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NISI MASA European Network of Young Cinema

FilmLab Catalog


Film Lab projects per YEAR



















FilmLab projects per GEOGRAPHICAL AREA


FilmLab produced in


(Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro) Euro-balkan video letters/ Doko Yomi


(Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) Istanbul Express


(Spain, Portugal, Monaco, Italy, Malta, Slovenia, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus) One take/ Snow/ Visions of Istanbul/ Istanbul Express

Central Europe

(Croatia, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia) Bucharest experimental/ Occupy Mash up/ Visions of Prague/ Survive Style/ Budapest Squares/ Istanbul Express

Western Europe (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Switzerland) Soap/ Kino Generator/ Visions of Paris/ Filmed correspondences/ Kino Kabaret NISI MASA/ Rush up/ Istanbul Express Eastern Europe

(Belarus, Bulgaria, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Ukraine) Cine Train Trans Siberian/ Istanbul Express

Northern Europe (Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, The British Isles) Cine Boat/ Nationalities and Identities of Malmo/ Istanbul Express


FilmLab projects per CATEGORY


Key words

Genre animation art film documentary drama essay experimental fantasy humorous kino kabaret love story mash-up musical one shot parody portrait travelogue video letter web series

All NISI MASA Film Lab’s movies are about Youngsters in Europe.


love story ethnic community family

Cultural Identity

nationalism multilingualism lifestyle


street art dance poetry archives architecture


citizenship engagement media


globalization tourism migration




SOAP was managed by NISI MASA in cooperation with Kino Euphoria in Marseille, February 2013.

Key Words family crisis love story

SOAP is a webseries that consists of 7 episodes which aim to mould the conventions of a TV SOAP OPERA into different film genres. The project tries to support collective and practical filmmaking with focus on creativity and border-free forms of expression. The idea is to play around the concept of a soap which will never be the same again – mixing up the conventions of daily soap operas with various film genres. The aim of a 5-day project is to promote collective filmmaking. In spite of the abstract concept of SOAP, the films deal with contemporary life crises; the applicants are encouraged to include themes of immigration, euro crisis and youth employment to their work proposals.

Supported by Council of Europe/ European Commission’s Youth in Action programme

ABOUT THE FILMS total lenght: 67’45

Online videos: https://vimeo.com/channels/soapmarseille Online info: soapnisimasa.wordpress.com

CURSE ON THE SISTERS DEJA VU DARLING 1/7 10’ 49 / drama, humorous by Pierre Puget (France) Rivaling sisters Zelda and Jean try to settle their differences after the funeral of their father but only end up declaring war over the family inheritance and business. Executing his father’s will, Paul starts working with them but falls in love with Zelda after which sister Desdemona gets an idea to curse all of Europe…


09’47 / fantasy by Jared Fryer (UK) Scientist Patrick Swayze has created an identical twin of himself to make a family reality show. Paul tries to make alcoholic Zelda notice him, but the nymphomaniac Jean surprises him in her bedroom. Who will be voted out?


10’58 / lovestory by Ana Álvarez (Spain) & Ude Baranda (Spain) Jean tries to seduce Paul with her hypnosis skills in order to win him over. A singing sidekick Marian is depressed about Desdemona not returning his love, while Patrick Swayze experiments with a time travel potion.

DEJA VU NAKED, ZELDA! DEJA VU DARLING 4/7 11’58 / fantasy by Jerker Beckam (Sweden) Desperate Zelda accidentally drinks Patrick Swayze’s time potion and is split into two: Zelda A is in a coma, while Zelda B flashes back and forth in time. Jean finds out a horrible family secret.

DADDY, HOW COULD YOU? DEJA VU DARLING 5/7 06’21 / fantasy by Elisabeth Raymond (Sweden) Hysterical Jean is trying to come to terms with Zelda’s revelation. Desdemona sets up a new curse.

THE FLUTE OF REVENGE DEJA VU DARLING 6/7 08’30 / fantasy by Paolo Iskra (Sweden) Thanks to Desdemona’s curse, Paul and Marian turn into zombies bent on killing Jean and Zelda. Patrick Swayze must decide whether he thinks the unbalanced human race is worth saving.

OH SISTER, SWEET SISTER DEJA VU DARLING 7/7 09’22 / bollywood musical by Andrada Popan Dorca (Romania) Marian – partly dezombiefied – has to remember his human side and write a song to save the day (and Europe) and counter Desdemona’s curse. Will the sisters come together in the end?



FRANCE KINO GENERATOR was organised by NISI MASA in Strasbourg, France, January 2013. Key Words love story multilingualism lifestyle Supported by European Commission’s Youth in Action programme / City of Strasbourg

GENERATOR is a youth audiovisual forum, hosted by NISI MASA. It’s a transnational youth seminar that took place during 3 days in Strasbourg, France. During the seminar, participants attended numerous activities such as group workshops in Scriptwriting, Film Lab and Kino Kabaret. This year 40 adrenaline-driven filmmakers participated in Kino Kabaret and presented their filmmaking skills on the final evening of the forum when their films were screened. What is Kino Kabaret? Kino is a movement created as a means of providing both amateur and professional filmmakers with a place to create and screen their short films. Kino Kabaret is an innovative filmmaking lab where invited artists create films in small crews, in a mindset of spontaneity and with little or no budget. The production method utilizes principles of non-competitive work to encourage cocreation.

ABOUT THE FILMS total lenght: 40’06

Online videos: https://vimeo.com/channels/kinogenerator Online info: http://generatornisimasa.wordpress.com/


02’43 /animation, parody by Calin Bobeica (France) and Aurite Kouts (France) A rendition of the famous space opera with a parodic DIY twist.


02’02 / love story, essay by Anastasia Kovalchuk (Romania) A young man realizes he’s not who he thought he was.


02’03 / experimental, one shot by Jiří Straka (Czech Republic) and Klára Trsková (Czech Republic) People passing by an automatic pay point seen as an altar.


02’58 / humorous by Samuli Salonen (Finland) An absurdist get-together of two friends.


00’53 / humoristic by Saara Lahnajärvi (Finland) A boy, a girl, a declaration, and a reaction, but not the one you would expect.


02’28 / fantasy by George Hooker (Ireland) An action sequence with a sci-fi background.


06’00 / love story, drama by Simon Bonanni (France) The nightly meandering of a young man.


02’30 / documentary by Gözde Efe (Turkey) A documentary about a cafe in Strasbourg with a Turkish owner.



01’51/ comedy, love story by Mark Holland (Ireland) A fanciful meeting between a man and a woman.

02’22 and 02’56 / comedy, love story by Morgane Launay (France) and Judith Meister(Germany) A couple breaks up in an unusual way.

04’29 / humoristic by Ilina Perianova (Bulgaria) Two girls from an imaginary and pacifist land, speaking an imaginary language are touring in Strasbourg, home of the European Parliament.


05’04 / parody, documentary by Francesco Conte (Italy) Stories of employment scams.


04’27 / experimental by Sini Järnström (Finland) A gathering of moments from the GENERATOR event set on 3 musical pieces.



FRANCE/ROMANIA Key Words archives architecture migration Supported by European Commission’s Youth in Action programme / Kodak Cinelabs Romania

BUCHAREST EXPERIMENTAL was managed by NISI MASA in Bucharest, Romania, November 2012. It was organised as a part of the Experimental Film Workshop during the Bucharest Experimental Film Festival. NISI MASA’s workshop is a collaboration with BIEFF, The National University of Theatre and Film “I.L. Caragiale” (UNATC), Artidava Cultural Center and Carter Films. Filmmakers from Austria, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, and Romania gathered together in Bucharest for five days to get their hands dirty on experimental filmmaking. Participants were tackling different methods guided by two international film tutors, professors Radu Igazsag (RO) and Ro Lawrence (USA) and an electronic music composer, whose name was a surprise. During the Bucharest Experimental Film Festival participants worked with different material from 8mm films, remixing YouTube archives to stop-motion etc.

ABOUT THE FILMS total lenght: 40’16

Online videos: vimeo.com/channels/bucharestexperimental Online info: http://nisimasa.com

BUILDINGS 01’18/ essay by Manuela Borza (Romania) Hypnotic meditation on space and time through digital double-exposure.

BUILDING GO ROUND 04’12/ essay by Daria Blažević (Croatia) Hypnotic meditation on space and time through digital double-exposure.



