The ACADEMY CLASSES is an additional option in the shape of four different week intensive courses taking place during CPH:DOX on fixed dates from March 25-29, 2019.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 four ACADEMY CLASSES representing four 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 CLASS is dedicated to the field between investigative journalism, expressive documentary genres and contemporary political activism. 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 documentarists and journalists to meet, inspire and challenge each other in the collective examination of social impact through documentary media. 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!Moderator:Danish documentarist Michael Graversen. Michael graduated as a Documentary Director from the National Film and Television School in UK. His newest film Dreaming of Denmark following a young unaccompanied refugee was nominated for F:ACT award at CPH:DOX in 2015.
- CRITICS’ AND CURATORS’ CLASS is a forum where critics, curators, artists 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 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. Film culture has no life but the afterlife of shared thought. Wishing to (re)think, challenge and strengthen individual stakes in this afterlife the class will benefit emerging critics, curators, artists and filmmakers alike. Moderator:To be confirmed.
- SCIENCE CLASS examines the representation, visualization and storytelling of scientific research and will be closely linked to the science-programme of CPH:DOX. How can complex knowledge be transformed into a narrative that is intelligible for a broader crowd through moving images? How can the documentary method in itself be seen as a sort of research?The goal of this class is to explore and develop new and ambitious methods for science films and hence also new ways of collaborations between filmmakers, artists and scientific researchers. Across scientific disciplines and academic background this course is for students who want to work with film in relation to scientific topics and methods. In the SCIENCE CLASS you will experience the best new science documentaries and get to know other students and researchers who work in between science and cinema..Moderator Daniel Oxenhandler. Daniel is a filmmaker and cultural researcher. He is the Co-Director of the Collaboratorium – an open media studio and global research lab exploring the intersections of film, arts, media, science, research, technology and innovation. He has directed + produced a variety of independent film and video projects, ranging from feature-length documentaries and short narrative films, to short music films and travelogues.
- HYBRID CLASS examines the field between contemporary art / film and academic research, especially anthropology. The class gives the participants a unique insight into 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 overall programme of CPH:DOX: NEW:VISION. Here, artist’s films and new forms of video will be presented. Moderators:To be confirmed.
Note! Hybrid is the new black and in order to welcome as many students as possible we will offer two HYBRID classes in 2019!
Please note: 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 beginning of the course. Expect intensive full day programmes from 10 am to 3 pm and film screenings all evening.