The ACADEMY CLASSES is an additional option in the shape of five different four-day intensive courses taking place during CPH:DOX on fixed dates from March 20-23, 2018.
If accepted into a class you will join an exclusive group of international students from various fields and institutions throughout four days. The classes consist of group discussions, exclusive sessions with directors visiting the festival and specially curated film screenings in the evening. In order to create a concentrated learning atmosphere based on exchange and participation, the ACADEMY CLASSES are limited to 15-35 participants per Class. Participating students are expected to attend all activities and to actively contribute to the course. In order to apply you will be asked to provide a motivational text.
We offer five ACADEMY CLASSES representing five lines of study with a full day programme and specially curated film screenings in the evening. All five Classes are cross-disciplinary and explore the intersection between different practices by bringing together students, teachers and artists/experts from different professional backgrounds:
F:ACT CLASSis dedicated to the field between investigative journalism, documentary and contemporary political activism. Investigative and journalistic documentaries are unique in their approach to portray stories from reality. Armed with thorough research, the films dare to challenge established truths and explain complex relations while still telling fascinating stories. A common trait for the genre is the desire to not only represent the reality but to actively take part in it. With DOX:ACADEMY F:ACT we intend to create a forum for documentary and journalism to meet, inspire and challenge each other, but also to explore opportunities in the intersection between investigative journalism, expressive documentary genres and social commitment. The film screenings and discussions will be closely linked to the F:ACT programme of the festival. Do you want to see or change the World through a camera lense? Join the F:ACT-movement!
CRITICS’ AND CURATORS’ CLASS is a forum where critics, curators and filmmakers can meet and discuss ways to facilitate and write about contemporary documentaries. What is the role of criticism in relation to the continuously expanding and changing documentary format? What is the connection between curatorial practices in the Art world and in festival programming? How is the work of a filmmaker affected by these practices? Getting to see a variety of films at the festival, the Class explores the overall goal of CPH:DOX – to showcase and the Documentary genre as an art form. The participants of the CRITICS’ AND CURATORS’ Class will get insights to backstage processes of curating a documentary festival such as CPH:DOX as well as meet critics from some of the leading film journals. Wishing to (re)think and challenge contemporary film- and art criticism from various perspectives the class welcomes emerging critics and curators as well as artists and filmmakers.
SCIENCE CLASS examines the representation, visualization and storytelling of scientific research and how scientific research shapes and influences both society and contemporary documentaries. It will be closely linked to the science-programme of CPH:DOX. Across scientific disciplines and academic background this course is for students that take departure in their own research practise and want to work with film in relation to scientific topics and methods. In the SCIENCE CLASS you will experience the best new documentaries about scientific topics and get to know other students and researchers who work in between science and cinema. SCIENCE CLASS is a place for professional and creative exchanges where the students see and discuss as many films about science as possible.
SOUND CLASS offers a sound perspective on documentary practices by exploring the connection between documentary and sound art. Sound, music and voice is an important but sometimes underestimated part of the filmic expression. We believe that composers, musicians and film directors has a lot to learn from each other. This four-day programme will open up for discussions about the uses of sound in modern documentaries – from the difficult art of the voice-over to artistic audio-visual experiments. The participants of the SOUND Class get the chance to meet and connect with other students and international professionals from the field of sound and film.
HYBRID CLASS examines the field between contemporary art / film and academic research, especially anthropology. The class gives the participants a unique insight in how international directors and artists create their projects today, both theoretically and methodically. There will be an additional focus of the experimental form of documentary as an artistic practice that test the boundaries of filmic expressions of the real. The screenings will be closely linked to the section of experimental films in the head programme of the festival: NEW:VISION. Here, artist’s films and new forms of video will be presented.
The programmes for each DOX:ACADEMY CLASS are closely connected to the general programme at CPH:DOX and are formed after the schedules of the many visiting film professionals at CPH:DOX. For this reason applicants for the course will have their full day programme shortly before the course. Expect intensive full day programmes from 10 am to 3 pm and film screenings all evening.