Eurasiadoc Armenia 2023
DOCUMENTARY DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP
For FILMMAKERS AND PRODUCERS FROM ARMENIA
For over 10 years, the Eurasiadoc program has been accompanying people who wish to develop a professional creative documentary film project in Eastern European countries and particularly in Armenia. You can find out more in the website.
One of the main objectives of the Eurasiadoc 2023 program is to support filmmakers and producers who wish as a team to develop a creative documentary film project.
We therefore propose a screenwriting and production workshop in order to create an immersive and intensive working atmosphere between the participants and the mentors, in Yerevan within the program of GAIFFpro. It will start in late June and continue during the Golden Apricot 2023 (exact dates to be confirmed), the work with the mentors will then resume online, in fall of 2023.
Participation Conditions &
- Only creative documentary projects will be considered for selection.
A creative documentary film involves an artistic approach that simultaneously questions and documents reality. Unlike news reports, it commits the filmmaker to affirming a point of view, to thinking about the writing and the dramaturgy of the film, to elaborating on the issues of directing and staging and the stylistic choices that make documentary a cinematographic genre in itself.
Through its various actions, the Docmonde association considers that the production of contemporary documentary forms represents an issue of understanding, symbolizing and transmitting a story in motion and that, in the words of Frederick Wiseman, “documentaries, such as plays, novels, poems, are forms of fiction whose social utility is immeasurable .”
- Only Armenian citizens over 18 and living in Armenia are eligible
- Applications must be sent in English by both the filmmaker and the producer working together on an original creative documentary film project.
- The committee will not justify its decision to unsuccessful candidates.
- The results will be sent by email as soon as possible, not later than June 10. Please notice that the workshop starts at the end of June or early July. The working language will be English.
- Incomplete applications won't be considered. The selection committee is not from Armenia, so please don't send anything in Armenian.
- Deadline for applications was May 21, 2023. Extended to May 28, 23:59.
- Days of the workshop
two online days on June 21 and 22 with 2 tutors together with the entire team
from July 5 to 7 the workshop will continue in Yerevan ONLY with Samuel Aubin
from July 8 to 10 the workshop will continue in Yerevan with both the tutors
several more meetings online will follow in fall, The exact days are to be decided later
- If you would like to SIMPLY OBSERVE THE PROCESS, with no project: either as a professional or a student, please send your CV and motivational letter to UP NGO, to get one of the FEW LIMITED seats.
Obligation of the participant
At the time of the workshop, selected filmmakers will sign a convention with Docmonde assuring the organizers that the filmmakers will acknowledge the support of Docmonde and its organizing partners in the development of the film project by adding the names and logos of all partners to the credits of the films and all communication elements.
This workshop is a common project between Docmonde, Ecran Libre (France) and Up NGO (Armenia) with the financial support of the French Institute in Paris, the French Institute in Armenia, Département de l’Isère in partnership with AGBU, GAIFFpro, the Union of Film professionals of Armenia and Mirzoyan Library.
The partners are working to offer even more opportunities to some of the selected participants by enabling them to take part in international documentary co-production meetings that will be held in Central Asia in 2024 (To be confirmed).
This program is free of charge for filmmakers and producers selected in the workshop. During the workshop meals will be offered by the organizers.
About the tutors
Both tutors are film professionals with a profound knowledge of the Armenian documentary landscape.
Samuel Aubin was born in 1967. He is the author of documentaries and short fictions. His notable works include “The dark room of Khuong Mê” (2001), “Epic” (2004), “Again stories of love” (2014), “Ara Güler, once upon a time in Istanbul” (2017) among others. He leads documentary training sessions in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia and Turkey, within the framework of Docmonde and Lumière du monde. He is also a producer of independent documentaries with the company Rhizome (www.rhizome-production.fr). Samuel Aubin is the founder and artistic director of Écran Libre, an association which has been organizing residencies for filmmakers and documentary training sessions since 2005 (www.ecranlibre.fr). Having lived in Istanbul from 2013 to 2017, he has then relocated to Lyon. He has also authored 3 books, “Alma-Ata's red apple tree”, his first novel, was published by Turquoise in the spring of 2017, and in 2020 his book "Istanbul à jamais" was published.
Stéphane Jourdain studied musicology and ethno-musicology before turning to film production. He is currently CEO of La Huit, an independent production company based in Paris. For 30 years, he has been producing numerous creative documentaries (TV and cinema), musical films, and also a handful of fiction films. For 6 years, he has developed a love affair with Armenia, and is currently producing various projects, creative documentaries and fiction, in this country (with directors Silva Khnkanosian, Inna Mkitaryan, Tamara Stepanyan, Angela Frangyan, Hakob Melkonyan among others).
LA HUIT is an independent company established in 1992 and driven by three producers. The catalogue includes more than 200 films and is expanding every year with new documentary and feature films. Collaborating with young as well as renowned filmmakers, and searching for new formal approaches remain La Huit’s priority focal points.
The application package must include the following documents:
1. Application form - download here to fill in.
2. Filmmaker's and producer's detailed CV (max 2 pages) with photo
3. Links to images to be seen online, rushes and a previous film on vimeo, youtube, etc …
If you have any questions, please contact:
+374 94052451 (Viber) | firstname.lastname@example.org