11th–17th Jan 2018
Sputnik Kino, tba

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"Crossing Borders" – Festival Workshop & 48 Hour Film Project

This year’s workshop will centre on the idea of Crossing Borders. As an antidote to Trump in the US and the UK vote to leave the EU this is your opportunity to make a film challenging isolation and fear. In the open and cosmopolitan city of Berlin we would like to show there is some hope in the world by screening both existing films and your new films about crossing boundaries and barriers, not erecting them. Explore through sound and image the theme of Crossing Borders. Students will watch and discuss short British Experimental Films that are related to the workshop topic – and make, in a day, their own films about crossing borders in Berlin – borders that may be geographical, psychological, physical, abstract, sexual or any you can imagine decide to cross.

The workshop will be taught in English. You will need own access to camera and editing. We are though more interested in ideas than technology so domestic equipment is fine. The workshop will be run by film teachers Dave Green and John Digance who have run successful academic and creative courses in the University and Community Ed. sectors in Britain, Sweden, Spain, Russia and China.

Workshop dates
Sat 14.1., 12:00–17:00 at Sputnik Kino: Introduction, lectures and film screenings
Sat 14.1.–Mon 16.1.: Lectures and work on your movies
Mon 16.1., 19:30 at Sputnik Kino: Screening of the workshop movies (admisssion free)

The Workshop is for free. All events, meetings and screenings as part of the workshop will be in English. Participants will have to provide their own equipment and editing facilities. To register and for more information write to mail(at)lichtspielklub(dot)de

A couple of workshop films produced within 48 hours at the last British Shorts festival editions:

John Digance ...
is a practice and theory film teacher in universities and the community in Britain and further afield. His interests are in International Cinema, the links between documentary and fiction, experimental work and breaking down the barriers between all art forms, especially the still and moving image. He has made several documentary and experimental films.

Dave Green ...
is the course leader of the MA Documentary at The University of Bedfordshire and a visiting tutor at universities in China, Pakistan and Sweden. His main interest is in all forms of storytelling and removing the false divisions between various disciplines. He has made a wide range of documentary films and is currently developing a practice based research project exploring, self inscription, psychogeography and the situationists.

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