Deadline for scholarship applicants:

30 April 2024

Deadline for self-funded applicants:

30 May 2024

Allowance opportunities for environmental rights advocates available!

Course Outline

The Summer School offers an exciting programme of lectures, workshops, working groups, tutorials, both in house and festival film screenings & discussions combining human rights expertise, media studies and video advocacy strategies.

As part of the programme participants are required to watch and analyse a selection of human rights related screenings at the 80th Venice International Film Festival. Whenever possible, filmmakers and producers present at the Film Festival are invited to discuss their work with the Summer School participants. Participants will be provided with a Cinema category accreditation pass to the Film Festival giving access to a selection of festival screenings.

This is an intense 10-day programme, with teaching sessions scheduled every day, with one free day. Please note that film festival screenings & discussions could be programmed beyond usual teaching time according to the film festivals’ programme, and filmmakers’ availability.

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

  • Giacomo Abbruzzese, director of "Disco Boy", Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear Award and Kinéo Prize for Humanity Award
  • Daniela Goggi, director of "El Rapto (The Rescue)", Orizzonti Extra Competition, 80th Venice Film International Festival
  • Ibrahim Nash’at, director of "Hollywoodgate", Out of Competition, 80th Venice International Film Festival (online meeting)
  • Claudio Casale, director of "L’Anno dell’Uovo (The Year of the Egg)", Biennale College Cinema, 80th Venice International Film Festival
  • Evgeny Afineevsky, director of "Freedom on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom", Out of Competition, 79th Venice International Film Festival
  • Soudade Kaadan, director of "Nezouh", Orizzonti Extra, 79th Venice International Film Festival
  • Jafar Najafi, director of "Alone", Giornate degli Autori, 79th Venice International Film Festival
  • Teona Strugar Mitevska, director of "The Happiest Man in the World", Orizzonti, 79th Venice International Film Festival
  • Peter Kerekes, director of "Cenzorka", Orizzonti, 78th Venice International Film Festival
  • Loup Bureau, director of "Tranchées", Out of Competition, 78th Venice International Film Festival
  • Ameer Fakher Eldin, director of "Al Garib", Giornate degli Autori, 78th Venice International Film Festival
  • Oleg Sentsov, director of "Rhino", Orizzonti, 78th Venice International Film Festival
  • Merawi Gerima, director of "Residue", Giornate degli Autori, 77th Venice International Film Festival
  • 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