20th Documentary Summer School
August 12-17, 2019
Deadline: June 16, 2019
Already in its 20th year, the Documentary Summer School (DSS 2019) is jointly organized by the Università della Svizzera italiana and Locarno Film Festival, in collaboration with the Semaine de la critique. The DSS offers places for up to 30 university students in the fields of cinema, media and communication. Graduated students, early doctoral students and emerging filmmakers are also welcome to apply. The DSS explores different research and production relevant issues concerning documentary cinema. A special attention is devoted to ethical questions.
DSS Website: https://www.locarnofestival.ch/pardo/professionals/summer-academy/documentary-summer-school.html
APPLICATIONS AND ENQUIRIES TO:
Documentary Summer School - Organizing committee
Università della Svizzera italiana
Via Buffi 13, 6900 Lugano
Tel. +41 (0)58 666 4814
DSS 2019 PROGRAM
Now in its 20th edition, the Documentary Summer School (DSS 2019) is jointly organized by the Università della Svizzera italiana and Locarno Film Festival, in collaboration with the Semaine de la critique.
The DSS explores different research and production relevant issues concerning documentary cinema. Given the great pervasiveness with which currently images and representations spread, for some years the DSS has decided to focus on the theme of ethics in documentary filmmaking. This year the DSS will be held on 11-18 August and will reflect upon the representations of people and issues we do not experience directly: "the others". The respectful coexistence between people different in terms of culture, sexual choices, origin, religion is becoming an issue of crucial importance. The aim of the DSS will be to investigate this issue in the context of audiovisual representations - such as documentaries, but also reportages. Which forms of communication could build bridges among people? Which ones can reduce fear, distrust, rejection? Which ones are at risk of dividing people?
Prof. Maria Cristina Lasagni, the DSS director, lecturer in cinema and documentary at USI with more than 20 years' experience in teaching and researching documentary filmmaking and media ethics.
Prof. Nevina Satta CEO of the Sardegna Film Commission and a board member of Cineregio, the EU network of Regional Film Funds;
Andrea Segre an award-winner filmmaker who has directed over twenty films of documentary and fiction genre exploring issues such as ethnic and cultural identity, migration, social and economic crisis.
Prof. Gail Vanstone a well-known researcher in the field of Feminist Cultural Production with an emphasis on Literature and Film, Canadian Cultural Production, Contemporary Critical Cultural Theory;
Prof. Brian Winston founding director of the Glasgow Media Group and founding chair of the British Association of Film, Television and Media Studies. Among the DSS guests also professional documentarists from Semaine de la critique selection.
CONDITIONS OF PARTECIPATION
The Documentary Summer School is open up to 30 undergraduate students in the fields of film, media and communication studies. Graduate students, early PhD students and emerging filmmakers are also welcome to apply. No geographic restrictions apply.
The participation fee is of 550 CHF and it covers:
- Lectures, public talks and meetings with directors (from 12 to 17 of August)
- Bed and breakfast accommodation for 7 nights at the Locarno Youth Hostel (arrival on 11 – departure on 18 August 2019)
- Accreditation valid for Festival screenings (11-17 August and free access on 18 August 2019)
- Closing dinner with participants from all the Summer Academy programs (16 August 2019)
Meals other than breakfast and travel to and from the Festival are at the expense of participants.
Please note that the Festival provides participants with a shuttle service free of charge between Milano Malpensa airport and Locarno, prior booking.
Deadline for submission is 16 June 2019 for students who do not need a visa, and 31 May 2019 for students who needs a visa to come to Switzerland.
Candidates shall submit via email the following documents:
- Personal CV
- Brief motivation letter
- Passport-size digital photo (max 1MB)
Submitted dossiers will be evaluated by the scientific board, and selected participants will be notified via email within three weeks after the deadlines for submission.