“Teaching Documentary” April 9-11 2014 – update

Crowdsourcing, High Definition, YouTube: the universe has changed massively since the most recent GEECT conference on documentary back in 2000. Twitter, Facebook, smartphones: our students certainly inhabit a very different world to the one we grew up in. But at the end of the day, isnʼt it all still down to the two core elements that should be at the heart of every film school: storytelling and ideas?

The aim of this two and a half day symposium is to take a snapshot of the current state of documentary and documentary teaching.

The draft programme is still being finalised, but here are some highlights:

  • Masterclass (for students) with high-profile documentary filmmaker
  • State of the Doc Nation – current directions in doc teaching
  • Brave New World: how do we teach interactive, web, mobile?
  • Best Kept Secrets I: classic doc exercises – old ideas, new contexts
  • Best Kept Secrets II: teaching new platforms – think audience
  • Creating creative producers – how to bring crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, collaborative distribution into the curriculum
  • “Back to Basics” panel discussion – itʼs still about story & ideas

Bearing in mind the limited time available, we welcome additional proposals for the sessions above, particularly for the ever-popular “Best Kept Secrets”

Seed funding is already in place from GEECT and the National Film & TV School (UK), with additional support being negotiated with other institutions. Weʼll be based at the University of South Wales right in the centre of Cardiff, only minutes from hotels, restaurants and with easy transport links to London and Bristol. As the financial side is still being sorted out, we will announce registration details shortly, but the symposium will be open to all CILECT members. There will be a social event each evening and preferential hotel rates for those that wish to stay on in the Welsh capital over the weekend.

Email us at john[dot]burgan[at]southwales[dot]ac[dot]uk or heidi[dot]gronauer[at]zeligfilm[dot]it so we can add your name to the list of participants – more updates to follow.

This promises to be a memorable gathering of the documentary family!

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