In an ongoing course on script-development and visual storytelling the participants will have the opportunity to work on their own projects as well as practical group exercises.
How can we create narratives with our camera that contribute to the re-imagining of this world? In this workshop we want to challenge common perspectives, translate your ideas into free-spirited moving images and create stories that open doors to new ways of perception.
In the morning classes we will give you tools and open up spaces to nourish your personal projects. We will also experiment with expanded audiovisual formats and each participant will create an artwork for a final exhibition to share our two weeks journey with the outer world.
You will be part of a diverse group of filmmakers for two weeks to draw from each other’s experiences and to explore new utopian horizons together.
While the participants work on their personal film projects and practical group exercises in the morning, the afternoon program opens up a space to network and develop new project ideas together. We want to discuss filmmaking from various perspectives, such as decolonial, queer and feminist perspectives.
We want to explore radical and alternative approaches to image production. This includes making the body a focus of attention in the filmmaking process. In contrast to the widely dominant and rigid aesthetics of how to frame or compose an image we will take a step back and activate our bodies and senses to build images that are very much connected to our breathing, our rhythm, our smell… in order to connect these images with the bodies of the viewers. It’s an invitation to overcome the anxiety of “having to get it right” and to view the camera as an extension of our bodies rather than a separate object or tool that in itself separates us from the images we produce.
A critical examination of the structures in which film projects are realized is very important to us. We want to ask questions like which people are presented how and how often in films, who is financing film productions, who is author to the stories and how this is related to social questions.
We also want to discuss what it means to make political films and how one can work with film as a civil society tool across countries – tackling global issues that affect us all. A critical look at the Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations serves as inspiration. We are planning a round table on transnational collaborations for all interested participants to present their experiences and their current work.
The following questions could be interesting: How can we tell stories of a different future? How can art contribute to social change? How do we want to organise and facilitate change and how is it all connected to filmmaking?