ŠVA 2018

Application deadline

5th of June 2018.

Where and when

1-11th of July 2018 in Belgrade, Serbia


A ten days workshop that will consist of interactive lectures and mentored field work and post-production work in groups to up to 5 participants. English is the working language of the school.


Each group will have had finished a short movie of their own, based on their own ideas and research. The movies will have an open screening on the 10th of July, and will also be screened at our partner festivals Etnofff in Skoplje and SEF in Zadar. Most successful films may also be screened on other festivals.


The goal of the project is to introduce visual anthropology to established professionals in film making and/or social sciences who would like to broaden their perspectives as well as to scholars who are new to this field(s). We provide theoretical and practical workshops, involving filming and post-production of short anthropological films. The call is open for applicants with or without experience - what matters is enthusiasm towards promotion of social awareness through visual anthropology.

Our aim is to encourage critical thinking,o fostering tolerance for the Other, while broadening the knowledge of participants as film-makers and social scientists.


Participants will work in multinational teams and will learn in a creative manner about approaching social issues with sensitivity. We find it crucial for any filmmaker to be able to develop an ethical relationship towards the material they are working with and most importantly to the protagonists of their films.

Our lecturers and mentors come from different fields ranging from feature film through documentary to academic disciplines of social sciences and will share their knowledge through theoretical lectures, analysis of ethnographic films and sensory-ethnographic exercises. They will also assist participants in fieldwork and post production. Participants will learn from each other as well as from our professors – we find the exchange of ideas through teamwork as important as the knowledge that we have to offer.

Lecturers from various countries will share their individual methods, introducing scholars to audiovisual longitudinal fieldwork. The methods our school promotes include participatory observation, cinema verité, direct cinema, sensory ethnography and more. Academic professors, professional filmmakers and young researchers with background of experimental film genres from Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, FYR Macedonia, Slovenia, USA and Serbia will hold intensive classes during 4 days in cozy atmosphere on many locations in the city: Faculty of media and communication, Ethnographic Museum, SUN Hostel etc.

Through interactive lectures students will be able to, in accordance with their research topics, recognize and apply methods in their movies. Participants will be introduced with advanced techniques of recording, working with camera in field terms, editing procedures and different methods in archiving materials.

Having adopted the theoretically based and practical knowledge in this field, students will be able to independently make social responsible media content, thus spreading impact among peers and general public.

All participants will attend the interactive lectures together. The language of the lectures will be English. Every filming group will be supported by professional mentors experienced in ethnographical fieldworks and filmmaking.


All groups will have at their disposal professional 4K cameras:

Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K, Panasonic GH5, Canon C300, Sony Alpha 7MIIs.


1. of July, day one: participants arrive to the accommodation. In the afternoon the introductory lecture will be held. Afterwards participants will get a detailed schedule of SVA and will be provided basic information about moving around Belgrade during a short event of getting to know each other.

2.-4. of July, theoretical and preparatory work: the first phase of the workshops will consist of interactive lectures by various professionals from different fields. There will be 4 lectures per day concluding every day with a practical exercise. The lectures will be divided in two blocks of up to 3 hours each, with a lunch break and smaller breaks.

5-7. of July, fieldwork: participants will be divided in groups of up to 4; each group will have their own film mentor which will help have 3 days for shooting one movie per group.

8-10 of July, video editing: in cozy co-working space in SUN hostel every group will get their film editor to help them get their short films ready for the public screening on the evening of the 10th of July.


Belgrade is a rare example of metropolis on the Balkans. Our local participants will guide international ones through the orderly chaos of everydays in this eclectic crossroads city between East and West -- an inspiring environment where unusual subjects are nothing out of the ordinary.

The summer school activities will take place in the center of Belgrade on Faculty of media and communication, and partly in SUN hostel (Novopazarska 25).

Accommodation and meals

Participants will have their full accommodation, breaks, mentor consultation, brainstorming and editing sessions in SUN hostel. Some of the international mentors will also be accommodated in the same hostel, so the participants will have a possibility for consultations at any given moment.

The organizers will provide 2 meals per day. Breakfast will be based on self-service, whilst dinner will be a warm meal.

Application deadline and important dates

Candidates applications will be accepted until 5th of June 2018.

The best 30 young students and professionals, selected on the criteria of experience, motivation and creative personalities, will attend an intensive film-making journey from 1 to 11th of July.

The successful applicants will be notified by 10th of June.