We had an inspirational week-long journey between 20-26 November 2023 as part of the Close Up First Workshop. We are honoured to supportt such a talented and passionate group of emerging filmmakers representing 13 projects from Southwest Asia and North Africa.
Throughout an intense week of work, our mentors Bruni Burres, Gitte Hansen, John Appel and Nino Kirtadze worked with our filmmakers on the development of their projects. Alongside lectures and masterclass, given by Nino Kirtadze, John Appel and Gitte Hansen, our team and mentors worked closely with their group of filmmakers to reconstruct the narrative and visual approach of each project. During their group and one-on-one sessions, the filmmakers further analyzed the film’s themes, story, style, and cinematic form. They worked on selections of scenes from their visual material and started developing an outline for the written proposal.
In the final two days of the workshop, all the 13 filmmakers presented their work to the entire group and were given feedback by our mentors and our Executive Director Sigal Yehuda. Filmmakers worked very hard to break through the artistic challenges and we were very impressed by the originality and creativity showcased in each project. At the last day of the workshop, each filmmaker received concrete assignments to continue writing their proposals and editing their work-in-progress material in preparations for the second workshop scheduled for February 28 – March 6, 2024.
Now we are getting ready in full force for our Second Workshop and looking forward to pursuing our filmmakers work-in-progress journey. We are extremely excited to reunite after a short while!