Once again, we think we can say with confidence that the two days of the “Teaching Documentary” symposium in Bolzano met and even exceeded expectations, judging by the kind messages we have received in the two weeks after the event.
All delegates will shortly receive an email with a link to an online questionairre so that we have a clear picture of what worked, and what didn’t. We also want to share some ideas with you about how we can keep the dialogue going till the next symposium – maybe in 2022?
May the road rise to meet you!
John Burgan & Heidi Gronauer
Teaching Documentary II
In conversation with our film school colleagues in North America, the International Documentary Association recently asked “which five documentaries do you strongly advise your students watch as they embark on their filmmaking careers?” The list reveals some familiar titles, others less well known.
Which five would you choose, and why? Let’s discuss next week…
Just over two weeks to go, updates coming soon… over 80 delegates from some 58 film schools and 29 countries around the world are coming to Bolzano!
Although not yet 100% complete, this should give an overview of the conference at the end of April. We’ll gradually update over the next few weeks.
Click on “Programme” for access to PDF or here > Programm_schematic_TDII_20180202
We’re very busy putting the programme together for Teaching Documentary – choosing the main speakers as well as selecting the Best Kept Secrets from film schools around the world – more news soon!
Happy New Year to everyone! We’re delighted that so many of you have expressed an interest to join us in Bolzano at the end of April for what promises to be a very inspirational “Teaching Documentary II” Symposium. We’re busy working on the Programme, many thanks for your suggestions to which we’ve given serious attention as we are keen to integrate at least some of your proposals.
We’re also very pleased at the number of excellent “Best Kept Secrets” proposals that have already been submitted which are at least up to the level of the Cardiff conference back in 2014, where these sessions were one of the real highlights at the end of each day. However we also know that several of you have pledged to submit proposals by the deadline, but we have yet to receive these – hence the reminder in bold type!
For your own sake, please don’t leave these till the last minute! Also please note that as we want to include as many as possible, each presentation is limited to 15 minutes which we know is short…
DEADLINE FOR BEST KEPT SECRETS – MONDAY JANUARY 15th
You can now register online for the conference at this link. We look forward to hearing from you!
As we agreed at the end of the Cardiff conference back in November 2014, there was strong support for a follow up conference within the next 4 years – and here it is: in Bolzano, Italy, April 26-29 2018, hosted by the ZeLIG School for Documentary, Television and New Media.
This website, originally set up for the Cardiff conference, will be updated over the next few weeks, but for now please download the letter of invitation for more information.
We look forward to welcoming you to Bolzano / Bozen!
Heidi Gronauer & John Burgan (ZeLIG)
TEACHING DOCUMENTARY II (Letter of invitation ZeLIG)
It’s now some 16 months since we spent those intensive few days in Cardiff, and I am delighted to report that the “Guide for Documentary Film-makers” project that Prof. Grażyna Kędzielawska and her team presented in Cardiff is not only complete but is in fact available online, in English, with hyperlinks to various video exercises.
Based on her many years teaching documentary filmmaking to generations of film students, Grazyna has compiled a veritable Bible of Best Kept Secrets which all of us can learn from, borrow and adapt for our own classrooms. It’s free to access online, but if you wish you can also order a print edition directly from Lodz by emailing the school directly
It’s a great pleasure to be able bring this work to your attention and I exhort you to pass the link on to all your colleagues working in this field.
Prof. Grażyna Kędzielawska, Polish Film School, Lodz