Overview Lisbon Semester
The semester in Lisbon stands as the entry level of the study in which students develop their basic technical skills and knowledge of documentary film. The introductory curriculum encompasses the essential theoretical and aesthetics issues of documentary, the technical aspects of filmmaking, and the basis of creative documentary filmmaking through emphasizing the practical approach.
Although quite intensive, the study time during the semester comprises of a maximum of 24 class hours per week, with most of classes structured in slots of 2h or 3h each, and frequently only four days per week.
Classes are taught by local filmmakers, film scholars and professional specialized practitioners, as well as by invited international lecturers and experts.
Theoretical and practical courses are conducted in short period modules and workshops, whose instructional content builds progressively throughout the semester.
Elective workshops take in to account the different level of technical competences of each student upon entering the program, according to previous experience and study background.
Several film exercises are performed, either individually or collaboratively in small teams, guided by instructors or assigned mentors on a regular basis. In the last stage of the semester each student develops and produces a short documentary film aiming to enrich his/her portfolio of individual work.
Students also receive classes on film history, and are taught to examine critically a range of classic and contemporary documentaries in various contexts, which should inspire the conceptualizing of their own strategies to film practices.
While attending DocLisboa International Film Festival students have contact with the business side of documentary filmmaking through LisbonDocs, a pitching forum organised by the European Documentary Network (EDN) where new projects are presented each year before an international panel of commissioning editors and co-producers.