Application deadline:

20 June 2021

Up to 14 scholarships for children’s rights experts!


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 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. 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 78th 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 change during the film festival period in order to accommodate festival screenings and meetings with festival’s personalities with teaching sessions.

In the past editions our participants have met several filmmakers, including:

  • Jayro Bustamante, director of "La Llorona", Giornate degli Autori Director’s Award, 76th Venice International Film Festival
  • Ahmad Ghossein, director of "All this victory" (Jeedar El Sot), Audience Award and Grand Prize Venice International Film Critic’s Week – SIAE, 76th Venice International Film Festival
  • Alex Gibney, director of "Citizen K", Out of Competition, 76th Venice International Film Festival
  • Askold Kurov, director of "The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov"
  • Mike Leigh, director of "Peterloo", Out of Competition, 75th Venice International Film Festival
  • Francesca Mannocchi, co-director of "ISIS, Tomorrow. The Lost Souls of Mosul", Out of Competition, 75th Venice International Film Festival
  • Sameh Zoabi, director of "Tel Aviv on Fire", Best Actor Award and Nominee for Best Film, Orizzonti section, 75th Venice International Film Festival