Our network consists of strategic partnerships with 4 European independent cultural organisations: The Association of Creative Initiatives “ę” (Warsaw, Poland), The Future Film Porgramme of the British Film Institute (London, UK), MODE Istanbul (Istanbul, Turkey) and Zemos98 (Seville, Spain). Via these hubs, In the past two years, Doc Next Network has engaged a broad European community in its activities. Locally active and captured in a digital framework, hundreds of young media-makers, researchers, educators and arts, cultural programmers and policy makers are involved.
“Since 2002, we have been realizing socio-cultural projects all over Poland. We train, give grants, publish books, create and promote new models of activity in the sphere of culture. We carry out projects arising from our passions and the way in which we observe the world. We remain loyal to values, which are important to us: authenticity, high quality of proposals and getting satisfaction out of what we do. We run a network of animateurs in the entire country. We have long time partners. Our experience and skills let us experiment, outline new trends and implement new projects. Our goals are grouped in three themes: Young Creatives Cooperative (an alternative production studio, in which we create good conditions for young creatives to develop); Citizens In Action (a laboratory of socio-cultural projects) and Open Cultural Sector (a think thank creating new solutions for culture).
“Future Film is our offer for 15 – 25 year olds. We programme monthly screenings, workshops and events aimed at helping young people develop their skills, learn about their craft and go on to become the next generation of film industry workers. These activities are programmed with guidance from a steering group made up of young people interested in film, who meet weekly.
We also host the annual Future Film Festival, which is 3 days of practical workshops, masterclasses and screenings by industry figures, as well as an opportunity to showcase the work being produced by young filmmakers across the industry, and celebrate their talent.”
MODE Istanbul (Istanbul, Turkey)
“MODE Istanbul is an Istanbul-based film and digital arts initiative producing films, developing projects and organizing media workshops, master classes, screenings, exhibitions and gatherings in selected cities in collaboration with distinguished partners on local and international levels. With a focus on cultural dialogue and exchange of ideas across borders and generations, MODE Istanbul supports talents of various ages and backgrounds, helping them produce, promote and showcase of their media creations. The founding produced the internationally acclaimed digital film festival RESFEST in Turkey (2004-2008) and all StrangerFestival related events (2008-2009).
ZEMOS98 (Seville, Spain)
“ZEMOS98 is a team of cultural workers. We try to create critical thinking, we try to deconstruct the mass-media messages, we try to weave networks, relationships and communities. We try to work in the intersections and margins. We try to work (g)locally, behind the borders. We try to take care of our networks and we try to reuse and remix all of our contents. We try to organize a Festival every year and we try to create a New Media Laboratory called 98LAB to learn about this things.
So, basically, we try things.”
Our hubs operate within a local context with a transnational outreach. Throughout different projects and temporary partnerships, we have joined forces with many others.