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ESoDoc International 2011
The training initiative for documentary and new media projects with social impact
APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR RESIDENTIAL WORKSHOP:
NOVEMBER 25, 2011
ESoDoc International is addressed to African, Indian and European filmmakers, new media professionals and NGO representatives who want to develop social documentary projects suitable for the International Markets. Through public online conferences, followed by a residential workshop with lectures and case studies, we provide an innovative didactic approach in different storytelling techniques and platforms (i.e. Participatory Video, New Media, Mobile Phones) and in pitching skills.
General content and philosophy
ESoDoc international gives importance to strategies and methodologies (i.e. Participatory Video) that support a different perspective and a “view from inside” on Africa, India or Europe, a change of position in the narration of a specific story.
As a metaphor, the methodology framework could be described as a tree whose roots are placed in the cultural and traditional environment of the different geographical contexts, whose trunk represents all the technological aspects to express such culture (the art of story telling, PV and new media techniques) and whose branches are the “eyes”, the cameras, looking on the outside world.
The first ESoDoc International consists in two public online-conferences (held on October 24 and November 7, 2011; the log of the conferences can be read on the forum international.esodoc.org) and one residential workshop for Indian, African and European professionals. It will be supervised by international experts whose expertise is to plan, create and distribute documentary films and cross-media projects with a social impact.
Venue: AMREF Child Development Centre, Nairobi (Kenya) Dates: January 28 – February 4, 2012 The residential workshop will take place in the Nairobi suburb of Dagoretti, at the AMREF Child Development Centre, where participants and trainers will meet personally and finalize projects in such a particular environment. The workshop offers frontal lectures and seminars on topics around the use of new media in the creation and distribution of documentaries and on the collaboration between media-makers and NGO/NPO collaborators as well as case-studies, project-related training and tutorial assistance. Widespread networking possibilities are given through trainers, participants and a final pitching session with presentation of the projects. The residential workshop is open to 15 participants, 5 from each target-region (Africa, India, Europe) who are selected in an admission procedure. To apply for the residential workshop, please register on international.esodoc.org and fill the application form.
About the location: within the Nairobi-based Children in Need Program, AMREF has implemented a project of Participatory Video called "Different perspective" that has worked as a rehabilitation, communication and advocacy tool since 2001. An audiovisual workshop is active twice a week and AMREF is nowadays working for the creation of the first African School of Participatory Video.
- 600€ for participants from EU countries - 100€ for participants from African countries and India. The participation fee includes room and board during the residential workshop. Travel expenses: African, Indian and European participants organize their travel themselves and will be reimbursed up to 600€ upon presentation of the related receipts.
Who should apply?
ESoDoc is intended for professionals who are committed to the goal of social change, who are responsive to the new ways that film is achieving it and who want to develop their own documentary film projects across a 360 degree spectrum. We are looking for documentary filmmakers and producers, NGO and NPO sector professionals who are willing to propose or implement communication projects and New Media Professionals who want to realize www projects according to the spirit of ESoDoc or collaborate with others.
What you'll get out of ESoDoc International?
We encourage sensitivity in working with cultures of the developing world and co-operation with indigenous communities also through the use of “participatory video”. ESoDoc is increasingly focused on digital media, and illustrates the varieties of multi-platform programming and social websites. We outline the market in Europe, Africa and India, the different and new ways of funding, distributing and co-producing social documentaries. One to one sessions for budgeting are held during the workshop. At the end of the workshop a guided pitching session is held where selected participants will expose their projects in front of NGO-, broadcasting- and new media-experts.