Deadline on Monday, September 6, for applications for the unique European training programme Archidoc for filmmakers with archive based documentaries. I have been working with this training programme for many years and have with great pleasure seen fine films come out of it. The organisers, the French film school la fémis, tell me that they are short of sufficient applications, so this is why I want to give this small pep talk to filmmaking readers of this blog:
The workshop, in three sessions and in English language, offers you to develop your archive based documentary creatively under the supervision of the experienced international filmmaker, director and editor, Erez Laufer, and his team. You will get all the necessary market information and you will pitch the project to tv commissioning editors, but the most important is that you will get input to the creative part of the development. It is done in Paris at the film school at the second session (first session is in Leipzig during the DOKLeipzig in October) with the help of excellent editors, who help you shape your story so it passes far beyond the boring history tv documentary that we know so well. Let me mention three fine films that have profited from Archidoc:
Wiktoria Szymanska’s great tribute to the avantgarde artists ”The Themersons” (photo), Peteris Krilovs wonderful ”Klucis. The Deconstruction of an Artist” (several times written on this site) and Edmond Roch’s ”Garbo – the Man who Saved the World”, a true spy story.