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In the Realm of Animated Documentary

An animated documentary workshop by Nazli Kaya and Tomáš Doruška

Apply until 15 November through the google form, the participants will be selected and informed by the workshop organizers

Led by renowned filmmaker duoNazlı Kaya andTomáš Doruška you’ll learn the ins and outs of combining animation and documentary filmmaking. This is a hands-on experience where you'll gain practical  filmmaking and stopmotion animation skills and techniques.

Taking place over 4.5 days, the workshop will introduce documentary filmmakers, animators, illustrators, photographers and artists in general to techniques of creating authentic documentary footage with the help of animation. To inspire, a special selection of shorts that use analogue techniques in unique ways will be screened. There will also be a demonstration on basic 2D animation and how to achieve proper timing.

Participants are encouraged to bring their ideas for films that focus on social justice, politics, gender, ecology, and environmental themes. There will be a pitching session where we will discuss your ideas for mini-shorts; 3 ideas will finally be chosen to be realized. If you do not have an idea to present, you are still welcome to attend. Using simple drawing and painting techniques in combination with cut-out animation you will have the opportunity to animate directly onto printed frames of documentary footage. While exploring the various possibilities of this unique medium, the main focus will be “experimenting with a fusion of creative methods”. Team-work and experiencing the process is more important than the final outcome!

By the end of the workshop, you will have gained:

- A new technique which you can creatively integrate into your future work.
- A hands-on experience of animating using frame-by-frame techniques.
- Fresh perspectives on telling real-life stories through animation.
- Inspiration to broaden your creative horizons.

WORKSHOP DATES (presence on all days is obligatory!):

Friday 01.12. 16:00-18:30 (introduction)
Saturday 02.12. 11:00-18:00 (lunch included)
Sunday 03.12. 11:00-18:00 (lunch included)

Saturday 09.12. 11:00-18:00 (lunch included)
Sunday 10.12. 11:00-18:00 (lunch included)

Total workshop fee of 35,00 € which includes materials and lunch

The workshop is intended for 3 groups (each group composed of 3-4 people) with a maximum of 12 people.

All the equipment which is needed for practical work (shooting and animation) will be provided by the organizers. There will be 3 fully equipped animation sets (cameras, tripods, laptops with programs). A printer will be also available. If you have documentary footage, you can bring it with you for pitching. Feel free to bring waste paper (magazines, newspapers etc), pencils and other tools for drawing, painting and coloring (crayons, marker pens etc).


Nazlı Kaya is an award winning animator, filmmaker and designer. With years of experience and a passion for the art form, Nazli has been sharing her knowledge and skills as a teacher of animation since 2012.

Tomáš Doruška is an editor, producer and mentor. Tomáš teaches at various film academies and is leading the Editing Department at FAMU in Prague.