THE IFA ONLINE FILM FESTIVALWITNESSING HISTORY: A GLOBAL DIARY

In these days of a world crises that our planet is facing, the IFA seeks to unite and communicate our contribution through an unprecedented project: the IFA Online Film Festival “WITNESSING HISTORY: A GLOBAL DIARY”. The IFA festival becomes an action towards preserving memory and arousing awareness to which we are called to contribute. It is critically important that the humanity understands this moment and brings its learnings to future generations.

In these days of a world crises that our planet is facing, the IFA seeks to unite and communicate our contribution through an unprecedented project: the IFA Online Film Festival “WITNESSING HISTORY: A GLOBAL DIARY”. The IFA festival becomes an action towards preserving memory and arousing awareness to which we are called to contribute. It is critically important that the humanity understands this moment and brings its learnings to future generations.

International Filmmaking Academy invites filmmakers from throughout the world to take part in a worldwide filmmaking documentary: collecting all the experiences and events of these days, the changes in the world, and expressing them creatively in a film of any genre, for the understanding of this historical moment.

International Filmmaking Academy invites filmmakers from throughout the world to take part in a worldwide filmmaking documentary: collecting all the experiences and events of these days, the changes in the world, and expressing them creatively in a film of any genre, for the understanding of this historical moment.

THE MISSION

Filmmaking students creatively express their personal experiences and responses to the world emergency and its developments, during and after the quarantine, by producing a short film of 5–10 minutes. Any form is accepted: diary, memoire, documentary, fiction, experimental, animation or hybrid.The film should embrace the filmmakers’ cinematic vision, their cultural frame, and their emotions aroused by what is happening inside and outside their home. In these weeks the space around us is shrinking, while time expands to the extreme: a condition that opens up new glimpses of creativity and reaction. Turning the camera lens towards our own domestic and daily life assumes particular significance today. The house becomes the theatre, the only possible one, in which we stage our relationship with the outside world.This isolation is integrated into our experience as human beings, with consequences that are difficult to imagine. It is often claimed that this anthropological change will affect the essence of our relationships with others. Moreover, it could change the vision of the world intended as an interconnected ecosystem, endangered by our economic growth model.

Filmmaking students creatively express their personal experiences and responses to the world emergency and its developments, during and after the quarantine, by producing a short film of 5–10 minutes. Any form is accepted: diary, memoire, documentary, fiction, experimental, animation or hybrid.The film should embrace the filmmakers’ cinematic vision, their cultural frame, and their emotions aroused by what is happening inside and outside their home. In these weeks the space around us is shrinking, while time expands to the extreme: a condition that opens up new glimpses of creativity and reaction. Turning the camera lens towards our own domestic and daily life assumes particular significance today. The house becomes the theatre, the only possible one, in which we stage our relationship with the outside world.This isolation is integrated into our experience as human beings, with consequences that are difficult to imagine. It is often claimed that this anthropological change will affect the essence of our relationships with others. Moreover, it could change the vision of the world intended as an interconnected ecosystem, endangered by our economic growth model.

Nature has shown us its way of rebalancing things and its laws when they are turned upside down. When it is not enough to be an economic superpower or to have the largest army to defend its boundaries, the Coronavirus taught us it doesn’t care about nationalities, religions, raised walls, or ideologies; it’s stronger and dominates us.During an emergency we are all connected, fragile and equally at risk. The individual is nothing but himself/herself. No longer producer-consumer, no longer customer, public, audience.With nothing but our primary needs, we return to be human beings. Time belongs to us, it is the measure that coincides with our existence.Humanity has a possibility to set new priorities, decisions, choices and to evolve as it’s more aware of its fragility, interconnections and the transience of life. We have the chance to fulfill the highest, truest expression of ourselves.

