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Exploration workshop invites all young people from Cahul, as well as from the entire country, to contribute to social change in their communities through documentary film, within the workshop, during 5 days, in the period of September 9-13, 2020. The course is very intense, but it is a wonderful challenge!
Theory is important, but practice is just as important. Together with the workshop tutors, you will learn the basics of filming equipment, editing programs and documentary filmmaking and you will immediately plunge into making your own short documentary film. It’s a workshop in which your participation is important. This year, due to the global situation and safety reasons, participants will not be allowed to go filming outside, but will learn how to create a film in a creative place, outside the town of Cahul. Under the guidance of Nora Agapi, the short documentaries will be created with images taken in the proximity of the work space, as well as with images from personal archives, with themselves and their dear ones, in their daily activities and in discussions on different subjects, starting with the problems in their communities and continuing with the ideas and concepts about the world.
In a very short time you will learn a lot not only about the filmmaking process, but also about yourself, your limits, your power of persuasion, how to communicate with people and how to be resourceful and inquisitive while shooting your impactful film.
About the tutor
You will explore your limits under the guidance of Nora Agapi, who is an Exploration @MOLDOX Lab tutor for the 5th year in a row. She is a director of photography for numerous documentary films that have collected laurels at top European film festival – Berlinale, Rotterdam International Film Festival, TIFF etc. – among which “American Oasis” (2013), “Decoding Dacia” (2012), “Off the Beaten Track” (2010), “Forest of Crocodiles” (2009), “Low Cost” (2007), “Leaving Transylvania” (2006). Agapi is also an accomplished photographer and collaborates with Corbis Agency in Paris. She had her work published in magazine such as National Geographic, Sunday Times, Cosmopolitan, Elle, FHM, and 4WD. Agapi is a graduate of the National University of Drama and Cinematography in Bucharest, Film and TV section and holds a MA in Digital Arts from the Athens University. She is also a member of the Romanian Cinematographers Association (RSC). Her latest film, “Timebox” (2018) has done a successful festival circuit around the world and has won numerous awards including at Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival.
To participate at the workshop, please fill out the registration form until August 23, 2020.
For more information, please write to us at email@example.com
The fifth edition of the MOLDOX International Film Festival brings, for the first time in the Republic of Moldova, the new film of the Moldovan director Pavel Cuzuioc, the documentary feature “Please Hold the Line” – an audiovisual allegory on communication -this film follows cable technicians in four countries – Moldova, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria – and their customers, the audience being offered the possibility to get a glimpse into their lives and see their problems and perspectives on the outerworld.
“[…] Please Hold the Line’s strength as a stealth art film – its observant camera acting like a tuning fork, picking up strange echoes and vibrations.” – Cineuropa.org
“[The film] is not concerned with ‘digital natives’ but the elderly and those dependent on technology to stay in touch with the wider world, but also depressed by the often Kafkaesque nature of red tape involved.” – Filmuforia.co.uk
Pavel Cuzuioc: “We like to think of communication devices as a people binder. Yet, with a larger variety of communication tools than ever before, each human being continues to insist on his personality and perspective, social disintegration is as strong as ever. “Please hold the line” is about people who fix communication defects – like cable technicians fixing a tv, phone or a modem – as well as about their customers. A palette of human typologies. I am interested in the human being, with its everyday struggles. It is these individual universes that fascinate me the most.”
Pavel Cuzuioc was born in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova. In 2000, he moved to Vienna where he followed courses on film directing at the Vienna Film Academy. His films were screened at various international film festivals such as Locarno Film Festival, HotDocs, Clermont Ferrand ISFF, Black Night IFF, DocAviv FF, Transylvania IFF, FIPA, Cottbus FF, etc.
“Please Hold the Line” premiered at Sheffield Doc Fest in UK, selected in the “Into the World” category, which presents films by essential directors with essential themes that take varied approaches to exploring our past, present and collective future.
Book the dates! Cahul: September 9-13, Chișinău: September 17-19
MOLDOX International Film Festival for Social Change was founded in 2016 and is exclusively dedicated to non-fiction films with significant social relevance. MOLDOX was created as an international film festival focused on current social issues, accessible to everyone, this is why entrance to the festival and the participation at workshops and master classes is free of charge.
The festival combines the mission of bringing cultural events to the local population by screening documentary films, with the mission of training new filmmakers, interested in creating documentaries with strong social impact, through MOLDOX Lab.
