First reels

Graduation films

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Graduation films from the HEAD

Graduation films from the HEAD

The Cinema Faculty of the HEAD – Genève is a site for teaching, creation and research devoted to innovative cinematographic forms in tune with the world. It aims to inspire the exploration of plural writings and aesthetics, encouraging crossovers between genres and dialogue with contemporary art.
The faculty is open to a wide range of film genres from documentary to fiction, from installations to virtual images. This creative freedom can roam the entire world and examine its challenges: accompanied by acclaimed filmmakers, the students make movies every year, often in far-off places, and are thus confronted with different realities and otherness.

One of the specificities of this course is to offer teaching based on an interweaving of cinematographic practices and theoretical knowledge (the aesthetics, politics and economics of cinema). During their training, the students make a number of films, learning to master the tools and techniques of contemporary cinema and discovering the new methods of production and distribution.

les films de Baden-Württemberg

les films de Baden-Württemberg

Since it was founded in 1991, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg has become one of the world’s leading film academies. The project-oriented “learning by doing” concept has greatly contributed to this. The students are taught and mentored by more than 300 highly-qualified experts from the film and media industries. Around 250 films covering a range of genres are created by teams of students each year. Several win prizes at film festivals. The overriding objective of the programme is to prepare students in the best possible way for a successful career in the film and media industries

About the collection: First reels

Many first films (mostly shorts) by bright-eyed new talent come hot out of film schools and training workshops. Although schools may differ in terms of conditions and constraints, they are all, first and foremost, hives of experimentation thriving with creativity. Shielded from commercial pressures, this freedom breeds films that are spontaneous, cobbled together or carefully crafted, sparking bold innovation and strokes of genius.


Jimmy Deniziot et Roxanne Riou
Pre-selectors for the États Généraux du Film Documentaire – Lussas

... and some contributions from other programmers.

Previously in the collection:
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