DOC TALKS UNDER THE FIG TREE
The Troyan War lasted ten years, then Odysseus traveled home for another ten. And there’s a fig tree in Kurshumli An that for an entire decade is listening and dwelling upon thousands of life stories. In the last nine years, this tree has become no less than our martyr, our confessional, a place for sharing. This is where our bonding rituals begin and where all the connoisseurs gather to share knowledge. An agora, temple and mead hall, all at once. A feast for body and soul. As time goes by, we become slightly convinced that it was the fig tree that found us, as it covered us with cool shade, so we silently gathered together under its crown. Who would’ve thought that a tree could be so curious!?
The number 10, the perfect number of the Pythagoreans, symbolizes an end but also a beginning of a cycle. After all, it seems that we’ll have to find a new “fig tree” next year. We’ll be careful while choosing.
Location: Kurshumli An
Date: 22.08-27.08 2019
Time: 06:00- 08:00 p.m
22.08 (Thursday) Seamus Murphy, Xavier Marrades, Ineke Smits, Nikola Ivanovski, Manuel Inacker
23.08 (Friday) Manuel Zimmer, Sashko Poter Micevski, Simon Mozgovoy, Alex Chepiga, Erol Bilibani, Fanny Bräuning
24.08 (Saturday) Corina Scweingruber Ilic, Nikola Ilic, Victor Kossakovsky, Alexander Elkan
25.08 (Sunday) Beniamino Barresse, Benedetta Barzini, Pia Herenthal, Bartek Konopka
26.08 (Monday) Ton Van Zantvoort, Peter Zach, Miguel Eek, Manuel Inacker
27.08 (Tuesday) Volker Koepp, Gert Kroske, Thomas Plenert, Reetta Huhtanen, Artemio Benki, Tomáš Elšík
28.08 (Wednesday) Meet the jury members!..
IDEAS ACROSS BORDERS
co-production workshop with Jana Cisar
22 – 24 August, 2019 | 10:00 a.m – 01:00 p.m | Daut Pasha Hammam
Nothing is created unless is dreamt first! We translate ideas and dreams into moving pictures that share our inner worlds with the thirsty story viewers. At the beginning of every film, there is a burst of ideas. All that we ‘ve imagined then seeks to be developed before finally being realized into a creative film. MakeDox’s Coproduction Workshop with the producer Jana Cisar focuses on the discovery of ideas that would be presented to potential partners who might support you and your film. The workshop sessions will cover the topics of finding and selecting supportive partners, audience as well as financing. The participants will discuss the necessary elements of co-production and the needed space for networking, including the differences between presenting the film locally or internationally. As national financing and budgets are in decline almost everywhere in the world, the coproductions are opportunities for financing and realizing films. During the three workshop days, the prolific producer Jana Cisar will share her professional experience of coproducing, presenting its wide array of benefits through talks on logistics, affordability and preparation.
Jana Cisar was born in Marinánské Lázné, Czechoslovakia and has been living in West-Germany since 1969. She started to work in theatre production David Byrne’s assistant during the preparation of the play The Forest (1988) by Robert Wilson and then continued working as a production manager at the Greman Theatre Days (1989) in Moscow and as a tour manager with the Maly Theater Leningrad (1989). She initiated programs with Les Blank, Richard Leacock, The Brother´s Quay, Jan Švankmajer, David Byrne and Thomas Brasch for Alexander Kluge´s TV DCTP. Together with Manuela Strihavka she created the Filmfestival Salzburger SommerSzene. From 1990 she lived in Prague, worked for the Int. Karlovy Vary Filmfestival and founded with others the Czech Film Promotion. Since 1995 she lives in Berlin and works as an independent film producer. She completed the EAVE workshop in 2000 and was a jury member at various international film festivals.
“Don’t Follow My Rules. Find Your Own Rules”
Master Class with Victor Kossakovsky
24 August, 2019 | 02:00 – 04:30 p.m | Daut Pasha Hammam
“Don’t film if you can live without filming,” says the first of Kossakovsky’s 10 rules for debuting documentarists. With this motto, MakeDox has the honor to announce the inspirational masterclass by the renowned documentary cineast Victor Kossakovsky that will be held at this year’s jubilee edition.
