Nisimazine – Shooting Stars

Nisimazine  – Shooting Stars

Nisimazine – Shooting Stars

by January 25, 2017

Very soon our Nisimazine alumni will meet in Berlinale – Shooting Stars. Shooting Stars is a unique pan-European initiative which puts a spotlight on Europe’s best young actors. It helps to put emerging new acting talent at the forefront for the busy film and entertainment agenda which unfolds each year at the Berlin International Film Festival. We feel that this is a great occasion to organize a special, celebratory Nisimazine which will also become an alumni meeting, and an opportunity for them to share their views and experiences on their journey together with NISI MASA.


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Chief Editor Tara Karajica

Interview with Karin Franz Korlof (Sweden): I don’t take anything for granted

Interview with Hannah Hoekstra (The Netherlands): I think that everybody needs to be a feminist

Tara Karajica is a Belgrade-based film critic and journalist. Her writings have appeared in Sydneys BuzzIndiewireScreen InternationalVarietyFestivalists and The Film Prospector, among many other media outlets. She was a participant of the 2013 Locarno Critics Academy, the 2016 Berlinale Talents – Talent Press and a number of other film criticism workshops. Tara is a film programmer at the World of Film International Festival in Glasgow, Scotland, a board member of NISI MASA and the Serbian correspondent for Film New Europe. She is also a member of the Online Film Critics Society and the Women Film Critics Circle as well as the recipient of the 2014 Best Critic Award at the Altcine Action! Film Festival. In September 2016, she founded Yellow Bread, a magazine dedicated entirely to short film.

Nisimazine helped me grow and blossom as a film critic and has given me the opportunity to attend amazing festivals, meet wonderful people and watch some of the world’s best films. But, most of all, it has made me part of Nisi Masa’s pan-european network and the relations it creates, cultivates and encourages; relations that find their basis in a diversified cinematic landscape and bring young Europeans together in their love of film. It has also given me the opportunity to take part, three years in a row, in the Shooting Stars events it supports year after year.”

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Andra Gheorghiu

Interview with Zofia Wichlacz (Poland): I dream to be cast not like the way that I look now, but just to shave my hair or dye my hair black and have piercings.

Interview with Alessandro Borghi (Italy): If you want to work in Cinema, you have to love it, not practice it

Andra Gheorghiu is a scriptwriter and cultural manager based in Bucharest. After graduating in Scriptwriting and Film Journalism at the National University of Theatre and Film, she founded The Collective Art Neighbourhood, an art collective and residency and Bucharest, collaborated with the Bucharest Experimental Film Workshop and worked as a scriptwriter in Angola. Currently she is writing for a Romanian magazine.

Nisimazine is one of the most emotional and sincere writing experiences I have been a part of. Journalists from all over Europe write and live together, making, for one week, Nisimazine their own. It’s a dedication that comes naturally and it’s followed by wonderful moments in between: the walks, the talks, the really personalized feedback sessions, or just having a drink after a really good film with people that you feel you know for years, and that makes it truly special.”


Ismene Daskarolis

Interview with Elina Vaska (Latvia): I feel like I’m the best version of Elina when I’m on set or on stage

Interview with Esben Smed (Denmark): I don’t like being photographed and standing in awkward positions

Ismene Daskarolis is an awarded filmmaker currently living in Athens and Berlin. She graduated from the School of Fine and Applied arts in Thessaloniki in 2012, specialising in video art, installation and painting. Previously she studied Film and Television at the New York College in Athens. She has written, directed and produced three short films and co-written a feature. Her work varies between narrative shorts, experimental shorts, video art and dance films and has been screened and gained distinctions in multiple international film festivals. Since 2014 she has been working as Chief Editor of the Film Department at Exostis Press, and continues to write in other publications.

Nisimazine for me was about developing as a writer and building connections with wonderful young people from all around Europe. Living together and working together with participants and mentors in a creative environment full of writing, thinking, discussing, partying, but most of all discovering great movies, is what made the experience so wonderful and unique.”

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Marian Wilhelm

Interview with Maruša Majer (Slovenia): I’m an enthusiast by nature

Interview with Tudor Aaron (Romania): I want to work all over the world

Marian Wilhelm lives in Innsbruck and Vienna. He has been writing reviews and festival reports since 2012 for a daily newspaper in Alto Adige, and hosting a bi-monthly film show on a free radio station. He also works for the International Film Festival Innsbruck as a film scout and manages the press office and the festival magazine. He studied comparative literature with the MA thesis titled “Larger Than Life – the myth of Lawrence of Arabia in cinema and history”. Interests outside the cinematic universe include digital politics, the arab region and portrait photography. Also working as a paramedic for the Austrian Red Cross.

“I was happy to participate in the NISI MASA workshop at last year’s Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, met many interesting colleagues and film people and look forward to be part of the NISI-Community, from the journalistic perspective. NISI MASA creates and fosters the much needed pan-European connections based on the diverse cinematic landscape and brings us closer together as young Europeans through film, not as members of an industry but as European film lovers.”


Sabine Kues

Interview with Louis Hofmann (Germany): I love how German Cinema has evolved in the last couple of years; how it has lost the fear of doing something wrong

Interview with Victoria Guerra (Portugal): I can’t imagine myself being in a huge blockbuster

Sabine Kues studied Comparative Literature and European Film and Media Studies in Germany, France and the Netherlands before moving to Dresden, Germany, where she currently works for the Saxonian Film Association (germ. Filmverband Sachsen). In addition, she curates for the analog film festival dresdner schmalfilmtage.

“What you see is what you get with Nisimazine: plentiful unknown filmic worlds which first draw you in and spit you out again into a packed festival crowd of international connoisseurs while you additionally get to enjoy a foreign city. The best thing, though, is that you will discover all of this with same-minded people from all over Europe, who will lovingly challenge your opinions, taste and your cherished personal film library. It is a true film camp and this makes for the addictiveness of Nisimazine.”

Shooting Stars 2017


© David Bauer (Esben Smed), Alex Gonzalez (Louis Hofmann), Riccardo Ghilardi (Alessandro Borghi), Arturs Kondrats (Elina Vaska), Maciej Edelman (Zofia Wich?acz), Sara Pinheiro (Victoria Guerra), Andrei Runcanu (Tudor Aaron Istodor), Matjaz Ivanisin (Maruša Majer), Jonas Jörneberg (Karin Franz Körlof), Gwendolyn Keasberry (Hannah Hoekstra)

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