01’40/ essay by Ioana Tarchila (Romania) View on interpersonal interactions through a game of cards.

04’30/ essay, documentary by Paula Onet (Romania) Meditation of a young adult dealing with his memories and the remains of teenage angst.



03’11/ essay by Luigi Vitiello (Italy) A stop-motion of a musical wandering in Bucharest.

09’07/ essay by Ioana Mischie (Romania) A script play is written but who’s the character and who’s the writer?



02’56/ essay by Hannaleena Hauru (Finland) A discussion on intimacy and its links with arts and the world.

01’26 by Peter Lichter (Hungary) A kaleidoscopic experience in which editing, focus, and aperture are used to blur boundaries between cold shininess and organic sensuality.

FROM KRASNOGORKS WITH LOVE 03’06/ essay by Synes Elyschka (Austria), Filippo Spreafico (Italy) Exploring the images’ texture of personal videos through a mise en abyme.

KUNGU FU SUPER 8 03’33 by Philip Krieps (Luxembourg), Georgia Aliferi (Greece) Through analogies with craftsmen, this movie is a reminder of the physicality that was involved in the making of a film prior to the digital era.

SECOND NATURE 05’17/ essay by Grig Vulpe (Romania), Bela Lukac (Germany) Aesthetic account on the cohabitation of mineral and organic fragments through texture shots.



FRANCE/FINLAND Key Words multilinguism migration nationalism Supported by Council of Europe / Turku European Capital of Culture 2011

CINE BOAT Polyglot was managed by NISI MASA in cooperation with Euphoria Borealis in Turku, Finland, June 2011. “18 young directors from all over Europe, 15 days in Finland, 1 boat”. The result : 6 exciting short documentaries shot during a boat trip around the Finnish islands. The Finnish archipelago is a bilingual region - its identity is tied to a high number of Swedish-speaking Finns. The line between a “Swedish Finn” and a “Finnish Finn” is clearly not only a linguistic one, but how deep do the differences go? Also, how could their case be related to other European contexts, with multilingualism as daily reality for many? The project involved hundreds of participants and spanned two years,

ABOUT THE FILMS total lenght: 52’26

Online videos: https://vimeo.com/channels/cineboat Online info: www.nisimasa.com

DRIFTING HOME 09’46 / portrait, documentary by Nicolas Servide (Argentina/ Denmark), Judit Kájel (Hungary), Kirill Naumko (Ukraine) The ferries represent a key element in our protagonists’ everyday lives. This film takes them on board to navigate through their reflections upon their own life paths, and how they led them to the islands.



12’04 / humouristic by Alastair Cole (New Zealand/ UK), Daniel Szöllösi (Hungary), Anna Dmitrieva (Bulgaria) Who is Pikku-Kalle? Are you Pikku-Kalle? This short documentary is a film about what it means to grow up, to tell a joke, and to be Finnish. The film crosses the beautiful Finnish archipelago of Turku for the mischievous character of PikkuKalle, giving an insight into the satirical world of Finland, and reminding us of the naughty child that is inside every one of us.

09’39 / documentary/ parody by Albina Griniūtė (Lithuania), Melissa Suárez del Real (Mexico/Spain), Gautier Dullion (France) Moist and flower-covered woods, numerous and endless summer sunsets by the beach are some of the highlights of the Turku Archipelago in the south of Finland. This might look like the perfect destination for your next holidays, but perhaps all this beauty is more appealing to some other kind of creatures: mosquitoes.



08’23 / essay by Silvio Ivicic (Croatia), Laure Anna Franques (France), Sam Batink (Netherlands) Filmed on the islands of Houtskari (Houtskär) and Utö, this story portrays two different generations of the archipelago’s women and their thoughts on life and happiness.

13’53 / essay by Miki Ambrózy (Hungary/ Greece), Nick Shaw (UK), Begüm Güleç (Turkey) We see several narratives of everyday life, working by poetic association to create a mosaic on the subject of silence in this part of Finland. As a symbol of silence and isolation, the film begins with a poem read out by a drunken sailor as the lighthouse of Utö comes to life. The question that the film explores is whether Finns really have a unique, almost religious disposition towards silence.


08’41 / documentary/parody by Linda Dombrovszky (Hungary), George Groshkov (Bulgaria), Séverine Beaudot (France) 9 people recount their most remarkable memories from the Finnish army service; they try to reconstruct the situations again which leads to some unexpected experiences...



FRANCE/SLOVENIA The OCCUPY MASHUP Workshop took place in Maribor, Slovenia, 2012. Key Words occupy movement globalization media Supported by European Comission’s Youth in Action programme

The workshop is inspired by the Occupy Movement, which may not have strong leaders or revolutionary power, but does show that there is a large-scale opposition to the current economic system. The Occupy movement is mainly run and populated by young people who see the world we live in as far from perfect. Young filmmakers should have a peek inside. What are the dreams and aspirations of the protesters and what is stopping them from achieving their goals? Selected participants made mashups about the Occupy Movement using found footage gathered from around the world to give them their own meaning, support, or judgment. They were encouraged to mix this found footage with their own rushes, shot in their home cities or on location in Maribor. The workshop brought together young people, aged 18-30, from five different countries (Slovenia, Italy, Sweden, France, and the Netherlands). The tutor of the event was Slovenian filmmaker Maja Malus, who has years of experience in working for TV, mentoring workshops, and leading international projects.

ABOUT THE FILMS total lenght: 25’17

Online video: https://vimeo.com/channels/occupymashup Online info: http://nisimasa.com/wp/

SPRING 06’07 / mash up, essay by Sara Barberis (Italy), Xavier Demoulin (France), Karl Taula (France) Heads: a world where money is the watchword. Tails: the dark side of the force. Here, the mounting crescendo film follows the rise to a violent occurrence of the Occupy movement.


12’50 / mash up, essay by Cristina Lurissevich (Italy), Eugenio Buson (Italy), Samuel Ab (France) The society of the spectacle is to be seen in a department store. While soundtrack film clips, philosophical essays, speeches and testimonies intertwine, the image slides to reflect on the headless mannequins. Until the very exhaustion of the meaning/ essence of the place.

CHAOS 04’31 / mash up, essay by Martin Thorbjörnsson (Sweden), Sanne Rovers (Netherlands), Iacopo di Nuzzo (Italy) Battle of images and slogans between representatives of 99% of population and the politic liberalism. An essay on the media perception of a global movement - from a revolting spring to a long winter...

UPANJE (PERSONAL) 01’49 / mash up, essay by Paolo Iskra (Sweden), Sanne Van Vliet (Netherlands), Yuri Lavecchia (Italy) What if the Occupy movement images were more focused on people? Would it change our perception of it? Here, the citizens of Maribor affirm their existence.They look straight in the eyes of the camera, as well as the public’s. Beauty of a society in perpetual movement.




Cine Train ISTANBUL EXPRESS took place in trains crossing Europe, September 2010. Three crews of young filmmakers from three different corners of Europe get on a train. They all travel through the continent via different routes making short documentary films and finally arrive at the same time in Istanbul. There they finish their films and share their experiences. During the trips the same themes were explored by every team: the Turkish in Europe/ Urban Dialogue/ Multilingual Love/ Translation vs. European common language/ Minorities vs. Official Language. 15 films have been produced around those themes.

Key Words ethnic community multilingualism migration art nationalism Supported by Ankara Cinema Association/ CFCU/ Civil Society Dialogue/ Council of Europe/ European Union, Film Stockholm/ Filmbase and Istanbul European Capital of Culture 2010

The topic of this filmmaking workshop, multilingualism, relates to different layers of our everyday lives. The upcoming Euro-generation is encouraged to be multilingual, whilst safeguarding their own specific cultural identities. By travelling around Europe by train, Istanbul Express aims to explore the question of multilingualism through film, by giving young people free range to discover this New Europe. In three weeks on three trains 45 young filmmakers met and crossed their paths in three European film capitals: Tallinn, San Sebastian and Turin. Divided into groups of three (one director, one cinematographer and one sound engineer), they made 15 short documentaries on the way to Istanbul. The participants of the 3 travelling routes passed a total of 24 cities in 18 different countries, before reaching the final destination. At each stop they took part in numerous public events - screenings, master classes and press conferences. Three trains finally arrived to Istanbul on the 10th of October, and the filmmakers got the chance to edit their films, as well as attend a week-long series of events, screenings, panels, meetings and parties.

