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14th Cinema Human Rights and Advocacy Summer School [Aug 26-Sep 4, Venice]: Register by April 30: Expired

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The 14th edition of the Summer School in Cinema Human Rights and Advocacy is a training initiative jointly developed by the EIUC and Picture People.
The 10-day intense training is aimed at young professionals wishing to broaden their understanding on the connections between human rights, films, digital media and video advocacy, to share ideas and foster participatory and critical thinking on urgent human rights issues, debate with experts and filmmakers from all over the world during the 76th Venice international Film Festival and learn how to use films as a tool for social and cultural change.

The Programme

The Summer School offers an exciting programme of lectures, film screenings, discussions, working groups and a storytelling workshop that combine human rights expertise, media studies and video advocacy strategies.
The seven sessions develop issues relating to The Role of the Media and Films in Advancing Human Rights, a History of Human Rights Cinema, Freedom of Expression and Censorship, the Use of Video in Human Rights Documentation and Advocacy, The Role of the New Media during Conflict, Production of Social Documentaries and Impact Distribution. Each module is illustrated by film, digital media, or documentary screenings.
The storytelling workshop introduces storytelling and storyboarding key concepts, techniques and exercises that provide participants with the basic skills to develop a short film / media /advocacy project to be pitched during the school’s final session.
The workshop includes basic techniques of mobile filmmaking and editing for social media. For the purpose of this workshop, participants will work and be tutored in small groups.
As part of the programme participants are required to watch and analyse a selection of human rights related screenings at the 76th Venice International Film Festival. Whenever possible, filmmakers, jury members and critics from the cinema world are invited to discuss their work with the Summer School participants. Participants will be given a Cinema category accreditation pass to the Film Festival giving access to a selection of festival screenings.
The school programme may be subject to changes during the film festival period in order to accommodate festival screenings and meetings with festival’s personalities with teaching sessions.
Course Dates: 26 August – 4 September 2019


Graduates, professionals of the human rights, media, NGO, advocacy and the third (voluntary) sector and anyone who uses or is interested in using audio-visual media as a tool for promoting social change are encouraged to apply to the Summer School.
The School selects a maximum of 30 participants.

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How to apply

Click here to apply online.


The enrolment fee the Summer School in Cinema, Human Rights, and Advocacy is € 1700,00 and it includes:

  • Tuition fee
  • Lunches and coffee breaks on class days
  • Free pass for local transportation for 9 days
  • Cinema Accreditation for the whole duration of the Venice International Film Festival
  • Reading material and access to our online learning platform
  • Certification at the end of the course

For more information, contact us at chra@eiuc.org.

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