One of the events of DOCUMENTARIST which is “Documentary Project Development Workshop” in cooperation with docİstanbul and MAFM (Mithat Alam Film Center) was held on the 27th of June 2010 at MAFM in University of Bosphorus. The participants discussed the 5 different projects that were presented by their directors.
Can Candan who is one of founders of docİstanbul was the chairman of the workshop with the moderators director Berke Baş, director Elif Ergezen and Nil Perçinler. I believe this workshop was very productive not only for the project owners but also for all participants. Here are the projects and directors:
“Bir Birikimin Hikâyesi Birikim Degisi Belgeseli” (Director: Özgür Yıldız). “Büyük Valide Han” (Director: Burak Sevingen), “Görünmeyen Emek” (Directors: Güliz Sağlam ve Feryal Saygılıgil) Paleyi (Director: Rodi Yüzbaşı) ve “Ölümsüz Mari’nin Kısa Hikâyesi” (Director: Özgür Yaşaroğlu)
As participants we gave suggestions about their projects’ aim, the path to follow, the editing methods would be preferred etc. and we asked questions as well. All the participants were keen to see developing periods, progress of the projects promised to each other for meeting the next workshop.
“Documentary Filmaking in Balkans” panel meeting held on the 25th of June 2010, in Akbank Sanat, Beyoğlu. It was very useful for all the documentary filmmakers both young and old generation from Turkey. Many thanks to Documentarist organizators Necati Sönmez, Emel Çelebi and the panelists. Participants were Martichka Bozhilova (Director of Balkan Documentary Center), Dimitri Eipides (Director of Thessaloniki Documentary Festival & Thessaloniki International Film Festival), Rada Sesic (Sarajevo Film Festival, curator of the documentary section), Veton Nurkollari (Director of DokuFest, Kosovo), Julio Soto (Producer and director of “My Beautiful Dacia”). Panel moderator was director Emel Çelebi who won the Best Balkanian Documentary Film Award last year with her film “Sisters of Lillith’s”.
At first, Balkan Documentary Center (BDC) which is a new initiative based in Sofia was introduced to the audiences. Panelists discussed about the importancy of BDC which includes project development, finding co-producer, distribution and regional cooperation for Balkanian documentary filmmakers.
During the event, Turkish filmmakers were invited to the most important documentary film festivals in the region such as Sarajevo Film Festival, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival and DokuFest by festivals’ directors. Then we watched some trailers such as “Run For Life” ( directed by Mladen Maticevic), “Ken Lee” (a documentary is created by internet users) which are succesful and well known documentaries all around the world. We also had a chance to take participants’ opinions about these documentaries and some essential tips about how to make a good documentary.
I think Rada Sesic’s words were one of the best advices for filmmakers who make film in every genre: “We have to support each others. Because good films situmulate the good ones.”