4th NISI MASA Experimental Workshop

4th NISI MASA Experimental Workshop

by January 29, 2016

Are you a young European artist (18-35 years old), driven by innovative experimental audio-visual expression, always on the lookout for new ways of expression and collaborations? Do you enjoy creative challenges and would like to take the pulse of what’s coming up next in the world of cinematic and media experiments? If your answer is YES to all the above, book your trip and join us in Bucharest 14 -20 March 2016 for the 4th NISI MASA Experimental workshop at BIEFF.

20 participants will be selected upon filling out this form.

EXPENSES

The fee for the workshop is 150 Euros for international participants and 80 Euros for Romanian participants. For the international participants, the fee also covers the accommodation for 6 nights at the lovely hostel Doors, situated in the heart of Bucharest. The fee also covers accreditations for the festival screenings and events for all selected participants. Travel and food expenses are not covered by the participation fee. During the 7-day workshop the 20 participants will be guided by international tutors and guest artists, and work on experimental filmmaking. Together, they will produce short film experiments that will be premiered under the frame of BIEFF Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival, on the last day, March 20th.

The working method of the workshop is collaboration, reflection and sharing with fellow participants. Whether we work on film stock or VR (techniques are not restricted!), our aim is to learn, explore and develop ourselves and our projects together.

Working language of the workshop is English.

TUTORS

EDINA CSÜLLÖG (b. 1979) is an Estonian-based Hungarian director/producer living in a furthest corner of Estonia where ancient heritage is still kept alive on daily basis. Her last short THE BUTTERFLY MAN won the Baltic Pitching Forum in 2013. She graduated from the Baltic Film and Media School in Tallinn as a director. She holds MA degrees on literature, pedagogy and Estonian linguistics from ELTE University, Hungary. Her films have participated in over 100 festivals over the world. Edina has produced several short films. Right now she is working on her first feature length documentary (dir. Liis Nimik) and the first feature length fiction (dir. Priit Pőhjala).  She is the creator of the Finno-Ugric Film Festival, founder of Nisi Masa Estonia and the Finno-Ugric Film Fond. Besides filmmaking she has been working as a tutor and workshopper for young filmmakers in the past years.

Filmography as a producer: Firekeepers (feature documentary, dir. Liis Nimik), Lembri Uudu (short documentary, dir. Eeva Mägi), River (dir. Priit Pőhjala, short fiction 15 min) (2015), Lake (dir. Lomovski, short fiction 12 min) (2015), Colorblind (dir. Sasha Padashifard, short fiction 7 min) (2012), Fasle steps (dir. Rebecca Törley, short fiction 4min) (2012), Yellow duckman (dir. Kristo Viiding, short fiction) (2009).

Selected filmography as a director: The Butterfly man (short fiction) (2015), Mouldy Memories (experimental short) (2015), Hearts in vain (short fiction) (2013), Blow (short fiction) (2009), Wounds (short fiction) (2007), Szemfényvesztők (TV series, Danube TV) (2008).

ADELA MUNTEAN (b. 1988) is a transmedia director and researcher developing creative concepts that fall within the documentary genre. Her current projects deal with 360 VR photography and video and the implementation of tactile interfaces in order to create experiential works. She is also interested in methods associated with moving image documentary practices which merge with new media hybrid arts and explore the intersection of art, anthropology, documentary film and the possibilities made available by the internet: webcams, Google Street View, archives, etc. The main criterion of her works is to engage with the real in creative ways.

In 2014 her works were presented in Holland within the framework of Live Performers Meeting festival (LPM); in France during the Sophia Digital Art Festival and in Italy, Milano during “La Repubblica delle Idee” 2014 event. In 2015 she won the Digital Visions project first prize organized by Géo Culture Limousin (France).

In the same year as part of Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival (BIEFF) she led the conceptual/art direction part of an Architecture Film Workshop. Her on-going project is devoted to the changing role of the moving image and classical cinema in the digital age.

She has been awarded a Master’s Degree graded excellent and the professional qualification of Media Designer at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest, Hungary (2015). She completed her BA studies in cinematography, photography and media at the Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania, Faculty of Sciences and Arts, Cluj Napoca, Romania (2011).

FRANCESCO BERTA (b. 1989) is a music composer and visual artist from Italy and currently living in London.

His works feature an intuitive, organic and visual approach to the composition and recording, involving acoustic and electric instruments, soundscapes and a minimal use of electronics. Francesco’s music, defined by listeners and reviewers “vivid, extremely detailed and cinematic” have been featured in different commercials and TV-shows.

Francesco has so far released two full-length albums, Modern Dinosaurs and Journey, the last released in 2013 through the Berlin record label Oxide Tones. His last works are an EP entitled “The Last Days of Winter”, recorded and produced in December 2014, and album with a single plus six remixes called “Waves”, released in May 2015. Both EPs received excellent reviews. All the music is written by Francesco, who also plays every instrument as well.

Francesco is a former participant of the workshop (2014) and his comeback to Bucharest as a tutor will provide this year’s participants with insight of his own experience as well as a customized course on successful freelancing for artists.

MIHAI PATRASCU (b. 1988) – CEO and founder at VrView , a company that focuses on 360 creative video and virtual reality app development. One of the top VR apps that was developed with the company was a virtual reality museum that featured the work of George Löwendal, famous painter, graphic designer and master of the first generation of plastic artists from Romania during the post-war period. Mihai is focused on discovering new and immersive ways which allow storytelling to be efficient in 360 virtual reality apps.

He worked with several artists including musicians, actors and cultural institutions to design and discover new interactive experiences.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

Feb 19th, midnight CET

SELECTION PROCESS

Selected participants will be informed by Feb 23rd. The selection committee will base the evaluation of the candidates on:

– the motivation to take part in a project dealing with experimental filmmaking

– suitability to attend an intensive 7-day workshop based on collaborative filmmaking

– skills, creativity and the cogency of the sample work

RIGHTS

Notion: The material produced during the NISI MASA & BIEFF Experimental film workshop may be screened under the frame of NISI MASA & BIEFF for non-commercial publicity purposes. For any possible commercial releases or sales, a separate contract will be made between the producer (NISI MASA) and the selected participant.

QUESTIONS

Please write to the project coordinator Sorina Diaconu: sorina(at)nisimasa.com

APPLICATION FORM HERE.

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