Student Film Summer

The summer months are inseparably linked to travelling and student holidays. You can now combine the two with and travel to prestigious film schools! We are preparing a showcase of young documentary talents from Europe, Latin and North America for the two summer months. Follow us and get tuned for the great summer documentary journey with a selection of over 10 successful student films made by established as well as emerging filmmakers. The student film summer starts in the week from July 6 to 12 at for free!

What skills must a young filmmaker have to make it to the catalogues of leading film festivals? Every film professional will give a different answer to that question; many a teacher is trying to solve that puzzle. We are introducing over 10 films whose directors were able to find the “secret formula” and were catapulted to the dreamt-of first league of professional directors by their student films.

The fact that the final student film can be a turning point in a filmmaker’s career is proved by the case of internationally acclaimed Canadian director Peter Mettler. The film SCISSERE which concluded Mettler’s film studies in 1982 adumbrates his uniquely sensitive and experimental approach to film images. The story of a psychiatric patient who leaves the mental hospital for the first time and enters the minds of other characters was awarded the Norman McLaren Prize after its premiere.

Czech director of European renown Filip Remunda attracted the attention of film critics with his mid-length debut VILLAGE B. in 2002. Thanks to its bittersweet comic tone, the fresco from the life of a village that revolves around the presence of the local football team in the first league received several festival audience awards as well as an award for the best documentary at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

The student film by Slovak director Miro Remo was a great success as well. His film debut ARSY-VERSY received over 30 international awards, including the award for the best short film at Italy’s Festival dei Popoli, Canada’s Hot Docs. The reason is obvious; the sensitive, visually attractive narrative offers an insight into the fragile and original microcosm of a young man who turned his world upside down to study his favourite creatures – bats.

The experimental genre is not alien to student films either. The experimental films that stand out in the collection include CLOUDS by Czech film theorist and filmmaker Andrea Slováková, a meditation linking the processes of the formation of clouds, ideas and visual arts, and the family memory game TUNEDAKO SAMA MAKK captured by Swiss director Mathilde Manderscheid on Super 8 camera.

The first summer trip towards student films is concluded by the socially aware and critical films – the documentary ALDA by original Slovak filmmaker Viera Čákanyová following the life of a patient suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and TO RULE, TO WORK, TO EARN, TO PRAY, TO COLLAPSE by former student of Prague’s FAMU Andran Abramjan approaching the decline of contemporary society from the perspective of ancient civilizations.

Invite the student film summer to your screens and launch the showcase of young talents in the week from June 6 with us!

Selected films is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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