lunes, 18 de agosto de 2008

University College London is starting a new Masters Degree module -PRACTICAL ETHNOGRAPHIC AND DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING

“We live in a world of moving images. To participate fully in the study of society and culture we need to be as confident in the use of moving images as in the printed word.”
This will be a practical course in hands-on documentary filmmaking for credit as part of a Masters Degree in the University of London. It will be an optional half module with preference given to students taking the “History of Ethnographic Film” and the “Critical Visual Culture” modules at UCL. Places are also available for outside students to participate. Students from the University of London can take the course for credit depending on their department’s agreement. Non-university students are encouraged to take the course and will receive a stand-alone UCL certificate on completion.
This course provides training in the use of digital media, cameras and Final Cut Pro editing, and will teach students broadcast quality filmmaking by anthropologists who are also award-winning professional documentarists. The course will develop the students’ critical skills of film analysis through practical hands-on work and the experience of creating a 15 minute video project.

This UCL initiative is a response to the growing need among anthropologists to use digital media as a research tool and as a method of presenting research outcomes. It aims to teach students practical digital filmmaking skills and contribute to their formation as anthropologists. It will demystify the process of filmmaking, and open new ways of reading and understanding visual ethnographies.

The course will run in Term Two, 12th Jan – 27th March 2009, and consist of 4 hours of lectures and seminars every week for 9 weeks, and 60 hours of hands-on camera and editing exercises to produce a final 15 minute video. The final video must be completed by the beginning of the Summer term, Friday April 17th 2009. Assessment will be 80% on the video project and 20% on an accompanying project diary.

Please apply for the course by the beginning of September by emailing Dr. Michael Stewart at

For further course details either email senior course tutor, Dr. Michael Yorke tel: +44 (0)20-7794-3824 or look at the UCL online newsflash at

lunes, 11 de agosto de 2008

Indonesian Cinema

On you can find an extract from the documentary film 'Indonesian Cinema' produced, filmed and edited by Maurizio Borriello.
This documentary explores the universe of Indonesian cinema following the country's most significant political and historical events.
Starting with the era of the Dutch colonialism, and combining stock footage, photos and interviews, the film describes genres, issues and styles, authors, characters, working methods, delving into the effects of politic and religion attitudes, and it tries to decipher representation symbols and patterns, exploring the relations of cinema to the theatre, both traditional and modern, the literature, the fine arts. The director follows attentively also other expressions resulting from the impact of cinema on Indonesian popular culture, like the wandering cinematographs and the hand-painted posters for movie advertising. Finally, the film offers a prospective inside the upcoming Indonesian cinema, providing access to the work of film crews, sets, film studios and film laboratories.



Boltaña, 20 to 29 March 200


1. The VII Sobrarbe Ethnographical Documentary Festival will be held in Boltaña from 20 to 29 March 2009


2. Any documentary with an ethnographical character can enter. This means that the prime motive is to display aspects relating to ways of life, and understanding life, within a culture. Any type of resource is allowed, including drama, to achieve this purpose. Entries submitted to the Festival in previous years will not be admitted, nor will those produced by anyone involved with this organisation.

3. Documentaries must not last longer than 90 minutes.

4. Documentaries must have been made in 2004 or later.

5. All format types are accepted. For the Festival, two copies on DVD (PAL system) must be supplied, which will be retained as resources for the Festival. Also, a CD or DVD must be sent containing at least three digital images of the documentary (individual frames, advertising poster, etc.). In addition, the format available for public screening must be specified.

6. The originals can be presented in any language. Original versions not in Spanish, or that are difficult to understand, should be subtitled in Spanish, English or French. If this is not possible, the whole script must be provided on paper and in digital format in Spanish, English or French. If work is presented without subtitles in Spanish, the maker of the documentary authorises the organisation to provide the subtitles on the copy to be shown in the competition section of the festival.

7. Each producer/ director can enter up to three documentaries.


8. In order to register, please complete all sections of the form (attachment I), the technical data of the documentary (attachment II) and a photocopy of the DNI/Passport no. of the director-producer or the person filling out the registration form.

9. The registration form, together with the copy of the documentary and the CD or DVD with digital material (stills, poster, etc.) must be sent, before 1 November 2008, to the Festival organisers: Comarca de Sobrarbe. Avda. Ordesa 79 – C.P.: 22340 - Boltaña (Huesca).

10. Projects competing for the Espiello Prize for the Best Schools Ethnographical Documentary must complete the registration form (attachment III) and present this with the required documentation before 15 January 2009, to the above address.

11. Documentaries chosen for the competition section may be screened once on Aragon Television, due to taking part in Espiello VII Festival, unless stated otherwise on the registration form by the person presenting the film for the contest.

12. Documentaries chosen for the competition section will go on to form part of the ASECIC FILM LIBRARY (who will control their exhibition, presentation and distribution, free, and for educational and cultural purposes only) unless stated otherwise on the registration form by the person presenting the film for the contest.

13. The organisation will bear the cost of lodging and board for the makers whose work has been selected (one person per documentary) for the two days of the competition section. This covers dinner on Friday 27 March to lunch on Sunday 29 March 2009.

14. Travel expenses in cash will be included to defray the cost of the journey prize-winners make to receive prizes for their documentary, or for representatives coming to receive any of the Espiello prizes on their behalf.


15. The Organisation holds the following prizes:

· ESPIELLO Prize of one thousand five hundred EUR (1500 €) and the trophy for the Best Documentary.

· ESPIELLO CHOBEN Prize of eight hundred EUR (800 €) and the trophy for the Best Documentary made by a person under 30 years old.

· ESPIELLO PIRINEOS Prize of eight hundred EUR (800 €) and trophy for the Best Documentary on a Pyrenean Theme.

· ESPIELLO BOLTAÑA Prize of five hundred EUR (500 €) and trophy for the Documentary with the Highest Audience Vote

· ESPIELLO RECHIRA Prize of eigth hundred EUR (800 €) and trophy for the Best Research Work.

· ESPIELLO Prize for the Best Project in creating a Schools Ethnographical Documentary consisting of audio-visual material, and valued at not less than six hundred EUR (600 €). See specific conditions in attachment III.

· ASECIC “Guillermo Zúñiga” Prize (trophy) presented by the Asociación Española de Cine e Imagen Científicos.(Spanish Association of Cinema and Scientific Images)

16. The Organisation will present an ESPIELLO Special Mention (trophy) for a career relating to the audio-visual and ethnographic field.

17. The jury reserves the right to award second-place prizes as it deems fit, in addition to not awarding prizes. None of the above prizes can be awarded on an ex-aequo (shared) basis.

18. A documentary can only receive two prizes if one is awarded by the Audience.


19. Espiello is authorised to obtain a copy of all the films presented. All other copies or display for commercial ends are prohibited. Films not selected will be used for cultural and educational purposes only, in towns that are part of the Comarca de Sobrarbe district. The organising committee reserves the rights of distribution, public and private display of the documentaries selected for the competition section, either on its own behalf or through third parties, with the express mention of the maker of the documentary. The Espiello organising committee is permitted to broadcast a piece of up to three minutes of the selected films to promote the competition.

20. Situations not provided for in these Regulations will be resolved by the organising committee. No appeal will be allowed.

21. Registering a film implies acceptance of the conditions of these REGULATIONS, which are to be interpreted and applied by the organisation.

Conchi Benítez Tellaetxe
Técnico de Cultura
Comarca de Sobrarbe
Avda. Ordesa 79
22340 Boltaña