August 30 – September 8, 2021
Call for applications: December 5, 2020 – April 30, 2021 via the VIU website
The Summer School Films in Venice and Filming Venice is an initiative of Venice International University, in partnership with its member universities Ca' Foscari, Iuav, Tel Aviv, Waseda, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, and Exeter, organized to coincide with the 78th International Venice Film Festival.
The aim is to combine film theory and practice, applying them to representations of Venice, through a multidisciplinary and multicultural approach, reflected both in the composition of the faculty and the student body. The first week, students will be introduced to the history, culture and anthropology of Venice and its relation to visual media. They will be offered basic notions of film analysis and film-making theory. The second week, will be devoted to film-making practice. Students will be encouraged to develop a team project on Venice: a film, which will be screened and collectively discussed and analyzed at the end of the Summer School. Deserving projects will be shown at the Ca' Foscari Short Film Festival in 2022.
Scientific Coordinators and Faculty
Norimasa Morita, Professor of Film Studies, Waseda University
Maria Roberta Novielli, Professor of History of Cinema, Ca' Foscari University of Venice
Luca Pes, Professor of Italian Contemporary History in Films, Venice International University
Nitzan Ben Shaul, Professor of Film and Television, Head of the Digital Media Program, Tel Aviv University
Thomas Reinhardt, Professor of Media & Visual Anthropology and Semiotics, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität
Angela Vettese, Professor of Theory and Criticism of Contemporary Art, Director of the Master in Visual Arts, Iuav University Venice
Sally Faulkner, Professor of Hispanic Studies and Film Studies, University of Exeter, Member of the VIU Academic Council
Luca Pili, Ca' Foscari University of Venice
(To be updated with the complete list of instructors)
Level of students and suitable field of study
Graduate and undergraduate students from various disciplines: film studies, film-making, art history, visual art, history, cultural anthropology, sociology; and anyone who would like to learn the basics of film-making in various forms - fiction, docudrama, documentary, visual arts, etc.
Developing knowledge of the theoretical and analytical aspects of cinema and on the challenges of visual representation of recognizable places; achieving an understanding of problems entailed with the Venetian setting; acquiring or improving skills in film-making and working in a team.
Students from VIU member universities and VIU Alumni: € 650 VAT included
Other applicants: € 1,300 VAT included
The fees will cover tuition, course materials, lunches in the San Servolo cafeteria (5 working days on campus), social events, 78th Venice International Film Festival accreditation.
Student participants will be responsible for covering their own travel expenses to and from Venice and local transportation and accommodation. During the Venice Film Festival, San Servolo island is connected by public boat n. 20 to the Film Festival venue.
PhD candidates and post-docs from EU universities may be eligible for Erasmus+ mobility grant support. Candidates should consult the International Office in their own university for information about the calls for applications for funding. VIU will provide any supporting documentation requested for such applications.
Contact VIU Erasmus office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accommodation is not included in the fee. Venice International University can offer its support to book accommodation in Venice with other participants or provide a list of contacts.
Number of students:
From a minimum 16 to a maximum of 25.
As the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing, VIU will continue to monitor the situation. Should the COVID-19 situation prevent international travel or the confirmation of the program on campus as scheduled, the activity will be moved online. Applicants and confirmed participants will be informed of any changes.
The decision on whether it will be possible to hold the activity in person at VIU or not shall be made by the end of January/mid-February, and in any case at least 3 months prior to the start date.
The fees will be revised consequently.