“While there are more and more images everywhere around us, paradoxically, we perceive the increasing devaluation of this beautiful language every day. It is in this context that we are seeking to demonstrate, emphatically and convincingly, the importance of visual culture and the dignity of the image to the coming generation of filmmakers. Our aspiration is to educate mature filmmakers who think responsibly, with the spirit of humanism, artists who have an individual outlook, an individual form of expression and who use their creative powers in the defence of the dignity of man within the reality that surrounds us. Probing questions concerning our outlook on the world and the state of our civilization must impact the work of the new programme of doctoral studies in Sarajevo."
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The Film Factory programme, within the Sarajevo Film Academy of the University Sarajevo School of Science and Technology, was developed by one of the most prominent filmmakers of today, the Hungarian director Bela Tarr, in cooperation with leading international film artists, with the aspiration to contribute their knowledge and experience towards the creation of a new global art movement through a comprehensive educational programme serving a new generation of filmmakers.
The three-year doctoral level programme unites theoretical and practical work through the series of master classes with leading experts (directors, authors, actors, directors of photography, theorists) conducting an intensive study programme under the general mentorship of Bela Tarr, and resulting in Bosnian-produced films made by the most talented directors from around the world.
The Call for Applications is open from October 1st to 21st 2012. The highly competitive selection process will result in the choice of 16 candidates.
During the first two years, candidates will shoot 2 short films, while in the third year they will work on their final thesis in the form of a full-length feature film.
The tuition fee includes the covering of the full production costs of each student's short films (each student will complete 4 shorts during the first two years of study) as well as partial costs in the development of their feature films during the final, third year of study. The film factory programme will also act as one of the producers of the student feature (third year) films and actively seek partners and production opportunities both in BiH and internationally.