You get inspired when you work together! Therefore, within the two modules (August 5-9 and September 9-13), the participants, with the mentorship of the tutors Hjalmar Palmgren (Sweden) and Melody Gilbert (USA), will learn how to build the best version of their films’ trailers, how to write the synopsis in a manner in which it will truly reflect the subject of the film, as well as the essential elements of documentary film scriptwriting. Also, they will have the possibility to communicate with tutors and special invitees within several individual work sessions, where they will be offered detailed feedback and recommendations.
The young film directors will benefit from international expertise and learn about all the steps in a film production process, how to present their documentary in order to attract the interest of potential co-producers and patrons, as well as about different possibilities of networking, which will ensure their films with greater visibility on the European documentary film market.
Within the workshop, the participants will also be in direct communication with different professionals in the field, like the film editor Phil Jandaly, who will conduct masterclasses on several subjects related to the production of a documentary film, as well as with successful film directors, who will talk about the path they took, step by step, in the creation of their films.
The first module will take place in an online video format, and the second one will be organized in Cahul. The workshop will conclude with one-on-one meetings, public pitching and screening of your doc project at the MOLDOX festival, where your pitch will be judged by European industry experts who will select four projects to attend networking and training programs in Europe.
This intensive documentary film development workshop is an ideal next step for more experienced filmmakers, journalists, and visual storytellers who have already identified a subject for a documentary and, ideally, have started production. So far, within the 4 years of MOLDOX Lab, 24 projects have passed through the Inspiration workshop and 10 awards have been given to networking events and not only throughout Europe by our LAB partners (Balkan Documentary Center, Baltic to Black Sea Documentary Network, DOCUDAYS UA, Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, One World Romania and European Documentary Center and others).
ADVANCED DOCUMENTARY DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS: PITCH. DEVELOP. EDIT. SCREEN.
The 2020 INSPIRATION workshop is looking for Moldovan projects with a strong social relevance or those inspiring social change. This year, the workshop will take place in two parts:
Module I (August 05-09, 2020) focused on developing the proposed project, editing the trailer and study cases.
Module II (September 09 -13, 2020), where you will learn how to write and speak about your story to potential financers and organizations in the field, you will work on perfecting your pitching skills and techniques together with the experts in the industry.
The workshop will conclude with one-on-one meetings, public pitching and screening of your doc project at the MOLDOX festival, where your pitch will be judged by European industry experts who will select four projects to attend networking and training programs in Europe. You will leave this workshop with a solid foundation that will help you approach your film’s development stage in a more efficient and clear manner, and apply with your project for grants, crowdfunding and/or pitching forums.
The workshop is aimed at training documentary filmmakers from Moldova, who are directing their own project that tackles a strong topic of social relevance or is inspiring change.
The projects have to be in the early development stage (synopsis, treatment, research etc.) or in production. Participants will be guided by international documentary film professionals on how to enrich their projects with practical exercises and constructive feedback, with masterclasses and case studies with the participation of Moldovan documentaries filmmakers.
This intensive workshop is an ideal next step for more experienced filmmakers, journalists, and visual storytellers who have already identified a subject for a documentary and, ideally, have started production. So far 24 projects have passed through our lab and 10 awards have been given to networking events and not only throughout Europe by our LAB partners (Balkan Documentary Center, Baltic to Black Sea Documentary Network, DOCUDAYS UA, Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, One World Romania and European Documentary Center and others).
Our new global reality has made us reevaluate how our LAB will happen this year and as the situation develops we will adjust the workshop accordingly to ensure everyone’s safety. We are preparing for all scenarios, adjusted to the participants’ technical needs and possibilities.
Therefore, the first module will take place in an online video format, and will be conducted by the renowned Swedish producer Hjalmar Palmgren (Executive Producer “Searching for Sugar Man”, producer “Big Boys Gone Bananas!*”) and the American documentary film director Melody Gilbert (director “Silicone Soul”, producer “Beneath the Ink” – both films screened at MOLDOX Festival 2018).
The second module will be organized in Cahul and will be tutored by Hjalmar Palmgren with the support of Melody Gilbert. Please bring a laptop with editing software and/or a video camera and your footage.
Note: if you have not started shooting yet, please bring the archival or temporary footage to edit during the class or any material you have.
Hjalmar Palmgren is a renowned name in the documentary film industry. He has worked on several famous documentaries such as ”I Called Him Morgan” which premiered at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival and the 2012 Oscar winning documentary „Searching for Sugar Man”. The films he worked on were screened at the most prestigious film festivals around the world including Sundance, Telluride Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, and BFI London Film Festival and many more. Palmgren has a background as Film Commissioner for documentaries at the Swedish Film Institute, Commissioning editor for doc’s on art and culture at Swedish public service broadcaster SVT and director of film funding at the Swedish Film Institute. Nowadays he spends his days as a lecturer, consultant and tutor in his own company Palmgren Vision and as a documentary producer at the newly established production company Docster.
