVS, (USA)
Katarzyna Malinowska - TVP Kultura, (Poland)
Philippe Muller - ARTE, (France)
Rafał Orlicki - KFC, (Poland)
Barbara Paciorkowska - TVP 2, (Poland)
Barbara Pawłowska - TVP 1, (Poland)
Emelie Persson - SVT, (Sweden)
Martin Pieper - ARTE/ZDF, (Germany)
Daniel Saltzwedel - MBB, (Germany)
Heribert Schneiders - MDR (Germany)
Nathalie Windhorst - NPS, (Netherlands)

Applications for Pitching Observers are still being accepted. Observers are welcomed to approach all Dragon Forum commissioners and investors to talk about their projects. We have also prepared a special pitching offer for film schools students. Please send filled application forms as well as questions and suggestions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Three Dragon Forum films qualified for the competition at the 51st Krakow Film Festival!

Films selected for the National Competition:
„Pomorskie iluzje"
Directors: Jacob Dammas, Helge Renner
Producers: Jacob Dammas
Production company: Graniza Jacob Dammas
Poland, 2011, 70'

„Odyseja złomowa"
Director: Łukasz Gutt, Paweł Ferdek
Producer: Wojciech Szczudło, Witold Będkowski
Production company: SF Kalejdoskop, TVP S.A.
Poland, 2010, 48'

International documentary film competition:
Invisible Strings - The Talented Pusker Sister
Director: Ágnes Sós
Producer: Marc Lorber
Production company: HBO Cetral Europe
Hungary, 2010, 80'

Congratulations!

The last session will be held at the 51. Krakow Film Festival between the 25th and the 29th of May in the MANGGHA Centre of Japanese Art and Technology, in Krakow.

Project selection was especially difficult this year, dues to large amount of applications. After long consultations the selection committee chose 15 projects to take part in this year's Dragon Forum Pitching. Additionally, 5 projects were selected conditionally. Our congratulations to Pitching Participants, best of luck!


List of projects qualified to participate in the Pitching can be found at: http://www.dragonforum.pl/index1.php?sec=news&lang=pl&id=655

Following commissioning editors confirmed their participation in this year's Pitching:

Margje de Koning - IKON, (Netherlands)
Jerzy Dzięgielewski - HBO, (Poland)
Adam Gee - Channel 4, (United Kingdom)
Hanneke Hagen - VPRO, (Netherlands)
Marje Jurtshenko - ERR, (Estonia)
Cynthia Kane - ITVS, (USA)
Katarzyna Malinowska - TVP Kultura, (Poland)
Philippe Muller - ARTE, (France)
Rafał Orlicki - KFC, (Poland)
Barbara Paciorkowska - TVP 2, (Poland)
Barbara Pawłowska - TVP 1, (Poland)
Emelie Persson - SVT, (Sweden)
Martin Pieper - ARTE/ZDF, (Germany)
Daniel Saltzwedel - MBB, (Germany)
Heribert Schneiders - MDR (Germany)
Nathalie Windhorst - NPS, (Netherlands)

Applications for Pitching Observers are still being accepted. Observers are welcomed to approach all Dragon Forum commissioners and investors to talk about their projects. We have also prepared a special pitching offer for film schools students. Please send filled application forms as well as questions and suggestions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Three Dragon Forum films qualified for the competition at the 51st Krakow Film Festival!

Films selected for the National Competition:
„Pomorskie iluzje"
Directors: Jacob Dammas, Helge Renner
Producers: Jacob Dammas
Production company: Graniza Jacob Dammas
Poland, 2011, 70'

„Odyseja złomowa"
Director: Łukasz Gutt, Paweł Ferdek
Producer: Wojciech Szczudło, Witold Będkowski
Production company: SF Kalejdoskop, TVP S.A.
Poland, 2010, 48'

International documentary film competition:
Invisible Strings - The Talented Pusker Sister
Director: Ágnes Sós
Producer: Marc Lorber
Production company: HBO Cetral Europe
Hungary, 2010, 80'

Congratulations!

Call for entries. Aristoteles Workshop


Want to become a professional documentary filmmaker?

Only three weeks left until the May 31st Deadline and one step away from €2500 for the best film / best team for this year’s Aristoteles Workshop.


Apply now at www.aworkshop.org for the chance to learn, work and be promoted as a documentary filmmaker. The best film will be awarded 2500 euro!

16 Eastern European participants will be guided by famous directors and film industry experts towards creating their own 30 minute documentary, from pitch to final edit, during a five week training course. You could be one of them!

Documentaries produced at Aristoteles Workshop have won awards at major festivals such as CANNES, DOK Leipzig and NYON, among others.

THE BENEFITS

The Aristoteles Workshop is a documentary training program where:

· you spend five weeks in a beautiful mountain resort with filmmakers from all over Europe

· you join a team of 3 other participants, as either a director, DP, editor or producer

· film industry professionals guide your team every step of the way towards creating your own 30 minute documentary, from pitch to final edit

· you have access to every necessary production and post production equipment

· your resulting film is distributed to film festivals and television networks across the globe.


THE TRAINERS

Professional training is provided by preeminent leaders in the field: Rafi Pitts, Nino Kirtadze, Thierry Garrel, Jennifer Fox, John Appel, Simon Brook, Alex Szalat, Marijke Rawie, Michal Bregant, Niels Pagh Anderson, Martichka Bozhilova and the ones who really put us on the map: Jean Rozat, General Director ARTE/France and André de Margerie, Director of International Affairs ARTE/France.


THE PROGRAM

Stage 1 - Training
Narrative style & strategies. Director’s perspective of development.
Camera, light, sound. Visual approach, planning & production schedule.

Stage 2 - Production
Treatment, research & scouting, shooting.

Stage 3 - Editing
Shaping the documentary in the cutting room. Creative content and visual treatment.
Coaching activity during and after the completion of the rough cut.

Stage 4 - Finish Line
Output to tape. Final evaluation.

THE PARTNERS

ARISTOTELES WORKSHOP (AW) is a HDTV training and development center dedicated to foster a new generation of creative documentary filmmakers in Central and Eastern Europe.

AW is supported by ARTE/France, MEDIA Programme of the European Union, Romanian Cultural Institute and Romanian National Center of Cinematography.

CONDITIONS

· Previous experience with one of the following: directing, cinematography, editing, producting.
· Fluency in English

You can apply directly at www.aworkshop.org .
or get in touch with us at
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Vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/aworkshop


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THE 'FESTIVAL AWARDS WINNERS' AND 'SOMEWHERE IN EUROPE':

IN PRISON, IN A VODKA FACTORY, AND ON THE EUROPEAN SIDEWAYS