Amsterdam Workshop Languages Through Lenses 2012

16-18 April 2012

ELIA Office & Castrum Peregrini

 Two film makers per project were invited to a workshop given by professionals in the audiovisual sector. The workshop took place in the ELIA Office and Castrum Peregrini, Amsterdam on 16-18 April 2012.  In three days of productive and stimulating discussion, all projects were reviewed and received valuable feedback.

The workshop was led by three experts in the field of scriptwriting and short film production:


Syl van Duin

(Writer and buyer for documentaries for the Dutch Public Television)

Syl van Duyn studied Dutch language and literature, art, film and theatre science at the University of Amsterdam.

She worked as dramaturge for theatre and as script editor she worked on many short films, single plays and series  for the NOS/NPS television. She wrote short stories and novels for children and for several years she wrote a weekly column in Margriet, a Dutch magazine for women. She has been advisor for the Dutch film fund for several years.

At the moment she works as a buyer for documentaries for the Dutch public television and is working on a new novel.


Pál Sipos

(Producer and Head of Cultural Programs in the Hungarian Television until 2010)

Pal Sipos was born in Budapest in 1958. He graduated at the Eötvös Lorand University of Budapest, his majors were Hungarian and English. For a while he was assistant professor at the same university teaching historical linguistics. His television career started with hosting television programs for the younger audiences in 1985. The academic career has been changed for television in 1989.

Since that time he had produced hundreds of documentaries, current affairs programs, live broadcasts mostly in the field of culture, education and arts. He had been the Head of Cultural Programs in the Hungarian Television from 2003 till 2010.

Documentaries: The Standard Case 1949-1989 (1990), Where Earth Dissolves in the Sky (1994), Lengyelkápolna (1996), The Windward Islands (1997), A Year Among the Seklers (2001), Transsylvania at Large /15 parts/ (2006), Who Was Gabriel Pascal? (2006), Handbags and Their Ladies (2008)

Television programs: We Just Sit and Watch As in the Movie Theater (1993-1996), Repeta /Repeat/ (1994-1999) winner of The Japan Prize in 1997, The Week /A hét/ (2002-2003) weekly current affairs magazine, Closing Hours /Záróra/ (2005-2010) daily talk show, The Big Read (2005) Hungarian adaptation of the BBC book contest, A Place for Culture /Kultúrház/ (2004-2010) daily, later (from 2009) weekly cultural porgram, Sauce?!:) /Szósz?!:)/ (2008-2009) weekly program on language.


Pekka Ruohoranta

(Producer and director in YLE Drama)

Pekka Ruohoranta (born 1957) has worked bimedially in radio and TV in the public broadcasting company of Finland (YLE) since 1981. He started shortly as a journalist, but moved quickly to radio features, radio plays and 1995 further on to TV Drama. He has worked as a script editor, director and producer. During the years 2006 – 2008 he was the executive producer of a very popular Finnish weekly called “Our street” and during the years 2008 – 2010 he was the Head of Drama in YLE.

By soul he recognizes himself most as a director. He has directed tens of radio plays, two longer TV-series, several single TV-films and tens of episodes of the weekly series.

He has been teaching both radio and TV drama in The Theatre Academy, University of Jyväskylä, University of Applied Arts etc. He has directed also theatre a few time during the years.

Currently he works as a producer and a director for YLE Drama.

  The production of the films has already begun, we are looking forward to discover the films of this years’ edition and to launch them during the PRIX EUROPA Festival in Berlin!

The films will be also be presented on this website the from end of October 2012 onwards.



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