FIDMarseille in Prague

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
300MFID credit 1 30 seminar hours (45 min) of instruction per semester, 3 to 8 hours of self-study English winter

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THURSDAY 12 Oct, 2023

Venue: Studio FAMU, Reference screening room, 4th floor, Klimentská 4, 110 00 Praha 1

15:00 – 18:00 FIDMarseille: how we work and select films, which cinema(s) we promote and support.

After a presentation of the festival, its work methods and selection processes, the workshop will consist in screenings and analysis of a series of short films from FID’s last editions, which bear witness of the vitality of an independent cinema, which seeks for new writings beyond the categories of documentary and fiction.

FRIDAY 13 Oct, 2023

Venue: Kino 35, Francouzský institut v Praze, Štěpánská 644/35, Praha 1

10:00 – 12:00 FIDMarseille: the first films and student films at the heart of our selection politics. Examples.

13:30 – 16:00 masterclass with Khaled Abdulwahed: screening and an analysis of his filmic work, including the multiple award-winning short film Backyard (FIDMarseille 2018).

16:30 - 17:30 feedback from Eliska Lubojatzka: a FAMU student and participant in the last edition of FIDCampus, a training residence for international students.

18:30 – film screening with the presence of the director: Background,directed by Khaled Abdulwahed, Germany, 2023, 64’

Grand Prix de la Compétition Internationale 2023 

In Arabic with English and French subtitles

FIDMarseille is an international film festival held every year at the beginning of July in Marseille. It offers a programme of some 100 films, fiction and documentaries, shorts and features, divided between competitive and non-competitive sections. Attentive to singular writing and emerging forms, FIDMarseille is a benchmark festival for the independent cinema of today and tomorrow, internationally recognised for the importance of its work in breaking new ground and discovering new talent. Defending and promoting young filmmakers and first films has always been at the heart of the festival’s programming policy.

FIDMarseille Workshop (12–13 October, FAMU)

Based on the screening and analysis of a selection of the films selected by FIDMarseille in recent editions, this workshop has two objectives:

1.To reflect on the work and strategy of a festival like FID. How and according to what criteria are films chosen? What cinemas does FID defend, and why? But also, what role does a festival like FID play in the cinema ecosystem, and in a filmmaker’s early career?

2.To present and analyse a range of innovative contemporary filmic writing, focusing on forms invented at the crossroads of a documentary approach and fictional processes.

On Friday the workshop will welcome Khaled Abdulwahed for a masterclass devoted to his filmic work. Khaled Abdulwahed is an artist and filmmaker of Syrian origin and nationality, who has been living in Germany since 2015, where he has been granted asylum. His films have attracted considerable attention at festivals. His work combines documentary material and fictional processes, to address issues of memory, intimacy and geopolitics. His latest film, Background, won this year's Grand Prix in the International Competition at FIDMarseille, where his first film, Backyard, had already won an award in 2018.

During the workshop (13 Oct), time will be devoted to feedback from Eliska Lubojatzka, a FAMU student and participant in the last edition of FIDCampus, a training residence for international students.

OPTIONAL PROGRAMME (added on 09/28/2023)

The programme will continue on 14 October 2023 with film screenings, in which participation is not mandatory. The students who are interested in the screenings at Kino 35 on 14 October can book their admission by completing the following form (using your school email) before or on 11 October. Seating capacity: 40

Saturday 14 Oct 2023

Venue: Kino 35, Francouzský institut v Praze, Štěpánská 644/35, Praha 1

14:00 film screening The Crossing/La Traversée, Florence Miailhe, version to be selected 

French with subtitles in Czech

16:00 film screening How I became a communist + Point virgule (IE, Germany, 2023, 65 min)

In Arabic with English and French subtitles

18:00 film screening Dying in Ibiza/Mourir à Ibiza, dir. Anton Balekdjian, Léo Couture et Mattéo Eustachon (France, 2022, 110’)

Compétition Premier Film, FIDMarseille 2022. 

In French

20:30 film screening Losing Faith, Martha Mechow, Austria, Germany, 2023, 100’

Compétition Internationale et Compétition Premier Film, FIDMarseille 2023. 

German with subtitles in English and French

Learning outcomes

Students can attend film screenings, a workshop, and a presentation of FIDMarseille. Students can also learn about the strategy for selecting films for competitive festivals.

Prerequisites and other requirements



Curriculum vitae of the lecturer

Cyril Neyrat

Former film critic (Cahiers du cinéma, Vertigo) and teacher (HEAD-Geneva), Cyril Neyrat is artistic director of FIDMarseille. He also works in a residential home for autistic adults, writes essays and collaborates on films. Associate editor to Les Éditions de l'oeil, he coordinates with Joël Daire and Nicole Brenez the edition of Jean Epstein's Complete Writings, recently published Matériaux Pedro Costa (co-edited with Luc Chessel, 2022), and edited Whit Stillman. L’ancien est le nouveau and Paul Vecchiali. Once more (FID/Éditions de l’oeil, 2023). He is the author of several books based on long conversations with filmmakers, among which Pedro Costa, Jean-Claude Rousseau, Miguel Gomes and Pierre Creton.

Khaled Abdbulbahed

Khaled Abdulwahed, born 1975 in Homs, Syria, lives as an artist, photographer, and filmmaker in Leipzig. Since 2011 he has realized numerous video artworks as well as experimental documentaries, which have been shown worldwide at festivals as well as in art contexts, and some of which have received multiple awards. His videos BULLET (2011), TUJ (2012) and SLOT IN MEMORY (2013) have been shown a.o. at the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Berlin Art Biennale and on Arte. Since 2015 he has been collaborating with the Berlin based production platform pong film. In 2016, his first feature-length film JELLYFISH about the Syrian civil war was invited to the Berlinale Forum. His current works include the short film BACKYARD (2018), the feature-length documentary film PURPLE SEA (2020) by Amel Alzakout, which Khaled co-directed, and his own second feature-length film BACKGROUND (2023).

Evaluation methods and criteria

100% participation in the programme on October 12, and 13, 2023. Proof of participation by signing the attendance list at Studio FAMU Reference screening room on October 12, 2023 and at Kino 35, Francouzský institut v Praze on October 13, 2023.


Contact person: Andrea PETROVIČOVÁ,, +420 234 244 339

Further information

This course is an elective for all students of this school

Schedule for winter semester 2023/2024:

Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
12.10.2023 15:00–18:00 David ČENĚK
The module will take place at the FAMU Studio, Reference screening room. The module will be held in the English language and is intended for the entire FAMU. lecture parallel1
13.10.2023 10:00–20:00 David ČENĚK
The module will take place at the FAMU at Kino 35 of the Institut Francais de Prague. The module will be held in the English language and is intended for the entire FAMU. lecture parallel1

Schedule for summer semester 2023/2024:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans