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Five documentaries made in five weeks spent in Romania

The participants of Aristoteles workshop started filming

 

The third week of Aristoteles Workshop 2017  finds all the 12 participants in full swing. Coming from all around the world in Bata of Arad county, they have traveled hundreds of kilometres in the past few days searching for their topics.

Carefully guided by their tutors, Nino Kirtadze- the Georgian origin documentary director of movies screened and awarded at the Oscar’s, Sundance, Cannes or Toronto, and John Appel, the multi-awarded Dutch director, lecturer at the Netherlands Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam, the participants transformed the area in a huge film set. In the meantime, the four teams became five, and the films they are working on right now tell amazing stories about people, places, adventures and mysteries.

`Wanderings of a lonely boy in an abandoned village in western Romania` are followed in the film the director Romulus Balazs (France) is working on together with cinematographer Marianna Vas (Hungary) and editor Hedda Bednarszky (Romania). The three participants began shooting already in the first week of the workshop, fascinated by the story of the child they met at the Romanian border of Serbia and Hungary.

Director Stefan Pavlovic (Netherlands), cinematographer  Aylin Gökmen (Turkey) and editor Miruna Minculescu (Romania) are `watching time pass in a remote village in Romania`. The filmmakers were captivated by the rural universe, by the similarities and differences between generations and by the local traditions.

`Gone with the river flow, a family awaits the return of their son.` The documentary made by Bahar Shoghi (Iran) and Mihnea Rareș Hanțiu (Romania) follows the emotional story of a case that has stunned an entire community.

Alongside cinematographer Jasmina Beširević (Croatia), director Iulia Stoian (Romania) works on a documentary about the most beautiful woman in Russia who ended up on Romanian lands in a frantic series of adventures.

The newest team formed at Aristoteles Workshop brings together Michal Shanny (Israel) and Quan Nguyen Hong (Vietnam). Michal’s passion for photography and the endless curiosity of her colleague will materialize in an experimental documentary, an unique approach towards local realities and a premiere in the workshop’s history.

The 12th edition of Aristoteles Workshop is taking place between July 3rd and August 5th in Bata, Arad County. Over the five weeks, the 12 participants benefit from the guidance of professionals of the international movie industry.

An annual program dedicated to young movie makers, Aristoteles Workshop was created in 2006 by producers Dan Nuțu and Cristina Hoffman, with the support of the French-German television Arte. This year’s edition is organized with the support of AFCN (The National Cultural Fund Administration), CNC (The National Centre of Cinema), UCIN (The Romanian Filmmakers Union), DACIN SARA and private sponsors Farmexim, the Law Office of Țuca Zbârcea & Associates and NouMax. The 12th edition of Aristoteles Workshop is also supported by the County Council of Arad, the Arad City Hall, the City Hall of Șiria Commune and the `Șiria Citadel` Association.

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The Aristoteles Workshop 2017 participants begun searching for their topics

A miraculous voice and a kid who never went to school

 

The second week of the documentary film workshop brings a lot of news to the participants of Aristoteles Workshop 2017. Before saying goodbye to Thierry Garrel – the French expert with over 40 years of experience in the industry, the participants were divided into four teams and enjoyed the opportunity of exploring the villages and cities in the area, in search of topics of inspiration.

The theoretical part of Aristoteles Workshop has ended. The young filmmakers are stepping into action. After discovering the secrets of documentary filmmaking directly from Thierry Garrel, watching together over 40 documentaries of reference, the 12 participants arrived from all over the world met their tutors: Nino Kirtadze and John Appel. The event was attended by Gheorghe Falcă, Mayor of the municipality of Arad, Valentin Bot, Mayor of Șiria commune, and the Mayor of Bata and host of the film workshop, Ion Micurescu.

`I believe you can learn only by doing things`, saidNino Kirtadze, the Georgian origin documentary director of movies screened and awarded at the Oscar’s, Sundance, Cannes and Toronto film festivals. Together with her, guiding and offering feedback to the filmmakers, will beJohn Appel, the multi-awarded Dutch director, lecturer at the  Netherlands Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam. `We are here to bring out the best in you`, he encouraged the students.

The 12 were divided into four teams formed by a director, a cinematographer and an editor each.

The director Jasmina Beširević (Croatia) will be working in the next four weeks with Bahar Shoghi (Iran), director of photography, and editor Mihnea Rareș Hanțiu (Romania). In their first days on the field, they arrived in a locality of Arad with a population of only four members. The team members were fascinated by the mystery of the abandoned houses and were interested in the few characters they met. `It’s a challenge to understand what is going on when you don’t speak the language of the people you meet.`, pointed out Bahar Shoghi.