ABOUT THE FILMS Total length for 3 DVD’s: 148’07

Online videos: https://vimeo.com/channels/cinetrainistanbulexpress Online infos: http://issuu.com/emiliep/docs/istanbulexpress

SAN SEBASTIAN TRAIN Total length: 52’29 Turkish in Europe KOVI KOVI (Side by Side) 15’06 / documentary by Ezgi Kaplan (Turkey), Sander Lopes Cardozo (Netherlands), Tirza Bosshardt (Switzerland) A Turkish director explores the relationships between the Armenians and the Turks.

Urban Dialogue MARTHA 09’46 / portrait by Lyubomir Pechev (Bulgaria), Paulo Martinho (Portugal), Ainara Vera Esparza (Spain) A regular day in the life of a peculiar street artist.

Multilingual Love LOVE IN TRANSIT 09’52 / documentary by Séverine Beaudot (France), Tuce Zenginkene (UK), Dena Popova (Bulgaria) Love between a native and foreigner is not unusual. Problems with immigration politics are not either.

Translation vs. Eurospeak HOP ON HOP OFF 11’15 / documentary by Igor Bezinović (Croatia), Matthias Kammerer (Germany), Zeynep Merve Uygun (Turkey) Tourists, guides, ticket sellers; what are their views on touristic activities?

Minorities vs. Official Language I AM NOT HERE 06’30 / documentary by Paulo Couto (Portugal), Gisela Ritzén (Sweden), Anna Brufau (Spain) People looking for a way to find balance between their heritage and the country they live in.

TALLIN TRAIN Total lenght : 50’54

TURIN TRAIN Total length: 44’44 Urban Dialogue WE ARE NOT LIVING IN A FUCKING HOSPITAL 07’30 / documentary by Vappu Tuomisto (Finland), Liso Cassano (France), Jerker Beckman (Sweden) Night and urban surrounding, the perfect setting to meet graffiti artists.

Minorities vs. Official Language YOU CAN’T HIDE LOVE FROM GYPSIES 05’00 / experimental by Mara Trifu (Romania), Lucille Caballero (France), Ando Naulainen (Estonia) A nightly funfair, a blonde dog, a fortuneteller and a hidden love.

Multilingual Love BACHELOR PARTY 1 5’20 / documentary by Luca Lucchesi (Italy), Mihai Marius Apopei (Romania), Julia Szephelyi (Hungary) Is it possible to define Love with images? From Tallinn to Istanbul, a ‘structureless’ documentary: a collection of memories and traces, pieces of a colourful mosaic, recalling the most important steps of the director’s own sentimental education.

Translation vs. European common language LOST IN TRAIN STATION 08’04 / documentary by Grzegorz Brzozowski (Poland), Vefik Karaege (Turkey), Bas Voorwinde (Netherlands) Strangers at a train station, no murder involved, just impromptu communication… or is it?

Turkish in Europe HIGH HIGH MOUNTAINS 15’00 / essay, musical by Catalin Musat (Romania), Vincent Bitaud (France), Nicolas Servide (France) Meetings with several musicians across Europe recreating the same song.

Urban Dialogue POLIGRAD 05’57 / experimental by Rui Silveira (Portugal), Bela Lukac (Germany), Marcin Knyziak (Poland) POLIGRAD is a vision of the city resulting from the synthesis made in the mind of a traveler by his focused itinerary through several Eastern European cities.

Turkish in Europe 1001 DAYS 10’44 / documentary by Olivier Jourdain (Belgium), Zeynep Köprülü (Turkey) A Turkish soap opera, loosely based on the Scheherazade character, is a huge hit in the Balkans. The film explores the social impact and the perception of the soap.

Multilingual Love DO YOU REALLY LOVE ME? 11’02 / documentary by Alastair Cole (UK), Leo Bruges (UK), Pyotr Magnus Nedov (Moldova) How do two people that are in love, but have different mother tongues, communicate?

Minorities vs. Official Language LISTEN TO ME 10’45 / documentary By Iris Segundo García (Germany), Léa Silvia Moneta Caglio (Germany), Tuğçe Sönmez (Turkey) Sign languages differ depending on the country, how do deaf people manage to communicate internationally?

Translation vs. Eurospeak SAY HELLO IN SLOVIO 06’16 / documentary by May Abdalla (UK), Niklas Kullstorm (Finland), Francois-Xavier Lesaffre (France) A man invented a new language to linguistically unite the Slavic people but what do the Slavic people have to say about it?




VISIONS OF PRAGUE, co-organised by NISI MASA and Fresh Film Fest, took place in Prague, Czech Republic, on August 2010.

Key Words tourism migration street art Supported by European Commission’s Youth in Action programme / Council of Europe

The concept of the workshop was to invite young filmmakers from five different countries (France, Italy, Spain, Austria and the Czech Republic) to investigate the city of Prague and attend some general presentations. Prague is a place of historical significance and a crossroads of many different influences. Due to its centrality and thanks to a UNESCO listing the old centre as the World Heritage Site, the city is a regular stopover for young people travelling in Europe. However, its contemporary social and cultural spectrum is often not fully understood. The youth meeting “Visions of Prague” aimed to go much further than the usual superficial, touristic point of view and allow participants to reflect on the European diversity through a deeper exploration of this famous location combined with intercultural exchange within teams of individuals coming from different countries, backgrounds and perspectives.The term “invaders” was to be interpreted in multiple ways, for example it could mean tourists, expats, or even advertisements present in Prague. The participants undertook research, met locals and exchanged points of view with them whilst exploring and filming the city. They investigated the invaders theme, discussed their findings together and attended general presentations given by their tutor, renowned Czech documentary maker Miroslav Janek. A screening of the resulting short videos of the workshop and a question and answer session with the groups of young filmmakers was held for a local audience within the framework of the Fresh Film Fest.

ABOUT THE FILMS total length: 22’26

Online videos: https://vimeo.com/channels/visionsofprague Online info: www.nisimasa.com

GOLIAS 01’59 / experimental by Laetitia Ricklin (France), Martin Klimpar (Czech Republic), Anna Brufau (Spain) Golias or another anonymous weak hero dreaming about revolution. Everyone is suspicious. Metallic sounds. Tourists are gathering, faces shine. Uncountable eternal keys appear. The cloud is euphoric while new keys with no teeth, produced in a series, are waiting for their destiny, under the light of the key maker…

K 04’23 / experimental by Emmanuel Falguières (France), Tatiana Papaleo (Italy), Andrea Rigo (Italy) German, Czech and English language mingle with the conversations of the locals, as well as the monologues of sonorous travel guides. Everything schizophrenically seen and heard from different perspectives, it could be even Franz Kafka himself telling the story.

ON GUARD 05’29 / documentary by Samuel Ab (France), Sara Berberis (Italy), Diana Giromini (Italy) Everyone who’s been to Prague has passed them by, but this short documentary dares to take a closer look. Guards of the Prague Castle are presented in the picture along with the tourists, but in stark opposition - is the zoom of the camera a substitute of a weapon against them?

NO MORE LEFT 06’12 / documentary by Michal Hogenauer (Czech Republic), Amaya Murga (Spain), Edoardo Bergamin (Italy) Empty streets, empty windows - what happened to Prague as we know it, bustling with cheerful crowds? Apparently there are only two men left, struggling to get to the other side of the wall under a no-trespassing sign. Careful, the lack of rules might equal the end of humanity here...

NOTES ON GRAVITY 04’23 / documentary by Elvire Duvelle Charles (France), Oscar Gómez (Spain), Ana Sanz Mozon A close portrayal of a troupe of actors in preparation for a performance. Not only do they recite lines but also prepare their bodies to adjust to different roles, making them more alien but less invasive to their own personalities.




Project organized by NISI MASA Sweden in Malmö, Sweden, on June 2010.

