Who will be the winners of this edition?
The 12th edition of Aristoteles Workshop will be picking its winners on Friday, August 4th, following the screening of the five films created in the last five weeks within the documentary workshop. The event will take place in Arad and will be hosted by Cinema Arta at 6:30 pm. After this first screening, the jury formed of international experts will decide the winning title and they will award the film team with a 1.500 Euro prize.
Arad will be welcoming guests of honor such as the Portuguese filmmaker Miguel Ribeiro, the French critic Leo Soesanto, the filmmaker Laurențiu Damian, the scriptwriter Răzvan Rădulescu and director Titus Muntean, who will be attending the special screening, along with the 12 participants of Aristoteles Workshop, natives of Croatia, France, Iran, Israel, Netherlands, Romania, Turkey, Hungary and Vietnam. Two of their tutors, the Georgian director Nino Kirtadze, awarded by the European Film Academy and winner of a Sundance award, along with the Dutch director John Appel, lecturer at the Netherlands Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam, will be joining them for their first screening, together with the workshop’s producers Dan Nuțu and Cristina Hoffman.
The winning film will be announced in the same evening on the event’s Facebook page and on www.eu-finance.ro, shortly after the jury decides.
He is also a member of the board of Apordoc – The Portuguese Documentary Association and head of the production company Filmes do Asfalto, produced António Um Dois Três (2017), by Leonardo Mouramateus
The French film journalist Leo Soesanto collaborated over time with important publications, such as Les Inrockuptibles, Libération or Grazia. He is also programming director of Festival International du Film Indépendant de Bordeaux since its creation in 2012, senior programmer at International Film Festival Rotterdam since 2016. He is the short films selection coordinator at Cannes’ Semaine de la Critique.
The Romanian director and scriptwriter Laurențiu Damian is a professor doctor at the National University of Theatre and Film “I.L. Caragiale” of Bucharest within the Film and TV directing Department since 1991.
Since 1998 he is the director of Video Publishing within the Ministry of Culture and Cults, and since 2003 he is the president of Romanian Filmmakers Union. Much of his artistic and publishing activity was focused over time in the documentary area and his achievements were rewarded with important distinctions and awards.
The Romanian director and scriptwriter Răzvan Rădulescu is the author of the script that underlie some of the most appreciated films of the young generation of Romanian directors: Stuff and Dough/Marfa şi banii (2001, in collaboration with Cristi Puiu), The death of Mr. Lăzărescu/Moartea domnului Lăzărescu (2005, in collaboration Cristi Puiu), The Paper Will Be Blue/Hârtia va fi albastră (2005, in collaboration with Alexandru Baciu and Radu Muntean), Tuesday, After Christmas/Marţi, după Crăciun (2010) or One Floor Below/Un etaj mai jos (2015), by director Radu Muntean. He directed the feature First of all, Felicia/Felicia, înainte de toate (2009), together with Melissa de Raaf and teaches dramaturgy at HFG Karlsruhe in Germany.
He directed În derivă, the TV series produced by HBO that gained the Romanian audience’s admiration, and was also the director of Examen (2003) and Caravana Cinematografică(2009). Besides the fiction films written and directed by him over his career, the filmmaker is also interested in documentary film.