The sixth edition of INNSBRUCK film CAMPUS took place from 10 to 16 September 2018. Out of more than 80 applications, 21 young filmmakers from Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Croatia, Portugal, India, Switzerland and Austria were selected and invited to participate for one week. The campus meant a profound exploration of the medium of film for both the participants and the eight national and international speakers. Within a short time, contacts were established between the protagonists – networks emerged that will have their effect far beyond the INNSBRUCK film CAMPUS. The focus on content included not only camera, light and photography, but also the themes of sound, production and film as an art form.
On six intense days, the INNSBRUCK film CAMPUS #6 offered its participants a program consisting of a total of seven masterclasses, three film screenings in the cinema, two excursions and a screening session.
Even before the official opening on Monday evening, there was the first unit with the Innsbruck-based sound engineer Peter Rösner. He has been responsible for the sound in a variety of national and international film productions for nearly 10 years and was able to teach the talents both theoretical and practical knowledge of priceless value.
This was followed by a relaxed opening, with short speeches by the campus management and Ursula Schwarzl in her function as city councillor of cultural affairs. That evening the networking among the participants and the already present lecturers began, which was to run as a common thread through the whole week.
Tuesday was the day of light and started with an excursion to the Bartenbach GmbH including a guided tour through the light laboratories and a presentation of the “artificial sky”. In the seminar room of the company one of the great masters of light in film, Jakob Ballinger, held the first part of his master class “Liquid Light”. His theoretical remarks on the subject of lighting were followed by the practical unit at the Westbahn-theatre in the afternoon. Thanks to the help of Innsbruck-based Robert Mayr and his light equipment, various set-ups were tested on the stage including a presentation of “Cine Reflect Lighting System” developed by Christian Berger. This intensive day ended with the screening of the film “Animals” in the Cinematograph. The cinematographer (DOP) of the film, Piotr Jaxa, was present and answered questions of the present talents and other viewers.
On the following Wednesday, Jaxa, who is from Poland and worked with film greats such as Kieslowski and Maximilian Schell, then held his unit “Photography in Film”, where, in addition to his work as a cameraman, he gave a detailed account of his work as a photographer. Thankfully, Piotr Jaxa was also available in theis afternoon’s “Talent’s Screening”, in which the participants presented their own film projects to their colleagues. With his rich experience from almost 50 years of filmmaking, his input was of outstanding importance. The conclusion was again a screening in the cinematograph – “Pin Cushion”, a British independent production. The pictures in this film came from cinematographer Nicola Daley, one of the few female representatives in this field. Her session the following morning was mainly about using color in film. She was accompanied by Peter Marsden, a Digital Image Technician (DIT), who has already worked for well-known Hollywood productions (including: The Darkest Hour, Gravity, Argo).
The second unit of this day was given by the Viennese filmmaker Philipp Fleischmann, who devoted himself to film as an art form and also spoke about the materiality of analogue film. Thanks to the loan of a 16mm projector by the Slavic Institute of the University of Innsbruck, classical film footage could also be projected at Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen.
On Friday, the penultimate day of the Campus 2018, Martin Blankemeyer, founder and CEO of Münchner Filmwerkstatt e.V., spent the whole day with the participants. As an experienced director of seminars on a wide range of film-specific topics, he was involved in teaching the subject of film production and film financing. After his Masterclass, the third and final cinema screening followed. “L’Animale” by the Austrian director, screenwriter and producer Katharina Mückstein. This formed the cinematic base for the final unit on Saturday: “Tools of a director: Heart, Mind, Analysis”, in which Mückstein conveyed her knowledge of the arduous first steps of young (female) filmmakers. During a lunch, these topics were discussed and philosophized far beyond the teaching unit.
The conclusion of this year’s campus was the traditional presentation of diplomas. In the cozy atmosphere of Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen the talents once again reflected on the lessons learned last week and were already musing on possible joint projects. The overwhelming feedback from the participants (see following page) is an enormous incentive for the campus team and already creates great anticipation for the 2019 edition.
The INNSBRUCK film CAMPUS is a project founded in 2013. After five years under the direction of Evelin Stark, the campus was organized under a new team in 2018. Christoph Fintl took over while Evelin advised him. With Marianna Kastlunger assisting them and Maria Markt being responsible for the graphic design, two former campus talents – Sabrina Stockner and Helmut Geissler – once again offered to document all masterclasses cinematic after 2017. The photographers Daniel Jarosch and Patrick Außerdorfer recorded the campus week and all the events in pictures.
The team of INNSBRUCK film CAMPUS is particularly proud that (from the beginning in 2013) it has been possible to invite the participants to the Innsbruck campus in the form of a ‘scholarship’. The accommodation in Innsbruck during the campus week and part of the catering was taken care of by the campus. In addition there is no participation fee.