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Art beats anger. Celebration of Bosnian and Serbian creativity

Dear Dreamers, dear visionary craft workers, dear operators of time flow, dear intellectual aestheticists, dear creativity acrobats – dear Bosnian & Serbian peaceful artists,


we are glad to invite You to the 1st international improvisation film slam (iifs) of Bosnia and Herzegovina – at Kratkofil Plus International Film Festvial (July 22-26), in Banja Luka‎.

What we know:

Everyone can do potentially a blockbuster, nowadays. Even with a cell phone. You don’t need cinema equipment and trucks full of light stuff and material. The only thing that counts is: what idea is in your head. The power of ideas can change the world. So, let’s work together on Your visions and ideas!

What You need:

> You have to be able to understand and communicate in English. Since we are three guys from Old Europe, who try to help you becoming an international film star. Or something like this. We only speak English.

> You should have worked with film already. We will check one afternoon all together the ‘overall workflow’ and give you some advice – but if you never have done a film before, maybe you will get lost at the competition day. Well, maybe you will win the competition on the other hand, with a horrible out-of-focus picture on screen, but a brillant sound idea. But the chance to get into the audience competition is much higher, if we get some results that we can really show, technically. The films will be filmed and edtited by you and your team, all on your own (check the specs, at the end of this text!).

Furthermore, you will need:

    1. a smartphone, photo cam or any filming device (your blockbuster gadget) that can do film clips. The clips need to be recorded to a (micro/normal) SD card that you can physically remove from the camera and put into a laptop or card reader (that you possess). Think of all the different potential filming devices that are existing, you need to be able to get the stuff into your laptop, with a working ‘driver’. Be aware of it.
    2. a laptop (your dream factory) for editing with Davinci Resolve 11 or your own working editing suite (if you can handle that)
    3. your technical “hollywood staff” of at least 2 people (including you) – your competition team for the competition day.

How to join

Please show us your visionary talent. Give us in 15 words your inspirational answer to the question:

> The most important irrelevant fact about my life that should be “seen on screen”.

You can write a limerick as well or sing a song about it, if you feel like. Be creative! That’s what we want you to be, all the time. Or just write it down, but then only by using 15 words.

Please send your inspiring answer by mail to iifs@kratkofil.orgdeadline for this is: 10th of July.

What will happen

WORKSHOPS

We will show you in 1 morning lesson different ways and techniques how to make a story crisp & spicy. Or how to improvise on an idea. 

We will teach you the next day in 1 afternoon lesson how to make beautiful looking pictures without tons of cinema stuff, and how to set up a technical workslow, ehm, workflow. We will show you some basics of the free and availible DAVINCI RESOLVE 11, an awesome editing programme (check it out here). Please don’t start to install it during the workshop, if you like to work with it, but do that in advance, before the workshop. 

COMPETITION

The 3rd day will be the competition day. You will get 3 restrictions from us, in the morning at 10h, at the kratkofil office. Nobody will know it before. Don’t ask Darija (the lovely festival director) to tell you, she does not know. Same conditions for everybody, who wants to join the battle. 

> You will have 8 hours time to realize a film on your smart phone or any filming gadget. Be crazy and professional (be organized, with people that help you!). At 18h, we will seize the results again at the kratkofil office.

The celebration ceremony

We know that you are good. Prove it. On the ceremony, we will celebrate Your creativity! Depending on the technical possibility to show the film clip and depending on the number of results (films), a jury will do a pre-selection of the best ideas. These films will be shown on the big screen in front of the audience. And THEY will decide who wins, by applause. Let me tell you: Everyone, who works on creativity and ideas, and who will have fun and ‘professional chaos’ during these days, is a winner! 

In the end, we declare the winner of the 2nd European Vision Award. The press will hunt you, the cameras will film you, generations will remind your story later on, or something like that. 

Know it’s on you. Will You join?