Key Words ethnic community nationalism multilingualism citizenship

The concept of the workshop was to invite filmmakers from 8 different countries to make documentary portraits of a Swedish person with whom they shared their national heritage. All films were made in each respective language. Apart from eight portraits there were also three teams making films which focused on the city of Malmö. How does the city manifest its national identity? What does the architecture, the fashion trends, the public meeting places, the traffic, say about a city and its nationality? Could Malmö be anywhere in the world? The participants, aged 18-30, came from: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Chile, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Peru, Poland and Turkey. The main theme of the project was identities and nationalities in multiethnic societies. The objectives were to explore and raise awareness about the complexity of national identities among today’s youth in Europe. In addition to the portraits, two films were made about Malmö itself, exploring in which way national identity might be manifested in specific areas of a city.

Supported by Council of Europe / European Commission’s Youth in Action programme / Film i Skåne / Glokala Folkhögskolan / Skurups Folkhögskola

ABOUT THE FILMS total lenght: 67’28

Online videos: http://vimeo.com/nisimasa/nationalitiesandidentitiesmalmo Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=v0OhKLRehrM Online info: http://nisimasa.com/wp/

VÄSTRA HAMNEN 02’05 / documentary by Joona Pettersson (Finland), Martina Illes (Hungary), Elżbieta M. Stachowiak (Poland) A skateboarder explaining why Malmö is a nice place.

MÖLLAN 06’00 / documentary by Lisa Aylin Berns (Germany) An account on gentrification on Sweden’s National Day.

SONJA 06’35 / documentary, portrait by Sawandi Groskind (Germany) and Otto Andersson (Finland) A young Finnish-speaking woman in Sweden.



06’50 / documentary by Aleksandra Gowin (Poland), Aleksandra Wiecha (Poland) A young DJ, his family and his chosen family.

03’40 / documentary, portrait by Jelena Topić (Bosnia) A young woman tries to define herself, without labels.

PINAR 07’20 / documentary, portrait by Deniz Buga (Turkey) The portrait of a young actress through the reading of a letter to her mother.


07’35 / documentary, portrait by Mara Klein (France, Germany) Portrait, in form of a loop, ofof a young philosophy enthusiast from Germany living in Sweden.

AZAR 04’20 / documentary, portrait by Nilofar Saraj (Iran) An Iranian family in Sweden discuss cultural and linguistic specificities.

MONIKA 02’30 / documentary, portrait by Judit Kocsis (Hungary) A musician talks about her multinational identity.

MICHAEL 07’00 / documentary, portrait by Ignacio Rojas and Pablo Carrera (Chile) A lonely reggae bass player, his life and his view on the film.



FRANCE/RUSSIA Key Words nationalism migration ethnic community multilingualism Supported by Council of Europe / European Cultural Foundation in partnership with Moviement / Miru Mir / Pacific Meridian

CINE TRAIN took place from Moscow to Vladivostok, Russia, thanks to NISI MASA and Moviement on 2008. Organising an itinerant cinema event - NISI MASA old-timers had been nurturing this crazy idea ever since the origins of the network. It took the arrival of the Russian association Moviement for the dream to become reality. Our enthusiastic Moscow-based colleagues intended to bring an up-to-date, unique working method, invented by the Russian documentary filmmakers in the 1930s. It was called the ‘Cine-Train’. Film crews, under the guidance of Aleksandr Medvedkin, used to travel through the Soviet Union in specially equipped wagons. Although they were filming the industrial achievements of the regime, the underlying goal was to give the power of speech to people who didn’t normally have the opportunity to get their voices heard. 18 young filmmakers travelled along 9 288 kilometers of the Trans-Siberian express from Moscow to Vladivostok, asking «Where does Europe end?» What specific expressions or feelings of these borders can be found? From Moscow to Vladivostok, NISI MASA and Moviement offered the participants (rallied into 6 shooting crews) the possibility to answer these questions in a stimulating atmosphere, supported with professional tutors, far away from clichés and preconceived ideas.

ABOUT THE FILMS total lenght: 63’59

Online videos: https://vimeo.com/channels/cinetraintranssiberian Online Info: http://cinetrain-project.com/?page_id=49

RUSSIAN PLAYGROUND 10’24 / documentary by Dénes Nagy (Hungary), Leo Bruges (UK), Anna Dmitrieva (Bulgaria) In the outskirts of Moscow, Ekaterinburg and Sludianka, kids display great ingenuity in creating their own playgrounds…

THE LENIN CODE 11’59 / humoristic, documentary by Nikita Sutyrin (Russia), Monika Kotacka (Poland), Julien Pierrefeu (France) Do the statues of Lenin hide a secret? A mockumentary-style investigation into the legacy of the USSR’s founding father.

TERRITORIES 10’07 / portrait, documentray by Monika Baptista (Portugal), Filip Syczysnki (Poland), Eugeniy Goryainov (Russia) Two men travel in the same train to Lake Baikal. Without them knowing it, a genuine link connects them, Chechnya.

TRANSSIBERIAN VOICES 10’43 / musical, essay by Jochem de Vries (Netherlands), Márton Vízkelety (Hungary), Guillaume Protsenko (France) The Transsiberian brings passengers from all over Eurasia together. Many of them have folkloric songs to share; they are beautiful.

MC RUSSIA 11’11 / humoristic, documentary by Andrei Tanase (Romania), Georgy Groshkov (Bulgaria), Florian Krebs (Germany) A German student conducts research on the vogue of fast-food restaurants in Russia. Will the Western model impose itself all the way to the city of Ulan-Ude?

BETWEEN DREAMS 09’35 / essay by Iris Olsson (Finland), Natasha Pavlovskaya (Russia), Dimitris Tolios (Greece) In the sleeping wagons of the Transsiberian, people’s dreams tell about their fears, their hopes... and their futures!



FRANCE/TURKEY Genre one shot documentary Key Words art migration ethnic community Supported by Municipality of Kars

ONE TAKE workshop is a partnership between NISI MASA and the 14th edition of the Festival on Wheels, Turkey, in 2008. 5 European participants travelled to Kars, where their challenge was to produce a film from one single plan sequence. Kars is a suitable city for this kind of filming, since its scenery is very convenient for long takes. An intersection point of Armenian, Caucasian, Russian and Turkish cultures, the architecture and design reflects this diversity. Although the films were made in one take, the preparation phase of the workshop was very intense!

ABOUT THE FILMS total lenght: 17’36

Online videos: https://vimeo.com/channels/onetakeworkshop Online info: www.nisimasa.com

COIN ACTION 05’54 / documentary, oneshot by Luca Percivalle (Italy) A meandering camera follows people in the streets of Kars.

STONE HOUSE 04’14 / art film, oneshot by Jean François Fardulli (Italy) A man sculpts small-scale models of houses.

THE ONES WHO LEAVES 04’35 / drama, oneshot by Ianis Guerrero (Mexico) A couple discusses the desire of one of them to go abroad.

NOWHERE 02’53 / oneshot by Jessika Jankert (Sweden) Two friends, by the water, dreaming of oversea exotism.

RUSH UP! 2008



RUSH UP! was organised by NISI MASA FRANCE during the alternative venue called Les Voûtes in July-September 2008, Paris, France.

Key Words tourism family Supported by Avid/ City of Paris (label Paris Europe)

NISI MASA France has welcomed 12 young European participants who are tired of not having time to edit the bunch of images that they took in the past few years . The rules of the game were to send an original and personal 60-minute DV tape of rushes of any kind: tourism, family, friends, travel, raw material of a finished or unfinished project… In exchange the participants received a similar tape sent by someone else from a different country. They had 1 month to edit a movie with that tape (duration 5 to 10 minutes) with the help of any “post- production tools” they wished: special effects, original sounds and music, subtitles, text and so on – but no right to shoot additional images.

ABOUT THE FILMS total length: 57’53

Online videos: https://vimeo.com/channels/rushup Online info: www.nisimasa.com

CRASH IT UP 06’08 / musical, essay by Guillaume Mercier (France) Electro-glitch remix of the unexpected life that surrounds a garbage container.

ICE 05’52 / documentary, humorous by Lena Lemerhofer (Austria) Workers piercing through the ice of a lake.



09’18 / experimental, musical by Anastasia Lobkovski (Finland) The tale of an impromptu meeting in a puzzle-like way.

09’53 / experimental by Christoph Hornak (Austria) A film working as an audio cassette: one side is a requiem for lost revolutions, the other is an anthem anthem encouraging to take action.

QUEST 05’59 / musical by Fotini Kalle and Dimitris Giouzepas (Greece) A video plea against enforced disappearances.

