Mobile Filmmaking for Documentary Makers: A Workshop

23 February 2017 - 26 February 2017 (13:00 - 17:00) ATÖLYE

As the world changes, so do the conditions for making films. On the one hand, making independent films and securing funding is getting harder. On the other hand, distribution channels are changing and presenting new ways to reach more viewers.

How can we continue to tell our stories? Almost all of us have a smartphone. Making films with a mobile phone is a great way to explore new possibilities. How can we create a narrative language with our phones? What kind of stories can we tell? Can we make powerful films? What kind of possibilities do these phones present us for making the films we want to make, about the issues that concern us, without making any concessions? The aim of this workshop is to create a starting point, a meeting place.

If you have made at least one short or feature-length documentary, are currently working on a documentary film project, actively use a smartphone and have basic camera skills, let’s meet.

To apply: Please send in your bio, filmography, a one-page project proposal and a viewing link for your most recent

documentary by February 12, 2017 to atolye@ifistanbul.com. The workshop leaders will review all applications and get

back to you.

Places in this !f 2017 Doc Lab workshop are limited to 10 people. Filmmakers are asked to attend all 4 days.


Erol Mintaş

His first two short films, Butimar (2008) and Berf (2010), won numerous awards in Turkey and around the world. His first feature-length film Song of My Mother (2014) premiered at the Sarajevo Film Festival, where it won Best Film and Best Male Lead awards; altogether it has gathered 14 awards in Turkey and internationally. Mintaş is now developing a featurelength project called Kargalar (Crows).


Zaid BaQaeen is a Jordanian screenwriter, visual designer and cinematographer. Zaid received international awards for both his acting and cinematography in the feature film When Time Becomes a Woman (2011). He then developed a career in cinematography and editing, both in Jordan and internationally. His work includes the Palm D’Or-nominated short film Condom Lead (2013) and several short films, commercials and short documentaries including Hotel Zaatari (2014) and Mideast Creatives.


Workshop Supervisor: Erol Mintaş, Zaid BaQaeen

Language: English (Turkish Translation)