The Patmos Documentary workshop 2016 has now been completed. The team are currently editing the feature documentary that will be screened at festivals, cinemas and on television.
Applications for the 2018 Patmos documentary workshop will begin this November 2017. If you would like to find out more and be the first to apply, please send your details to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: PDW2018.
About the Workshop
The International Film Festival of Patmos IFFP and SugarHigh Films organize the Patmos Documentary Workshop every two years for emerging filmmakers.
Successful applicants will spend 2 weeks on the Greek islands, working in teams of 3 to each create a 10 minute documentary portrait that will be screened on the closing night of the festival.
The project consists of three phases:
A. Research & Development - remote / online B. Filming at the Greek islands of Patmos, Kos, Leros, Ikaria and Agathonisi C. Post production, seminars and Patmos int. film festival
After the summer, the participants’ footage will be reworked by Sugar High Films into a single, feature-length documentary. This modular, collaborative, feature length documentary will then be released at international festivals, will premier in Patmos 2017 and will be broadcast on international television channels, including Sundance Channel and OTE TV.
The workshop was founded in 2013, with the intention of bringing together young filmmakers in order to create a new, exciting kind of documentary production method. By partaking in the workshop, participants will leave with sharpened skills, international contacts, an industry credit for a widely distributed feature and a great experience.
Previous 2016 Theme
The eastern Greek islands stake out the borders between Europe and Asia, east and west. Set apart, between worlds, they are places where people have come to retreat, occupy, spend their holidays or even escape from time altogether.
Now, the Dodecanese islands, places steeped until recently in tradition, religion and ancient history, find themselves on the front line of one of the defining humanitarian crises of recent times. On any given beach in these parts, you might find tourists enjoying their summer vacations, or you might find a crowded boat full of people fleeing from war, merciful to have safely reached dry land.
This summer, the theme for the workshop is FACES OF IMMIGRATION.
Each short film or "portrait" will trace a single part of a connecting thread: a local priest, a volunteer doctor from Ireland, the local bar owner selling coffee on the beach, a member of the Frontex coast guard, a Syrian refugee who is escaping war, an international press reporter, the Iraqi immigrant working as an impromptu translator, a British tourist attending a wedding, the German architect renovating his holiday villa, the riot policeman controlling the crowds, the local undertaker; they are all swept up in the wave of immigration.
What do they see, what do they fear, where have they come from, what are they hoping for, where is home?
When the international media have flown home in search of new tragedies, we will try to dig deeper, look harder, and provide a lasting insight into what this phenomenon - the movement of peoples - really means today.
Tuition and tech support
Assistance and professional mentoring on development research and storytelling
15 days of accommodation (double occupancy)
DSLR Filming & sound equipment, insurance and necessary production expenses ( see equipment tab below)
Fixers and translators as required
Car rental during filming days (1 car per team)
Boat tickets between the islands
Access to editing suites, sound mixing studio and screening room in Patmos
50% discount at the festival’s restaurant in Patmos
All Access Festival Pass to IFFP 2016
Exclusive seminars with industry leaders (this year’s IFFP's confirmed guests will be announced soon)
Dedicated networking event for the participants and VIP guests
Screening and ceremony of the teams’ short documentaries on the closing night of the festival
IMDB credits for each participant on the final feature length documentary and the respective shorts
Your work screened at international festivals, TV and online platforms including Sundance Channel, OTE TV and many more
The total participation cost is €2000 per person (inclusive of all taxes and VAT)
This amount is to be paid within 10 days of acceptance to the course. Payment can be done either through debit or credit card, or through direct bank transfer.
We expect places to fill up quickly, so book early to avoid disappointment.
Places are going to be given as soon as qualifying applications are submitted, according to the discretion and selection of the Workshop Organisers.
Upon acceptance & payment, an invoice for the full amount will be issued for use with your tax authority.
There is a processing fee of €25 for every application. This fee is non-refundable, and is payable through PayPal upon submission of application.
For Filming (per team): 1 x HD SONY A7s or CANON 5D DSLR 1 x set of lenses 1 x Tripod 1 x set of sound recording equipment with boom & wireless mic set 1 x set of reflectors
For post production (located at the media centre): Backup hard discs 5 x Final Cut Studio Pro Sound mixing suite Screening room Meeting Room
Also available upon request and to be shared between the teams: GoPro and mounting gear 3 sets of Lights - Dedolights - LitePanels - Kinoflos Drone 4K for Aerial Filming
There is no airport on Patmos, which is why it has remained so unspoilt.
There are 2 ways to reach the Island:
1) The best way is to fly to Kos Island International Airport (KGS) and then connect to Patmos via a short 2 hour ferry journey.
2) Alternately you can take the overnight ferry from Athens (Pireaus) directly to Patmos.
The festival will book and pay for ferry transfer from Kos and the surrounding islands or Athens Ferry Terminal, to Patmos.
Upon acceptance on to the course, we recommend that participants book their flights straight away.
In the Summer of 2013, we brought together 18 talented emerging filmmakers with 15 experienced cinema professionals and created the Patmos Documentary Workshop.
"Life in the Borderlands: Portraits of Patmos" was the documentary produced by the original documentary workshop in 2013.
A teaser trailer for this original film can be seen here.
The characters of the documentary were drawn from three different social groups of the island - residents, monks & artists, and international personalities. The aim of the documentary workshop was to depict the unique personal freedom of the people who meet in this land of geographical, spiritual and social borders.
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