Over 80 young artists from 22 countries, among them the United Kingdom. France, Germany, Turkey, India, Finland, Croatia, Georgia, Italy and others, have registered for the XIth edition of Aristoteles Workshop, the documentary film program made possible with the support of Baia Mare 2021, European Capital of Culture and CNC (National Center of Cinematography), which will take place this year between the 23rd of August and the 24th of September in Șurdești, Maramureș.
The twelve participants selected for this year’s edition come from Romania, Bosnia, Italy, Finland, England and Germany and have been selected by Dan Nuțu and Cristina Hoffman.
They will be organized in four three-member teams – a director, a cinematographer and an editor – and they will have four weeks to create a documentary from choosing the subject to editing and post-production. The winning team will receive a prize of 2,000 Euros, awarded by Farmexim.
You have below the list of participants to the XIth edition of Aristoteles Workshop:
Alexandru Badea (România)
Dragoș Hanciu (România)
Sakari Suuronen (Finlanda)
Liliana Constantin (Anglia)
Ivan Koroman (Bosnia)
Piero di Silverio (Italia)
Ileana Szasz (România)
Diana Rusu (România, Anglia)
Delia Oniga (România)
Ruxandra Pintilie (România)
Maria Bălănean (România, Danemarca)
Maria Cracana (România)
The experts and the tutors that will guide the students of this year’s edition are Thierry Garrel, Nino Kirtadze, John Appel, and Tania Rakhmanova.
Thierry Garrel was 20 years old when he started working for the Research Department of the ORTF, French Television. He worked for 40 years for Public Television, always championing the creativity and diversity of the documentary genre. As Director of Documentaries of la Sept and of ARTE France from 1987 to 2008, he spearheaded an ambitious production mission of discovering and fostering new talent, whilst also working with world renowned names in documentary cinema (from Chris Marker to Agnès Varda, Johan van der Keuken, Frederick Wiseman and Alain Cavalier, as well as Chantal Akerman, Rithy Panh, Amos Gitaï or Nicolas Philibert).
A Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, The National Gallery of Jeu de Paume in Paris paid hommage to Mr Garrel in 2000 through « Juste une Image – 88 programmes for creative television », an exposition of decades of his work.
Today he lives between Paris and Vancouver, where in 2015 and 2016 he was guest curator of a FRENCH FRENCH programmation at the International Documentary Festival DOXA. He also works as « volunteer consultant for compelling documentary causes », and conducts workshops all over the world for young professionals.
Nino Kirtadze was a consultant of the President of the Republic of Georgia and a war journalist in Chechnya and other armed conflicts in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. Her first documentary movie, The Three Lives of Eduard Shevardnadze, was screened at the Toronto and Cannes International Film Festivals. In 2005, another of her documentaries, The Pipeline Next Door, received the prize for “Best Documentary” from the European Film Academy. In 2008 she was awarded as Best Director at Sundance Film Festival for the documentary Durakovo – village of fools.
Right from her cinematographic debut, Nino Kirtadze strongly established a visual intensity, strong narative structures, and metaphorical approaches. Her camera manages to juggle back and forth between the natural and the supernatural. Among her feature documentaries that won prestigious international prizes is the popular German documentary Chechen Lullaby (2002, Adolf Grimme Gold Priza).
Tania Rakhmanova directed over 20 documentaries on historical and political themes, such as : La prise du pouvoir par Vladimir Poutine, nominated for an Emmy award in 2006 (comissioned by the ARTE channel), The alternative Rock and Roll Years (2003, three documentaries produced with Discovery international), Les Aventures du Grand Blond dans le Grand Nord (1990, with Pierre Richard), the Russia-France co-production, Rroms, le premier peuple européen (2011, commissioned for France 3 channel), nominated for the Europe Prize, Oligarques art et argent (2010, commissioned for France 5 and short-listed for Montréal), François Mitterrand, les années du pouvoir ses derniers entretiens (1995, BBC), Yougoslavie, Suicide d’Une Nation Européenne(1990, BBC). Tania’s recent projects include Wide Angle (2002-2008), a TV documentary series where she produced two episodes:Iraqi Exodus and Greetings from Grozny. In 2012, Tania produced the feature drama Shoes, the story of a pair of shoes that started on a shop self and ended up in Auschwitz.
John Appel has been working as a cinematographer and director from 1987. As independent director, he directed over 30 documentaries for the big screen and television, and, as cinematographer, he shot over 50 documentary films. John Appel is university lecturer at the Dutch Film and Television Academy (from 2000) and also trainer for many national and international workshops. He is also commissioning editor for the HUMAN television channel (from 2006), a coach for young directors, etc.
In 1999, John won the Joris Ivens Prize at the IDFA for Andre Hazes/ She Believes in Me, the most successful Dutch documentary in the past 40 years. His film The Last Victory (2004), was nominated for “Best european documentary feature in 2004” and won many international prizes. In 2009, John Appel won the IDFA prize for “Best Dutch documentary feature” with The Player, also nominated for “Best Documentary Feature”.