The fourth edition of INNSBRUCK film CAMPUS took place from 23 to 28 May 2016. From almost 60 applicants, 18 young film talents (aged 20 to 35, from Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Croatia and Austria) were selected and invited to come to Innsbruck and attend the campus week. The campus was a profound confrontation with the medium film for both the participants and the eight national and international lecturers. Especially the participants’ interdisciplinary access provided the master classes with a reflexive exchange, which intensified to a family-like working environment during the whole week. Within a short time contacts between the protagonists were established – networks have developed that will have an impact far beyond the INNSBRUCK film CAMPUS.
During six intensive days INNSBRUCK film CAMPUS #4 offered its talents a programme of eight masterclasses, eight films and one screening session.
It started with the opening ceremony at Innsbruck’s Leokino on Monday, May 23, 2016. In order to demonstrate what can come of the campus and to offer former participants a stage, a series of short films was created which presented six works by former participants, including Kim Strobl, Tobias Pichler and Lukas Ladner. The second part of the opening night was the Tyrolean premiere of the award-winning documentary IL GESTO DELLE MANI (IT 2015) by campus lecturer Francesco Clerici.
The first masterclass and thus the beginning of the ‘training’ was held by the Tyrolean corporate film expert Nino Leitner on Tuesday, May 24. The new partner of INNSBRUCK film CAMPUS, BTV Vier Länder Bank, invited all talents to the concert hall of the “Stadtforum” where Leitner presented his knowledge about corporate films on the big screen. Plus a competition on concepts for corporate films was announced for campus participants. In the afternoon, the talents had the opportunity to get to know the bank in detail.
On Wednesday, the campus moved to its actual ‘home base’, the Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen. As a home to international artists in residence Büchsenhausen is predestined to accommodate the INNSBRUCK film CAMPUS.
For the first time since the campus was established, an actor held a masterclass: Álvaro Ogalla from Spain talked about his experiences in the preparation and execution of his first role as Gonzalo in the Uruguayan-Spanish EL ÁPOSTATA and explained his access to “Natural Acting” . The Cuban writer and director Eduardo del Llano was invited as a lecturer of the campus for the third time and this time talked about the process of his internationally successful mockumentary CASTING.
Thursday: The Algerian DP and director Mohammed Soudani held his masterclass about his long and intense career – he started as a professional soccer player for the Swiss National Team and went on to do camera work for famous African directors until he started to do hes own successful career as a director of documentaries, feature films and children’s films.
Next came the DP Tyrolean Eva Testor, who explained campus talents how she catches a story in pictures – including a practical part. In the evening there was a film screening of SHANA (Nino Jacusso) in preparation for his masterclass.
Friday: The Swiss director Karl Saurer had already been a lecturer at the campus. In his presentation he discussed the question whether it is really possible or necessary to make everything into a movie. The Italian Francesco Clerici, director of IL GESTO DELLE MANI, talked about his story of success – the film, which was produced with a mini budget, received the prestigious FIPRESCI award at the Berlinale 2015 and has travelled the world tirelessly ever since, getting the best reviews all over.
Saturday: The last masterclass was held by the Swiss Nino Jacusso. He talked about his approach on “real acting” in his family film SHANA.
The rest of this last campus day was used by the participants to mutually show their own productions, discuss and deepen their network. In the evening the joint final dinner in the courtyard of the Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen made the campus team and participants feel a little nostalgic: A beautiful and intense week was over. They had spent their days together like a family and a homogeneous group of young people who left the campus inspired and motivated, who will stay in touch and benefit from all they’ve heard and seen during the week.