POLYGLOT video contest deadline extended!

NISI MASA is extending the deadline of the POLYGLOT online video contest to 5th January 2011! Do you speak video? Visit www.polyglot-turku.eu to submit your short film and view entries from young filmmakers across Europe!


Each short film submission must be max. 5 minutes length, and fit into one of 2 categories:

Video Portraits (documentary) on My multilingualism.

Video Poems (fiction) on The language I dream in.

In February 2011, the 18 winning filmmakers - selected by online voters and a special jury – will be announced. Their prize is to participate in the “Cine-Boat”: a two-week documentary filmmaking workshop travelling across the archipelago of Turku (Finland) in June 2011, to celebrate its status as European Capital of Culture.


The Cine-Boat and film festival: latest news

The participants will explore the beautiful archipelago and its islands in a trawler boat rented for the workshop. The boat will sleep the whole crew, with its own living facilities (bathroom, kitchen), a barbeque set for enjoying those long summer nights, and in true Finnish tradition, an on-board sauna!

The planned route (overnight stopovers will be made for some of the locations, in guesthouses):

Parainen  >  Nauvo  >  Kirjainen  >  Korppoo  >  Houtskär  >  Iniö  >  Nötö  >  Jurmo  >  Utö  >  Vänö  >  Rosala  >  Hiittinen  >  Högsara

In six international teams, the participants will make short documentary films guided by two professional tutors - one director and one editor. The focus will be portraying the communities of Swedish-speaking Finns, a linguistic minority living in the region which has its own distinct cultural identity.

The filmmakers will then present their work during a two-day film festival in Turku, taking place in the Media Liv AB independent cinema in the city centre. The programme will also include a selection of NISI MASA works to celebrate our 10th anniversary, as well as two feature films. After the project, the Cine-Boat films will be diffused through a DVD-book compilation and further screenings across our European network.


Updated project calendar

Until 5th January 2011: Submissions period

5th – 31st January: Online voting open to the public

By 15th February: Announcement of final list of winners by the jury

February – May: Preparation period, exchange of video letters between selected participants

3rd – 15th June: Cine-Boat workshop in the archipelago

16th – 17th June: Return to Turku, editing final films

18th – 19th June: Polyglot film festival in Turku

July – December: Follow-up screenings, diffusion of DVD-book publication