21-27 june 2009
Hall Sea and Hall Arka, Cultural Centre “The Palace”, Balchik

Deadline for application: 1st June 2009

PLUG-IN is a series of audio-visual trainings integrated with leading European festivals. The aim is to popularize digital technologies as tools for creativity and innovations and to support the youngest generations of artists in Europe, while offering them opportunity for on-going training and artistic expression.

The pilot edition of PLUG-IN will take place in the frame of the 7th IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival, June 20th – 27th, 2009, in Balchik, Bulgaria, as part of the festival’s educational programme, called FILMER FORGE.

The PLUG-IN Programme combines lectures, workshops and production labs, through which the participants gain useful knowledge and skills, experience the collaborative nature of this artistic practice and, as a result, produce a short film together with their colleagues. In addition, they will take a close look at a major event in the audio-visual field and will have the opportunity to make important contacts and lay the ground for future collaborations.

Among the professionals involved in the PLUG-IN educational programme with their lectures and workshops are distinguished professionals such as:

    * Faisal A. Qureshi (Great Britain) – Faisal A. Qureshi is a part-time lecturer at the Escula Internacional Cine y Tv in Cuba, Salford University and Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK. made his first taste of film making at 19 when his treatment was commissioned by Channel 4 and made into a short award winning documentary. He later went to Northern Film School to study editing and sound design whilst also helping on the critically acclaimed 8 hour Stanley Kubrick documentary “Stanley & Us”. Since then Faisal has worked as a writer on various projects with features and TV series in development with broadcasters and production companies. As a director he has directed various short films and is now preparing a feature. He has also worked on the British Council “I, Belong” project in Pakistan and the “Film ON” project in Uzbekistan.

    * Pierre Bismuth (France/Belgium) – famous artist and a script-writer. In 2005, he won an Oscar for co-authoring the screenplay of the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, alongside with Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman.

    * Yael Elyat Van-Essen (Israel) - the head of the Digital Media in Camera Obscura School of Art, in Tel-Aviv, Israel. She has been working in various media as installations, performances, video-art and documentary and lately she is working on the theoretical aspects of New Media.

    * Venelin Shurelov (Bulgaria) – Shurelov is the founding member and lecturer in the Master of Digital Arts Programme in the National Arts Academy.

The PLUG-IN participants will benefit from the full access to all IN THE PALACE festival events, including the competition and the special programme screenings, open lectures from noted guests, among which Krzysztof Zanussi, Sandy Lieberson, Barry Hanson, Sergey Astakhov, Holger Schwarzel and others. They will be able to attend the entertaining programme of live music acts and enjoy the unique atmosphere of the festival, taking place at one of the most beautiful places of the Bulgarian Black Sea coast – The Palace of Maria Alexandrina Victoria de Edinburgh - the grand daughter of the legendary Queen Victoria.


We are looking for young people (up to 27 years of age) from various countires, coming from the field of cinematography, video and sound editing, digital arts and cultural management, who are strongly motivated to take part in this training, exchange ideas and collaborate with people from various countries. The maximum number of participants is 30 people.

In order to apply for PLUG-IN, please submit a CV, a Motivation Letter and a short description of your current artistic idea to be developed into a short film.

A good knowledge of English is required.

The selected participants will be provided with 70% of the travel costs, full accommodation and per-diems during their stay in Balchik (21-27 June). A participation fee of 50 euro will cover their full access to all festival events. The successful participants will receive a Youthpass Certificate.

Participants must fill in an Online form.

Deadline for application is 1st June 2009.
The selected participants will be notified by 5th June 2009.

For more information and inquires, please e-mail us at:

The PLUG-IN training is initiated by Format SFF Foundation, organiser of IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival, Balchik, and its project partners are leading audiovisual festivals in Europe: PLATFORMA in Athens, MEDIAWAVE in Gyor (Hungary), AVmotional in Bucharest and the International Film Festival in Ankara.

The project is supported by the Youth in Action Programme of the European Commission. This communication reflects the views of the author only, and the Commission cannot be deemed responsible for any use, which may be made of the information contained therein.