(deadline 10th July, mail your proposals to: iifs@kratkofil.org)

 

 

Gernerally good (or necessary) operating conditions are: 
* be sure that you have a team that supports you on the 3rd day when you go into competition
* check out before, where you could shoot something on the competition day, without being interrupted or disturbed the whole time – still being an open and general setting for any given content
* look out for a cell phone that does film clips, HD film clips would be even better, since they look much better on screen. does your smartphone have an sd card with enough free space for your filming material?
* if you have to film outside in noisy surroundings, check out a sound recording device (even another cell phone as micro or any sd card recorder)
* be open minded for whatever comes to you(r mind) in the improvisation process. 
* you will need an editing suite that you hand handle and work with on your own. we will show you and introduce the cutting basics of the free available DaVinci Resolve 11. For this, your technical minimum requirements will be (check it out here):

Minimum system requirements for Mac:
Mac OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion
12 GB of system memory is recommended and 8 GB is the minimum supported
Blackmagic Design Desktop Video version 10.1.1 or later
CUDA Driver version 6.5.45
NVIDIA Driver version – As required by your GPU
RED Rocket-X Driver 2.1.19.0 and Firmware 1.3.19.7 or later
RED Rocket Driver 1.4.36.0 and Firmware 1.1.17.3 or later

Minimum system requirements for Windows:
Windows 7 Pro 64 bit with SP1
12 GB of system memory is recommended and 8 GB is the minimum supported
Blackmagic Design Desktop Video version 10.1.1 or later
NVIDIA/AMD Driver version – As required by your GPU
RED Rocket-X Driver 2.1.19.0 and Firmware 1.3.19.7 or later
RED Rocket Driver 1.4.36.0 and Firmware 1.1.17.3 or later

Minimum system requirements for Linux:
CentOS 5.4
32 GB of system memory is recommended and 16 GB is the minimum supported
Blackmagic Design Desktop Video version 10.1.1 or later
NVIDIA Driver version 331.67
RED Rocket-X Driver 2.1.19.0 and Firmware 1.3.19.7 or later
RED Rocket Driver 1.4.36.0 and Firmware 1.1.17.3 or later

Check it out here: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/support/readme/f0f3dc19484a474982cc6f8aab7cc923

TEACHING VISION WORK AGAIN AT SYSTEMIC CONGRESS 2015

Same procedure like in 2013 – I am going to give lectures and a key note speach about my vision work, at this years scientific systemic congress in Berlin, in October.

In 2013, I was asked to give a lecture about my vision working method for the 13th yearly scientific congress of the official German Systemic Association DGSF, held in Berlin’s Humboldt University with over 1.000 participants. This year, it will be held at another (spectacular) place and is therefore limited for only 300 congress participants, as I was told. Anyways, it’s always nice for me to speak about my work.

EXPLAIN OURSELVES, FOR BOSNIAN AND SERBIAN TV

I admit, it’s not that easy to understand what exactly we are doing: A socio-cultural intervention, being a fake jury at an international film festival? “Aren’t you guys just joking? What do you expect us to believe?”

Well, that is actually all what it is about: What you should, would or want to believe. There are 3 people from Ireland, Spain and Germany, tellig you they are the jury of this international short film festival in Banja Luka. They have a very complicated new point system, that no one understands and every film has to undergo. These 3 jury members discuss via Facebook channel (“almost live”) about all the films in competition in a strange, somehow pseudo-intellectual way. In the end, there’s suddenly a winner from Brazil that was never even discussed before.

It was great fun to sensitise and raise everybody’s awareness about us three and what we are claiming to be. Thank you guys, next year, we might come back with a different project, after you got us now, in the end… 🙂

tv interviews after winning film price

IMPROVISED OFFICE IN AL BIREH

During our social-cultural intervention in Palestine, we had to change our office place quite often. From Jenin, we had to move immediately to Ramallah after the murder of Juliano Mer Khamis, my good friend. The workshop had to be aborted, in April 2011, we moved to a monks place, between Ramallah and Birzeit.

One year later, another series of office moves happened. After we finished our seminar in Bethlehem, we moved for a couple of days to Al Bireh in order to get the post production of 6 cinema short films started. Here, we are at our impovised office place, working on the films of “My Palestine”. There was no heater and outside we had winter, meanwhile. But the smile did not vanish from our faces, the results after only 12 days intervention were amazing: 6 short films in cinema 2K resolution with an exciting spirit, we felt from the beginning, here was something great developing…

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

April 2013  –  Another collection of short films about the “Great Transformation”, on behalf of Germanwatch e.V. & Brot für die Welt, is now ready for distribution: 2.000 DVDs, including our award winning short film “What Am I?”, had just left the factory and are now on their way to Bonn, just in time for the German Protestant Kirchentag.

EUROPEAN VISION AWARD IN BOSINA-HERZEGOVINA

…goes to Brazil!

We showed our own visionary talent when giving our film prize as special fake jury at the Kratkofil International Film Festival in 2013 to Gabriel Garcia from that country that was going to organize the football world cup in 2014… We’re convinced, that this was a first impact to the system of coincidences that enabled Germany to become the winner of that world cup one year later. Joke.