Published by: Tamara Nikolić Đerić, 15.03.2019.

11. ETNOFILm Festival (23. – 27.04.2019.)

Rovinj will be hosting the 11th ETNOFILm festival, the majority of which will be taking place in the spaces of the Italian community in Rovinj. 11th edition of ETNOFILm will mark the search for experimental methods and the form of recording and transmission of ethnological research and intangible cultural heritage through the media of film and drawings. This year’s festival, including supporting festival events, are somewhat longer than the previous one, due to the changes in the concept of the festival that will be seen in this 11th edition. This year, the emphasis will be on two
workshops to be held simultaneously.

The first workshop will be held from 23rd to 27th April, in cooperation with the Regional Summer Film School of the Visual Anthropology Center (VAC) from Belgrade (Republic of Serbia) and “Vizantrop” Collective, its Zagreb and Belgrade respective branches. Under mentorship of Relja Pekić Carić, approximately 12 students will participate in the workshop (social-humanities students, employees in culture, art and beyond). By applying and combining their expertise through practice and research, participants will be able to express their ideas combining artistic and scientific form by filming short films within the given theme (Rovinj: The City of Activism). On the first day of the workshop, attendees will be introduced to the various methods of recording an ethnographic film using two practical exercises (sensory ethnography exercise and interaction exercise). The following days of the workshop are intended for field work and video editing through which the participants will be led by Ivan Dobran. In addition to the newly recorded material during the workshop, the video editing exercise will use the archival video material of the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research in Zagreb. In co-operation with native researchers and potential protagonists, the aim is to develop a joint film project that could be presented within this year’s festival program.

Since The United Nations declared 2019 The Year of Indigenous Languages in order to raise awareness of them, this will be the framework and a link for the majority of festival events. In this way, ETNOFILm has joined a number of world events dealing with indigenous languages, especially endangered ones.
The second workshop is dedicated to the ethnographic drawing. Under the guidance of Bojan Mucko and Lucija Ostrogović, for the first time in Croatia and beyond, we will start an ethnographic drawing workshop. In addition to the theoretical part, the participants will have the task of developing a storyboard based on an ethnographic field research. The workshop is envisaged for a smaller number of participants (up to 6 participants), and will include a field research on Rovinj and/or the surrounding area and mapping elements of everyday life of the historic city core and/or other city areas. Based on the mapping and ethnographic drawings, a map or small guide would be created and produced within the festival frame, which would also be of interest to the local community. The workshop includes defined tasks related to the perception of space and person (person and space, person/s and action/conversation/atmosphere, senses …) and ends with a final drawing.

In addition to the scheduled daily workshops, evening classes are designed for thematic and relevant lectures as well as exhibitions organized by the Ethnographic Museum of Istria and the FARO11 Association for the Development of Creative Industries. One of the lecturers will be Sabina Mikelić, a visual and multimedia artist, who is involved in artistic research in film, exploring the relationship between the author and the film protagonist. The final part of the Festival is reserved for a film program that will thematically also be devoted to indigenous languages.

Approximately six films will be shortlisted by this year’s selectors, Tamara Nikolić Đerić and Sandra Urem, in a response to a call for film submissions with clearly defined criteria. The film program is scheduled for Friday and Saturday (26th – 27th April, 2019), while the last day of the festival, Saturday 27th of April, will be enriched with a great  usic program in the form of the ETNOFILm closing concert.

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