The Swedish Institute Alexandria, Egypt, has resumed its activities after summer recess. Within the framework of the Cinedelta project which the institute operates in Egypt’s Delta region, and in an attempt to support new and innovative ways to make documentaries, it has cooperated with Fig Leaf Studios and the School of Dramatic Arts in Stockholm to offer young aspiring filmmakers training and tools in transmedia film production. Throughout four days, young filmmakers from the Delta were inspired to form film projects on the theme of ‘food and conversation’.
The aim of the Cinedelta project is to support storytelling in new formats in the Delta region which generally lacks frequent exposure to artistic and cultural activities. This comes as a collective commitment to share knowledge and expertise with residents of the Delta, in order to mobilise and utilise cultural tools for the good of the communities and preservation of cultural heritage, values and principles. It is a year-long project that hosts international and local experts in filmmaking, especially in the field of documentaries, to impart to 20 local trainees their expertise at home, away from the hubbub of the capital. Training comes in the theoretical and practical forms as workshops and projects.
The recent master class was run by senior lecturers from Stockholm School of Dramatic Arts Stockholm (SADA). Thomas Brennan and his collaborator documentary filmmaker and editor Kersti Grunditz Brennan, and focused on post-production and virtual reality.