POINT OF VIEW 04’29 / documentary by Bruno Herlin (France) From the rushes shot by all the participants on the 13/09/2008 about the work of Malam, African sculptor, at “Le Pont” (La Culée Rive gauche du Pont Alexandre III, Paris)

DER ITALIENISCHEN REISE 06’05 / travelogue, essay by Marcel Romeijn (Netherlands) A video journal of sensations during a trip to Italy.

BLACK BOX 09’09 / fantasy, documentary by Paula Redlefsen (Germany) The content of a camera as it could be seen by an extraterrestrial civilisation.

MEANWHILE, OVER THE HEDGE 05’29 / musical by Anna Nilsson (Netherlands) A blues moment by night as drama happens not so far away.




EURO BALKAN VIDEOS LETTERS was followed by NISI MASA (France) and Haide (Bulgaria). Young individuals were invited to take part in the International Screenwriter’s Festival in Bourges, which took place from 28th March to 1st April 2007 to present their films.

Key Words ethnic community multiligualism racism migration lifestyle Supported by Fondation de France

NISI MASA, as a growing network already present in countries such as Turkey, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, and Romania, is itself very engaged with the contemporary issues surrounding expansion. We were interested in what the concept of ‘European citizenship’ really meant to young people, and how the views of those from established EU member countries differred from those in recent or future member countries. Also, does an entry into the EU provide a sense of belonging and an openness to other cultures? And what motivates the future EU citizens? Thus during 4 months, 6 young participants from France and 12 from the following countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Romania and Turkey (all aged between 18-30), corresponded via short video letters on the theme: “Am I a European citizen?”

ABOUT THE FILMS total lenght: 92’36

18 shorts films addressed to a participant from another country (3 to 5 min)

Online video: https://vimeo.com/channels/eurobalkanvideoletters Online info: http://nisimasa.com/wp/

1 France - Macédonia 13’00 / animation, video letter THE ROCKY EUROPE SHOW by Cécila Cardoso Rodriguez and Marilou Hatinguais (France) SCHENGEN EXPLOSION by Bistra Gergieva (Macédonia) ESCAPE FROM PARADISE by Cécila Cardoso Rodriguez and Marilou Hatinguais (France)

2 Macédonia - Turkey 07’34 / documentary, video letter INTERVIEW by Boris Kaeski (Macedonia) A MURDERER by Oytun Kal (Turkey)

3 Croatia - Romania

5 Bulgaria - Kosovo

03’41 / travelogue, video letter DUBROVNIK by Srdran Larterza (Croatia). UNTITLED by Anca Teodorescu (Romania).

18’02 / love story, video letter THE FREEDOM by Natalia Ivanova (Bulgaria) FROM EUROPE TO EUROPE : LENGTH? by Berat Brestovci (Kosovo) UNTITLED by Natalia Ivanova ( Bulgaria) HOLIDAYS by Berat Brestovci (Kosovo) SAVESTIN by Natalia Ivanova (Bulgaria)

4 France - Croatia

07’27 / Travelogue, video letter NO ENTRY/NO EXIT by Juan Rodriguez (France) TRAVELLING by Antonio Gabelic (Croatia)

6 France - Kosovo 05’58 / musical, video letter A GIRL by Drilon Shala (Kosovo) MISSING by Anna Zuber, Javier Rex, Manuel Gonzales from Art School of Bourges (France). A STEP FURTHER by Drilon Shala (Kosovo)

7 France - Turkey 11’26 / experimental, video letter VIENS A SAINT GERMAIN by Group of 9 students with their teacher Fabien Ferrand - Edouard Vaillant High School (France). FROM ISTANBUL by Seda Aricioglu (Turkey) TRANS-VIERZON by Group of 9 students with their teacher Fabien Ferrand from the Edouard Vaillant High School (France)

8 France - Turkey 25’28 / documentary, video letter ABOUT EUROPEAN UNION by Camille Le Houezec, Jonathan Sitthiphonh from Art School Of Art Bourges (France) TURKISH WOMAN by Özge çelikaslan (Turkey) WORK IN PROGRESS by Camille Le Houezec, Jonathan Sitthiphonh from Art School Of Art Bourges (France) NO TITLE by Özge çelikaslan (Turkey)




Taking place between the 12th and 18th of March 2007 in Vienna, organized by Kino5 and NISI MASA, the SURVIVE STYLE Film Forum gathered 30 young people from 17 European countries.

Key Words migration lifestyle tourism Supported by Confrontation Europe

They were invited to take part in a youth film forum on the topic: “To be young in Europe – A risky business? Mobility and migration in Europe - through a creative perspective connected to film and audiovisual culture.” Some of the participants were migrants themselves, from Azerbaijan (Turkey), Venezuela (Belgium), Chile (Germany), Tunisia (Austria), Turkey (Austria). Others followed by an analysis and a discussion. All of the short films were also presented to the Austrian public at the Schikaneder Cinema.

ABOUT THE FILMS total lenght: 79’16

Online videos: https://vimeo.com/channels/mobilityineurope Online info: http://nisimasa.com/wp/

YOUNG SURVIVORS FROM A SMALL CITY 08’00 / documentary by Natalia Ivanova (Bulgaria) The film asks a question of how the young can survive in a small city on the Balkans. It shows stories and life decisions that three young people from a small Serbian city (Krusevac) have to deal with: unemployment, boredom which leads to drug abuse, immigration issues.



09’41 / documentary by Lilia Obletsova (Latvia), Evelina Sorokoviha (Latvia) Two close friends, both being in their last year at school, don’t share their views on the future. One of them is determined to leave, while the other one prefers to stay in her home town. Only 2 weeks before departure Catherine suddenly finds her love and understands that she has to make an important choice…

11’58 / essay by Cosima Jentzsch (Belgium) As an homage to Billie Holiday, Cosima Jentzsch interprets a girl dreaming to leave to New York but forced to stay in the harbour of Ostende.



05’36 / documentary by Giorgi Aronia (Georgia) This film shows the real life of a Georgian young man, in a symbolic way. What happens when you cannot jump over the barriers that are facing you in life?

08’01 / documentary by Ljiljana Cavic (Serbia) This is the story of one girl and her meeting with cities and places where she actually has not been. She, as a citizen of Serbia has low chance to get a visa. All she is left with is a chance to imagine. And she takes it.



10’54 / documentary by Maartje Alders (Netherlands), Silvio Ivicic (Croatia) On one side of Europe, a Dutch girl is talking about her travels around the world, expressing her ideas on what travelling means to young people. Meantime, on the other side, in Bosnia, Zoran is unable to go abroad and experience something different because his citizenship seems to be unwelcome in most of the foreign countries.

12’27 / documentary, video letter by Gonzalo Ballester (Spain) Illegal immigration is not a problem of only one society; for them, to the social uprooting we must add the most difficult part: the family division. This document was born of the desire to put together a family that since long ago wishes to do so - even if the reunion is only cinematic.

TRAVELLING 04’45 / documentary by Antonio Gabelic (Croatia) The tumultuous relationship of a young Croat with the European Union. A bitter point of view of someone always feeling as an outsider.

ON A TRAIN 10’45 / documentary by Barnabas Toth (Hungary) Two young men, a Finn and a Hungarian, are travelling by train. They don’t seem to communicate well.



FRANCE/HUNGARY Key Words lifestyle nationalism tourism

BUDAPEST SQUARES project took place in September 2007 in Budapest, Hungary. It was managed by NISI MASA and the Hugarian association Crass Tibi. What do squares as public areas mean to people? To what extent do they create a feeling of belonging to a community? And how can they change the course of history? The intended purpose of the “Budapest Squares” Project was to make young Europeans reflect, using audiovisual tools, on how these public areas function within our different societies and cultures. It also tried to demonstrate how, now more than ever, the square can be used innovatively as a tool for participative democracy. Budapest was a particularly interesting choice of location, not only because it is the capital of a former communist country, but also due to the mass public protests which took place there in September 2006. Hungary is currently facing significant changes in the use of its public squares, the nature of which are not as well-established as in most Western European nations. Local people are only now beginning to discover new ways of appropriating these spaces. Coming from 12 different countries, the participants made a short documentary on their chosen square (in groups of three), and were also encouraged to leave their own ‘fingerprint’ on the space, for example by organising a public happening or exhibition there. Throughout the project the young Europeans got the opportunity to participate in workshops, lectures, screenings and discussions about collective spaces in relation to public life. Relevant experts, filmmakers and photographers were invited to the event to share their thoughts on and experiences of urban spaces, participative democracy and visual representations of communities.

