Venice, Italy

Summer School in Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy

when 26 August 2019 - 4 September 2019
language English
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 1700

The 14th edition of the Summer School in Cinema Human Rights and Advocacy is a training initiative jointly developed by the Global Campus of Human Rights and Picture People.
The 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 seven sessions develop issues relating to The Role of the Media and Films in Advancing Human Rights, a History of Human Rights Cinema, Freedom of Expression and Censorship, the Use of Video in Human Rights Documentation and Advocacy, The Role of the New Media during Conflict, 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 76th 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.

Course leader

The faculty of the School is composed by internationally acclaimed experts in film, media, photography and human rights such as: Nick Danziger, photographer and filmmaker; Claudia Modonesi, media trainer; Charlotte Lindsey–Curtet, Director of Digital Tran

Target group

Graduates, professionals of the human rights, media, NGO, advocacy and the third (voluntary) sector and anyone who uses or is interested in using audio-visual media as a tool for promoting social change are encouraged to apply to the Summer School.
The School selects a maximum of 30 participants.

Course aim

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 76th Venice international Film Festival and learn how to use films as a tool for social and cultural change.

Fee info

EUR 1700: The enrolment fee includes:
- Tuition fee
- Lunches and coffee breaks on class days
- Free pass for local transportation for 9 days
- Cinema Accreditation for the whole duration of the Venice International Film Festival
- Reading material and access to our online learning platform
- Certification at the end of the course
EUR 2425: Accommodation in Venice during the Film Festival is difficult to find at reasonable prices, we have therefore pre-booked a number of shared double room for 10 nights (check in 25 August - check out 4 September) at We Crociferi Residence which can be provided for a limited number of participants until all places are filled. The price for the accommodation in a shared double room is € 725,00 per person.


Please note that the Global Campus of Human Rights does not offer scholarships at this point in time. We encourage all participants to investigate possible sponsorships, such as Erasmus+ funding, through national or international organisations, ngos and a