Taking on the role of a lecturer, Kossakovsky will discuss his principles of making art and will introduce his film work not only from the position of a director but also screenwriter, cameraman, and editor. This contemporary storyteller with an extraordinary poetic approach in documentary filmmaking will also share his experiences and opinions regarding the interchangeability of the aesthetical and the ethical elements in documentaries which provoke him to say that “Maybe, nice people should not make documentaries.” Nevertheless, don’t expect to hear any recipe for successful filmmaking at the upcoming masterclass as Kossakovsky will discuss ideas while sticking to the last of his rules: “Don’t follow my rules. Find your own rules. “
Kossakovsky’s visual poetry is highly praised among critics and viewers, as he transforms inner and outer worlds into immersive cinematic experiences. At the 10th edition of MakeDox, the audience will have the opportunity to dive into the latest of his work, the documentary film “Aquarela” whose protagonist is Earth’s omnipotent companion- the water, portrayed with all its horror and glory.
Victor Kossakovsky is a renowned director, writer, cinematographer and editor in the realm of contemporary documentary filmmaking. He began his career in 1978, working as an assistant cinematographer and editor at the St. Petersburg (Leningrad) Studio of Documentaries. As a student he enrolled in the Documentary Direction in Berlin and from 1986 to 1989 he studied and directing in Moscow. As a documentary filmmaker, Kossakovsky has won over 100 prizes at international festivals, completing a filmography that covers a variety of topics that explore reality and translate it through the visual poetry told in his authentic cinematic language. In 1989 he directed his first film, Losev, and in 1992 he created his most popular documentary, The Belovs, which won the VPRO JorisIvens Prize, the Public Award at IDFA and dozens of other prizes at international festivals throughout the world. In 2011, Vivan Las Antipodas! opened the Venice Film Festival in 2011.
In a number of his films, Kossakovsky has been the director, editor, cinematographer, and writer. He continues to make films and teach documentary filmmaking, inspiring filmmakers worldwide.
We planted the second DocuSprouts seeds last year and will enjoy the yield at this year’s MakeDox. The four expressive and very creative short documentaries are the matured fruits of our engaged documentary production program open to docu-lovers at the age 13-19. Over the four sessions that take place during MakeDox Traveling Cinema, the festival itself in the autumn/winter period, the young filmmakers- to-be acquire knowledge and develop skills in the field of documentaristics under the guidance of members of MakeDox creative team and acknowledged docu-professionals from abroad.
We continued telling the story about the DocuSprouts this year as well, but this time we decided to make more friendships through the first regional camp for documentary film that was visited by young, future documentary filmmakers from Albania and Serbia. Our docu-story across the borders was realized with collaboration with the Marubi Film & Multimedia Academy from Tirana and the Free Zone Film Festival from Belgrade and provided by the Western Balkan Foundation and with the support of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).
TV-report, national documentary film or documentary co-production?
(What would you choose to watch or finance?)
Coproduction is the motto of the 10th edition of the Festival for Creative Documentary Film MakeDox, a leading trendsetter of creativity in its region and further. So, right before the dawn of our new festival edition, we believe that it’s our duty to initiate a meeting that would effectively draw the attention to the necessary changes that could prompt documentary coproductions in the region.
Namely, most of the countries in the Western Balkans rely on a rather old-fashioned regulative implemented in film funds, which was tailored to the professional experiences realized in the realm of fiction film. These practices, however, have proven to be counterproductive regarding the possibilities of creating high-quality documentary coproductions in the region.
Our idea is to provide space for research and studying of documentary forms, leading to the creation of documentary films – a space for high-quality production and post-production that would finally offer promotion and sale of documentary films.
Therefore, all of you ( creative producers, authors and documentary film producers) who dedicate most of your time to creating documentary forms in the Western Balkans, are invited to join us!
You are welcomed to share and exchange your experiences, so we could create a fertile ground for collaboration that would provide a brighter future for the creative documentary forms in the region.
The team of MakeDox is looking forward to your attendance!
25 – 27 August, 2019
Youth Cultural Center
Moderator of the Forum:
Day 1 ― 25.08. Sunday
open for all film professionals
Day 2 ― 26.08. Monday
open for all film professionals
Day 3 ― 27.08. Tuesday
closed discussions for producers, film funds and TV representatives
MakeDox Time Machine
21 August, 2019
Location: Kurshumli An
Time: 08:00 p.m
Our app puts characters in a time-machine and although it works at a slower pace and does not require access to your personal data, it often reveals depths of personal intimacy. At the 10th Traveling Cinema of MakeDox, carrying on the tradition of the first cinema-screeners, we created photographs by using ancient technology. We put the faces of our contemporaries in an older frame, mainly presenting our warmhearted hosts and the curious guests in one shot. The resulting magic might not be at anyone’s hand and it certainly doesn’t depend on technology but solely on the human qualities that are embedded in each of these photos. The tiny particles and the bad exposition on the glass plates display additional information for the most extraordinary conditions in the making of these photographs, while also exhibiting the indescribable patience and radiant energy of all those who were photographed. Therefore, these photos are invaluable. A great deal of their beauty has seized due to the digital scanning, however,
you will have the opportunity to see them in their original form at the 10th edition of MakeDox.
