This artists’ residency “Balkans Film Creators” takes place within the annual Balkan Film and Food Festival. The residency aims to celebrate transboundary cooperation in South Eastern Europe through collaboration between young filmmakers from the Balkan region, while focusing on producing one short film each around the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), using the surroundings of the city of Pogradec, and more specifically the Lake Ohrid region as settings for their production. For this second edition of the residency, with the support of the UNESCO Venice Office and in close partnership with the joint EU-UNESCO project “Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid region”, the selected participants will be asked to have a focus on the protection of the natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid region, in parallel of the following Sustainable Development Goals: * Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls * Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts * Goal 15: Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss Sustainable Development Goals are an integrated version of what our humanity ought to be. The 17 goals and their 169 associated targets (http://www.un.org/ sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/) are closely interlinked with each other, as it is only in addressing each and every one of these goals that our humanity will thrive to become a fairer one. To be selected, participants will need to submit by email at email@example.com, and no later than 15 July 2016, their completed application information, a short film proposal to be shot during the residency, and at least one sample of previous original work produced either in group or independently. Selected participants will benefit from: – Free meals and accommodation for the whole duration of the Balkan Film and Food Festival – A possibility of screening their residency’s production at the closing ceremony of the festival – Meeting Albanian, Greek, Serbian, Slovenian, Bulgarian, Romanian and international artists – Collaborations with other young filmmakers from the Balkans.
Eno Milkani Festival Director