Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies
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News & Forthcoming Events
- Publication of Dr Guillermo Laín's monograph
- BBC News Magazine - Vicky Pryce and Miguel de Cervantes
- International Conference - The Future of Hispanism
- London World Film Festival 2013
- Translating 'Live' Poetry
- Gained in Translation
- Dr Deborah Martin will introduce El último verano de la boyita at ISA's 'Staging the Future: Argentine Films in Dialogue' Series
Documentary Summer School in Cuba
Monday 2 June 2014 - Friday 27 June 2014: "warm conviviality and frenetic hard work"
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS COURSE IS NOW CLOSED. IF YOU WISH YOU MAY APPLY TO BE PLACED ON THE WAITING LIST IN CASE OF CANCELLATIONS. PLEASE CONTACT STEPHEN HART, DETAILS BELOW, IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.
The Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies, in association with the Escuela International de Cine y Television in Cuba and Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, offers an intensive, hands-on Documentary Summer School in Cuba next summer, running from Monday 2 June 2014 until Friday 27 June 2014.
The workshop will be held at the world-famous Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television which is situated just 30 miles outside Havana in San Antonio de los Baños. Founded in 1986 by Gabriel García Marquez, the International Film and Television School -- known as a 'Vatican for Film-Makers' -- is a world leader in the field of documentary film-making.
An article in Times Higher Education has referred to the project organised between UCL, Ryerson University and EICTV as making the "acclaimed Cuban film school" "even more culturally diverse and enriching": the atmosphere is "a mixture of warm conviviality and frenetic hard work". Two of the films made at the documentary summer school last summer have been picked up by other festivals. Gentle Men was selected by Reality Bytes, the University of Northern Illinois Film Festival and was screened on 6 April 2011, and Twilight (Crepusculo) was selected for screening at the London International Documentary Festival (18 May 2011).
The course will be taught by one of the School's regular professors, Enrique Colina, who has been making innovative documentaries and films for over twenty years, gaining many international awards for his work. He is also well known in Cuba as the host of an enormously popular TV show about cinema of the 1970s and 1980s called "24 x Segundo" (24 Times a Second). One of his recent films, Entre ciclones (Between Cyclones, 2003), was shown to great acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival.
This intensive course has been specially devised in order to inspire participants to make their own documentary within the four-week period. In the mornings students watch, analyse and discuss a selection of canonic documentaries, in order better to comprehend the the genre and mechanics of the documentary form. The afternoons, and weekends, are spent filming. In the first two weeks students will create five, individual 1-2 minute exercises, 'Self-portait', 'The protagonist', 'Conflict Within the Frame', 'Mood of a Place' and 'Stages of a Process'. For weeks 3 and 4, students team up in groups of four or five in order to devise, create, script, film, and edit their own 8-10 minute documentary. Filming takes place in Havana, and each group is provided with a producer, a cameraman, a sound technician and an editor, as well as transport to and from Havana. Editing takes place in one of the EICTV's fully-equipped editing suites, with AVID or Final Cut. The documentaries are screened at the EICTV on the last Friday of the course.
The Summer School is open to English-speaking and Spanish-speaking students from anywhere in the world. Students who have taken this course in previous years -- it has been running since 2006 -- have come from the UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Germany, Denmark, Italy, the Ukraine, Russia, Portugal, Romania, United States, Israel, Canada, and Australia. You might be currently studying for, or have graduated from, a degree in film studies, media studies, Hispanic/Latin American studies or other relevant areas. Or, alternatively, you might be a professional journalist or photographer wishing to expand your skills set. Students taking this course in the past have been all ages, ranging from 18 to 58.
Also, you do not need to be a student from UCL to take this course.
You do not need practical experience in filmmaking to take this course.
You do not need to speak Spanish as translation is available.
- Course Fees
- Visa Requirements
- Course outline
- Student Feedback
- Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of EICTV at the Bloomsbury Theatre, 6 November 2006
- Festival of the Moving Image 2007
- Festival of the Moving Image 2008
- FMI 2009: the student documentaries showcased were In the ring, El burrito (Fidel Castro's Little Donkey), En busca de un sueno (In search of a dream) and Todo lo que tengo (All I have)
- LWFF 2010: the student documentaries showcased at London World Film Festival 2010 were Nowhere Man, Crespusculo, Gentle Men, and Flush
- LWFF 2011: Documentaries showcased at London World Film Festival 2011 were El cuentapropista (The Self-Made Man) and La libreta (The Ration Book). See the LWFF 2011 programme.
- LWFF 2013: This festival showcased two films about Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud when they lived in London in 1873; see trailer for House of Knives here.
The cost of the course at the International Film and TV School in Cuba is 2,400 euros. Payment must be made by bank transfer to the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television by 1 May 2014 to guarantee a place.
For further details, please email Professor Stephen M. Hart (email@example.com)
If you wish to apply, please fill in the form below
DOCUMENTARY FILM WORKSHOP: TELL ME A STORY... Monday 2 June – Friday 27 June 2014 INTERNATIONAL FILM AND TELEVISION SCHOOL SAN ANTONIO DE LOS BANOS, CUBA
ADDRESS: _____________________________________________ _______________________________________________________
HOME TELEPHONE: __________________________________________
WHAT ARE YOUR REASONS FOR APPLYING TO DO THIS COURSE?
CAN YOU SPEAK AND/OR READ SPANISH? IF SO, WHAT IS YOUR LEVEL?
WHAT COURSE/DEGREE ARE YOU STUDYING? OR DO YOU ALREADY HAVE A DEGREE?
DO YOU HAVE ANY EXPERIENCE OF FILMING AND/OR MAKING A DOCUMENTARY?
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PLEASE PRINT THIS FORM OUT, FOR YOUR RECORDS, AND SEND A COPY BY 1 MAY 2014 TO
Professor Stephen M. Hart, Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies, SELCS, 305 Foster Court, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
OR SCAN THE APPLICATION FORM AND SEND A COPY BY EMAIL ATTACHMENT BY 1 MAY 2014 TO
Please also send a copy of your application to Aymara Mainet, Coordinadora, Talleres Internacionales, Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión, San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba at
THE FULL COST OF THE FOUR-WEEK COURSE (INCLUDING COURSE FEES, ACCESS TO FILM FACILITIES, ACCOMMODATION, BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER, AND USE OF MEDICAL FACILITIES) IS 2,400 EUROS. THIS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE EICTV BY 1 MAY 2014 IN THE FORM OF A BANK TRANSFER IN ORDER TO GUARANTEE YOUR PLACE ON THE COURSE. TRAVEL TO AND FROM CUBA IS NOT INCLUDED. HERE ARE THE DETAILS OF THE ACCOUNT TO WHICH YOUR FUNDS SHOULD BE TRANSFERRED.
Account name: ESCUELA INTERNACIONAL DE CINE Y TV. EICTV
Bank: BANCO BILBAO VIZCAYA-ARGENTARIA (BBVA)
Account no.: 0182 2370 49 0091515995
IBAN : ES68 0182 2370 490091515995
Address: OFICINA 2370
PASEO DE RECOLETOS 10, ALA SUR-PL-1
If you have any enquiries please contact Aymara Mainet at firstname.lastname@example.org
and/or Stephen Hart at email@example.com