Melody Gilbert is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has directed, produced, shot and edited eight feature-length documentaries that have screened at noteworthy film festivals and been broadcast internationally. She also serves as a producer for other documentary projects that inspire her, including “Love Them First: Lessons From Lucy Laney Elementary” (2020 Alfred I. duPont award) and “Beneath the Ink” (nominated for a 2019 Emmy for Outstanding Short Documentary), “Women Outward Bound” (2016/PBS) and the James Beard award-winning “The Starfish Throwers” (2015). The films that Melody directs are noteworthy for featuring a rare intimacy with her subjects as she unearths previously hidden worlds. She works mostly solo and has the ability to get people to reveal their innermost thoughts, whether it’s the family of a child who can’t feel pain (A LIFE WITHOUT PAIN/SXSW), a former Vice President of the United States (“Fritz: The Walter Mondale Story”/PBS), or people who have full- fledged relationships with synthetic companions (“Silicone Soul”, currently on STARZ). Melody is also a passionate educator currently on the faculty at Northwestern State University in the Department of New Media, Journalism, and Communication Arts. The Documentary Channel calls Melody “one of the most fearless filmmakers in contemporary documentary cinema.”
Note: Preference will be given to participants that have not participated the past LAB editions
In order to submit your application, please:
Applications that do not include all required materials and/or do not respect the deadline will not be considered.
By applying to the workshop you confirm the availability to participate at both modules (at the daily video sessions and at the workshop in Cahul), in accordance with the agenda of activities communication by the organizers.
Participants will be notified of their acceptance no later than July 25, 2020. Due to time constraints only selected participants will be notified.
The submission to the workshop is free of charge. No submitted materials will be returned to the sender. Submission is considered as acceptance of the MOLDOX Lab regulations. Projects participating in the Inspiration Workshop @MOLDOX LAB should – once finalized – mention their participation at the MOLDOX Lab and the MOLDOX visual identity (logo) in their credits. THE PARTICIPATION IS FREE OF CHARGE. For the Module II activities, accommodation and meals (coffee breaks, main meals), as well as transportation to/from Cahul are covered by the organizers.
In the situation when the Module II cannot be organized with the physical presence of the participants and tutors, it will also take place online. We are committed to ensure the participants safety and well-being, by providing disinfectants, masks, etc. All the protection measures and additional details will be communicated to the participants in accordance with the current epidemiologic situation. Selected participants will be kept up to date with the format of the module and given ample time to prepare themselves either for a physical or online module.
How to reach the international film market with your documentary film project
September 14 | 11:00
Cahul Business Incubator
The topics that will be covered at the master-class organized by B2B Doc:
The workshop will be held by:
Alex Shiriaieff, the project manager for B2B Doc (Sweden).
Alex has the background from Russian TV, as well as Norwegian and Swedish public broadcasters. Since 2014 he works for B2B Doc, the informal co-production platform that helps documentary filmmakers from post-Soviet countries enter the international film market through establishing co-productions with experienced producers in Europe.
Hjalmar Palmgren, documentary producer (Sweden).
Hjalmar Palmgren has a background as Film Commissioner for documentaries at the Swedish Film Institute, Commissioning editor for doc’s on art and culture at Swedish public service broadcaster SVT and director of film funding at the Swedish Film Institute.
Dragoș Turea, film director and producer.
Dragoș Turea made his debut in cinema with his short documentary “Vasile Mămăligă” (2007). From 2007 till 2015 he worked as a producer for Publika TV, Prime TV and Jurnal TV. In 2010 he started working on “The Soviet Garden”, his feature-length documentary film. The film recently had its world premiere at the Sarajevo Film Festival competing for the Heart of Sarajevo.
WHAT IS B2B DOC?
Baltic to Black Sea Documentary Network – B2B Doc – is an informal co-production platform for filmmakers living and working between the Baltic Sea in the North and the Black Sea in the South. B2B Doc is a place where filmmakers – from beginners to established directors and producers – meet and exchange knowledge and help each other bring documentary stories to the international market in co-production.
• B2B Doc is a tutor: we help you professionally to develop your film project, so that you can present it to the market;
• B2B Doc is a match-maker: we put you together with colleagues from other countries, who are looking for stories like yours or need your production experience;
• B2B Doc is a financier: if a project, after training and support from us, is selected to any major co-production market, pitching session or incubator, you may apply to us for a travel grant.