The author of the photos is Sasho Alushevski, earnestly supported by the assistance of the volunteers Laura Andrianaivoravelo and Paul Bevilaqua. Check out the photo album, see for yourselves and share your impressions on our time machine.
The Loving Ones
Memorial to a Life Spent Together
2 August 2019
Location: Chifte Hammam
Time: 07:00 p.m
When the documentary filmmakers Biljana Garvanlieva and Manuel Zimmer found out that Biljana was diagnosed with lethal cancer, she decides not to be overwhelmed by her fear of her approaching death. Instead, she faced those fears and reflected together with her husband Manuel what this would mean for their lives and the lives of their children. These reflections are engraved as augmented reality content upon a series of 12 portraits of Biljana and Manuel. They are a testament to their love in the time of death
As part of their reflections, they asked Berlin-based media artist Tim Deussen to take a series of portraits of them. These portraits were based on a series of photos that were taken by the artist Jovan Balov, when Biljana and Manuel moved to Berlin as a young couple. As their ordeal continued Biljana and Manuel documented moments of their life in the form of sound, video, texts or photos. Biljana passed away, but her artistic spirit to face even the most fragile and sensitive time we as humans eventually all must live through, lead to this exhibition.
The last series of portraits of Biljana and Manuel forms the base to show the second layer of augmented reality. This is a glimpse into their subjective and personal views. This view spawns an arch starting from the moment when the fell in love, through the ordeal of the illness, to the time of passing away. Two layers of time: intimate hours of being together, and spending a lifetime with each other. Their personal experience that is reflected in the images and AR content, is embraced by the universal themes of love, life, and death that they experienced together. What happened outside of the frame of the photos, leads you inside their lives. It’s those moments that count. Not death, but life and time spent together. Each moment lived through is special. Each moment spent together is eternal.
Biljana Garvanlieva (*20.07.1973 – †10.09.2016)
Biljana was a freelance director of documentary films who lived and worked in Skopje and Berlin.
Born in Skopje in 1973, she studied dramaturgy in Macedonia before receiving a grant in 1999 from the German Academic Exchange Service to study theater and film at the Free University of Berlin (Freien Universität Berlin). In 2006, she directed her first documentary for the TV network 3sat, entitled “Macedonian Dream – A Girl and her Accordion”, which has won several awards, including the Golden Lola German Short Film Award. In 2009, she followed up her first success with “Tobacco Girl”, which has received numerous awards for its directing, including nominations for the Golden Lola Award and the Juliane Bartel German Media Award. In 2010, Garvanlieva won the prize Heart of Sarajevo for Best Documentary at the 16th Sarajevo Film Festival for her documentary film “The Seamstresses.”
Manuel Zimmer studied film at the Filmakademie in Potsdam-Babelsberg. After his studies, he worked as a freelance cameraman, sound engineer, and documentary filmmaker on several film projects that were produced by major TV stations, directors or production companies. His filmography contains “The Seamstresses” and “Polly on the Rocks” with Biljana Garvanlieva, “24 hours Jerusalem” by Zero Film and “An Apartment in Berlin3” by Alice Agneskirchner. Currently, Manuel is editing the last documentary film that he was making with Biljana.
Tim Deussen was born in 1968, in Germany. He studied photography, psychology, and film at New York University. Since he completed his MA Degree in 1996, he participated in his photo and video works in numerous exhibitions in Germany, Israel as well as in Skopje. Deussen has also exhibited his works in his studio in Berlin where he works and realizes media productions, ranging from photography over animations to virtual and augmented reality experiences. Currently, he works on a cross-platform experience that includes animation, books, AR & 3D printing, telling the story of a small elephant that fights against greedy oil pumps to save the planet.
