CinéDOC-Summer School 2019

The Noosfera Foundation is glad to announce its second edition of the CinéDOC Summer School, focusing on editing and the art of storytelling at the editing stage. This year we cooperate with the Film University “Konrad Wolf” from Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany, and we will also welcome a group of students as well as a professor from this well-known film academy.

Film editing is often referred to as the “invisible art” because when it is well-practiced, the viewer can become so engaged that he or she is not even aware of the editor’s work. Editors play a dynamic role in the making of a film, especially in the making of a documentary film when the final story-line is often decided upon at the editing stage. A film editor must creatively work with the layers of images, story, dialogue, music, pacing, to effectively “re-imagine” and even rewrite the film to craft a cohesive whole.

We offer an intensive week of lectures, exercises and one-to-one meetings, conducted by an international team of specialists within the field of this year’s focus: Re-imagine.

The tutors of this year’s Summer School edition are: Dana Bunescu (Romania), film editor and winner of the Silver Bear Award for editing at the Berlinale; Tue Steen Müller (Denmark), film expert; Merle Jothe (Germany), director of photography and tutor at the Film University “Konrad Wolf” and Albert Elings, documentary film director, film editor and lecturer (the Netherlands Film Academy, the University of Amsterdam and the Rietveld Academy for Fine Arts).

This call is open for emerging filmmakers of all ages from Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, who have a documentary project in development, in production or post-production.


Merle Jothe 


Merle Jothe DoP, graduated from German Film and Television Academy Berlin dffb with diploma in 2012. For Michael Ballhaus’ climate protection initiative, THE FUTURE IS NOW she shot the spot SNOW. Winner CLEANTECH MEDIA AWARD 2008. BERG FIDEL – A SCHOOL FOR ALL won documentary price Lydia 2011, the documentary price at FÜNF SEEN FILMFESTIVAL 2012 and was screened twice at VIENNALE 2012 & 2017 and in competition at MAX OPHÜLS 2012. BERG FIDEL was shown in German speaking countries for four years in a row. Recently the documentary AETHER started its festival career, screened in competition at VISION DU RÉEL 2019 and at ISTANBUL FILMFESTIVAL 2019 in competition and national documentary competition. Only some to mention. Since 2003 she works as a freelance cinematographer mainly for documentary films for cinema and television. She taught at summerschool at Humboldt University Berlin and teaches at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf in cinematography department.


Tue Steen Muller

Film Consultant and Critic

Tue Steen Müller was born in 1947 in Denmark. From 1975 to 1996, he was employed at the National Film Board of Denmark as press secretary, distributor, festival manager, film consultant and spin doctor for various managers of the organization.

He is the co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord and Documentary of the EU. From 1996 to 2005, he was the director of the European Documentary Network and was honoured by the organization in 2014 for his effort in European Documentary film. Since 2006, freelance consultant and teacher in documentary matters all over the world. He writes for the web portal lmkommentaren. dk. Müller was awarded the Danish Roos Price in 2004 and in 2016 he was awarded the Order for Merits to Lithuania for his effort in Lithuanian film through 25 years.


Dana Bunescu

Film Editor

Romanian Film editor, winner of the Silver Bear Award at the Berlinale in 2017

Romanian film editor and sound engineer, Dana Bunescu has graduated from the Faculty of Physics and the Faculty of Film in Bucharest, Romania. She has edited or sound edited many of the most important fiction and documentary films of the Romanian New Wave, including the Death of Mr. Lăzărescu – directed by Cristi Puiu (2005 Cannes Film Festival – Un Certain Regard Award), 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days – directed by Cristian Mungiu (Palme d’Or Winner at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007), Child’s Pose – directed by Călin Peter Netzer (the film premiered in competition at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival where it won the Golden Bear),  Aferim! (English: Bravo!) – directed by Radu Jude (it was screened in the main competition section of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival where Radu Jude won the Silver Bear for Best Director), Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu – documentary directed by Andrei Ujica, premiered in 2010 at the Cannes Film Festival.

In 2017, Dana Bunescu was awarded the Silver Bear Award for the editing of the film Ana, mon amour – directed by Cãlin Peter Netzer.


Albert Elings

Documentary Director and Film Editor

Albert Elings graduated in 1991 from the Netherlands Film Academy as a documentary director and as film editor. In 2007 he graduated cum laude as Master of Arts at Utrecht University. He worked as a documentary filmmaker for Dutch public broadcasters before he started his own production company. Many of his films are characterised by a preoccupation with changes in time and follow long-term processes. ‘Hinterland, the road back to Cuey Machar’, a documentary about a former child soldier in South Sudan, premiered at IDFA Amsterdam in 2012. As a film editor he edited more then forty documentaries. The last film he edited ‘Keeping & Saving, or how to live’ premiered at Rotterdam International Film Festival 2018. As a director’s coach he worked on several projects, like ‘Those who feel the fire burning’ by Morgan Knibbe. Besides his filmmaking he is often asked as a guest lecturer at the Netherlands Film Academy (Master Film), the University of Amsterdam (Master Media Studies) and the Rietveld Academy for fine arts in Amsterdam.