“Visions of Prague – The Invaders” Filmmaking Workshop
After filmmaking explorations of Paris, Istanbul, Kars and Budapest, the NISI MASA Visions Of workshop went to Prague, from 22nd to 29th of August 2010.
Aged 18-26, from France, Italy, Spain, Austria and the Czech Republic
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Multilingualism and Europe
The topic of this filmmaking workshop, multilingualism, relates to different layers of our everyday lives.
The upcoming Euro-generation is encouraged to be multilingual, whilst safeguarding their own specific cultural identities. By travelling through Europe by train, Istanbul Express aims to explore the question of multilingualism through film, by giving young people free range to discover this New Europe and how it speaks by themselves.
From 4th - 12th June 2010, NISI MASA Sweden organised a documentary workshop on the theme Nationalities & Identities. The concept of the workshop was to invite filmmakers from 8 different countries to each make a documentary portrait of a Swedish person with whom they shared their national heritage. All films were made in each respective language.
Freedom, utopia and debate… A European short film creation and reflexion around May '68.
Five teams from Czech Republic, Turkey, Italy, Germany and France were formed to work on an ambitious short film project.
The reflexion and the creative approach of the project have been developed around May '68, and more widely on the period leading to the events and then the consequences nowadays. The people taking part, lead by Stephane Elmadjian as artistic director, will try to find out what remains from this period in their respective countries in order to make a collaborative, European and international creation. As the anniversary period of May '68 will see a lot of works and representations meant to illustrate it, the approach of the subject will be deliberately unconventional.
7th - 13th November: Kars, Eastern Turkey
5 European participants travelled to Kars, where their challenge will be to produce a film from one single plan sequence.
Kars is a suitable city for this kind of filming, since its scenery is very convenient for long takes. An intersection point of Armenian, Caucasian, Russian and Turkish cultures, the architecture and design reflects this diversity.
Artfilm in association with NISI MASA organised a fillmaking workshop during the 16th International Artfilm Festival from June 27th to July 6th in Trencianske Teplice/Trencin, Slovakia.
During the workshop, 4 groups of participants (from Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia) set out to make films, finding their inspiration from the classic movie by Dusan Hanak, Pictures of the Old World (Obrazy stareho sveta), 1972.
“European Video Letters” was a project which allowed young people to exchange their views on a given subject via the audiovisual medium.
From December 2007 - March 2008, 16 young participants from France (students of the School of Fine Arts, Bourges), Poland, Italy and The Netherlands (NISI MASA Poland, Franti - NISI MASA Italy and Meccapanza respectively) corresponded via short video letters on the theme: “Borders”
The project was organised by the International Screenwriter’s Festival in Bourges. All of the short films were screened and discussed during the festival, which took place from 27th - 30th March 2008.
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Organising an itinerant cinema event; NISI MASA old-timers had been nurturing this crazy idea ever since the origins of the network. It took the arrival of the Russian association Moviement, for the dream to become reality. Our enthusiastic Moscow-based colleagues intended to bring up-to-date a unique working method, invented by Russian documentary filmmakers in the 1930s. It was called the ‘Cine-Train’
Kars, Turkey, 9-15 November 2007
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
After having explored the city of Istanbul (Visions of Istanbul), NISI MASA wanted to explore the opposite side of Turkey: Kars, a city in the far-east of the country. Nobel prize-winning Orhan Pamuk, a Turkish writer, was inspired by this place to write his novel “Snow”. This evocation of an old crossroad of civilisations was the starting point of this filmmaking workshop. Ten selected young Europeans were invited to shoot short films, having read the book beforehand. The aim was to show how the films will be influenced by Pamuk’s vision of this city. Kars and its inhabitants will be the subjects of the filmmaking workshop. It took place in partnership with the 13th European Film Festival on Wheels.