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30 June 2020

Due to the global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic the Summer School programme has been adjusted to 7-day format from 31st August to 6th September 2020 considering eventual amendments to the 77th Venice International Film Festival programme.


A limited number of tuition waivers have been made available for professionals and students whose field of expertise and research focuses on children rights and are,  or wish to become, leaders in their community and worldwide to promote and protect the rights of the child through the connection between human rights,  digital media and video advocacy.

The 15th Summer School is a  training initiative jointly developed by Picture People and Global Campus of Human Rights.

Enrol by 2 March 2020 to receive a 10% discount!

The 15th edition of the Summer School in Cinema Human Rights and Advocacy is a training initiative jointly developed by the Global Campus of Human Rights (GC) and Picture People. The 10-day intense training is aimed at young professionals wishing to broaden their understanding on the connections between human rights, films, digital media and video advocacy, to share ideas and foster participatory and critical thinking on urgent human rights issues, debate with experts and filmmakers from all over the world during the 77th Venice international Film Festival and learn how to use films as a tool for social and cultural change.

The Summer School offers an exciting programme of lectures, film screenings, discussions and working groups that combine human rights expertise, media studies and video advocacy strategies. The seven sessions develop issues relating to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights illustrated in Films, a History of Human Rights Cinema, Freedom of Expression and Censorship, the Role of the Media in Advancing Human Rights Causes, the Use of Video in Human Rights Documentation and Advocacy, Production of Social Documentaries and Impact Distribution. Each module is illustrated by film,  digital media or documentary screenings.

The storytelling workshop introduces storytelling and storyboarding 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. The workshop includes basic techniques of mobile filmmaking and editing for social media. 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 77th Venice International Film Festival. Whenever possible, filmmakers, jury members and critics from the cinema world are invited to participate to discussions 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.

A certificate would be awarded to participants attending  90% of the summer school sessions and film screenings.

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


To know more about the FEES please click here.

" 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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