• B2B Doc is NOT a production company: you must be able to produce your own film, or we can help you find a partner;
• B2B Doc is NOT a film fund: we cannot fund your production, but we can guide you to existing financial opportunities and teach you how to use them;
• B2B Doc is NOT a commercial body: we don’t charge any membership fees and you don’t pay for our services; just make a good film, remember to credit us – and we love to share your professional success!
Fără bilete și fără taxe de participare – MOLDOX, cel mai progresist și accesibil festival internațional de film documentar din țară, „pornește” marele ecrane începând cu 10 septembrie 2019, la Cahul, în cel mai modern și cald oraș din sudul țării. Nu te descuraja – vei avea la dispoziție transport gratuit, ca să poți savura fără obstacole farmecul unui eveniment cultural organizat în provincie.
„METAMORFOZE” – tema festivalului din acest an – este ofertantă pentru dezbaterile publice și se va reflecta în mesajele principale pe care le transmit filmele. Peliculele vor aduce în prim plan metamorfoza politică și economică , metamorfoza rolurilor atribuite femeii și bărbatului în societate, metamorfoza vârstei, metamorfoza noțiunii de gender, etc.
Timp de 6 zile, ai acces liber la vizionarea a 18 lungmetraje și 12 scurtmetraje de talie internațională – actuale, inedite, motiv pentru care au adunat numeroase premii în palmares. La final de proiecții, creatorii din spatele peliculelor – regizori talentați veniți din toate colțurile lumii – și cineaști locali te vor invita la o discuție sinceră și inspirațională. Convingerea organizatorilor este că filmul documentar are potențialul de a produce schimbări sociale. De aceea, MOLDOX se vrea a fi o punte de dialog dintre regizor și public care să faciliteze conștientizarea de către spectatori a problemelor societății moderne, dar și identificarea soluțiilor pentru a le depăși.
La MOLDOX filmele nu doar rulează, dar și se creează
Evenimentul este de neratat nu doar pentru spectatorii dornici să conștientizeze problemele care macină lumea în care trăiesc prin prisma filmului documentar, dar și pentru cei care visează să vorbească lumii prin imagini în mișcare.
Dincolo de proiecțiile celor mai premiate filme documentare sociale din întreaga lume, „MOLDOX” se va axa și pe rularea operelor create de participanții MOLDOX LAB – unicul laborator de film documentar din Moldova pentru cineaștii în devenire, care se va desfășura în paralel cu festivalul. Acesta va culmina cu realizarea a cel puțin 6 scurtmetraje, proiectate în seara de închidere a festivalului.
MOLDOX LAB este structurat pe 3 categorii de beneficiari, iar participanții vor avea șansa să învețe de la experți internaționali secretele creării unui documentar cu impact social:
Și dacă tot vorbim de un festival de film documentar la standarde internaționale, din program nu vor lipsi ceremoniile de deschidere și închidere, sesiunile de discuții publice, expozițiile de fotografii, concertele în aer liber, petreceri, etc. Experiențele inedite vor fi mai mult decât film. Organizatorii te invită și la o călătorie de descoperire a celor mai frumoase locuri, obiceiuri și tradiții gastronomice din sudul Moldovei.
Detalii despre eveniment: http://moldoxfestival.com
Festivalului de Film documentar pentru Schimbare Socială „MOLDOX” a fost fondat în 2016 și este dedicat în exclusivitate filmelor non-ficțiune cu relevanță socială semnificativă. Este unicul festival de film documentar din Republica Moldova care combină misiunea de culturalizare a populației – prin proiecțiile de filme cu acces gratuit, cu cea de instruire a filmmakerilor în devenire, interesați să creeze documentare cu impact social – asumată de MOLDOX LAB. MOLDOX a fost conceput ca un festival de film internațional axat pe probleme sociale actuale, accesibil tuturor, motiv pentru care intrarea la festival este liberă, iar participarea la ateliere și master-class-uri nu presupune nicio taxă. MOLDOX se desfășoară în afara capitalei țării, pentru a facilita accesul cetățenilor din regiuni la evenimente socio-culturale de amploare și a promova regiunile Moldovei ca destinații turistice.
ADVANCED DOCUMENTARY DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS: PITCH. DEVELOP. EDIT. SCREEN.