Interested in discovering rural micro-universes, director Stefan Pavlovic (Netherlands), director of photography Aylin Gökmen (Turkey) and editor Miruna Minculescu (Romania) were searching particularly for captivating characters. A teenager in love with folk dances and an extremely optimistic and charismatic villager are just some of the subjects that drew the team’s attention.

Director Romulus Balazs (France), director of photography Marianna Vas (Hungary) and editor Hedda Bednarszky (Romania) reached the border between Romania, Serbia and Hungary. There they discovered the only kid in the village, a boy who never got the chance to go to school.

The history of a wondrous icon caught the attention of director Iulia Stoian (Romania), director of photography Michal Shanny (Israel) and editor Quan Nguyen Hong (Vietnam). Following its tracks, the fourth team ended up in `the city that needs some miracles`, where they were won over by the spectacular story of a woman with a golden voice.

The 12th edition of Aristoteles Workshop is taking place between July 3rd and August 5th in Bata, Arad County. Withing the documentary workshop designed for young filmmakers, the 12 participants will be creating four films under the guidance of professionals of the international movie industry.

An annual program dedicated to young movie makers, Aristoteles Workshop was created in 2006 by producers Dan Nuțu and Cristina Hoffman, with the support of the French-German television Arte.

This year’s edition is organized with the support of AFCN (The National Cultural Fund Administration), CNC (The National Centre of Cinema), UCIN (The Romanian Filmmakers Union), DACIN SARA and private sponsors Farmexim, the Law Office of Țuca Zbârcea & Associates and NouMax. The 12th edition of Aristoteles Workshop is also supported by the County Council of Arad, the Arad City Hall, the City Hall of Șiria Commune and the `Șiria Citadel` Association.

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Aristoteles Workshop 2017 at the starting line

The documentary workshop, at its 12th edition this year, has begun on Monday, July 3rd, in Bata village of Arad county. Arrived from all around the world, the 12 participants of Aristoteles Workshop met with French expert Thierry Garrel, the former director of the documentary department of Arte France with over 40 years of experience in the industry.

‘We are at the beginning of a new era in documentary film, and you have the perfect age to live fully this moment’, told Thierry Garrel to the young filmmakers. He also pointed out this year’s edition is special due to the fact that the participants come from very different cultural backgrounds. This will prove, in spite of the possible communication barriers, the existence of a common language in cinema, and the diversity will highlight the creativity.

By August 5th, the 12 participants from Croatia, France, Iran, Israel, UK, Netherlands, Romania, Serbia, Turkey, Hungary and Vietnam will go through all the stages of documentary filmmaking. During the first week, they will be joined by Thierry Garrel for the theoretical part and they will explore the area in search of topics. Another four weeks of actual practice will follow, in which the four teams consisting of a director, a cinematographer and an editor will go through every step of the process – from finding a plot, to shooting and post-production – under the guidance of tutors Nino Kirtadze (Georgia/ France) and John Appel (Netherlands).

‘Make the mistakes you’ve never afforded to make before. This will lead you to another level’, the producer Dan Nuțu advised the 12 participants.

At the end, the projects created during the workshop will be presented to a jury of international proffessionals at Arta Cinema in Arad, and the best documentary will be awarded with a 1500€ prize.

Aristoteles Workshop was created in 2007 by the producers Dan Nuțu and Cristina Hoffman, with the support of Arte, the French-German television. This year’s edition was organized with the support of AFCN ( The National Cultural Fund Administration), CNC (The National Centre of Cinema), UCIN ( The Romanian Filmmakers Union), DACIN SARA and the private sponsors Farmexim and the Law Office Țuca Zbârcea & Associates. The 12th edition of Aristoteles Workshop is also supported by the County Council of Arad, the City Hall of Arad and the mayor Gheorghe Falcă, the City Hall of Șiria and the Association ‘Șiria Citadel’.

 

Participanții Aristoteles Workshop 2017

THE PARTICIPANTS OF ARISTOTELES WORKSHOP 12TH EDITION

12 young filmmakers with experience in the audio-video field will be participating in the 12th edition of Aristoteles Workshop, the annual program designed for directors, cinematographers and film editors interested in creating a documentary film under the guidance of professionals of the international film industry.

This year’s selection has been exceptional. Besides the European countries, applications were sent from all around the world, from New York to Tel Aviv, from India and Nepal, from Iran, Lebanon, North Africa, Mexico and Vietnam. The nationalities of the 12 selected students are proof of the great diversity and interest for Aristoteles Workshop.