ABOUT THE FILMS total lenght: 43’30

Online videos: https://vimeo.com/channels/budapestsquares Online info: www.nisimasa.com

MOSCOW SQUARE 05’59 / documentary by Alexandra Marchenko (Russia), Adrian Aragones (Spain), Nedet Önder Sivimli (Turkey) Misery loves company, in the Moscow Square it gets some. Passengers waiting for their train, evangelists and volunteers of kitchen soups.

A RAINY TALE (HOUSE OF FUTURE) 02’59 / documentary by Francesca Cirilli (Italy), Natalia Ivanova (Bulgaria), Alejandro Pedregal (Spain) A little girl, having fun on a deserted playground, on a rainy day. Cuteness and contemplative calm wrapped into one short film.

KOSSUTH ANTHEM (KOSSUTH SQUARE) 08’14 / documentary by Nikita Sutyrin (Russia), Hana Gelb (Croatia), Emre Kayis (Turkey) A square with strong historical meaning is creating the debate between several people from Budapest.

HOLY TRINITY SQUARE 05’03 / documentary by Vanessa Url (Austria), Alex Tirajoh (Netherlands), Oana Rasuceanu (Romania) A critical insight on the tourism industry in Budapest by those who depend on it for their living.



03’39 / documentary by Nikolay Ivanov (Bulgaria), Francesca Saraullo (Italy), Vesna Ratkovic (Croatia) An honorific square dedicated to Hungary’s heroes seems to suffer from its monumental purpose.

05’39 / documentary by Dimitris Giouzepas (Greece), Lena Lemerhofer (Austria), Gianluca Zerial (France) A renowned promenade of Budapest where tourists walk and listen to street musicians becomes a prostitution area when the night falls..

TAKE AWAY (MARGARET ISLAND) 04’31 / documentary by Boris Kaeski (Macedonia), Iulia Rugina (Romania), Laura Groeneveld (Netherlands) What part of the center of Budapest would you take with you on Margaret Island ? That’s the question asked to several Budapesters.

ALMOST BUDAPEST (KÖBANYA-KIPEST) 07’26 / documentary by Anne Reverseau (France), Eero Tiainen (Finland), Arne Kohleweyer (Germany) The reality of Budapest crashes into the expectations of two Canadian girls on a trip through Europe.





SNOW 2007


FRANCE/TURKEY Key Words poesy love story engagement Supported by European Commission’s Youth in Action programme / Municipality of Kars

Snow NISI MASA Project took place in Kars, Turkey, in partnership with the 13th European Film Festival on Wheels, in 2007. After having explored the city of Istanbul (Visions of Istanbul), NISI MASA wanted to explore the opposite side of Turkey: Kars, a city in the far-east of the country. Nobel prize-winning Orhan Pamuk, a Turkish writer, was inspired by this place to write his novel “Snow”. This evocation of an old crossroads of civilisations was the starting point of this filmmaking workshop. Ten selected young Europeans were invited to shoot short films, having read the book beforehand. The aim was to show how the films would be influenced by Pamuk’s vision of this city. Kars and its inhabitants were the subjects of the filmmaking workshop.

6 European short films inspired by KAR, a novel by Orhan Pamuk Kars, Turkey

ABOUT THE FILMS total lenght: 54’58

Online videos: https://vimeo.com/channels/snowturkey Online info: http://nisimasa.com/wp/

SO THERE ARE NO POEMS COMING TO ME 04’33 / essay, love story by Hannaleena Hauru (Finland) A melancholic evocation of lost love between Helsinki, Beijing and Kars.

TANGERINE 08’47 / documentary by Balázs Simonyi (Hungary) A journalist arrives in a Turkish town to make an article about the local community. He’s investigating things, whilst he is also noticed by a secret agent. Who is following who? An ironic and humorous scene from Orhan Pamuk’s Snow.

KARS 06’08 / travelogue, art film by Ania Zuber (Poland), Manuel González Bustos (Spain), Javier Rex Jimenez (Spain) The images are a confrontation between the real Kars and what stays in the mind after reading Snow.


14’22 / portrait, documentary by Oytun Kal (Turkey) This is about the process of making a short film telling the story of Ka, who obsessively wants to take his love Ipek with him to Germany.

HEROES’ SQUARE 03’39 / documentary by Nikolay Ivanov (Bulgaria), Francesca Saraullo (Italy), Vesna Ratkovic (Croatia) An honorific square dedicated to Hungary’s heroes seems to suffer from its monumental purpose.

WE ALL HAVE A SNOWFLAKE 16’08 /drama, essay by Emmanuel Falguières (France) He is a tourist, but he just wants to make a film based on a novel. He is not a stranger, but he feels like one. How can you find yourself when following the idea of another?

HIDDEN SYMMETRY 05’00 / portrait, essay by Céline Giertta (Sweden) The parallel journeys of two young women across the city of Kars. In between, a veil…



V i s i o n s of Is t a n bu l





A project by NISI MASA with the partnership of 26th Istanbul IFF (Turkey), French film Institute and technical support of Bogazici Universtiy Mithat Alam Film Center (Turkey). The films were screened during the famous International Istanbul Film Festival on the 13th of April.

Key Words lifestyle ethnic community art

Istanbul, the border of Europe and the gate to the East, is surely one the most exciting cities to film. This collection of 5 short films made by young Europeans unveils some striking facets of Istanbul... Istanbul is surely one exciting place when it comes to exploring, collecting and playing with the images & sounds the city generates. That’s why NISI MASA organised a filmmaking workshop entitled “Visions of Istanbul”. During 6 days in April 2007, five groups of young Europeans filmed Istanbul from their own points of view and through a predominant primary colours: 5 colors for 5 groups. Together they gained a closer look – if somewhat fragmented - discovering a city which is at the crossroads of different civilisations living on the shores of the Bosphorus.

5 European shorts films istanbul, Turkey 7.-13. April 2007

ABOUT THE FILMS total lenght: 35’26

Online videos: https://vimeo.com/channels/visionsistanbul Online info: http://nisimasa.com/wp/

THISTANBUL I Red 05’45 / essay, travelogue by Valentina Orešić (Croatia), Ana Zirner (germany), Andrzej Brzozowski (Poland),Orkan Bayram (Turkey), Zeynep Güzel (Turkey), Zeynep Sariaslan (Turkey), Doğu Akal (Turkey), Tuba Coşandal (Turkey) A passionate portrayal of the city reflected in its inhabitants’ awkward smiles to the camera, as well as their everyday activities. We can see the life of Istanbul in young boys running after a ball, old woman hanging laundry, loud market conversations and quiet kneeling in front of the Quran.

LET’S PUT IT BACK I Green 06’22 / essay by Clement Juillard (France), Anna Kasperska (Poland), Lukas Thiele (Turkey), Nesra Gürbüz (Turkey), Veysi Coşkun (Turkey), Gülçin Şahin (Turkey) As opposed to the calmness usually associated with green, these sets of images vibrate to the rhythmical sounds of a knife chopping onions. For the story of Istanbul cannot be told in one shade - its vividness presents itself in the greenery of surrounding waters as well as in the cats’ hungry eyes.

VISION OF ISTANBUL I White 03’46 / travelogue, essay by Azed Kettani (France), Nadia Hotait Salas (Spain), Ayşe Sever (Turkey), Neslihan Siligür (Turkey), I. Olgu Demir Turkey), Esra İyidoğan (Turkey) The city has been taken over by sattelite dishes which create the new sounds associated with Istanbul - constant buzzing of phones, radio stations being changed and muffled telephone conversations.

DREALMST OSMAN: BOSPHORUSH I Blue 08’00 / portrait, essay by Sneska Vasevska (Macedonia), Julia Sternthal (Austria), Fedor Limperg (Netherlands), Beril Sönmez (Turkey), Selma Sevkli (Turkey), Dilek Turan (Turkey), Olga Erdem Yavas (Turkey) A game of draughts is interrupted by a dream-like quest after a Turkish beauty. The man chasing her sees two personifications of the woman, with ginger and red hair. The mystery is running away which key will he choose to solve it?