This intensive workshop is an ideal next step for more experienced filmmakers, journalists, and visual storytellers who have already identified a subject for a documentary and, ideally, have started production. During this seven day workshop led by renowned Swedish producer, Hjalmar Palmgren, you will focus on pitching and developing your project proposal and your trailer or sample. You’ll learn how to write and talk about your story to potential funders and organizations by refining your pitch and your trailer with guest industry experts. The workshop will conclude with a public pitching and screening of your doc project at the MOLDOX festival, where your pitch will be judged by European industry executives who will select three projects to attend prestigious training programs in Europe. You will leave this workshop with a solid foundation that will help you apply with your project for grants, crowdfunding and/or pitching forums. Please bring a laptop with editing software and/or a video camera and your footage. Note: if you have not started shooting yet, please bring the archival or temporary footage to edit during the class.
Hjalmar Palmgren is a renowned name in the documentary film industry. He has worked on several famous documentaries such as ”I Called Him Morgan” which premiered at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival and the 2012 Oscar winning documentary „Searching for Sugar Man”. The films he worked on screened at the most prestigious film festivals around the world including Sundance, Telluride Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, and BFI London Film Festival and many more. Palmgren has a background as Film Commissioner for documentaries at the Swedish Film Institute, Commissioning editor for doc’s on art and culture at Swedish public service broadcaster SVT and director of film funding at the Swedish Film Institute. Nowadays he spends his days as a lecturer, consultant and tutor in his own company Palmgren Vision and as a documentary producer at the newly established production company Docster.
Language of instruction: English
Application deadline: August 1, 2019
Fee: free of charge
Number of participants: 6-8
Target group: film professionals from the Republic of Moldova who have experience in the field of documentary filmmaking
Nationality: Republic of Moldova
How to apply?
Required documents are:
– your CV (maximum one page);
– the participation form, to be completed in English;
– links from previous projects and a sequence or trailer of the project you are applying with.
For more information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you young and do you think you can change the world? Bring this feeling to the Exploration Workshop! This is the first step to making change. What could be more challenging than someone telling you that you can make a film in five days? No, it’s not easy. It is difficult, it is exhausting, but it is possible. And more than that, it is interesting, creative, motivating, and exciting! It is an intensive program to learn how to make a film while you make a film! Theory is important, but practice is just as important. Together with the workshop tutors , you will learn the basics of documentary filmmaking, and immediately plunge into making your own short documentary. It is a workshop in which your participation is important, your ideas are applicable, and change can be made by anyone. During this time you will learn a lot, not only about film, but about yourself, your limits, the strength of your convictions, how to communicate with people, courage, and creativity. Apply for the Exploration Workshop because the world is constantly changing. Be part of it!
Nora Agapi is a graduate of the National Film University in Bucharest, with an MA in Digital Arts at Athens University. She is the Director of Photography for several feature documentary films (“American Oasis: Harvesting the Sky to Live in a Dry Land”, “Decoding Dacia”, “Off The Beaten Track”, “Forest of Crocodiles”, “Low Cost”, “Leaving Transylvania”), and for many fiction and documentary shorts. A member of the Romanian Cinematographer Association, collaborating with Corbis Agency she is also an accomplished photographer, with work published in National Geographic, Sunday Times, Cosmopolitan, Elle, FHM, and 4WD. Her documentaries have been selected at top film festivals (Berlin, Rotterdam, TIFF, Astra, etc), and multiple personal and group photo exhibitions (TIAV).
Ioana Țurcan is a filmmaker and visual artist that currently lives and works in Bucharest, Romania. She graduated a post-master course at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, Critical Images: Dignity and Representation, created by the anonymous documentary collective Abounaddara and holds an MFA in Film and Video Production from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY where she studied under a Fulbright Award. She is a former student of Babeș-Bolyai University where she pursued her master in Documentary Filmmaking and her bachelor studies in Cinematography. www.ioanaturcan.com
Details: Language: Romanian Deadline for applications: 25th of July, 2018 Fee: no charge Level: beginners Number of participants: 12-15 Selection Criteria: Age: 16+ Nationality: Republic of Moldova Target participants: young people from the Cahul region, priority will be given to young people from disadvantaged groups. For more information please contact: email@example.com
The 3rd edition of MOLDOX Film Festival will take place in Cahul between September 1-5, 2018 and is bringing to the Moldovan audience national and Eastern European documentary premieres from around the world.
The official opening of the festival will take place at the “B. P. Hasdeu ” State University with the opening night film “Ada for Mayor,” directed by Pau Faus.
Beside watching films at the festival, you are invited to attend one of our side events:
The program of the festival can be found here: