DOCLAB Workshop – Face to Face: Refugees in Europe

November 11-14, 2015 /// CEU MEDIA LAB /// OSA Archivum

In 2015 Verzio DocLab will be focusing on the refugee crisis in Europe. Every single face has a name and a story but in the current flow of refugees they are often lost. We want DocLab participants to reveal these individual faces, voices, stories, and to show people escaping war and destruction as fellow human beings.

The workshop participants will make short films about one person or one family. The film can also be about a place, a situation or attitudes represented by the citizens in European countries. These portraits and short videos are imagined as personal statements calling for understanding and action. There is no restriction on form, the stories however should be well researched and based on real stories. The work can be experimental but should foreground individual personalities and aim for impact. The workshop participants should arrive with footage shot prior to the workshop and will get tutoring in editing and narrative structure. The resulting works (or extracts from work in progress) will be screened at the festival and circulated on-line. We aim at raising awareness and calling for a change in attitudes towards refugees.

The workshop is free and open to filmmakers and students interested in documentary and human rights. Basic filming experience is required. To apply send a project description and CV to with the title DocLab Application until October 25.

Check out “The Pixel Lab (Applications close Thursday 26 March, 18.00 GMT)

Get a sneak peak of The Pixel Lab in the video below!

Ever wanted to take a little peak at what goes on at The Pixel Lab? Lucky for you, our promo video for The Pixel Lab has arrived!

Accepting 20 producers with a project and 20 media professionals without, The Pixel Lab will strengthen the skills needed to create, finance and distribute cross-media stories to engage today’s audience and build brands. Get an insiders view of the project-focused group work, 1-2-1 meetings, pitch training, case study analysis and networking events in the video below.

SUN Course The City Uploaded: Urban Intersections of Film and New Media (extended deadline March 15)

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This October we’re launching a unique Masters programme in Ethnographic and Documentary Film teaching factual film practice at one of the world’s great research universities led by leading film professionals from the world of documentary. This unique programme will build on the experience in professional-standard technical training that the Open City Docs School has built up since 2008, as well as the world class strengths in social science research at UCL.By choosing to learn how to make documentary film here you will not only receive the highest quality practice based learning, but you will do so in a university research environment. Documentary film makers need to understand the world they live in – this course provides you with the full range of skills needed for this.

As a practice focussed MA the core of the teaching programme is practically oriented training in all the technical aspects involved in the preparation, production, editing and distribution of visual image. You will be taught not only how to make powerful, engaging and technically professional film narrative but also to consider about the fundamental question of ‘why’ we make films and about the relationship between subject and form, allowing you to give new shape to the social realities that your film research brings into being.

There are only five places remaining so if you’d like to apply you can find all the details here.

Submissions for the Cinetrain 2014 project are now open!

DOCnomads: Call for Applications for the 2014-2016 edition


The ”DOCNOMADS” Documentary Film Directing ERASMUS MUNDUS MASTERS COURSE is a:

– Two-year, 120 ECTS
– Documentary film directing
– Masters course
– Implemented by three European universities:

  • Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias/Lisbon/Portugal,
  • Színház- és Filmművészeti Egyetem/University of Theatre and Film Arts/Budapest/Hungary and
  • LUCA, College Sint Lukas Brussels/Belgium.

– With a mandatory mobility scheme from Lisbon to Brussels via Budapest including

  • a first semester at Lusofona,
  • a second semester at SZFE,
  • a third semester at LUCA College Sint Lukas, and
  • a fourth semester dedicated to the graduation work, for which students will be divided into three groups, one at each University

– The upcoming students are awarded a multiple degree and a diploma supplement;
– The course is supervised and sponsored with scholarships for students and scholars by The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Committee.

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The new call for application for the 2014-2016 edition is now open.

Deadline for scholarship applicants: 20 December 2013

Deadline for self-paying applicants: 31 December 2013

ZeLIG Call for admission

Call for admission / Esame di ammissione / Aufnahmeprüfung
DEADLINE: 24/10/2013
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Good morning,
We are very happy to communicate that we have just published the call for the next cycle’s admission of ZeLIG School for documentary!
You may find all information, deadlines and conditions for admission following this link:
Bolzano (Italy) based ZeLIG is an institution dedicated to training people in the documentary film sector and runs a three-year vocational training course in documentary filmmaking with majors in camera/lighting, editing/post-production, and directing/project development. Courses are held in three languages: Italian, German and English.
Admissions generally open every three years.
Please forward this information to the people who may be interested. Thanks a lot and kind regards
ZeLIG Team


Get Involved! Research Position, Internship and PV Course

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Get Involved! Research Position, Internship & PV Course

InsightShare is a social enterprise that uses video to facilitate a powerful participatory process, bringing people together to overcome barriers and take collective action.

In this issue:Research Position – Harvesting 15 years of Participatory Video Learning
Internship – Internal & External Communications
Training Course – Introduction to Participatory Video (30th Sept – 5th Oct 2013)
Research Position

In the coming year we will be developing an e-learning curriculum on managing and facilitating impactful participatory video projects for social change. We also plan to launch a free online repository of PV resources built from the expertise of practitioners across the world. As part of the preparation for this work, we are seeking an experienced researcher in the field of Communication for Development (Masters or Phd level) to work with our core team to organise and lead an analysis of 15 years of trainer reports, InsightShare case studies and participatory videos in order to harvest learning on all aspects of participatory video for social change. This opportunity will suit someone with a background and knowledge in communication for development theory and practice, particularly on participatory communication and participatory media. We hope to begin this process in September 2013.

If you are interested, click here to read the full job description and how to apply. Thanks for forwarding this email if you know someone suitable.

You can also share this position on social media – Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google Delicious

We have a small core team and engage interns from time to time to support and develop our work in roles that can add considerable value to our core work. We are currently on the look out for an experienced researcher and an enthusiastic intern to join our team.


We are currently looking for someone who wants to contribute to the development and maintenance of our internal and external communications strategies as well as provide programme support services.

Primarily the volunteer will be responsible for the areas of internal and external communications. In collaboration with our Operations Manager and other members of the InsightShare team the intern will develop and manage new strategies and tools to support this side of our organisation. The particular focus points for the intern will be:

  • Organising and sharing data and lessons from the field
  • Maintaining regular external communications channels (Facebook, YouTube, Website etc.)
  • Supporting with an upcoming online learning webinar series
  • Restructuring and updating the website

In addition the intern may play a key role in preparing for our involvement in several congresses and an exhibition in London.

If you are interested in this position, or know someone who might be suitable, you can find the full job discription, and how to apply here –

You can also share this position on social media Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google Delicious

During the first week of October we will be running our 6 day ‘Introduction to Participatory Video’ course in Oxford. There are two places left so be quick if you are interested to join us.

Training Course

This training is suitable for development practitioners and activists who seek ways of strengthening communities and groups through participatory video, by enabling them to exercise greater impact on decision-making processes and undertake advocacy for social justice.

The trainees will have the opportunity to experience, explore and practice a wide range of games and group exercises. Our courses are designed around principles of experimental learning: employing a wide range of techniques that enhance creativity. There are only two places left so if you are interested to join us, get in touch soon.

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Documentary cinema in the digital century

