Among its main goals, Ravenna Nightmare Film Fest reserves a special place to audio-visual education with an increasing number of training activities addressed to different targets of the cinema industry.
Docufilm, docudrama, serial, web contents: the study of these dramaturgies, from their historical structures to the evolution offered by new media, is the key for a better comprehension of audio-visual communication and its constant changing. Conceived as an intensive workshop, Start Cinema Factory – Summer School offers an educational experience through lessons, viewings and encounters with professionals working in the cinema industry aiming to put the students at the centre of a learning process based on the exchange of knowledge and capabilities.

The first edition of Start Cinema Factory – Summer School is going to take place from 25 to 29 July 2018, making Ravenna a valuable reference point for filmmakers and authors determined to deepen techniques and styles of the cinematographic profession. The School’s focus will be on reporting on the real through documentary form and will be coordinated by professor and screenwriter Lorenzo Hendel.
Named Frontiers of cinema of the real between documentary screenwriting and fictional categories, the course focuses on the analysis of documentary screenwriting in order to identify documentary’s own structures highlighting points of contact and differences with genre fiction’s elements.

Lessons will be further enriched with the Master Class by British documentary maker Jerry Rothwell who will talk with the students about his work in documentary cinema.
During the course, participants will be able to present one personal idea-project, even if elaborated at an early stage, that is going to be analysed with the ultimate goal of providing them with all the necessary tools to its dramaturgic development.  


From 25 to 29 July 2018

Coordinator professor: Lorenzo Hendel



Lorenzo Hendel is a director, professor and screenwriter. From 2000 to 2005, he directed and screenplayed with Silvia Innocenzi the film "When the children play in the sky": it is his first fiction feature film, completely shot in Greenland with inuit actors. The film has been awarded as best feature film at Ischia Film Festival, at Maremetraggio in Trieste and at Cervinia's Festival of mountain cinema, receiving also minor awards at Sulmona Film Festval, Autrans's Festival (France) and at Castellinaria's International Young Film Festival.
From 2008 to 2013 he worked as commissioning editor of DOC3, RAI3, selecting documentaries and following the authors in the process of film-making.
In October 2014, his book "Dramaturgy of documentary cinema. Narrative structures and productive experiences to report on the real"  was published by Rome's publishing house Dino Audino. Alongside his book's publication, he started engaging in teaching activities on documentary's dramaturgy, with a first commitment to Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia at L'Aquila's branch from 16 to 20 February 2015.
As Professor of the Course on Documentary Cinema at Sassari's Fine Arts Academy "Mario Sironi", in 2018 he coordinates workshops and Master Classes with international protagonists of documentary film-making as Frederick Wiseman, Erik Gandini, Kim Longinotto, Avi Mograbi.

Jerry Rothwell, British director and documentary maker, directed documentaries awarded in many international festivals: “How To Change The World” (2015), “Town of Runners” (2012), “Donor Unknown” (2010), “Heavy Load” (2008) and “Deep Water” (2006, in collaboration with Louise Osmond). His last work is “Sour Grapes” (2016, in collaboration with Reuben Atlas).


Per informazioni:
Nicola Berti
Start Cinema Factory
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