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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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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


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.



  •  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.

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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!






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.