The winning team of this year’s Aristoteles Workshop (AW), the documentary film program organized by Dan Nutu, will be awarded €2000. This prize is offered FARMEXIM, the same company that ensured the prize for the 2013 edition of the workshop. Between 2008 and 2011, the award for best AW documentary film was offered by the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR).

The 9th edition of Aristoteles Workshop will take place in Vama village in Bucovina (district of Suceava) between 20th of August and 21st of September.

AW is dedicated to young filmmakers from Central and Eastern Europe, with experience in film directing, editing, camera work, sound design or production for cinema as well as for television. It is a yearly documentary film workshop where professionals from the European film industry guide the 12 participants through the entire process of creating their own documentary.

The participants are grouped into four teams of three: a director, a cinematographer and an editor. They have four weeks to develop their own film, from pitch to postproduction. The proposed module is for a 30 minutes documentary film, but it is also opened to elements of fiction.

The experts who will guide this year’s students will be John Appel and Jeroen Berkvens, renowned director/producers of international documentary films. During the second half of the workshop, their work will be continued by two tutors: documentary directors Tania Rakhmanova and Nino Kirtadze, who will supervise the shooting, editing and postproduction of the four films.

The final evaluation of the projects will happen at the end of the workshop, in front of a jury of international film professionals. In 2013, the jury members were: Veronique Rabuteau (coordinator of Documentary Film Programs Unité Découverte et Connaissance, ARTE France), Emmanuel Chicon (Visions du Réel, Nyon International Film Festival), Nick Roddick (journalist, Split Screen, UK) and Cristi Puiu (Romanian film director). Sorin Botoseneanu, the dean of the Film Faculty within the National Theatre and Film University in Bucharest (UNATC), joined the AW guests for the final evening and the closing ceremony.

AW’s host for the 9th edition is beautiful Casa Calin, in the village of Vama, Bucovina.