Enter the Border Crossings Universe

Since 2003, academics and students from various university departments in the Balkans have established the BORDER CROSSINGS Network. The Network encourages the development of university cooperation mainly in the areas of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Folklore, Balkan Studies and History. It aims at promoting closer relationships between Universities, academics and students in the region by regularly organizing various forms of academic exchange.

Such cooperation is an important missing element in the process of cross-cultural and cross-border understanding, inter-ethnic tolerance and economic and political prosperity in the region. The BORDER CROSSINGS network’s activities counter fears, mistrust and prejudices. Students come out of these activities with a better understanding of their common heritage and the benefits, and how to use it to the advantage of the region. In addition, they build capacity within the participating Higher Education Institutions and enable further common research activities.

You can find out more and how to take part in Border Crossings here

Discover what can children do with Play, no matter what!

Play, no matter what! is a film about the importance of being creative and playful because it helps the self-development of children. Playing is a very powerful way of learning because when children play they find what their talents are, and what they like in life. But not only is it a great way to develop your talents, playing together in a safe place helps to build self-esteem and social skills. The children in Play, no matter what! discover not only what they find important in life, they also became more social and self-confident. Also, what is more important about this movie is the fact that it is made about a small Romanian community of children. That underlines the importance of how things must change in the Romanian collective conciousness for us to take action and look inside our children’s group of friends and the way they act as if we are looking at our own future development. Notable to mention it is also the fact that this film concept is very useful as references and intentions: playing and understanding the way children do that offers another perspective on how we should live life. The film tells the story of a way of living, that is the Romanian way of living and that reminds us about the necessity of simple things, joy and happiness that sometimes lack from our every day schedule. This is the reason why understanding its directions means a lot for the educational system and for the impact that a work of art has on the change of perspective regarding a small group of people or environment. So take advantage of this opportunity and download the film and watch it with your students or with the children in your school. This will definitely make a difference when thinking about the continuity of the project and the people involved in it.

By downloading the documentary you also support the Flying Seagull Project that works with children in Romania and you can make this change possible for other small communities too because the director is clearly stating her objective for this project to continue depicting life in other places, with other people.

Check the great work of THE INTERCEIPT

The Intercept, launched in 2014 by Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill, is dedicated to producing fearless, adversarial journalism. We believe journalism should bring transparency and accountability to powerful governmental and corporate institutions, and our journalists have the editorial freedom and legal support to pursue this mission.

The Intercept is a publication of First Look Media. Launched in 2013 by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar, First Look Media is a multi-platform media company devoted to supporting independent voices, from fearless investigative journalism and documentary filmmaking to arts, culture, media and entertainment. First Look Media produces and distributes content in a wide range of forms including feature films, short-form video, podcasts, interactive media and long-form journalism, for its own digital properties and with partners.

All you can enjoy and get inspired: https://theintercept.com/

VISUAL ANTHROPOLOGY AND PUBLIC ART Master Launching

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VISUAL ANTHROPOLOGY AND PUBLIC ART (VAPA)

is a post graduated (BAC or MA) course

in collaboration with Laboratorio Permanente di Arte Pubblica
January-September 2016

Language: English
Fee: see the Call
VAPA is a one year master, organized in 60 ECTS.

VAPA gives a training to graduateds in social sciences, humanities, art and architecture. The language of the classes are English and Italian. The Master accepts max 20 students every year.

Details here: http://dicem.unibas.it/site/home/didattica/offerta-didattica-post-laurea/master-visual-anthropology-and-public-art.html

Cineimpact Social Campaign @ Câmpulung Muscel

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CINEIMPACT Social Campaign and Festival supports the development of local heritages using the impact power of cinematic, photographic and videographic stories.

Inspired by the empowering narratives of high quality films and social development practices, new visual stories will be created by active members of Câmpulung Muscel community with the close support of proffesionals in the fields of film, photography and social sciences. CINEIMPACT aims to motivate the youngsters and the citizens of all ages to educate themselves with the help of cinema an social sciences in order to contribute to economic, social and cultural development of the community they are a part of.

Together with the members of Câmpulung Muscel, we are exhibiting to the national and international audience the vision of local community on its own values. CINEIMPACT supports to youth to encourage their friends and relatives to participate in this Social Campaign of promoting local patrimony. To snap and collect the most beautiful local stories, we are organizing a text-photo-video competition that is entitled: “Tell the visual story of what you think is valuable in your community”. The competition has 3 thematic categories:

  1. Material Culture Heritage (visual stories of some houses, establishments, architectures, local objects and monuments);
  2. Natural Heritage (visual stories of some natural rural or urban landscapes);
  3. Human Heritage (visual stories of characters with life experiences and activities considered to be valued to the community by the participants).

