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Film-making Workshops “Who is afraid of the Big Bad Crises?”

Are you young, creative, curious, willing to meet new people and visit new places? Are you interested in expressing your ideas through innovative film making techniques?

We are looking for you.

Apply now to one of our 3 film-making workshops and you will understand how to overcome your own limits and support others in overcoming theirs. The workshops will aim to address the topical issue of ‘crisis’ by developing 3 films all starting from the same moment of crisis and structured around the same ‘anchor moments’.

During the workshops the selected young filmmakers will have the opportunity to meet and get to know each other, as well as exchange ideas about cinematography and the role of cinema, in the Balkan region.

The main purpose of the workshops is to give participants time to envision and create short films addressing the subject of ‘crisis’, seen from different perspectives: economical, political, personal crises, etc.

The moderators and trainers of the workshops will be the artists and filmmakers Effi & Amir: www.effiandamir.net

Each workshop will aim to produce a collective short film, challenging traditional film-making methods and instead of a linear creative process – writing, filming, editing – a new creative process will be developed and the three film-making stages intertwined (editing will take place throughout the process and not only at the end, writing will develop and emerge during filming etc), making the relations between writing, filming and editing much more dynamic.

The collective short films will, of course, be co-productions created by teams of participants of different nationalities and will be shown in a public screening after each workshop, as well as during the 2nd edition of “Balkans beyond Borders” Film Festival, which will take place in Athens in June 2011.

The workshops and festival should act as a meeting platform for young filmmakers from the region, workshop directors, organisers and institutions and offer participants opportunities for other future collaborations.

Schedule and deadline for applications

Skopje Workshop Dates: 30 March – 6 April 2011 – Application deadline: 15th of March 2011

Tirana Workshop Dates: 6 May – 13 May 2011 – Application Deadline: 1st of April 2011

Athens Workshop Dates: 15 June – 22 June 2011– Application deadline: 1st of May 2011

One common application form is available for all three workshops.

In the application form, applicants have the possibility to choose the workshop in which they would like to participate.

Participants are asked to submit their C.V (including a description of technical skills), a short motivation, and a short description of their expectations.

Profile of participants:

– Film-makers (professional or amateur) from Albania, FYR of Macedonia, Greece and other European countries;

– Under 30 years old;

– With an interest in and previous experience with film-making;

– Education in film-making is an asset, but is not compulsory (amateur film-makers are also encouraged to apply);

– Different technical profiles are encouraged to apply: screenwriters, directors, producers, camera operators, video artists, etc

– Engaged, motivated people who appreciate group work and a productive exchange of ideas;

– A good knowledge of English is required;

– A vivid interest in the Balkans region is a must.

What we offer:

The opportunity to improve your film-making skills by participating in the creation of a collaborative short film as well as the opportunity to meet like-minded youth from the region;

Basic working materials and equipment are offered by us and participation costs are covered (cheap travel and accommodation)

Workshops’ agenda:

Days 1 – Workshop’s presentation by the workshop’s facilitators. Introduction of workshop’s theme and working method, round table discussion, exercise, initial brainstorming.

Day 2 – Brain storming, viewing of relevant inspirational sources, inspirational scouting in the hosting city. Production of the first scene.

Days 3-7 – Production: alternation of writing, filming, editing, while advancing in the film’s plot. Each days will open with a group meeting viewing the existing material and discussion regarding the following scenes.

Day 7 – finalizing and screening.


The short film workshops are organised by three organisations from the region: Balkans beyond Borders, based in Athens, Greece (www.balkansbeyondborders.eu), Line Initiative from Skopje, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (http://www.l-i-n-e.org/) and Tirana Art Lab Centre for Contemporary art from Tirana, Albania (http://tiranaartlab.wordpress.com/).

The workshops are financially supported by the European Cultural Foundation (http://www.eurocult.org/) in theframework of the Balkan Incentive Fund for Culture (BIFC) funding program.


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