BYFA is a collaboration-project between NUFF/TVIBIT in Tromsø, Norway and the Regional Fund – Youth House in Murmansk, Russia. The main purpose is to develop youth film activities in the entire Barents region is aiming to organize a informal film-education for young people in the region.
The idea grew through long collaboration NUFF has with the youth film environment in Murmansk. Which led to the annual youth film festival 0.1 Megapixel in Murmansk in 2008. This work concluded in goal to focus on the entire region to ensure the competence young filmmakers have reached the work at NUFF and 0.1 Megapixel.
BYFA is the opportunity!
At NUFF 2010 Megapixel and NUFF arranged a meeting with Martha Otte (director at the Tromsø International Film Festival – TIFF) and Yulian Malakyants (general producer of Polar Lights Arctic International Film Festival in Murmansk, established in May 2010). The meeting ended with a letter of intention on developing BYFA in coming years signed by all four partners. We agreed on a developing process in three phases:
Pilot – pre-project – main-project
The BYFA-project is starting with the BYFA – Kick-Off from October 8th – 22nd in Murmansk. This pilot is arranged as a film workshop for 10 young from Murmansk and Tromsø. The financing comes from the Barentssekretariatet in Kirkenes, Norway.
The three young participants from Norway are students at the Media & Communication High School Breivang VGS in Tromsø and the six young people from Murmansk are students at the University of Murmansk. The workshop is arranged by Natasha Kolesnik and Evgeny Goman, both leaders of the foundation Regional Fund – Youth House.
In the first week of the workshop the participants are attending classes in directing, editing, photographing and script writing taught by four Russian film-professionals from Moscow:
Dimitry Rezaev (script), Valery Zelensky (directing), Boris Bondarenko (photography) og Alexander Schurikin (editing). Those have background from the high profiled film-school VGIK in Moscow and have many years experience in the Russian film-business and Mosfilm.
On Friday 15th the participants will be divided in two groups. With the NUFF-model “from the idea to the finish film in one week” they will make each one film. The groups will be leaded by Valery Zelensky and the Norwegian filmmaker and producer Jim Hansen (Sweet Films), who is joining the workshop.
With the BYFA – Kick-Off we are launching the BYFA idea and collecting the first experiences. Hermann Greuel (NUFF director) and Magne Amundsen (TVIBIT) will join the workshop at the end for evaluation and plan the future together with their partners Natasha Kolesnik, Evgeny Goman and Yulian Malakyants
Media links to BYFA – kickoff in Murmansk: (only in Russian)