05’13 / documentary, essay by Jasna Zmak (Croatia), Berat Asani (Kosovo), Celia Fialho (Portugal), Joana Pinto Correia (Portugal), Aziz çapkurt (Turkey), Metin Özçakır (Turkey), Luzlim Hoti (Kosovo) Primary colour, primary feelings. Finish the sentence as you feel it: Istanbul is… You will be surprised of the variety of city faces as perceived by its residents, who present their points of view on cardboards.

Bonus Material

FACES OF ISTANBUL, a diaporama 05’04 / documentary, portrait by Anna Kasperska (Poland) Wrinkled, gold-tooth smiling, laughing out loud, cocky, nostalgic, tired, cheerful. Surrounded by cigarette smoke and smeared with kebab sauce. These are all faces of the city presented in a set of images to a song by an Istanbul-born singer declaring her love to the pearl of Turkey.

ANAISTANBUL I 01’16 / essay by Ana Zirner (Germany) An image of buckets with powdered pigments set the tone for this essay presenting a palette of colours Istanbul is painted with. These 76 seconds of capturing juicy red of peppers, glittering brown of wood and soothing blue of wool blankets will stay in your eyes for a while.




“Cinema as a means to promote European Citizenship” project managed for the NISI MASA ‘s 5th Anniversary in September 2006, Paris (France).

Key Words foreigner’s vision art tourism multiculture street art Supported by European Commission’s Youth in Action programme

The idea was simple yet hard to implement: to ask young European directors to explore Paris with their video cameras and to capture personal visions of the city. Considering the division of Paris in 20 districts, why not invite 20 countries? A different country, a different film, for each district. Living all in Europe, these young directors were citizens of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Germany, Great-Britain, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Macedonia, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, but also Kazakhstan, Peru, or South Korea. From hunting for a location to editing, they had 5 days during the celebration of NISI MASA’s 5th anniversary, to create their short documentaries. Compiled their films constitute a unique patchwork, a different perspective of an all too familiar city.

ABOUT THE FILMS total length: 75’21

Online videos: https://vimeo.com/channels/visionsparis Online info: http://nisimasa.com/wp/

1° ARRONDISSEMENT 05’02 / parody by Lulzim Hoti (Kosovo) Looking for the Holy Grail all around Le Louvre...

2° ARRONDISSEMENT (CLOSE YOUR EYES) 03’17 / documentary by Martin Capatinta (Peru) If Paris is a madhouse, we might not come out unscathed!

3° ARRONDISSEMENT 04’25 / documentary by Aleksandra Marchenko (Russia) Is the French capital an empty city? Obviously, “this Autumn, nothing happened in 3rd District”.

4° ARRONDISSEMENT 03’59 / art film, love story by Tanja Nestoroska (Macedonia) “I heard this was the city of love. So I went searching for it. Were the others right? Yes! I knew it when I saw two people standing “Au bout du monde””. Fall in love in Paris.

5° ARRONDISSEMENT 03’53 / essay by Marylin Poux (France) “Philosophy is like a tree, its roots are metaphysics, its trunk is physics, and the branches are all the sciences (...).” Descartes, Principes de la Philosophie.

6° ARRONDISSEMENT 04’40 / experimental, black and white by Pablo S. Rodriguez (Spain), Roman P. Gutiérez (Spain) An accordeonniste plays the ferryman between dreams and realities. Follow him and watch life reflections on the shop windows.

7° ARRONDISSEMENT (30 DAYS) 05’33 / drama, documentary by Bilir Hüseyin (Turkey) “It took 30 days to stop the last war on Earth... You died on the 25th.” Memorial in Paris for a child killed during the war in Lebanon.

8° ARRONDISSEMENT (I’VE BEEN RICH FOREVER) 05’08 / hidden camera documentary by Daniel Deak (Hungary) and Zoltan Aprily (Hungary) “Our idea is to go to an expensive coffee house and see what rich and healthy people do in Paris”. Nobody shoots a documentary about posh people. It’s more easy to shoot a documentary about homeless people. You have less trouble”.

9° ARRONDISSEMENT 05’56 / documentary by Lubomir Draganov (Bulgaria),Valeri Sholevski (Bulgaria) Throughout the day, let go of the wire to get lost in the 19°. End up in Pigalle.

10° ARRONDISSEMENT 01’56 / documentary, nostalgic by Tatiana Korol (Kazakhstan) Is our memory disappearing as fast as sugar in a coffee cup? How to express moments spent in Paris other than as a recollection of fragments? Remembrancer’s passages.

11° ARRONDISSEMENT 03’38 / animation, one shot By Evelyne Loschy (Austria), Christoph Hornok (Austria), Sarah Rechberger (Austria) How to keep a moment forever? An experimental way to capture the spacetime in a busy town.

12° ARRONDISSEMENT (ITALIAN GIRLS OF THE 12 th) 02’19 / experimental by Luca Corrado (Italy) Collection of Vespa visuals. A Cliché production.

13° ARRONDISSEMENT 02’25 / experimental by Alkistis Tsitouri (Greece), Photis Milionis (Greece) Intermingling of resident’s testimonies, facade‘s close up and and street arts visuals,

14° ARRONDISSEMENT 04’38 / portrait by Delphine Mougenot (Belgium) “You know the 14th is a small village”... Residents are invited to describe their district. Stroll in this village to meet them and discover the place.


Online videos: https://vimeo.com/channels/visionsparis Online Info: http://nisimasa.com/wp/

total length: 75’21


01’50 / essay by Atso Pärnänen (Finland) A sail on a bateau-mouche on the Seine. A reflexive moment about what the Statut de la Liberté could represent in this country of Human Rights.


03’32 / humoristic by Anna Stylinska (Poland) Quiet moment before the storm. And suddenly, the tourist’ invasion began, emphasised by the Radetzky march.


01’53 / experimental, travelogue by Steven Roberts (UK) Travellings with the luggage on wheels. A new point of view to discover the texture of the city and its sounds.

18° ARRONDISSEMENT ( LE 18 eme, UN ARRONDISSEMENT COMME LES AUTRES) 02’55 / documentary by Lisa Wiklund (Sweden), Maryline Poux (France), Stephanie Gierta (Sweden) “MalboroMalboroMalboroMalboroMalboro”. Some views of the street life reveal typical French obvious contrariness. A situation commented and illustrated by the friendly relationship of 2 men in a café.


06’26 / documentary by Jaeha Myung (South Korea) Outlook of a neighborhood life during summer.


01’56 / historical documentary by Alexander Richter (Germany) How would you connect young men living in Germany and a hill in Paris? History can do that. Find the match.




This DOKO YOMI DVD is the result of a documentary workshop organised by NISI MASA on 2006 in Mitrovica (Kosovo) in cooperation with 7Arte.

Genre documentary Key Words war migration ethnic community Supported by Alter Doc/ Community Building Mitrovica/ European Cultural Foundation/ French Office in Kosovo/ Mingos/ OSCE/ University of Torino

It was open to young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 living in Albania and the former Yugoslavian countries. This project aimed to: • train young people in documentary filmmaking • encourage creative expression among young people in the Balkans, especially in the specific area of Kosovo and its neighbouring regions • promote mutual understanding and intercultural dialogue • develop long-term partnerships between young European and Balkan artists

ABOUT THE FILMS total lenght: 40’52

Online videos: https://vimeo.com/channels/dokoyomi Online info: http://nisimasa.com/wp/

IN CAGE 03’11 / documentary by Zivko Grozdanoski (Macedonia) Darko, a basketball fan (in a city famous for his team) would like to play with team mates from the other side. He’s willing for them to come, but he’s not ready to go…

BOTHSNIAN 07’44 / portrait, documentary by Petra Jagrič (Slovenia) The future can only be imagined abroad for Denis, a Bosnian teenager who does not belong to any community, and never feels at home.

ROAD TO HOME 08’07 / documentary by Sami Mustafa (Kosovo) Despite his apprehensions, Diedon decides to cross the bridge, and see by himself what has become of the former house in which he used to live before the war.



05’44 / portrait, documentary by Mite Kuzevski (Macedonia) Fatmire, a young activist, has been nominated as one of the 1000 women for the Nobel Prize Award. Her optimistic vision of the future is unusual in a city like Mitrovica.

