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International call Ootb

A School of Thinking for the Moving Image

Venice, San Servolo
24 – 30.09.2023

The application deadline has been extended to July 27

Out of the Box  (Ootb) is a residential “school of thinking” for audiovisual professionals and creators. Ootb sets out in search of stimuli mainly outside the reassuring “comfort zone” in which cinema and television people usually hold their conversations. Over the course of one week on the Island of San Servolo (Venice), participants will meet leading figures from several different disciplines: from botanists to neurologists, from computer coders to museum curators, from composers to urban planners will engage in a meeting of minds on collective intelligence and the future of the moving image.

Designed by Carlo Cresto-Dina, Ootb has been developed and supported by Fondazione Centro Sperimentale di CinematografiaScuola Nazionale di Cinema, in collaboration with Den Danske Filmskole, the National Film School of Denmark and FAMU, the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

Some of the international experts who will be part of the Ootb program will be Indian-American author Vikram Chandra, neurologist and Professor Hannah Critchlow (University of Cambridge), scientist and Professor Stefano Mancuso (University of Florence), museum curator and Director Frances Morris (Tate Modern, London), composer Lucia Ronchetti (Director Music Department, La Biennale di Venezia). Read the experts biographies here. 

Ootb is addressed to everyone involved in the creation of content for cinema and television: hence directors, producers, screenwriters, film editors, directors of photography and art directors, as well as actors, development an acquisition managers for studios, broadcasters and platforms and students in all the above areas. There is no age limit, but we would like to especially involve those who are approaching the audiovisual scene with fresh eyes and open perspectives. A committee nominated by the 3 participating schools will select 25 participants to OotB. Each participating school will sponsor 3 scholarships each for their graduates. The fee to attend Ootb is € 1,000 for students (proof of registration requested) and € 1,500 for professionals. Fees include accommodation from September 24th to 29th and lunches from 25th to 29th.

To learn more about the program and how to apply, please consult the open call . The application deadline has been extended to July 27.

For queries and further information, please write to outofthebox@fondazionecsc.it


Regione Veneto
CSC – Scuola Nazionale di Cinema 

In collaboration with
Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague
Den Danske Filmskole