Nuove lezioni siciliane – Kamal Aljafari Workshop

The Sicilia Queer cultural association, in collaboration with Institut français – Palermo and Goethe-Institut Palermo, Università degli Studi di Palermo and NECS – European Network for Cinema and Media Studies is announcing a call for applications for the selection of participants to the practical and theoretical workshop to be held by director Kamal Aljafari, in Palermo between 29th of May and 5th of June 2021. The objective of the workshop is to provide an opportunity to know and experience the personal approach of the Palestinian director, one of the most poetic and visionary in the international cinematographic landscape, an opportunity for exchange and discussion, useful to the cultural growth and professional enrichment of each participant. During the workshop, participants will develop and carry out a cinematographic product under the supervision of Kamal Aljafari.

The workshop will last one week (from the 29th of May to the 5th of June 2021) and about 12 (twelve) students will be accepted. The week will consist of 30 hours of laboratory activity, alternating theoretical and practical activities as described in detail further in this program. At the end of the week, a short movie will be produced thanks to the collaboration between students and director. The workshop will also include a series of evening screenings of a selection of movies by Kamal Aljafari, followed by discussions and meetings with the audience. The workshop will take place in several areas of Palermo, to be specified as the start date approaches. Participants must see to their own accommodation needs, considering that the Sicilia Queer filmfest will make agreements with local facilities to provide suitable lodging.

Participants to the workshop must bring their own video equipment (e.g. camera, DSLR, smartphone) and a personal computer to handle the different phases of the audiovisual elaboration. There will be no age limit. There are no specific requirements regarding prior filming experience, as the main focus of the workshop will be on cinematographic narration and the relationship between documentary and fiction. A good level of English (B2) is mandatory

To apply, fill out the pre-registration form online at the following link no later than 12:00 noon on 22nd of May 2021

All applicants must also send an e-mail to including the following documents, preferably in PDF.

• copy of a valid ID
• curriculum vitae
• portfolio
• motivational letter

The list of admitted applicants will be published after the 25th of May 2021 on the Sicilia Queer filmfest website and Facebook page.

Here you can find the Workshop Program