Youth Moving – Multiplier Events

We’ve jumped headfirst into presenting our film – The Nest – created as part of the Youth Moving Project 🎞 🤩
Today alone, we screened the Nest for 92 students and staff from Písek’s Gymnázia (high school). 🫠

Youth Moving is a co-funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ program, and aims to increase participation in democratic processes by youth who have grown up detached from their biological parents.

International partners on this project include:
Centar Sirius (Croatia)
Forum za kvalitetno udomiteljstvo djece (Croatia)
Co&So (Italy)
DGASPC HR (Romania)
APDES (Portugal)

And so the Summer Film Program of 2023 comes to an end… a month long immersion for students of NOVA Community College into film in the Czech Republic with us at Filmová akademie Miroslava Ondříčka v Písku a SVOŠF Písek – a month full of workshops, cultural activities, new friends, and film production.

This year our 23 strong student group from NOVA worked with our own talented youth to create 4 videoclips for the up-and-coming stars – band Marjari.

This year, for the first time, our CZ / USA crews expanded to include actors and actresses from the Cirkevné konzervatórium v Bratislave, Slovakia, whose skills took the film projects and personal experience to a whole new level.

As always, we ended with the screening of their incredible work and a sponsored breakfast by McDonald’s Písek. Thank you!

A last shout out to all students, whether our own, those from NOVA or Slovakia… you’ve all invested a huge amount into the last month and should all be proud of yourselves and your work.

The Youth Moving Project’s Learning Teaching Training activities held at FAMO in Pisek have come and gone.
A week full of workshops by youth workers and youth from Croatia, Czech, Italy, Portugal and Romania aimed at increasing participation in democratic processes by youth who have grown up detached from their biological parents.

Youth Moving is a co-funded by the European Union’s 🇪🇺 Erasmus+ program, with international partners (including us) from Croatia’s Centar Sirius and Forum za kvalitetno udomiteljstvo djece, Italy’s Co&So social cooperative, Romania’s DGASPC HR and Portugal’s APDES.

FAMO’s primary participation in this project was the making of the short documentary film ‘The Nest’ which follows the emotional and inspirational experiences of 4 young women who live in / have left alternative child care (including children’s homes, foster care and adoption).

Over these couple of days we finalized plans for our Learning Teaching Training activities for the project which will take place at FAMO in Pisek at the end of March 2023. During this jam packed week of activities social workers and disadvantaged youth will present and take part in workshops aimed to enhance the capacity of such youth to participate in democratic processes. FAMO will be teaching them how to maximize the use of simple and accessible video making tools so that they can better voice their opinions on social media.

The international team with whom we’re working on this project includes:
Centar Sirius – Croatia
APDES – Portugal
DGASPC Harghita – Romania
Co&So – Italy
Forum za kvalitetno udomiteljstvo djece – Croatia

Documentary filmmaker Tin Dirdamal visits us in Pisek for an intimate masterclass on ‘The Future Document of Fiction and Non-fiction’.

Tin’s a self-described engineer turned ‘accidental film-maker and editor’, whose first feature film piece won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Tin was born in Mexico and he and his family move location every 2-3 years to a new place where they know no-one and don’t understand the language.

Here are some photos of Tin discussing how he used the dimensions in his house plan as the mathematical measure used in his editing process, so the viewer could, essentially, re-draw his plans if they understood the system and conversion of measurements – one of the secret keys he likes to hide in his work.

“The Future Document of Fiction and Nonfiction’ is a filmmaking workshop that seeks to find new narratives far from the film world. Where film and non film come together. Far away from formulas, scripts, conventions and film crews.”
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FAMO graduate and sound engineer Viktor Prášil is fighting for an Oscar title for his work on the the 2022 film All Quiet on the Western Front – based on the 1929 book of the same name.

Good luck Viktor!

On Friday the 9th of December, we celebrated the success of our Bachelor and Master of Arts graduates in Pisek’s Holy Trinity Church, before moving back upstream along the river to watch a selection of their wonderful film work in Pisek’s Portyc Cinema. What a day – full of wide smiles, some tears, and a whole lot of happiness!

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) is the group behind the Oscars.

Special thanks to FAMO friend and teachers, producers Jiri Vlach and Petr Horak for organising the event.