06’09 / documentary by Boris Kaeski (Macedonia) Echo is about the fears that Mitrovica’s youth feel when there is an electricity cut. Their fears return like echoes from both sides of a divided city.

THE BUS 04’49 / documentary by Kushtrim Hoti (Kosovo) Adopting a music video style, The Bus shows how young Albanian pupils have to take a special bus to go to their school every day, situated in a Serbian neighbourhood.

DOLCE VITA 05’08 / portrait, documentary by Emilija Dimić (Finland) What do you do when fate attacks you and harms your life? You can’t choose! You must fight and continue to live hoping for a better tomorrow.



FRANCE Key Words lifestyle citizenship Supported by City Le Havre/ European Commission’s Youth in Action programme/ French Ministery of Culture/ Region Haute Normandie

Filmed letters was a project co-organised by NISI MASA during the International Encounters ‘Childhood & Cinema’, an event managed by the cultural institute ‘Le Volcan-Eden’, in Le Havre (France). These ‘Encounters’ are meant to be a film festival, but also a venue for debates dealing with cinema education. ‘Le Volcan-Eden’ invited NISI MASA to renew their partnership, dedicated to the making of ‘Filmed Letters’ on a new theme: otherness. From the 29th of March to the 8th of April 2006, 46 young film enthusiasts came to Le Havre, representing 10 countries : Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and Turkey, amongst which there were 8 NISI MASA associations, plus the Festival dei Popoli of Firenze and the Dutch Institute for Film Education. Each group got in contact with their partner country to prepare their video correspondences, and eventually shot images in their own cities, selected images, sounds and music…

ABOUT THE FILMS total length: 79’33

Online videos: https://vimeo.com/channels/filmedcorrespondances Online info: http://nisimasa.com/wp/

HOSPITAL 01’55 DIFFERENT PARALLELITIES BETWEEN HUMAN SURFACES 02’17 video letters By Zoltan Aprily, Daniel Deak, Judit Egyed, Eszter Kando, Gergö Palos (Hungary)

MOEDER LAMBIC 03’25 DE L’UN A L’AUTRE 02’49 video letters by David Bonsignore, Ophélie D’ippolito, Laeticia Vanderstichelen, Céline Zachary (Belgium)

SOCKS 02’54 AYRAN VS BUTTERMILK 03’01 video letters by Mite Kuzevski (Macedonia) Fatmire, a young activist, has been nominated as one of the 1000 women for the Nobel Prize Award. Her optimistic vision of the future is unusual in a city like Mitrovica.

SYMBYOSYS 10’32 video letters By Vivana Gómez Echeverry, Divna Valerieva Manalova, Santiago Sánchez Segura, Paula Verissimo (Spain)

OERHOLANDS KOKEN ( Original Dutch cooking) 06’07 ALS HET LEVEN EEN CYCLUSIS DANIS ER GEEN BEGIN EN GEEN EIND 02’26 video letters by Marthe Amesz, Michka Chel, Samuel de Zeeuw, Ilmer Sjaan Rozendaal, Han Savelkoel (Netherlands)

COME A CASA 07’55 BALLI RUBATI 05’25 video letter by Marcello Galia, Samuele Gallorini, Isabella Micati, Elisa Zampagni (Italy)

JALAL’S PERSPECTIVE 06’28 WELCOME IN MIND 10’04 video letters by Frédérique Demion, Clément Julliard, Azed Kettani, Gianluca Zerial (France).

Kim O? 03’23 DEAR UNKNOWN FRIEND 03’03 SVETOSLAV’S DAY 03’54 video letters by Chavdar Antonov, Petra Katrandzhieva, Victoria Popova, Petia Slavova (Bulgaria)

FIRST FLOOR 03’55 video letters by Wilma Calisir, Leopold Leskovar, Evelyn Loschy, Katharina Posch, Lisa Steiner (Austria)

video letters by NISI MASA Turkey




A KINOKABARET managed by NISI MASA, in collaboration with Kino Paris, La Villa mais d’ici, TV bien, in Paris, France on August-September 2006.

Key Words society citizenship

Happy Birthday! “Cinema as a means to promote European Citizenship” 5 years, 17 countries, 1 common language: cinema. Created in Paris, the association has naturally decided to celebrate its 5th anniversary there. For the occasion, the association gathered more than 90 members from its whole network, not to mention lots of international guests. During this week, several events took place across the city. Aged from 18 to 26, our young directors, scriptwriters and film enthusiasts took part in a KinoKabaret (a 72-hour filmmaking laboratory). A kabaret is a film lab where films are made freely in a short period of time. It symbolises perfectly the Kino movement’s motto: “ Do well with nothing, do better with little, but do it right now!“

ABOUT THE FILMS total lenght: 55’41

Online videos: https://vimeo.com/channels/kinokabaretnisimasa Online info: http://nisimasa.com/wp/



02’40 / experimental, animation By Chistoph Hornak (Austria), Rita Both (Hungary), Synes Elischka (Austria), Johanna Kinnari (Finland) A narrator tells a strange tale.

01’44 / humoristic, love story By Áron Ferenczik (Hungary), Natalia Castiglioni (Italy), Emil Kovács (Hungary), Nikolas Ventourakis (Greece), Thomas Johnson (UK) A dream-like wandering in Paris, by night, in pyjamas.

EXPLICIT CONTENT 02’47 /humoristic, one shot by Claire Zuliani, Marie Le Moal, Anne Reverseau (France) A romantic liaison between two toes belonging to the same foot.




03’42 / experimental by Vanessa Michielon (Italy), Anne Reverseau (France) When dance breaks into daily life.

05’56 / portrait by Miruna Boruzescu (Romania), Marine Drouan (France), Yavor Karparov (Bulgaria), Clément Juillard (France) A man, tired with his life, just wishes to stay in bed.

ITALIANS 03’45 / musical by Lorenzo Barello, Natalia Castiglioni, Luca Corrado (Italy), Vanessa Michielon (Italia), Anne Reverseau (Belgium) A cheerful musical cooking session.

KINOKART 01’50 / humoristic, love story by Lorenzo Barello (Italy), Natalia Castiglioni (Italy), Vittorio Ricardo Sclaverani (Italy), Karim Ait-Gacem (France), Jérémie Chassaing (France) A race that is reminiscent of a certain videogame with a moustachioed plumber.

LES PIGEONS 02’28 / humoristic, love story by Lucia Paganon (Italy), Lina Sunden (Sweden), Johann Riche (France), Christoph Hornak (Austria) An eerie kiss scene starring a couple surrounded by pigeons.

MONOLOGUE 10’07 / drama, humorous by Synes Elischka (Austria), Chris Hornak (Austria), Lina Sunden (Sweden), Johann Riche (France), Edouard Blaise (France) Auto-seduction.

04’16 / humoristic By Juan Pablo Sallato (Chile), Thomas Johnson (UK), Lorezon Barello (Italy) Drawing.

THE NEIGHBOUR 01’47 / humoristic By Julia Szephelyi (Hungary), Thomas Johnson (UK), Nikolas Ventourakis (Greece), François Hauteserre (France) A man at a window lets his anger towards the world explode.

TOTAL COMMUNICATION CONTROL 07’55 / humoristic By Arne Kohlweyer (Germany), Jean-Paul Gauly (Germany), Tina Bickenbach (German), Eero Erkamo (Finland), Mikko Remes (Finland), Harri Rantala (Finland) A peculiar training session that trains people the ropes of political communication.

TOXYGEN 03’38 / humoristic By Rita Both (Hungary), Zsombor Csont (Hungary), Emil Kovács (Hungary) A man tries to take a break from the noise of the world.

UMBRELLA 03’06 / experimental, musical by Johanna Kinnari (Finland), Lina Sunden (Sweden), Anne Reverseau (France), Vanessa Michielon (Italy), Sabrina Smach, Deunia Ennani, Johann Riche (France) A wandering in Paris.


Design Francesca Merlo Coordinator NISI MASA european office Contact NISI MASA european office, 99 rue du Faubourg Saint Denis, 75010, Paris, France 01 48 01 65 31, distribution@nisimasa.com


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The Film Lab Department of NISI MASA handles all of our filmmaking workshops. The resulting films can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/nisi...

NISI MASA FilmLab Catalogue 2005 - 2013  

The Film Lab Department of NISI MASA handles all of our filmmaking workshops. The resulting films can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/nisi...

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