CINEIMPACT Social Campaign – Câmpulung Muscel invites young people, of all ages, to become the change they want to see in the society they live in. The campaign is a part of a programme initiated by CINEIMPACT – Academy of Film, Cross-Media and Socio-Visual Development, together with prestigious partners and professionals in the field of cinematography, visual arts and social sciences. Cineimpact campaign will enclose a number of courses and educational events which will be highlighted  within the CINEIMPACT – FILM AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT FESTIVAL, a socio-cultural accelerator of community development through instruments such as: photo-videography, cinematography and visual anthropology. The concept behind CINEIMPACT is built for establishing collaborative relationships connecting local communities with the national and international socio-creative ones.

$10,000 CDN offered for CrossCurrents Documentary Films at Hot Docs

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The CrossCurrents Doc Fund is an international production fund that fosters storytelling from within communities whose perspectives have been historically underrepresented or marginalized.

The Fund supports filmmakers from within these communities, especially emerging talent, who can illustrate a relationship between their film’s subject and their own experience. Generously established by the R & M Lang Foundation and administered by Hot Docs, the Fund annual awards a $10,000 grant to one applicant.

In addition to financial support, the recipient also receives support to attend Hot Docs.

Applications are now open, with a final deadline of December 2, 2015.

The Fund seeks to support projects where its contribution provides for maximum impact, especially those that target broad audiences, reach across a range of communities, and encourage understanding and appreciation of unheard voices.

Applicants must be:

  • 35 years of age or under
  • An emerging filmmaker from anywhere in the world (i.e. three or fewer professional directing credits)

Projects must be:

  • Low-budget films (i.e. under $25,000 CDN)
  • Short to mid-length works (i.e. five to 50 minutes)
  • Primarily for release online or as web docs/interactive projects
  • Majority owned by the applicant
  • In development or production

Detailed information can be found at Guidelines

longologo color rosuFilm and Visual Anthropology Summer School

2 – 17 August 2014, Campulung Muscel, Vila Golescu

Creative Documentary, Visual Anthropology, Experimental Cinema

15 days of film production for 15 selected filmmakers

5 films made by 5 film project teams

1 award for best film project

Regular Dead-line for the submission of applications:

27 June 2014

From 2 to 17 August 2014 , FILMEDIADOX Academy challenges your creative adrenaline within “LONGOCAMPO DOX” – Film and Visual Anthropology Summer School, an international program dedicated to innovating documentary filmmaking and visual anthropology. The socio-visual bungee jumping will dive in the, between and betwixt, Campulung-Muscel region, suspended at the intersection in between old-fashioned rural and post-industrial urban, creating an intriguing crossroad of pre- and post- communist mindsets. 

The summer school activities will take place in the Mansion Golescu, a 100 years old space with a quite complex personality, almost surreal and at the same time ideal to inspire rethinking the realities surrounding it. The fieldwork and film development area of the summer school will be concentric to the Mansion Golescu: integrating a social tissue with a diverse heritage , visually exceptional and narratively quirky .

Detailed information can be found here.

Binger FilmLab: Filmmaking in the Digital Age

Call for Film Projects, 10-14 June, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Dead-line: 5 May

In the present contexts and requests of the international film landscape, is a great workshop that explores the effect of digitization on the practice and business – content, production, financing and distribution – of film and related media.

It calls for an inspiring exchange of ideas and a focus on new opportunities and working methods.

A 5-day hands-on workshop program offers film teams – producers and writer/directors – access to up to-date knowledge.The workshop covers various angles, story and the entire value chain. It informs about innovation and impact of digitization in the media. The event gives filmmakers, creative (media) professionals, artists, policy makers, politicians and journalists insight into relevant developments in the international film industry and art/media practice.

The program contains morning master classes and evening screenings. More information on master classes here.

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Spring Unbreaking in CINEIMPACT Academy

Anthropology, Visuality and Film as public participation and social activism

Call for Applications to the workshop ” Socio-Visual Culture and Creativity”

April 7 to 13

 ” A Picture is worth more than 1000 words ” , it was reminded by Arthur Brisbane , guess when? , 100 years ago. Arthur Brisbane referred at that time only to static images, graphic or photographic. He was not yet taking into account the impact of motion picture: the Film, in all its diversity and categories.

Meanwhile, due to technological dynamics , the relationship between images and words changed in constant progression. An image came to be accessed 1000 times more frequently than 1000 words . The  disproportion of access and impact in between images and words increases geometrically, together with the exponential increase in the production of images, which are supposed to inform , touch, convince , inspire us. Still or moving, day by day implying “1000 times ” bigger  impact, images form our way of being, thinking and feeling; in short, images create us in the same way they are created.

Registration:

For details in English, click here

Pentru detalii in Romana, click aici

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Fellows Program – Residencies at MIT Open Documentary Lab

 

Fellows Program @ MIT

The MIT Open Documentary Lab looks for people who are pushing the boundaries of digital documentary storytelling, its social impact, and/or producing original scholarship in this area. The fellows Program targets distinguished artists, creative technologists, and scholars who want to engage deeply with new documentary storytelling techniques and technologies in a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment.

Dead-line: April 1st 2014

Details can be found here.

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