“Cinema as a means to promote European Citizenship”
26. August-3. September 2006, Paris (France)
5 Years! It's barely the time it took for NISI MASA to grow from 7 to 17 member countries, the time to organise five editions of its European Contest of Short Film scripts, the time to implement more than 25 encounters across Europe, from Alcala to Sodankylä…
5 years, 17 countries, 1 common language: cinema.
The 5th edition of the NISI MASA European Short Film Script Contest, on the theme “Tourists”, came to an end on the 8th of November 2006 with the announcement of the three European Awards.
The jury, gathered in Helsinki (Finland) along the 23rd Kettupäivät - Film Festival, awarded:
- Harragas, by Grégory Lecocq (Belgium)
- Nighttime Visitors, by Sonja Csukor (Hungary)
- Tourist, by Mateusz Subieta (Poland)
From the 21st to the 28th of May, 2006, a Film Critics' Workshop was run by NISI MASA during the 59th Cannes Film festival.
Organised with the support of the French Ministry of Youth, this workshop aimed to train 15 young Europeans in the creation of a cinema magazine covering the Festival, and more particularly the (young) European cinema present in Cannes. This year, NISI MASA was thus pleased to frame one of the workshops proposed to the 60 young people invited by the Ministry.
3.-9. March 2006, Blagoevgrad (Bulgaria)
NISI MASA is really involved in the ‘integration’ of Balkan countries & Balkan Youth into the so-called ‘European construction process’. Our network is also confident in the role of cinema when it comes to identity building and social change. That is the reason why, together with its Bulgarian member Art Group Haide, NISI MASA decided to organize a Balkan youth seminar called ‘Balkan identities, Balkan cinemas’.
This seminar took place in the town of Blagoevgrad (south-west of Bulgaria, close to Macedonia & Greece), from the 3rd to the 9th of March 2006. It gathered 25 young participants from 8 Balkan countries (Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia, Romania), guests from other European countries and local audience.
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.