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The Invisible City

Photography by Andrej Vasilenko

What makes a good workshop?

Our workshops benefit from the distinctive origins of the festival itself. Way back in 2005 a bunch of, then, post-graduate students in the anthropology department of University College London. were fasciated by the use of documentary film as a tool for research and fieldwork and as a teaching aid. They were also avid film buffs. How did documentary film differ from other types of film and did the nomenclature distinction count for anything? What cultural and political insights did it provide? What aesthetic revolutions could it provoke? What sort of changes in social vision could it aspire to? How entertaining could it be?

A series of public screening and discussions were programmed and held in the main lecture room of the anthropology department – much to the resistance of the department itself. With an audience made up of students, filmmakers, academics and producers the results were exciting, lively, dialogic and very popular. These were our first ‘conversations in film’. A phrase ‘borrowed’ by others since.

An LIDF workshop is also a conversation; collaborative and non-didactic. Its aim to produce practical knowledge, rich insights and creatively satisfying outcomes. Throughout great emphasis is placed on dialogue, teamwork and critical feedback.

To achieve these goals the workshops combine theory and practice and they rely upon the range of skills evident in our committed and enthusiastic trainers. The workshops aim to be clear and focused geared towards meaningful and satisfying outcomes for all.

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