The new application deadline for documentary film program Aristoteles Workshop is the 10th of July. Directors, film editors and cinematographers are invited to apply to the 9th edition of the workshop. 12 selected participants will be divided into four teams, each one containing one director, one editor and one DoP, all positions equally important for the making of a good documentary film. Anyone who would like to participate can apply using the Aristoteles Workshop webpage: http://eu-finance.ro/apply.
Aristoteles Workshop will take place in Vama village in Bucovina (district of Suceava) between 20th of August and 21st of September. The Workshop’s producer is Mr. Dan Nuțu
The project is financed and supported by ARTE France, the Administration of the National Cultural Fund (AFCN), and the Romanian National Centre of Cinematography (CNC), and it offers its participants a triple benefit: learning, producing a film and being promoted as filmmakers.
The Tutors, Experts and renowned film professionals who took part in the previous editions of Aristoteles Workshop, all agree the program is a privileged theoretical and practical learning experience for the participants, with a structure and working process that very few (if any) Film Schools or Masters Programs can currently offer.
Aristoteles Workshop is dedicated to the young filmmakers from Central and Eastern Europe, with previous work experience in the field of film direction, editing, camera work, sound design or film production for cinema as well as for television. It is an yearly workshop for documentary filmmaking where professionals of the european film industry guide the 12 participants through the entire process of creating their own documentary.
The four teams of participants have almost five weeks available to complete a documentary film (also open to elements of fiction), with a maximum legth of 30 minutes. In the final stage of the Workshop, the four films are evaluated by a Jury comprised of film professionals and specialists.
Over the past years, many of the films produced during Aristoteles Workshop were selected and received awards at important film festivals such as Cannes, Locarno, Leipzig, Nyon, IDFA Amsterdam, Namur, Montpellier, Sarajevo, Trieste. The project is financed and supported by ARTE France, the Administration of the National Cultural Fund (AFCN), and the Romanian National Centre of Cinematography (CNC), and it offers its participants a triple benefit: learning, producing a film and being promoted as filmmakers.
The participation fee for Aristoteles Workshop is 500 EUR. The amount covers accomodations, meals, the use of production and post-production equipment throughout the Workshop, as well as the masterclasses provided by international Experts and Tutors.
About Aristoteles Workshop
During the eight previous editions of the program, the Trainers invited were established and respected professionals and filmmakers:
– John Appel (director, DoP, Guest lecturer at the Dutch Film and Television Academy)
– Steven Ascher și Jeanne Jordan (documentary filmmakers nominated for Oscar Awards, prize winners at Sundance Film Festival, and winners of the Peabody Award),
– Jeroen Berkvens (director, producer and film professor, member of the Dutch Film & Television Academy, internationally acclaimed for this documentaries on music, love, or both),
– Martichka Bozhilova (producer AGITPROP, Bulgaria și commissioning editors at Arte/France),
– Michal Bregant (the dean of FAMU University in Prague),
– Simon Brook (producer, director, member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts)
– Jacques Deschamps (one of the most important French documentary filmmakers, author of over 15 films, and professor at the famous film school Fémis).
– Jennifer Fox (one of the most controversial and internationally acclaimed director and producer of documentary films),
– Thierry Garrel (former head of ARTE France’s Documentary Department and Animation and Video Art Programming),
– the famous iranian director Rafi Pitts (whose film were selcted for screenings at important festivals such as Berlin and Venice).
– Dominique Gros (french writer, director and producer of over 60 documentary films, who received the Silver Toucan at Rio and the Special Prize at Tokyo),
– Nino Kirtadze (documentary film director and former war journalist),
– Tania Rakhmanova (documentary films director and nominee at the Emmy Awards),
– Marijke Rawie (President of ExpertDocs),
Between 2008 and 2011, the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) offered an award to the team that produced the best documentary film at the Workshop. Last year’s prize was granted to the winning team thanks to the support of Farmexim.