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Subject: Black Shorts Film Workshop Georgia: Call for Participation
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*°°° Please circulate widely - Thank you °°°*
*Black Shorts Film Workshop Georgia: Call for Participation.*
*Deadline for applications is March 15th* (application form below).
Please submit to:

We are searching for 20 participants to create experimental films at a
12-day research workshop in Georgia around the theme of BLACK. Unwearable,
but hopefully not unbearable, these BLACK SHORTS will then be editing
during a second workshop in Budapest before been screened in cinemas and
published online. Previous experience in filmmaking is welcome but not
necessary, just an inquisitive mind, an eagerness to learn and a
willingness to collaborate. Do you want to spread rumours of everyday life
in Georgia? Then read below to find out more.

*So what exactly does the BLACK SHORTS project consist of?*
1. A 12-day training, research and filming workshop in Georgia with 20
young people from across Europe (May 10th – May 22nd 2011).
2. A 4-day video editing workshop in Hungary (June 5th - 9th 2011).
3. Public premiers of the finished films at downtown cinemas in Budapest,
Tbilisi and Berlin (June).
4. The distribution of the finished films online, at film festivals and
via DVD.

*Why Georgia? Why Black?*
We are aware that blackness in Georgia can invoke the past. It
might be associated with the dark 90's – with armed street gangs,
bullies and cleptocracy. Or that black could also refer blackouts
that plagued Georgia throughout the 90s and early 2000s, or the
caravans of black BMWs and Mercedes owned by the wealthy and the
ruling class. If this is black, then maybe the Revolution of Roses
in 2003 was meant to signal the start of a colourful future? That
it was in part about the suppression of the black-side of Georgian
society? A top-down and coloured modernisation that has physically
manifested itself through colourful street repainting,
gentrification and upbeat styles? Of course, we might be taking
black a bit too far – its roots lie in everyday life. After all, if
you asked most foreigners to think of black in Georgia then it
would be the Black Sea that springs to mind, whilst for many
Georgians it’s another sea of black they see on a day-to-day basis
– the sea of black clothing in which most people clad themselves.
      Thus black is both a colour of everyday life and a colour full of
symbolic tension – a tension that can be artistically exploited.
Turning black on its head, we want to use the colour to shed light
on stories of everyday life in Georgia. Whilst the topic of black
can be broad, what unites the possible film-topics is the colour's
underlying subversiveness, outsiderness and supposed legitimisation
of all that is 'white', legal and proper. We feel ill at ease with
both the bright promises of modernity, as well as the dark
undertones of local-based resistance. Instead, we care for smaller
stories of everydayness that are (dis)coloured – symbolically or
physically. Intrigued and inspired, we want to slip under
state-based radars to bring black rumours of everyday life.

*Give me more details! What will happen at the workshops?*
During the first two days of the filming workshop in Georgia, you will be
trained in the basic camera and sound techniquesand be given an
introduction into how to develop a story within a film. We will also form
five teams of filmmakers, based on research interest, film skills and
local language ability. Within the team you will develop your common idea
for a film with an expert tutor. The teams will then have a little over a
week to film their chosen topic. The final days of this first workshop
will be for reviewing footage and deciding upon how your final film will
look. During the editing workshop in Budapest, you will (having solved
conceptual, thematic etc. issues in Georgia and via email) make the final
edit of your film. On the final day we will screen the films in a downtown
cinema in Budapest.

*Who are you?*
We are the central and eastern European magazine Plotki, the Georgian
documentary film company Sakdoc Film and the Centre for Arts and Culture
at the Central European University in Budapest.

*Who am I?*
If you’re under 35, creative, willing to learn, inquisitive and speak good
enough English to work in a multi-national team, then we’d love you to
apply. Though local language ability is an advantage, you don’t have to
speak Georgian or Russian as each team will have one Georgian/Russian
speaking participant. Though previous filmmaking experience is not
necessary, we encourage filmmakers to apply (though you should have
realistic expectations and be willing to work with those who are less
experienced). We will select participants based on their profile and the
proposed film idea (see application form below). Whilst we would like to
cover all participants’ travel costs, if you live outside Europe then it’s
unlikely that we will be able to fund the full amount due to budget

*How much will this cost me? What will I get in return?*
If you’re living in Georgia the participation cost is 10EUR, if you’re not
from Georgia the cost is 120EUR (to reflect the differing travel-costs).
In return you’ll get travel to and from the Georgian workshop, living
expenses in Georgia, travel to and from the Hungarian workshop and living
expenses in Hungary. You’ll also get training sessions on using film
equipment, conceptualising documentary films and editing films. Finally,
and most importantly, you’ll get the chance to design, plan, shoot and
edit a short film as part of a multi-national team.

*What type of film do you expect?*
We are looking for short (average 15mins) experimental film on the theme
of black in Georgia.

Application Form.

*Deadline for applications is March 15th* (application form below).
Please submit to:

Nationality (needed for visa issues)
Currently residing in (needed for travel cost calculation)
Relevant experience (filmmaking, artistic, social scientific, journalistic)
Languages spoken (English is a must, Georgian and Russian appreciated)
Please indicate that you are available to take part in the two seminars
(May 10th – May 22nd and June 5th - 9th 2011).
Please attach a CV

Why do you want to take part in Black Shorts?

Please provide a short (1 page max) proposal of the film you would like to
make. The filming can take place anywhere in Georgia.

Your proposal should include:
- the topic: What is it? Why is it interesting? In what way does it relate
to the theme?
-the how: How will you access the people/places/groups? How will you film
(Please note that if you’re accepted, you may not be able to make the film
idea on which you’re accepted. You will work in a team of 3-4 people, thus
collaboration and negotiation will take place).

Deadline for application is March 15th. We aim to select participants by
March 20th.

nini palavandishvili
+49176 27211953

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