Ülkü Oktay was one of the three winners of Nisi Masa Script Contest 2008 with her scripts Scamps.
Scamps tells a travel adventure set in Eastern Turkey through the eyes of two young schoolboys. A "feel-good" story that gives beautiful insights into the country and its culture. Ülkü Oktay is finalising post-production.
Furniture, by Melissa Suarez del Real was one of the winners of the NISI MASA European Short Script Contest 2008.
This film shows us that It’s not clear enough whether self-assembly furniture triggers couple conflicts or if couple conflicts trigger self-assembly furniture purchase !
There were some troubles in the organization of the production and shooting because of the lack of a production crew. Melissa found a solution by speaking with friends: Old friends who study in film school offered to get some free equipment for her. Old friends who are architects volunteered to find the piece of land with a fallen building that she needs, thanks to the pathology department in their university. Old friends also know good actors. Old friends just want to help. At the end, the collective spirit of filmmaking is, at this time, working better than any production company for her.
From the 21th - 29th November 2008, NISI MASA organised a NISIMAZINE film journalism workshop in collaboration with the Torino Film Festival (TFF, Torino, Italy)!
The workshop involved a mixed editorial team of European and Italian students and journalists. 9 daily issues of NISIMAZINE were published during the festival in Italian and English.
Additional NISIMAZINE workshops took place in Autumn 2008 at the Cinéma Verité Iran Documentary Film Festival (Tehran), International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam - IDFA (The Netherlands) and the Festival on Wheels (Kars, Turkey).
Read all the issues online here (or find coverage on our official website www.nisimazine.eu)
From the 18th – 23rd November 2008 the 7th international Script Contest Jury Meeting took place in Croatia during the One Take Film Festival.
Young representatives from each local NISI MASA organisation which took part in this year’s script contest gathered in Zagreb, each of them equipped with the best script(s) of their country.
Four days of debating and analysing the screenplays - mentored by professional tutors - culminated in the announcement of the three winning scripts of the NISI MASA script contest 2008 at the Festival (see official announcement here).
From the 17th - 30th November 2008, NISI MASA organised a NISIMAZINE film journalism workshop in collaboration with the IDFA – International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.
The workshop involved an editorial team of young European journalists and photographers. 9 daily issues of NISIMAZINE were published during the festival in English only. The event is co-organised by NISI MASA and the MeccaPANZA association, which is based in Amsterdam.
The IDFA, which has been taking place in Amsterdam since 1988, is the biggest documentary festival in the world.
Freedom, utopia and debate… A European short film creation and reflexion around May '68.
Five teams from Czech Republic, Turkey, Italy, Germany and France were formed to work on an ambitious short film project.
The reflexion and the creative approach of the project have been developed around May '68, and more widely on the period leading to the events and then the consequences nowadays. The people taking part, lead by Stephane Elmadjian as artistic director, will try to find out what remains from this period in their respective countries in order to make a collaborative, European and international creation. As the anniversary period of May '68 will see a lot of works and representations meant to illustrate it, the approach of the subject will be deliberately unconventional.
The workshop involved a mixed editorial team of European and Turkish journalists. 8 daily issues of NISIMAZINE were published during the festival in Turkish and English.
Additional NISIMAZINE workshops took place in Autumn 2008 at the Cinéma Verité Iran Documentary Film Festival (Tehran), International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam - IDFA (The Netherlands) and the Torino Film Festival (Italy). Please see our 'news' section for the full press release!
READ FULL NISIMAZINE KARS ISSUES ONLINE HERE
7th - 13th November: Kars, Eastern Turkey
5 European participants travelled to Kars, where their challenge will be to produce a film from one single plan sequence.
Kars is a suitable city for this kind of filming, since its scenery is very convenient for long takes. An intersection point of Armenian, Caucasian, Russian and Turkish cultures, the architecture and design reflects this diversity.