Promoted by the well-known civic movement and think tank Confrontations Europe, the “Tour d’Europe” (European Tour) project consisted in a seminar of 8 conferences touring over Europe from November 2006 to June 2007, aimed at discussing the renewal of the European project.
NISI MASA was one of the partners of this tour, bringing to the general discussion the points of views of young European artists.
Taking place between the 12th and 18th of March 2007 in Vienna by kino5 and NISI MASA, the "Survive Style" Film Forum gathered 30 young people from 17 European countries.
They were invited to take part in a youth film forum on the topic: To be young in Europe – A risky business? Mobility and migration in Europe - through a creative perspective connected to film and audiovisual culture.
“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.
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.
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.