To explore European identity through European cinema; this is the aim of Project Cinemaas, a project by four Media Culture master’s students. “In the second semester of the master’s we have to do either an internship, a thesis or a collective project”, says Clarence Ceniza. “We chose the collective project.”
The group attended three film festivals for European cinema in the past months, where they talked to directors, producers and festival organisers. The results of their research can be read on their ‘edublog’ www.projectcinemaas.org. “We didn’t want this project to be only about us”, says Ceniza. “We wanted to make our research accessible for a broad audience. It’s easy to digest, even for non-researchers.”
Last Tuesday the project members presented their work in the Lumière, which is one of the founders of the project. Along with the presentation, the evening involved a screening of the Greek film Black Field and a live question-and-answer Skype session with its director Vardis Marinakis.
Ceniza hopes that other students will be inspired to get on board. “We plan to continue doing this. Of course, the four of us have almost finished our studies now and will be looking for jobs, so we can’t be the driving forces anymore, but we’d like to still visit film festivals, interview directors and write about films. We hope other students will take over – it’s easy to pick up.”