BIAFF film school

BIAFF Summer Film School is new project of BIAFF festival which is stzarted in July, 2012 with support of OSGF/Open Society Fund. This will be annual event and will be held each year in Batumi during summer period. The major goal of the BIAFF summer film school is to contribute the improvement of professional skills of young film makers in Georgia. The majority of participants will be from Georgia. In future it is planned to expand it to Black Sea countries and involve Ukraine, Turkey, Bulgaria

Selection – for selection purposes call for application is announced via BIAFF web-site, Facebook page, partners’ networks etc. Preferences will be given to those who have some film project or film idea for development. Previous works of applicant and recommendations from cinema industry also will be taken into account during selection process.

Format of training – BIAFF summer film school’s period is 8 days, 7 hours per day. The summer school will incorporate itself the trainings and discussions/analyses of practical cases. It will involve theoretical part, detailed/practice oriented lectures and combination of practical work – case studies, analyses of films of participants, analyses and providing the feedback on ongoing film project / film project ideas of participants, group work and presentations of practical tasks during trainings.

Approximate range of topic– each year will be selected different topics that will have concrete focus on certain issues. Here are some examples:

  • Script development and project preparation

  • Producing and post-production / sales

  • Film making (feature /Shorts/docs)


The Outline of BIAFF summer film school - 2012


The theme of workshop -   “Script Development “

Invited trainer – Mr. Paul  Cronin 

The outline of workshop -  “Mackendrick on Film” (See for more detailed information )

Mackendrick on Film is an educational project constructed around British film director Alexander Mackendrick‘s legendary teachings on cinema, and takes as its starting point his book On Film-Making: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director, a 300-page collection of writings and sketches, edited by Paul Cronin with a foreword by Martin Scorsese.

The project is a three-day structured illustrated lecture that features never-before-seen footage of features footage of Mackendrick at work in the classrooms and studios of the California Institute of the Arts where, after retiring from the film industry in 1969 (articlehere about his career as a director), he taught film-making for nearly twenty-five years. It also includes new interviews with former students and colleagues, extracts from archive interviews with Mackendrick about the craft of film-making, rare photos, and a selection of his student handouts, storyboards and sketches.

Structured into nine parts, the project is based on Mackendrick’s book On Film-Making: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director and is designed to be a self-contained introduction to film-making. Constantly being re-worked, fine-tuned and augmented, Mackendrick on Film (flyer here) has been seen at colleges and festivals worldwide, including NYUUCLAUSCCalArts, theUniversity of London and the Tribeca Film Festival, as well as the Directors Guild of Great Britain and the Binger Filmlab in Amsterdam. Mackendrick on Film is also screened regularly at the London Film School. A version has also been prepared for film festivals. Please note that DVDs are not currently available. Email for details.


BIAFF Summer Film School Future Plans

In next years through BIAFF contacts and partner network we consider involvement of some foreign film makers such as - Jos Stelling (Netherlands), Zbygnev Rybchinski (Poland), Irakli Kvirikadze and Nana Jorjadze(Georgia/’Russia), Nino KIrtadze (Georgia / France), Abbas Kiarostami (Iran), Krzystof Zanussi (Poland) etc.

For long term perspectives we consider cooperation opportunities with some film schools in Poland, Turkey, UK, USA etc.  Our partner network and already existing cooperation partners will provide support in this. As well as we will work to attract the potential sponsors, funds etc. for further development of BIAFF summer film school.

BIAFF summer school participants also can have opportunity to come to BIAFF festival and network with attending film producers, industry representatives to promote to them their film projects at  BIAFF “INDUSTRY MEETINGS”.  As well as BIAFF will be assisting them in networking within cinema/film festival industry and providing additional informational support about existing opportunities of film project development.

Bellow  you can download application form for BIAFF Summer Film School 2012. Please send filled application form together with necessary documents  to  - 


BIAFF Summer Film School Application form



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