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> 1st International Visual Methods Seminar:
> Observing and Visualizing Urban Culture
> 25th August – 3rd September 2013, Antwerp, Belgium
> The University of Antwerp announces a 10 day program of study and practice in visual methods research and teaching in the social and cultural sciences. The seminar will primarily focus on conducting visual studies in urban contexts but also will address a broad array of more general research and teaching issues. Seminar activities have been designed (and will be led) by four veteran scholars whose research, leadership and teaching have contributed substantially to the International Visual Sociology Association, the Society for Visual Anthropology, and the ISA Thematic Group on Visual Sociology.
> Participants will be fully involved in an interactive learning process by taking part in focused introductions to selected issues and techniques and engagement in intensive group discussions. Additionally, participants will be encouraged to take the methods, techniques and concepts that are presented and discussed in the classroom and apply them in real life environments. While Antwerp as an urban environment will serve as the main field for the research exercises and activities, theory and practice will not be limited to any specific ecological or geographic location or time frame.
> Participants will receive pre-seminar readings on key aspects of visual research and will be asked to relate their current work or research interests to this literature as a basis for discussion. In addition, they will be encouraged to carry out a simple visual assignment in their home town prior to attending the seminar which can then be used as a personal introduction to the group. During the seminar participants will also be encouraged and supported to pursue projects and seminar activities that are tied closely to their current and emerging interests.
> Participants will need to bring a simple or more advanced digital camera and ideally, a laptop computer to the seminar to carry out a number of visual exercises and also to design and present the research findings of their final project. >
> Setting and Location
> The summer school will take place at the premises of the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences located in the heart of Antwerp, only a ten minutes? walk from the central train station. Flying either to Brussels or Amsterdam is just a short and direct train ride to Antwerp Central Station, one of the most beautiful railway stations in the world.
> Antwerp is the largest city in Flanders and is situated in the northern part of Belgium. It is a historic town by the river Scheldt and a bustling trading, artistic and cultural center with an international atmosphere. Antwerp is known for its diamond trade and as a city of painters like Rubens, Van Dyck, Jordaens and Breughel, as well as contemporary artists like Panamarenko and Jan Fabre.
> The international travel guide publisher Lonely Planet has added Antwerp to its prestigious [2009] list of the world?s ten most interesting cities. ?Few places offer such an appealing mix of classic and modern features.? ?Eclectic art nouveau houses right next to neo-classic villas and medieval castles provide a fantastic backdrop to the many bars and pavement caf?s.? Antwerp is a very walkable and culturally diverse city (hosting about 170 different nationalities!) so offering ample opportunity to study aspects of material culture or human behavior. Moreover, world cities like Paris, London, and Amsterdam are only a few hours away by train. >
> Program Components and Objectives
> The seminar will include morning and afternoon sessions consisting of a lively combination of informal lectures, demonstrations, structured observational exercises, break-out sessions, field trips, local exhibitions, mini-projects, individual and small group reviews, critiques and discussions. A key activity will be the step-by-step development of an individual visual project involving the production, processing and presentation of visual data and analysis. > The seminar will pursue these key questions:
> ? How can visual strategies and methods help illuminate the social organization of the city and processes of everyday urban life?
> ? What roles can ?found? images and researcher-generated images play within these strategies and methods?
> ? What special contributions can be made by visual studies that involve direct collaboration with research subjects and community members?
> ? How can scholars make more effective links between research questions, visual data, and different research reporting formats?
> A detailed day-by-day program will be published on the dedicated website ( It will be contingent on the specific needs and the level of expertise of the participants. >
> Seminar Tutors
> The 10-day program of study will be guided by four seasoned visual scholars:
> Richard Chalfen is Senior Researcher at the Center on Media and Child Health at Boston Children’s Hospital. He is also Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at Temple University, former Chair of their Department of Anthropology and Director of the MA Program in Visual Anthropology. His research combines interests in cultural anthropology and visual communication and, for the past 20 years, the visual culture of modern Japan. At the Center, he focuses on applying participant media research methods to studies of childhood chronic illness and examining relationships of mobile telephonic media and young people. Publications include Snapshot Version of Life (1987), Turning Leaves(1991) and Through Navajo Eyes (co-author, 1997), and most recently, Photogaffes?Family Snapshots and Social Dilemmas (2012).
> John Grady is the William I. Cole Professor of Sociology at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. He is a past president of the International Visual Sociology Association (IVSA). He is currently the New Media Editor for Visual Studies. His research and teaching interests include the study of cities, technology, and social organization. He has written extensively on visual sociology in general and on the use of the visual mass media as evidence for social and cultural analysis. He has produced numerous documentary films including Mission Hill and the Miracle of Boston(1979) and Water and the Dream of the Engineers (1983).
> Luc Pauwels is a Professor of Visual Culture at the University of Antwerp (Department of Communication Studies), Belgium. He is head of the Visual Studies and Media Culture Research Centre (ViSMeC) at Antwerp, Vice-President of the International Visual Sociology Association (IVSA), and Board Member of the Visual Sociology Thematic Group of ISA. As a visual sociologist and communication scientist, he has written on visual research methodologies, family photography, urban culture, multimodal website analysis, and scientific visualization. Books include: Visual Cultures of Science (2006, UPNE), The SAGE Handbook of Visual Research Methods (2011, together with Eric Margolis) andReframing Visual Sociology (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press).
> Jon Wagner is Professor Emeritus in the School of Education at the University of California, Davis. His research focuses on children?s material culture, qualitative and visual research methods, school change, and the social and philosophical foundations of education. He is a past President of the International Visual Sociology Association and was the founding Image Editor of Contexts, the American Sociological Association?s general interest publication. He authored Misfits and Missionaries: a school for black dropouts (1977), and also edited two volumes that focus on the intersection of visual studies and social research: Images of Information: Still photography in the social sciences(1979) and Visual Sociology 14(1 & 2): Seeing Kids? Worlds (1999). >
> Who Should Attend?
> This intensive program of study will be useful for students and faculty involved in teaching visual methods in sociology, anthropology, and communication as well as for scholars from urban studies, social and cultural geography, media and cultural studies, history, criminology, and arts related disciplines who want to complement their current research approaches with a more visual slant. Specific visual or sociological experience is not a pre-requisite though candidates should have a keen interest in learning more about the visual exploration of society and culture. The seminar will be conducted in English, so participants must have a sufficient command of English. >
> Application Procedure
> Applications can be submitted by completing the online registration form at January 1st 2013 until April 15th 2013. Participants will be asked to submit a concise motivation letter, and a short CV (indicating their prior experience and specific interest). Applicants will be notified soon after their application whether they have been accepted. >
> Fees & Costs
> Participants can choose for an ?all-in package? (tuition fee: including refreshments, lunches, course materials, receptions and social events, and basic lodging for 10 nights, breakfast included in student flats nearby= 1150 euro) or pick a hotel of their choice and just pay for the tuition (800 euro) (see our website for some suggestions). >
> ECTS Accreditation
> Upon successful completion of the seminar participants will obtain a course certificate that qualifies for 5 ECTS credit points. >
> Additional Information?
> For administrative and logistic matters, contact the seminar coordinator:
> ? Piet De Vroede: / tel: 0032(0)3 265 52 83
> For questions about the content and format of the program, contact the seminar director: > ? Prof. dr. Luc Pauwels:
> Visit the conference website for regular updates: >


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