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On the second day of the festival we organize workshops for visual researchers. You can either choose for an afternoon workshop or register for a 2,5 day Spectacle Training.

The workshops below are still under construction. The final festival program will be confirmed on 3 April 2018 together with the opening of the workshop registrations. The number of participants per workshop is limited, so make sure you register in time.

There is no registration fee. 


13h-18h, 9 May 2018

How do you generate impact with your PV project? During this hands-on and interactive workshop we reflect on the possible impact of a PV project in relation to its desired outcome, target audience and use of different formats. We start from participants' video-materials and reflect and work on them. You will also get an inspiring overview of other possible formats, impact-strategies, target audiences, etc. 

This workshop is already confirmed and will be hosted by impact producer Céline Broeckaert from TIMESCAPES. Among other things, Céline has worked on the impact campaign of THE INVISIBLE CITY [KAKUMA] of Lieven Corthouts, about the refugee camp Kakuma in Kenia. 


Afternoon workshop

13h-18h, 9 May 2018

How does the use of video help us to rethink participation? Interactive workshop bringing together inspiring examples and challenging ideas of what participation can look like when using visual research methodologies. More information coming soon!


2,5 day Spectacle Training for Social Scientists

9 May (13h-18h) + 10 & 11 May (9-18h) 2018

Spectacle is an award-winning independent production company specialising in documentary, community-led, investigative journalism and participatory media. […] As well as undertaking production, documentation and community engagement commissions, Spectacle provides facilities to independent filmmakers, runs short & sharp training courses and community based media workshops.

9 May, 13h-18h: Workshop 'Participatory Video Editing for Social Scientists'

This workshop is recommended for researchers with little or no video editing capabilities. Its aim is to offer researchers that experiment with video methodologies in their research the opportunity to acquire comprehensive post-production skills in a small group setting. Moreover, the focus will lie on techniques on how to edit in a participatory way.

10 & 11 May, 10h-18h: 2 day workshop 'Video Production for Social Scientists'

This video production course for social scientists is a two-day accessible introduction to digital filmmaking techniques, designed specifically for social scientists who are interested in using video within their research and want a fast way to acquire the skills necessary to do this. The course is suitable for complete beginners and people with basic video skills, and is led by Mark Saunders, a professional filmmaker with decades of industry and teaching experience. We aim to provide all participants with a solid foundation of practical knowledge: a working understanding of digital cameras, sound recording, interview techniques, filming on location and industry language. The course is hands-on from the start of day one, with a maximum of three people to each camera set up (camera, sound, interviewer) on practical activities.



UGent PhD researchers can participate in the festival as part of the UGent Doctoral Schools Specialist Course 'Participatory Video as a Research Method'. You can register as a UGent DS participant via the workshop registrations form. PVF#1 activities marked with *DS* in the program, are mandatory for UGent DS participants.

DAY 1 - 8 MAY

08:30h    Registration - Koer Cafe

09:00h    Welcome - Cinema room - *DS*

09:30h    Keynote: Kris Rutten > "Critical arts: the ethnographic turn (revisited)" - Cinema room - *DS*

10:30h    Coffee - Koer Cafe

11:00h    PANEL 1: Participation, methods & position of the researcher - Cinema room

This panel focuses on the process and nature of participation in different stages, and the relationships between all actors involved.

13:00h    Lunch - Koer Cafe

14:30h    Parallel panels


PANEL 2: Technologies, methods & epistemologies - Cinema room

This panel focuses on how the use of PV methods can generate different kinds of of knowledge.


PANEL 3: Place making - Koer Cafe

This panel focuses on how video allows people to claim and transform the space they are living in.

16:30h    Video Aperitivo - Koer Cafe

Closing remarks, drinks and installation video-materials day 1.

21:00h    Screening & dialogue: An Van Dienderen, Christina Stuhlberger and Effi & Amir 

> “Film is the celebration of a relationship" (Jean Rouch) - Big hall - *DS*

Screening of films made by Effi & Amir, Christina Stuhlberger and An van. Dienderen followed by a conversation about the failures, challenges, strategies and utopias of working with participation in film.

  • "Housewarming", Effi & Amir, 2016, 33’ 

  • "Malapascua", Chrstina Stuhlberger, 2017, 26’

  • "Prism", work in progress by An van. Dienderen, screening the first scene 10’

DAY 2 - 9 MAY

09:00h    Welcome

09:15h    Keynote: Katrien Pype - Cinema room - *DS*

10:00h    Coffee - Koer Cafe

10:30h    Parallel panels


PANEL 4: Representation, power relations & ethics - Cinema room

This panel focuses on what it means to use visual images of people and how power and representation are negotiated.


PANEL 5: Impact, action & format - Koer Cafe

This panel focuses on how to reach specific audiences and use effective formats to do so.

12:30h    Lunch - Koer Cafe

13:30h    Parallel workshops


PV::IMPACT- Meeting room


PV::EDITING - Big hall - *DS*

17:30h    Screening & dialogue: Nick Mai 

> "Assembling 'Samira' and 'Travel': understanding sexual humanitarianism from the global South through participative ethnographic filmmaking" - Cinema room

Talk, discussion and screening of the video installation "Travel". Nick Mai developed a participative, creative and filmmaking-based methodology inspired by Jean Rouch’s ethnofictions and including research subjects as active producers and performers of their own representations by transcending the distinction between fiction and non-fiction, participation and observation, knowledge and emotions. His intention in approaching the genre of ethnofiction is to convey the complexity of migrants’ understandings of exploitation and self-realisation, to protect their identities and to challenge currently hegemonic neoliberal criteria of authenticity in scientific, documentary and humanitarian terms. 

19:00h    Video Aperitivo + PVF#1 dinner - Big hall

Closing remarks, drinks, dinner and installation video-materials day 2.

21:00h    Open cafe @ De Koer

DAY 3 - 10 MAY

09:00h    Workshop > PV::PRODUCTION *DS*

13:00h    Lunch

14:00h    Workhop > PV::PRODUCTION *DS*

18:00h    End

21:00h    SCREENING & DIALOGUE: Mark Saunders

Talk, discussion and screening of extracts of participatory films drawing on Mark Saunders’ work with Despite TV (81-91) and Spectacle (91 to the present):

  • "Despite the Sun" on the year long Wapping Dispute against Rupert Murdoch’s News International in 1986

  • "Battle of Trafalgar" on the poll tax demonstration in 1990

  • "The Truth Lies in Rostock" on the Neo Nazi attack on a refugee home in Rostock in 1992

  • "Urbanist works" on working with residents to resist or influence gentrification and 'regeneration' in London and Brussels from 1995-2010

DAY 4 - 11 MAY

09:00h    Workshop > PV::PRODUCTION *DS*

13:00h    Lunch

14:00h    Workshop > PV::PRODUCTION *DS*

17:15h    End

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