Workshop on Writing About a Documentary Film

Mentor: Melita Zajc, PhD
Duration: 9 to 16 September 2022

The workshop consists of:

Part 1
Viewing of selected films that will be screened as part of this year's Dokudoc festival and a discussion about the films.

Part 2
Lecture by the workshop mentor Melite Zajc, Ph.D. will focus on the basics of journalism and stylistics of reporting, an overview of the history and current situation in the field of documentary film, as well as different views on the quality of (documentary) film and different methods of documentary film analysis.

Part 3
Writing a review of the selected film (maximum 800 words) in collaboration with the mentor. The texts will be published on the festival's website. The best ones will also be presented in a printed publication.

How will the workshop be conducted?
Between 9 and 12 September, the participants will watch pre-selected films from the International Documentary Festival Dokudoc (15 - 18 September, 2022). On Monday, September 12 and Tuesday, September 13, lectures will be held via Zoom between 17.00 and 19.30. Monday's lecture will be devoted to the presentation of the workshop and the basic concepts of journalism and stylistics of reporting (1st part). The participants will also learn about different views on quality in the form of a conversation about the films they had previously seen (2nd part). The conversation will be led by a mentor. Tuesday's meeting will be devoted to a lecture on documentary film, problems of evaluating and various methods of analyzing the visual content (1st part), as well as a discussion on writing about documentary film in general, concentrating on writing a film review (2nd part).

Between 14 and 16 September, the participants will write reviews independently in cooperation with the mentor. The first draft will be submitted on September 14, which the mentor will read and send her comments on September 15. On September 16, the participants will submit the final versions of the film reviews, which will be published on the festival's website at the end of the festival. Among the submitted reviews, the mentor and the director of the festival will select those that DOKUDOC will present to the editors of the printed publication.

Conditions: good knowledge of the Slovenian language, basic knowledge of general history, interest in history and current situation of documentary film.

Objectives: at the end of the workshop, participants will learn the basics of film analysis and the main characteristics of a quality documentary film. They will have the opportunity to try evaluating a documentary film both in the form of a conversation and writing about it. Participants will have the opportunity to evaluate the documentary film through discussion, as well as writing about it.

The workshop will be held in cooperation with the newspaper Večer and the Institute for Media Communications (Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Informatics, University of Maribor). The workshop is free of charge.