Nature has shown us its way of rebalancing things and its laws when they are turned upside down. When it is not enough to be an economic superpower or to have the largest army to defend its boundaries, the Coronavirus taught us it doesn’t care about nationalities, religions, raised walls, or ideologies; it’s stronger and dominates us.During an emergency we are all connected, fragile and equally at risk. The individual is nothing but himself/herself. No longer producer-consumer, no longer customer, public, audience.With nothing but our primary needs, we return to be human beings. Time belongs to us, it is the measure that coincides with our existence.Humanity has a possibility to set new priorities, decisions, choices and to evolve as it’s more aware of its fragility, interconnections and the transience of life. We have the chance to fulfill the highest, truest expression of ourselves.

IFA ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL STRUCTURE

SUBMISSIONWorldwide filmmakers will take part to the film WITNESSING HISTORY: A GLOBAL DIARY, by sending their short film of 5-10 minutes long by June 20th 2020. SELECTION1. The IFA committee will select what they consider to be the best 15. These films will be featured on the IFA website.2. On June 30th 2020 a group of judges will choose 5 Best of Festival award winners of the Witnessing History: Global Diary. The 5 winners' movies will be screened at the Syracuse International Film Festival (October 2020) and at the IFA Film Festival closing screening (30th June 2021) at Palazzo d'Accursio courtyard in Bologna, Italy.Winners will receive brief notes from the judges that they can use in promoting their films, will be given festival laurels and be screened on the IFA website.3. From these 5 movies, one best film will be announced. On June 30th a winner will be awarded and admitted to the IFA Online MasterClass. PARTICIPATIONThere are two ways a filmmaker can participate. You may decide to only submit your film to the festival competition, or you may only wish to participate in the IFA Online MasterClass, or you may do both. RULESEntries must be auteur works, concept and execution by the student filmmaker. Students of any age are permitted.Send your 5-10 minute short video for the Witnessing History: Global Diary. All entries must be submitted through FilmFreeway, a free film festival network (www.filmfreeway.com), no later then June 20th 2020.Language: Mother tongue with English subtitlesFormat: 16/9Send your documentary to: info@internationalfilmmakingacademy.com ENTRY FEESIFA Online Film Festival entry fee: 10 eurosIFA Online MasterClass entry fee: 500 euros CHAT WITH USMarija Krunic - IFA Executive Director: marijakrunic@internationalfilmmakingacademy.com

SUBMISSIONWorldwide filmmakers will take part to the film WITNESSING HISTORY: A GLOBAL DIARY, by sending their short film of 5-10 minutes long by June 20th 2020. SELECTION1. The IFA committee will select what they consider to be the best 15. These films will be featured on the IFA website.2. On June 30th 2020 a group of judges will choose 5 Best of Festival award winners of the Witnessing History: Global Diary. The 5 winners' movies will be screened at the Syracuse International Film Festival (October 2020) and at the IFA Film Festival closing screening (30th June 2021) at Palazzo d'Accursio courtyard in Bologna, Italy.Winners will receive brief notes from the judges that they can use in promoting their films, will be given festival laurels and be screened on the IFA website.3. From these 5 movies, one best film will be announced. On June 30th a winner will be awarded and admitted to the IFA Online MasterClass. PARTICIPATIONThere are two ways a filmmaker can participate. You may decide to only submit your film to the festival competition, or you may only wish to participate in the IFA Online MasterClass, or you may do both. RULESEntries must be auteur works, concept and execution by the student filmmaker. Students of any age are permitted.Send your 5-10 minute short video for the Witnessing History: Global Diary. All entries must be submitted through FilmFreeway, a free film festival network (www.filmfreeway.com), no later then June 20th 2020.Language: Mother tongue with English subtitlesFormat: 16/9Send your documentary to: info@internationalfilmmakingacademy.com ENTRY FEESIFA Online Film Festival entry fee: 10 eurosIFA Online MasterClass entry fee: 500 euros CHAT WITH USMarija Krunic - IFA Executive Director: marijakrunic@internationalfilmmakingacademy.com