Do you want to make a documentary film? Make sure you apply for Aristoteles Workshop!
Learn how to chose your subject, to pitch, to shoot and to edit your film, to be selected on international festivals while getting feedback, contacts and further support for your film.
Aristoteles Workshop will help you in all those steps.
EXTENDED APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 20th.
Selection to be announced by May 25th.
We thank all of you who wrote us with interest of the workshop and we wait for your applications. We made it easier, we’ve pushed back the date we close the submissions.
This year’s edition is set to take place between July 3rd – August 5th in the beautiful village of Bata, Arad, at the guesthouse La Badea Ioane.
To apply, follow the instructions here. The application dossier includes: applicant’s resume, a letter of intent, a link to a previous work and a letter of recommendation.
Expert Thierry Garrel, former head of documentary department at ARTE France, with more than 40 years experience in the documentary field, will lead the theoretical part of the workshop. He’ll be followed by the tutors Nino Kirtadze, award winning Georgian director (European Film Academy, Sundance, Cannes or Toronto to name a few), John Appel, documentary director with multiple recognitions and lecturer at the Netherlands Film And Television Academy in Amsterdam, and Tania Rakhmanova, Russian director, author of more then 20 documentary films on historical and political subjects.
CALL FOR ENTRIES
3 July – 5 August 2017
Bata / Arad / Romania
ARISTOTELES WORKSHOP (AW) is a training and development center dedicated to foster a new generation of creative documentary filmmakers. Documentaries produced within AW have won awards at major film festivals such as Cannes, Locarno, Leipzig and Nyon, among many others. Professional training is provided by international leaders in the field.
DEADLINE EXTENDED: MAY 20TH, 2017
- fluency in English
- previous experience with one of the following: directing, shooting or editing
- a one time only fee of 600 euro for room and board and everything else
- you’ll spend five weeks in a beautiful setting with filmmakers from all over Europe
- you’ll be part of one of the four teams as either director, cinematographer or editor
- film industry professionals will guide your team every step of the way, from pitch to final cut
- you’ll have access to every necessary production and post production equipment
- your resulting film, if worthy, will join a network of festivals around the world
- 1500 euro prize for the winning team
You can apply directly here.
Last night the jury deliberated for more than two hours and finally awarded the Best AW2016 documentary to team Dragos Hanciu, Ileana Gabriela Szasz and Maria Balanean with their film, Ionas Dreams of Rain!
Ionas is an old man who guards his cornfield against the boars at nighttime, while dealing with an inner struggle caused by the belief that when you dream of dead people, it will rain. The challenge is not to fall asleep. Ionas knows he cannot be aware of anything when he sleeps and also that, sooner or later, his recurrent dream of his dead father will bring the rain. The rain comes along with the boars, a menace he cannot see, only hear.
Ionas is facing a fight greater than him, as he realizes that he is just a simple man who cannot stand against something small like sleep, but big as time.
The AW2016 award is 2000 EUR, offered by Farmexim.
backstage view of a documentary film workshop, after week one
The 11th edition of the documentary film program Aristoteles Workshop began a week ago in Șurdești, Maramureș. In the first couple of days, participants viewed their own films and discussed them with trainer Thierry Garrel, an excellent way of knowing each other from an artistic point of view in order to build the teams. The third day was dedicated to a brief incursion in the history of documentary film-making, with evening screenings of documentary films, such as L’argent du charbon/Coal Money, by Wang Bing (France 2008) and Dix-sept ans/Seventeen by Didier Nion (France 2003). At the end of the third day, Thierry Garrel and producers Dan Nuțu and Cristina Hoffman have decided on the teams, and, on the fourth day, the participants went out looking for subjects for their films.
At the end of three full days under Thierry Garrel’s guidance, the 12 participants have seen and reacted to each other’s films, and went on a short trip through the history of documentary films. Last night, the four teams were announced and today everyone went scouting for subjects. We wish them the best of luck!
The 11th edition of documentary film program Aristoteles Workshop started today in Surdesti, Maramures. 12 participants from the UK, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Finland and Romania started working with the expert Thierry Garrel, former head of documentary department at ARTE France, with more than 40 years experience in the documentary field. Asked why he feels so strongly about documentary filmmaking, Thierry answers: “Documentary is the art of the 21st century, period.”
Over 80 young artists from 22 countries, among them the United Kingdom. France, Germany, Turkey, India, Finland, Croatia, Georgia, Italy and others, have registered for the XIth edition of Aristoteles Workshop, the documentary film program made possible with the support of Baia Mare 2021, European Capital of Culture and CNC (National Center of Cinematography), which will take place this year between the 23rd of August and the 24th of September in Șurdești, Maramureș.
The twelve participants selected for this year’s edition come from Romania, Bosnia, Italy, Finland, England and Germany and have been selected by Dan Nuțu and Cristina Hoffman. Continue reading
The 11th edition of the documentary film program Aristoteles Workshop will take place between August 23rd and September 24th, in Șurdești, a village in Maramureș county, just 20 km away from the city of Baia Mare. The application deadline is July 20th.
After four years spent in Transylvania and five years in Bucovina, Aristoteles Workshop moves to Maramureș, placing its logistic center in Șurdești village, a region famous for hosting one of eight buildings that make up the wooden churches of Maramureș – an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The new deadline for applying to the 11th edition of Aristoteles Workshop is the 20th of July, 2016. The workshop will take place between August 23rd and September 24th.
The 11th edition of AW will happen this year in Baia Mare, a brand new location with countless undiscovered stories. Our new base camp will be the Amethyst villa, in Surdești village, Maramureș, a beautiful mountainous region just 20 km away from the center of the city.
The selection process of the submitted materials will be made by a jury of film professionals and past workshop experts. There will be a €500 participation fee, which covers accommodation (including two daily meals), the use of the HD production and post production equipment for the full length of the workshop, as well as training, tutoring and eventual feedback from renowned documentary film experts.
For more details on the application requirements, visit our Call for entries.
Photo by Cristina Haneș
The deadline for applying to the 11th edition of Aristoteles Workshop is 10th of July, 2016.
The 11th edition of AW will happen this year in Baia Mare, a brand new location with countless undiscovered stories. The details are still in the works and more information will be made available soon. For now, please note that the workshop will happen between August – September 2016. The selection process of the submitted materials will be made by a jury of film professionals and past workshop experts.
There will be a €500 participation fee, which covers accommodation (including two daily meals), the use of the HD production and post production equipment for the full length of the workshop, as well as training, tutoring and eventual feedback from renowned documentary film experts.
For more details, visit our Call for entries
Foto credit: Andrej Farba, AW 2013