OUT OF COMPETITION
Manaki – A Story in Pictures
North Macedonia / 2019 / 70’
The film incorporates the photographic work of Janaki and Milton Manaki, the first Balkan cinematographers. The Manaki brothers have been mythologized over the years, and additional attributions to their legacy have been made in order to further eulogize their undisputed importance. However, this tendency to add new and unconfirmed information is unnecessary and harmful, since their legacy is already of great cultural value not only to Macedonia but also in the wider Balkan context. For this reason, each and every fact and opinion presented in this film has been carefully researched and reconfirmed with present artefacts.
Director: Robert Jankuloski
Script: Robert Jankuloski, Ilindenka Petrusheva
Photography: Robert Jankuloski
Editing: Blazhe Dulev
Sound: Darko Spasovski
Music: Kerkez Goran
Production: MCF Film Production
North Macedonia / Germany / 2019 / 65’
Tetovo is a desolate city on the edge of a small country in Southeastern Europe. In order to escape the economic, political and cultural hopelessness, most young people dream of a future abroad. A description of the state of a generation between hope and reality and poses the question of real life in a disastrous environment. The three different protagonists are all on their way to leave, be it into the inner, or into the vastness.
Director: Biljana Garvanlieva, Manuel Zimmer
Script: Biljana Garvanlieva, Manuel Zimmer
Photography: Manuel Zimmer
Editing: Sashko Potter Micevski
Sound: Darko Boshkovski
Music: Josifovski Oliver
Production: Dream Factory
The way of clave
North Macedonia / 2019 / 60’
Dancers and musicians from different parts of the world are clustered through one universal rhythm – clave. This story is narrated by Tehamana, a singer and trumpeter who wanders and seeks the way that that would bring her back to her essence – the music.
Director: Lidija Mojsovska
Photography: Samir Ljuma, Gorjan Atanasov
Editing: Gorjan Atanasov
Sound: Sashko Potter Micevski
Music: Toni Kitanovski
The docu-nights at MakeDox prove that where words fail, music speaks… When the day is done, after hours of working, indulging into film screenings, or maybe digesting personal stories, we stop for a moment to rest and feel that the An is also taking a breath. Then, the film canvas turns black, so our menu offers a hot spot that links directly to emotions- we dwell upon them, feed their inside, share them or let them go wild… It’s time for our version of Scheherazade and 1001 Nights, our bedtime stories. While the guitar, the oud, the kemane and the accordion echo around, one should just carefully listen, and they will hear all the stories that were once told in the dark nooks of this place- all the adventures, misfortunes, boastful lyrics of personal praises and hard fates. And all those who played here prompted by joy, delight, grief or for the sake of shelter or bread.
This year, Mr. John Parish will have the honor to awake the hidden stories and melodies in the An. Let’s be clear- our expectations are seriously high!
See you at night, in the stories…
COLLABORATIONS WITH FESTIVALS
In a world full of differences and borders, films, including documentaries, are a uniting factor that tears down borders and merges meridians. One of the missions of MakeDox is exactly this- merging worlds through the documentary film expression. During its ten-year-long history, MakeDox has presented a wide array of cultural diversity that stretches down the endless film meridians. We are proud to say that in our 10th, jubilee edition we’ve established international collaboration with the most renowned festivals of documentary films from France, Germany. Iceland and Georgia.
In addition, this year we’ve exchanged a number of experiences regarding the organization, programs, and ideas with the festival FIPADOC from France. This thirty-one-year-old festival has recently decided to focus its entire film program on documentary cinema, together with the most prominent international festival for documentary and animated films in Germany- DOK Leipzig. This year, MakeDox has joined its forces with these two festivals and created the Kids and Youth Program. Further on, the team of MakeDox visited Georgia and Iceland, taking part in the juries of the IceDocs International Documentary Film Festival and CinéDOC-Tbilisi, the leading festival of documentary film in the Caucasian region. At these festivals, together with the film professionals, the audience, the students and the festival organizers, we have exchanged ideas and experiences, collecting inspiration for greater and even more significant future collaborations in the realm of cinema, focusing on the methods of presentation of documentary films to audiences.
Finally, we are looking forward to using these collaborations for promoting festivals in the framework of our festival program, believing that this would improve the quality of the program itself and, moreover, it would provide a unique opportunity to the Macedonian audience to keep on enjoying the cohesive power of art in documentary films. Namely, each year, after the end of the festival edition, we feel richer thanks to the new creative stories and experiences that tear down the walls erected around and inside us, so we ardently cross the physical as well as mental borders we encounter. We hope that this year will promote new sparks of inspiration and energy through exchange and collaboration between festivals, in order to keep our creative expression unravel further and to open new doors to different cultural worlds and possibilities for our audience.