NISI MASA holds its biggest event in Strasbourg
11/02/2013 - From January 25 to 27 in Strasbourg, NISI MASA, the European Network of Young Cinema organized its largest event so far- GENERATOR: Youth Audiovisual Forum, with support of the Youth in Action Programme, the City of Strasbourg, MEDIA Antenne Strasbourg and MEDIA Desk France.
During these three days, more than 150 participants coming from 31 countries all around Europe gathered in Strasbourg to participate in GENERATOR, whose aim was to create a dialogue among young professionals and students about the future of the audiovisual and culture in Europe.
“NISI MASA brings people together not only to work on films, but also to think about culture. And it’s not only for professionals, so this is an interesting tool for MEDIA as we don’t want to only reach professionals, but citizens in general- young and old, from different countries, working together,” explained Aurélie Réveillaud from MEDIA Antenne Strasbourg.
The attendants participated in workshops and seminars, conducted by a total of 26 experts and decision makers from different fields of the audiovisual industry and the youth sector. Representatives from MEDIA, Youth in Action, City of Strasbourg, Région d'Alsace, ARTE, KurzfilmAngentur Hamburg, Encounters Short and Animation Film Festival, Interfilm and many more were part of debates and panels with the participants. They discussed, proposed and answered questions about topics such as the future of EU culture funding and the direction the MEDIA programme is going to take in the future, or gave tips on how to acquire youth funding from the European Commission. They tried to help the participants have a better grasp of the concept of transmedia and they discussed new technologies in filmmaking and culture management. Another big topic discussed between the guest speakers and participants themselves was the future of the short film industry, which outside Germany and France is a minor part of the film industry as a whole.
Besides the workshops and panels, the participants had the chance to present their activities during the Project Pitching Fair and Feedback Me! sessions, two unique opportunities to show and present their projects in front of an audience and get a constructive feedback as well as to build new professional collaborations.
At GENERATOR Kino Kabaret workshop, the participants made 14 short films during two days, which were screened at Cinéma l’Odyssée on the final night of the event.
“This sort of programme that brings together young people and creates networks, to make their first steps into the audiovisual industry, is critical to the success of the programme in the future,” said Aviva Silver, Head of Unit from MEDIA.