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5x5x5 workshop description We are organizing the second edtion of „5 x 5 x 5“, a documentary film workshop which takes place in Winterthur, Switzerland. Within 5 weeks, 5 directors make 5 short documentaries on the matter of „conflict & home“. The films must entirely be shot in the city/ the region of Winterthur. For the upcoming 5 x 5 x 5 edition, which will take place from 29.9.-7.11.2015, we would like to invite 5 directors from different conflict regions of the world and let them show us their point of view on the conflict. We are therefore looking for established documentary directors from Syria, Palestine, Isreal, Ukraine and Russia, who are willing to participate in the upcoming project and attend the 5x5x5 workshop in Winterthur during the period of 6 weeks. Each director will have his own team, consisting of camera- and editing students from the film department of the „Zurich University oft he Arts“ ( The 5 short films will be made together with the team. During the workshop, the directors will have two weeks of research, one week of shooting and two weeks of editing. The final films will be part of the screening programm of the international short film festival „Kurzfilmtage Winterthur“ ( The films will be screened in front of an audience of 1000 people and will be distributed afterwards on film festivals worldwide. The films will be produced by the swiss production company „Bernard Lang AG“ ( which also produced the first edition. In case you are interested, we can provide you with the vimeo links of the films from the first 5 x 5 x 5 edition. The five directors from the first edition, came from the five continents, respectively from Kyrgyzstan (Asia), Serbia (Europe), Peru (Latin America), Australia (Australia) and Ethiopia (Africa). In their films, they took on an outside view on the daily life of people living in Winterthur, Switzerland. We do 5 x 5 x 5 because we want to give talented directors from abroad the possibity to work in Switzerland. During the conflicts in their home countries, the media coverage from abroad (including Switzerland) has been very high. Now we want to turn the tables and have their perspective on us and on the subject matter. We would like the five directors to let us know what home means to them, when looking from a distance through the lens of a camera. By the fact that the movies are made in Winterthur, Switzerland, we would also like to see how they look at us and how their highlight the aspects of a city and their habitants. Through the fact that we are crossing borders and working together, we would like to exchange culture and knowledge between Switzerland and overseas and create a documentary film network. All the costs concerning 5 x 5 x 5 (flights, meas, accommodation) in the above mentioned period of 6 weeks are covered by us. We can assist with the visa as well. The filmmakers commit herewith to stay in Switzerland during the entire period and focus entirely on their films within 5 x 5 x 5.

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