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Five Flavours at Udine Far East Film Festival

24 April 2019

The third partners meeting of the Erasmus+ project "Festival as a Form of Education" will be held on April 29-30, during Udine Far East Film Festival in Italy.

The organizers of Five Flavours AFF, Camera Japan, and Helsinki Cine Aasia will have a chance to have a closer look at the projects promoting education and international cooperation implemented at Udine, such as "Ties that Bind," "Campus," and Focus Asia." The participants of the meeting in Udine will discuss topics of the online courses devoted to Asian cinemas and the subjects of journalist courses. Both activities will be initiated in the spring of 2020.

The visit at the Italian festival will be also be an opportunity to see the first results of the Erasmus+ project of international volunteer exchange. Currently, the two-month intern positions at Udine are held by Nina Pięk, chosen by Five Flavours AFF, and Sietz van der Aa, the representative of Camera Japan.

Here is Nina Pięk’s short account of her stay at the festival so far:

"It’s been a month since I came to Udine, a lovely town in northern Italy, for an Erasmus+ internship at the biggest festival of popular Asian cinema in Europe – Udine Far East Film Festival. I was assigned to the guests department which oversees the traveling arrangements and stay of over 200 Asian filmmakers, members of cultural organizations and journalists from all over the world. My responsibilities include various types of office work, including collecting documents for visa applications, gathering information on our guests, and uploading them to an online base Eventival. Every Saturday we hold meetings in which people supervising various elements of the festival – press office, Focus Asia (an international project for film industry), and special events, fill everyone in on their progress, allowing us to see the organization of the festival from a wider perspective. Another important element is the great atmosphere at the festival – the openness, understanding, and the willingness to help make the job both fruitful and enjoyable. For a person such as myself, whose only experience with film festivals is being a volunteer, it is a particularly valuable lesson. Being here makes me realize how much effort, involvement, and precision is needed to prepare such an event. I am anxiously waiting to see the results of our efforts when the festival launches on April 26."

Other activities planned as part of the Erasmus+ project are a four-day training "How to use festival events for anti-discrimination activities," which will take place between June 28 and July 1, 2019, a project meeting in September, a two-month volunteer internship at Camera Japan festival in Rotterdam, and a two-month internship during the preparations for Five Flavours AFF and Radio Asia Festival.

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