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Application deadline: 20 June 2021

The 16th Summer School is a  training initiative jointly developed by Picture People and Global Campus of Human Rights.

The School is aimed at young professionals wishing to broaden their understanding on the connections between human rights, films, digital media and video advocacy, and learn how to use film as a tool for social change. The 10-day programme provides a safe, culturally rich and collaborative environment where diversity and inclusivity are embraced, original and critical thinking is encouraged, skills are honed, creativity is unleashed and networking with experts from the human rights arena and professionals from the film industry at the 78th Venice international Film Festival is supported.


This year’s programme is focusing on ‘delivering social change to children and young people’ in the broader framework of human rights protection and promotion. The school is designed to appeal to young professionals from diverse backgrounds and experiences.


This year the Summer School programme will be delivered in a blended format with online and in presence sessions in Venice Lido, both at the Global Campus and the Venice International Film Festival venues.


The Summer School offers an exciting programme of lectures, film screenings, discussions, working groups and a storytelling workshop that combine human rights expertise, media studies and video advocacy strategies.


The Visual Story for Change workshop introduces storytelling key concepts, techniques and exercises that provide participants with the basic skills to develop a short film / media /advocacy project to be pitched during the school’s final session. For the purpose of this workshop, participants will work and be tutored in small groups.


As part of the programme participants are required to watch and analyse a selection of human rights related screenings at the 78th Venice International Film Festival. Whenever possible, filmmakers, jury members and critics from the cinema world are invited to discuss their work with the Summer School participants. Participants will be given a Cinema category accreditation pass to the Film Festival giving access to a selection of festival screenings.


The school programme may be subject to change during the film festival period in order to accommodate festival screenings and meetings with festival’s personalities with teaching sessions.

" Superb! I enjoyed every single minute of this inspiring course and I wish to continue on the same pace

" I often think nostalgically of that Summer School in Venice, and the wonderfully invigorating and informative experience it was. I am so glad that the initiative is going ahead, in a fresh place with new dynamics."

" I am impressed! Relaxed environment encouraged group discussions. Intro, screening and discussions proved to be a good format. Enjoyable and informative."

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