The experts who will guide the students during the first period of Aristoteles workshop’s 9th edition are John Appel and Jeroen Berkvens (both well known director/producers of documentary films). Tania Rakhmanova and Nino Kirtadze will supervise the editing and post production of the shot material during the second part of the workshop. (See below biographies)
Directors, cinematographers and editors who want to apply to the workshop, can do it from here: http://www.eu-finance.ro/call-for-entries/
There are three days left until applications close for the 9th edition of Aristoteles Workshop, program organized by Dan Nutu and taking place in Vama, a village in beautiful Bucovina, between 20th of August and 21st of September. The deadline for applications is the 10th of July.
9th edition’s tutors
John Appel is an independent filmmaker who has directed more than 30 documentaries for cinema and television and served as director of photography for more than 50 documentaries. In 2000, he established a production company with filmmaker Heddy Honigmann. Appel is a Guest lecturer at the Dutch Film and Television Academy and many international workshops; Commissioning editor for HUMAN, the Humanistic TV Broadcaster (since 2006) and a coach for young professional filmmakers. In 1999, he won the Joris Ivens Award at IDFA for the film Andre Hazes/ She Believes in Me, the most successful documentary film in Dutch cinema released in 40 years. His film The Last Victory (2004) won many international awards and was nominated for Best European Documentary 2004. In 2009 he won the IDFA Award for Best Dutch Documentary for The Player, also nominated for Best Feature Length Documentary 2009.
Jeroen Berkvens, a director, producer and film professor, made his debut as a filmmaker with Let Me Have It All, a roadmovie-like documentary search for the legendary soul music Sly Slone. His documentary work includes award winning films such as: A Skin Too Few – The Days Of Nick Drake, described by New York Times as “a cinematic tone poem as much as a biography”; Jimmy Rosenberg – The Father, The Son & The Talent, a glimpse into the burden of being gifted, and A Lawyer’s Story, about a criminal lawyer that reshapes his life after a bomb attack. Jeroen is a Golden Calf recipient and member of the Dutch Film & Television Academy.
Jeroen Berkvens is often invited to speak at film courses and conferences and is frequently involved with film summer schools and workshops. In 2004, he supervised the IDFA documentary workshop. He also collaborated with Sand Mountain Institute, IDFA summer school and The Dutch Film Academy.
9th edition experts
Nino Kirtadze has worked as a consultant to the president of the Republic of Georgia and a war journalist in Chechnya, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. Her first documentary, The Three Lives of Eduard Shevardnadze, screened at the Toronto and Cannes International Film Festivals. Her 2005 film The Pipeline Next Door received the award for best documentary from the European Film Academy. Her cinematic debut firmly established her intense visual sense, powerful storytelling and metaphorical approach. Her camera turns the natural into the supernatural and back again. Many of her full-length documentaries have received awards at prestigious festivals, bringing her international recognition. Her credits include Germany’s top documentary award winner Chechen Lullaby (the Adolf Grimme Golden Prize, 2002) and Tell my friends that I’m dead (2004), Golden Fipa recipient and winner of Cinema du Réel prize in France. Her latest documentary, Durakovo – Village Of Fools, won Best Director at Sundance in 2008 and Best documentary of the year in France.
Tania Rakhmanova is the author over 20 historical and political documentary films like: La prise du pouvoir par Vladimir Poutine, Arte France, 2006, nominated for the Emmy awards, The alternative Rock and Roll Years (2003, three documentaries produced in collaboration with Discovery International), Les Aventures du Grand Blond dans le Grand Nord (1990, starring Pierre Richard), Rroms, le premier peuple européen (2011, produced for France 3 TV channel and nominated for the Europa award), Oligarques art et argent (2010, produced for France 5 TV station and selected to be shown at Montreal), François Mitterrand, les années du pouvoir ses derniers entretiens (1995, produced for BBC), Yougoslavie, Suicide d’Une Nation Européenne (1990, BBC).
Her more recent projects include Wide Angle (2002-2008) a TV documentary series for which she produced two episodes: Iraqi Exodus şi Greetings from Grozny. In 2012, Tania produced the feature film Shoes, a drama story about a pair of shoes that start on the shelf of a store and end up in Auschwitz.