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Ethics, gender and documentary in the representation of the other

25.06.2021 08:28 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

April 9-14, 2021

Locarno, Switzerland

Deadline: July 25, 2021

2021 Documentary Summer School at Locarno Film Festival

Summer School Description:

Conditions of participation:

The Documentary Summer School (DSS), jointly organized by the Institute of Media and Journalism (IMeG) of the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) and the Locarno Film Festival, is open to up to 36 graduate students (Master and PhD) in the fields of film, media and communication studies. Now in its 22nd edition, the DSS explores different topics relevant to the research and production of documentaries. Given the great pervasiveness with which images and representations currently spread, this year the DSS has decided to dedicate a privileged space to the intertwining of ethics, gender, documentary and, more generally, the modes of communication when we represent the other. This is particularly important when we consider that the respectful coexistence between people who differ in culture, sexual orientation, origin, and religion is becoming an issue of crucial importance in many countries. More information on the lectures and the guests can be found on the website.

Participation to the DSS and the production of a final paper on the topics of the DSS will award students 3 ECTS.


This year's DSS lectures will be offered in a hybrid format, with the possibility to participate in person or online.

There are 6 spots for students that can come to Locarno for the Festival. The participation fee is 470 CHF and includes:

- Online lectures

- Two virtual Q&As with directors of films selected for the Locarno Film Festival

- An assigned classroom with free Wi-Fi to follow the online lectures and Q&As

- Bed and breakfast for seven nights, in a single room, at the Locarno Youth Hostel (9-14 August 2021)

- Accreditation valid for Festival screenings and related Festival activities (9-14 August 2021).

There are 30 spots for students who will not be able to come to Locarno in person due to COVID-19 restriction. The participation fee is 170 CHF and includes:

- Online lectures

- Two virtual Q&As with directors of films selected for the Locarno Film Festival

- Specifically curated virtual screenings of movies from the Festival’s special sections as well as films related to the main DSS topic. 


Candidates shall submit via email to their CV and a motivation letter. Submitted dossiers will be evaluated by the scientific board, and selected participants will be notified via email within two weeks after their submission.

Further enquires can also be sent to this email address.



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