NISI MASA is happy to bring out another new short film based on a script awarded in its European Script Contest for short film scripts (2005 edition - "Silence"). Lily is the debut film of Marianne Griolet (Sweden), and is divided into five parts. In the first and the last sections we see two people in a park, the second shows a very special university lecture, the third is at a party where a mysterious CD is being played, and the fourth is a car trip which ends in a surprising way…
From the 11th to the 17th of November 2005, NISI MASA and its Turkish member organisation VideA co-organized a seminar called: “Human Rights and visual culture” in Ankara, Turkey. It took place in the Goethe Institute, along with the 11th Festival of European Films On Wheels.
The European seminar dealt with the promotion of Human Rights values through audiovisual tools. This cross-cultural seminar gathered almost 30 participants from 14 European countries and the local audiences of Ankara. Besides encouraging intercultural dialogues, the meeting provided participants proper knowledge, tools and methods useful to develop films and audiovisual activities in their countries. In other words, the organizers tended to rise awareness among participants of the importance to make a broader use of audiovisual works to promote a Human Rights Culture in Europe.
Most of the activities dealt with the seminar main question: “How can cinema promote Human Rights values?” For example, each national group held lectures on a particular dimension of this question in regards with its own cinema and history. Discussions and workshops supplemented these presentations, on topics like:
-“Democratisation of Production and Distribution of Images”,
-“To look at Human Rights through Visor”,
-“Media & Monopolization"
Screenings of documentaries of Human Rights relevance also took place.
Some activities promoted innovating perspectives and points of view, like the workshop entitled “Images Left Out”. Parts of the program were open to public, notably the two ending lectures (“Human Rights in Turkish and European cinema” & “Alternative media production process”).
Experts and guests facilitated the activities like directors of videozine websites (Interspace, Bulgaria). Turkish academicians and directors were also invited.
The seminar was followed up with the edition of a book, which collected the texts of all presentations, speeches and discussion held during this one-week seminar.
In co-operation with Euphoria Borealis and Scuola Holden, NISI MASA organised in 2005 an 8 month European scriptwriting advanced course with on-line and off-line sessions (workshops in Torino, Sodankylä, Lyon), targeted for European script-writers, story editors, directors, graduates from film schools, etc.
Script & Pitch was born with the aim to develop a “European style” in scriptwriting for cinema.
The 4th edition of the NISI MASA European Short Film Script Contest, on the theme “Silence”, came to an end on the 5th of November 2005 with the announcement of the three European Awards.
The jury, gathered in Berlin (Germany) along the InterFilm Festival, rewarded:
- Lily, by Marianne Griolet (Sweden)
- Sea Bass Dream, by Claudio Lauri (Italy)
- If I Fall, by Hannaleena Hauru (Finland)
Contest 2004 Award winner, Michal Szczesniak was contacted by great Polish director Krzysztof Zanussi for the production of his script, "A Boat". Mr. Zanussi liked so much the awarded script that he offered assistance in production, and proposed Kuba Kosma, young independent producer, to follow the project.
After returning from the NISI MASA Scriptwriting workshop Write it short! in Angers (January 2005), Michal started to work with Kuba. Together they had dozens of conversations with each other and with Polish professional filmmakers.
April 2005 in Budapest, NISI MASA got on one of the biggest film festivals organized in Hungary: the Titanic Film Festival. For its 12th edition, “Titanic” invited almost 20 000 moviegoers to attend exceptional screenings of the best new films from all over the world. Most of the NISI MASA member associations have thus been able to take part in this celebration of cinema.
Their role along the Festival’s schedule? Organizing a meeting focused on national cinemas of Europe in cooperation with Cras Tibi, the member organisation of NISI MASA in Hungary.