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26 August - 4 September,  2024 | Venice Lido,  Italy

The 19th edition of the Summer School in Cinema Human Rights and Advocacy is a training initiative jointly developed by Picture  People and  the  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 81st Venice international Film Festival is supported.  The school is designed to appeal to young professionals from diverse backgrounds and experiences.  

The programme has a cross-cutting focus on environmental rights in the broader framework of human rights protection and promotion and its impact on young generations and local communities. The course is designed to appeal to participants from diverse backgrounds, nationalities and experiences.

Course Objective

The aim of the course is to equip participants with a better understanding of the intersection between visual media, human rights and advocacy, and to provide skills and best practices on how to use visual media in the fields of human rights research, and advocacy.

Why apply for this course?

  • Gain an advanced understanding of the intersection between, visual media, human rights, and advocacy

  • Experience a world-class film festival 

  • Network with like-minded people and international experts from around the world 

  • Receive guidance and mentoring from faculty on individual projects on a voluntary basis

Course Structure and Content

The course involves lectures, practical workshops, working groups, tutorials, film screenings and film discussions.

During and beyond teaching activities, students will have the opportunity to expand their professional network and connect with inspiring people through peer learning, facilitators’ mentoring, and interaction with film industry experts present at the Venice International Film Festival.

The school covers the following core themes:

  • Introduction to Human Rights and Environmental Rights

  • Video in Human Rights Documentation and Advocacy

  • Storytelling for Social Change

  • Climate Litigation

  • Trauma Informed Practice and Self Care

  • Human Rights Skepticism

  • Challenges of Working in Hostile Environment

  • Ethical Challenges in Visual Media

  • Social Impact Documentary Production

  • Impact Strategy and Distribution


Target Audience

Experts and advocates of human rights, media,  film, NGO, advocacy and the third (voluntary) sector, as  well as anyone who uses or is interested in using audio-visual media as a tool for promoting human rights and social change are encouraged to apply to the Summer School.

The School selects a maximum of 30 participants.

Financial Support

Allowances opportunities are available for environmental rights practitioners. Applications from talented young women and men between 18 and 25 who wish to broaden their interest in combining environmental rights with advocacy and visual media are encouraged.  More info


Application Deadlines

Scholarship applicants: 30 April 2024

Self-funded applicants: 30 May 2024

Course Dates

26 August to 4 September 2024


Monastery of San Nicolò

Venice Lido,  Italy



Tuition Fee

€ 1900,00

(VAT included)

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