The participants selected this year by a committee of professionals come from Croatia, Finland, Iran, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Great Britain, Romania, Serbia, Hungary and Vietnam. They will form four working teams, with three students each – a director, a cinematographer and an editor – and they will have four weeks available to create a documentary, going through all the stages of the filmmaking process, from finding a subject to shooting and post-production.

The best film will be awarded with a 1500€ prize by the Farmexim firm.

The experts and tutors who will be guiding the students this year are Thierry Garrel (France), Nino Kirtadze (Georgia)  și John Appel (Netherlands).

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Thierry Garrel

 

Here are the participants of 2017 Aristoteles Workshop:

Film Directors

Jasmina Beširević (Croatia) took classes in documentary film in Zagreb following a career in education. In her experience as an educator she found the guidance of professionals, teamwork and practical learning to be the essentials of knowledge assimilation and new skill development.

Stefan Pavlovic (Serbia) studied in Los Angeles, has lived in Mexico and lives for the moment in New York. He is currently following a Master of Film Degree program in Amsterdam. The films he has made so far have been screened in Sydney, Lisbon, Boston and New York.

Romulus Balazs is originally from Constanta, Romania, but he has been living in France since he was 3 years old. He returned to his home country around the age of 20 to discover his origins. Fascinated by Romania’s history, he stumbled upon some amazing stories and made his first documentary here: Souvenirs of Iasi, about the Roma Holocaust in Romania.

Iulia Stoian (Romania) is a graduate of the Film and Television School in Great Britain. Honey and wounds, her first documentary, was shortlisted for Grierson Awards in 2014 and was awarded Best Foreign Short in the Palm Springs American Documentary Film Festival 2015.

Cinematographers

Aylin Gökmen (Turkey) is a student of DocNomads Joint Master, an Erasmus Mundus international Masters course held in three universities in Lisbon, Budapest and Brussels. She followed academic programs in different european countries, she traveled a lot and admits this has helped her become a more tolerant and understanding person, contributing also to her professional development.

Michal Shanny (Israel) is a graduate of ZeLIG School for Documentary, Television and New Media of Bolzano, Italy. She worked in a few short films, the most recent one, Happy New Year, being screened at the Asiatica Film Festival in Rome, at the Genoa Film Festival and at the Pesaro Film Festival. In the past years she has developed as a photographer and discovered her work is more valuable the more it captures emotion.  The Aristoteles Workshop experience will be her first visit in Romania, the home country of her grandmother.

Bahar Shoghi (Iran) worked for Iran’s France Presse, the films she worked for were selected by festivals in London and Dresden, and she contributed to a participatory video project which offered a group of refugee children the opportunity to work in their first film. She says her experience in Iran working as a female cinematographer in an industry overwhelmed by men motivated her to stick to her professional goals no matter the circumstance.

Marianna Vas (Hungary) is a graduate of DocNomads International Joint Master and is currently the recipient of a Leonardo Da Vinci grant in Lisbon. She worked in television production in Hungary and made independent films in Italy and Portugal. She is interested in the teamwork experience and believes in the importance of collaboration in the process of creating cinema.

Editors

Hedda Bednarszky (Romania) is a graduate of Cinematography, Photography and Media department of Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj. Cat lady, one of her films, was screened at Romanian Short Corner in 2017′s Cannes edition.

Miruna Minculescu (Romania) graduated the Faculty of Political Studies and is now a student of National University of Theatre and Film, film direction department. Eight years ago she discovered her passion for photography and only in the past year she became fond of documentary making while working in school projects.

Rares Hantiu (Romania) studied film at the National University of Theatre and Film and made a few of his own. He recorded the sound for Iezer Station 15033 (2015) directed by Iulia Matei, he was assistant director and location manager for The Projectionist (2015) and Pădurarul (2017), both directed by Norbert Fodor. He is the founder of an NGO which does film promotion, production and distribution and he is writer for the FilmSense platform.

Hong Nguyen Quan (Vietnam) Graduated from the Hanoi Academy of Theatre and Cinema, where he studied film direction and sound design. The short films he made during this period were well received and awarded locally. Currently, he is a student in the DocNomads program and works in the independent sector, in which he wishes to remain.

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Deadline extended

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.

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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.

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2017 Call for entries

CALL FOR ENTRIES

12th edition
3 July – 5 August 2017
Bata / Arad / Romania

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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

CONDITIONS:

  •  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

THE BENEFITS

  • 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

AWARDS

  • 1500 euro prize for the winning team

You can apply directly here.

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And the AW2016 winner is…

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!

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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.

Congratulations!

The AW2016 award is 2000 EUR, offered by Farmexim.