GEECT Thematic Conference Documentary – VSMU Bratislava, Slovakia.


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10:00 – 10:30 welcoming speech by prof. Darina Smržová, Dean of the Faculty, and Jana Keeble Vice-Dean of the Faculty,
10:30 – 12:00 prof. Ingrid Mayerová, Head of Documentary Dpt., Peter Kerekes, Marek Šulík – introduction into Department, its history, topics, work with the students. Introduction into our system of education and work with the students. Speeches by pedagogues, tutors, lecturers, and guests.
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 – 15:00 creative tandems – presentation of three creative teams each represented by one pedagogue and one student. Q and A session, practical work in the department, presentation, successes, and awards.  
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 17:30 School tour and individual discussions with present Slovak pedagogues, students, film makers, with the aim of cooperation and possible future contacts with focus on International cooperation.
17:30 – 19:30 Screening of the student work and iconic Slovak documentary films (several options available depending also on the participant list).
19:30 conclusion
19:45 Slovak dinner, Slovak pub.

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To all GEECT members:

GEECT stands in solidarity with the independent state of Ukraine and condemns the war by Russia that undermines the sovereignty and independence of the Ukraine.  This military assault is a severe breach of international law and international agreements and comes at a cost of human lives and has produced incredible civil instability. As representatives of the European film schools, we wish to express our solidarity with the people of Ukraine and to film schools in its neighbouring countries: their pedagogues, staff and students during this politically turbulent time. 

GEECT values film education as a place for freedom of expression and the right to pursue democratic values.
Let us express our wish for peace, for human respect and for a cease of all military aggression towards Ukraine. War can never be a solution.

GEECT Board – 26th of February 2022.

Conference BFM – Tallin 16-18th of May 2022

Neurocine Kick-Off Conference

Tallinn University Baltic Film, Media and Arts School (BFM) is excited to announce the CfP and registration for GEECT Spring conference 2022: NeuroCine kick-off. With the generous support from GEECT and Baltic-American Freedom Foundation (BAFF), BFM will bring, for the first time ever this new and exciting study field into a practical film school. NeuroCine kickoff conference will launch the field of neurocinematics into a full interdisciplinary mode through introducing it to practitioners and bringing together an interdisciplinary group of film teachers, filmmakers, neuroscientists and film students.

Come to Tallinn and explore, what does neurocinematics have to offer to the 21st century film education.

Conference info

Call for Papers

In the wake of the pandemic, many of you have had to switch your courses to an online format. This not only brings difficulties, but also opportunities for a more inclusive and diverse film, media, arts & higher education.

With the Erasmus+ project– Online Teaching and Diversity in European Film Schools, the ifs internationale filmschule köln (DE), Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest (HU) and Universidade Lusófona (PT) have joined forces to create freely accessible toolkits for preparing your (online) lessons.

Part of the toolkit will be a selection of your best practices for teaching film, media and arts online. Join us in our endeavor and share your best practices, exercises & methods by filling out the following template:

The most innovative practices will be featured in the published materials of this project.

The deadline for submission is 2022, March, 1st

Find more detailed information in the call (see attachment) and feel free to forward this call to your colleagues! For more information on the overall project, have a look at our website:

We already thank you for your input and are looking forward to your best practices,

Your team

Louise Adams
International Affairs
T+ 0221.920188-227

European Editing Masterclass in Banská Štiavnica september 2021

From the 12th to the 18th of September, the picturesque mountain town of Banská Štiavnica in Central Slovakia was the location for the 3rd workshop of the Erasmus+ OIRFET-project [Open Innovative Resources for Filmmaking Education and Training]

This long-term partnership between 4 Central-European Filmschools: ADU-Zagreb, FAMU-Prague, PWSTTViF-Lodz, VSMU-Bratislava and was formed to improve film editing teaching programs and to create innovative and open, internet film resources for students, teachers and the broader European public.        

Film editing students, who will be future film editors worked on the movie „Surprise – Point of view“  a thriller in parallel with elements of comedy and social drama. Filmed material was prepared by VSMU students and pedagogues in August 2020 with around 4 hours of uncut film. The director was VSMU MA student Kristián Ružička.

