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28 August - 6 September,  2023 | Venice Lido,  Italy

The 18th edition of the Summer School in Cinema Human Rights and Advocacy is a training initiative jointly developed with 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 80th Venice international Film Festival is supported.  The school is designed to appeal to young professionals from diverse backgrounds and experiences.  

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 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.


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 with a focus on Children Rights 

  • Video in Human Rights Documentation and Advocacy

  • Children and Trauma

  • Best practice when facing challenging circumstances

  • Storytelling for Social Change

  • Ethical Challenges in Documentary Filmmaking

  • Social Impact Documentary Production

  • Impact Strategy and Distribution


Scholarship applicants - 30 April 2023

Self-funded applicants - 30 May 2023


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