Film-Making Workshops: „Who is Afraid of the Big Bad Crisis?“, Skopje, Tirana, Athens

Deadline: depends on venue
Open to: students/individuals interested in film-making
Fee: No fee
Venue: 30 March – 6 April 2011 Skopje, 6 May – 13 May 2011 Tirana, 15 June – 22 June 2011 Athens

The short film workshops are organized by three organizations from the region: Balkans beyond Borders, based in Athens, Greece; Line I+M from Skopje, Macedonia and Tirana Art Lab Centre for Contemporary art from Tirana, Albania.

Who is afraid of the big bad crisis is a project consisting of 3 workshops with the aim to address the issue of ‘crisis’ by developing 3 short films. The main purpose of the workshops is to give participants time to envision and create short films addressing the subject of ‘crisis’, seen from different perspectives: economical, political, personal crisis, etc.

About Workshop

During the workshops the selected young filmmakers will have the opportunity to meet and get to know each other, as well as exchange ideas about cinematography and the role of cinema, in the Balkan region. The moderators and trainers of the workshops will be the artists and the filmmakers Effi & Amir. Each workshop aims to produce a collective short film, challenging traditional film-making methods: instead of a linear creative process – writing, filming, editing – a new creative process will be developed and the three film-making stages intertwined (editing will take place throughout the process and not only at the end, writing will develop and emerge during filming, etc), making the relations between writing, filming and editing much more dynamic.

The collective short films will be co-productions created by teams of participants of different nationalities and will be shown in a public screening after each workshop, as well as during the 2nd edition of “Balkans beyond Borders” Film Festival, which will take place in Athens in June 2011. The workshops and festival should act as a meeting platform for young filmmakers from the region, workshop directors, organisers and institutions and offer the participants opportunities for other future collaborations.

Skopje Workshop Dates: 30 March – 6 April 2011 – Application deadline: 15th of March 2011
Tirana Workshop Dates: 6 May – 13 May 2011 – Application Deadline: 1st of April 2011
Athens Workshop Dates: 15 June – 22 June 2011– Application deadline: 1st of May 2011

Eligible Criteria

– Film-makers (professional or amateur) from Albania, FYR of Macedonia, Greece and other European countries;
– Under 30 years old;
– With an interest in and previous experience with film-making;
– Education in film-making is an asset, but is not compulsory (amateur film-makers are also encouraged to apply);
– Different technical profiles are encouraged to apply: screenwriters, directors, producers, camera operators, video artists, etc
– Engaged, motivated people who appreciate group work and a productive exchange of ideas;
– A good knowledge of English is required;
– A vivid interest in the Balkans region is a must.

Application Process

In the application form, applicants have the possibility to choose the workshop in which they would like to participate. It is planned that the applicants from different countries in the region take part into different workshops in the 3 different cities.

Online Application Form

In each city, there will be a group of 7 visiting participants + 3 local participants taking part.

When you apply, organizers recommend you to specify in which city you would like to participate. One participant can apply only for one workshop. Participants are asked to submit their C.V (including a description of technical skills), a short motivation, and a short description of their expectations.

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3 thoughts on “Film-Making Workshops: „Who is Afraid of the Big Bad Crisis?“, Skopje, Tirana, Athens

  1. Hebes – You write English intelligibly egnuoh, but your reading comprehension (PHD or not) is what is apparently lacking. Also, you are conversing with an Italian who grew up less than 20KM from the largest and oldest Albanian enclave in Western Europe (if you are as familiar with the subject matter at hand, then you know exactly where that is). I am extremely familiar with Albanians in Italy (Arbereshe and recent immigrants). And for someone who claims to have earned a PHD in Italy, you know surprisingly little about the country or population as per your comments.The only problem I can recall (and I do not have 1st hand experience with this) is with the Albanian “boat people” in the 90’s who came over to Italy JUST to get up to Germany and Northern Europe; they stole anything that wasn’t nailed down to pay for their way north. But I can say I honestly neither I nor anyone I know has ever had any problem with Albanian Italians (who, fora third time now, always consider themselves Italian first) or recent Albanians who are trying to make a life in Italy. And yes, if they were in Italy legally then they were settled among the Arbereshe communities and converted (you can find them in any church around here). The ones who came in “off the radar” of course did not get settled anywhere, which is what you may be referring to.

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