Every day the students, who were mixed in international groups of 5 students, worked on the editing of the material, which was led by pedagogues from the 5 different participating schools. The days were intensive: including editing workshops, team building, brain storming and intercultural activities. The project has had a long previous history active in 2019 – 2021 supported by the Program: Erasmus+, Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices, Action Type: Strategic Partnerships for higher education.

As a representative of one of the involved schools I would say that this can be taken as an example of excellent international practice of film schools (PWSTTViF from Łódź, Poland, FAMU from Prague, VSMU from Bratislava and ADU from Zagreb). Added to this collective of participating schools were 3 students and 2 pedagogues from RITCS, Brussel who actively participated in the workshop in Banská Štiavnica. The main dimension of the workshop is focused on its educational value, with interwoven cultural and artistic aspects, students exchange good practices from their schools, contribute with their original views and importantly develop the ability to cooperate.  For many of the students this will be their first actual experience of working on a co-production plus the support and diverse creative input of pedagogues from different countries and schools.   

Jana Keeble – Vice-dean for foreign affairs – VSMU

Students words:

Bruno  [Croatia]

“For the first time in my life, I had the opportunity to edit a thriller. I really enjoyed it! “

Ruben [Belgium]

“The lecturers gave me very useful advice during my work, which I will definitely use in the future. They are really professionals in their field. “

Marcelina [Poland]

“It was very beneficial for me to discuss during the work, whether with lecturers or students. During the final presentation of our works, I was very pleased that the audience really liked my comic adaptation and then I had the opportunity to discuss it. “

Yu-Ying [Czech Republic]

“I really enjoyed this week in beautiful Banská Štiavnica and I am happy to meet so many amazing people.”

Martin [VŠMU – Slovakia]

“Over the course of one week, we not only worked on the same assignment, which allowed us to get feedback from different people, but we also learned a lot about study conditions and professional activities in other countries. “

No Stories About Us Without US

Wednesday 17 November @ 7–8pm AWST (UTC+8)



Diverse and equitable representation, both on and off screen, is the subject of considerable debate in the Australian screen industry sector.  Screen Australia’s Seeing Ourselves report (2016) was a milestone study in representation on screen and prompted the formation of Screen Australia’s Equity and Inclusion Strategy and multiple state and industry initiatives to foster a culture of inclusive story-telling. The WA screen agency Screenwest introduced the role of Diversity & Inclusion Manager in 2017.

In 2020 the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences reset the bar when it announced new representation and inclusion standards to qualify for eligibility in the Oscar Best Picture category. The new standards will be implemented by 2024 and are intended to be a catalyst for long-lasting, essential change in our industry.

There can be little argument that more equitable representation is needed, in fact long overdue. The drive for more stories told by and about indigenous people, women, minority communities, people with disabilities and the LBGTQI+ community has been broadly welcomed.

But what happens when storytellers wish to step outside of their lived experience to tell a story? A contentious proposition arises: do we have the right to tell stories outside of our own community, identity and experience?  This raises questions about the ownership of stories and who has the right to tell them.

This session will explore the concept of “No Stories about Us without Us,” and examine opportunities and obstacles to increasing equity and diversity in both the education sectors and the screen industries.

The webinar with be hosted by Associate Professor Cathy Henkel. Setting the scene will be Dr Jonthan Messer,Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Screenwest. Jonathan is responsible for driving diversity, equity and inclusion for the benefit of the WA screen industry and wider community. Jonathan identifies as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community and has lived experience of disability. He will outline what we mean in Australia by Diversity and Inclusion and set the scene of where we are in Australia in relation to these issues.

The panel will include industry practitioners and current students who identify as indigenous, disabled, LGBTQI+ and culturally and linguistically diverse CaLD.

Confirmed speakers to date include:

Jonathan Messer, Leslie Hornung, Jennifer ‘JP’ Piper, Sarah Williams, Oliver Songbuer.

A short clip representing some of the work of the speakers will be included.

Panel members will have 4–5mins each to respond to the following in relation to “No stories about us without us

  • What does this statement mean to you?
  • What is your experience of diversity and inclusion?
  • What opportunities have you experienced, and what needs to be done to remove roadblocks and encourage more diversity – in the education sector and in the industry?  

The last 15 minutes will be reserved for questions.