November 14, 2016

Werner Herzog Wants to Take You to Cuba to Make a Movie

50 filmmakers are about to get the mentor of their dreams.

In our recent interview with Werner Herzog for his Netflix documentary Into the Inferno, we admitted we'd follow the filmmaker to the ends of the earth. Turns out, you now have a chance.

Black Factory Cinema is now accepting applications for a 10-day workshop in Cuba led by Herzog, in which filmmakers will develop a project under the director's guidance and supervision. The workshop will be held on March 6-16 at EICTV (International School of Cinema and Television) in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba.

Applicants will be selected based on the quality of their previous work, authenticity in narrative research, technical autonomy, personal motivation, and the importance of the workshop to their career as a filmmaker.

Though Herzog told us that he is "against film school," he's very active in the film education realm. In 2009, he founded Rogue Film School and frequently teaches seminars under its banner. Recently, he also held an online Masterclass.

Previous Black Factory Cinema workshops were led by Abbas Kiarostami, who passed away earlier this year. 

Here's how to apply:

Step 1: Send PDF via email

Send a single PDF document to mailto:blackfactorycinema@gmail.com indicating your name and the following information:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Identity document (passport, identity card, etc.)
  • Address and phone number
  • Email
  • Photography for the document (digitalized)
  • Description of your main professional activity (3 lines)
  • CV
  • Cover letter stating your motivation for participating in the workshop (max. 30 lines).
  • Brief personal filmography (max. 30 lines)
  • Links: Maximum of 2 links to previous work, if available

Step 2: Form

Fill in the registration form here.

The deadline for entries is December 20th, 2016. Selected applicants will be announced on January 7, 2017.     

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I'm sorry but paying $4300 USD to be 1 of 50 people in attendance isn't a workshop, it's exploitation.

I'm a fan of Herzog and enjoyed his masterclass, but this is absurd.

November 14, 2016 at 4:04PM

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BD
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Bit of sales marketing bs. Exclusivity and scarcity etc. If they were giving 10 places away free maybe this would be a reasonable way to market this but this 'application process' seems more than a just a little contrived. Sponsored blog as well perhaps.

November 14, 2016 at 7:22PM

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Darren Wolff
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Asking for passport number/copy and other very personal information for no good reason feels more like a data mining or even worse a scam to steal your identity.

November 14, 2016 at 7:28PM

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Especially when you're sending it to a gmail address lol

November 14, 2016 at 11:02PM

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Emil
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the price is absurd, especially if someone as me come from europe :(
anyway if you count the free accomodation, free short film and distribuition.... maybe

November 15, 2016 at 2:01PM

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Fortu
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Depends on what your getting, I know in the wedding industry people pay high prices to get a master class in photography for a couple of days. Take for example the foundation workshop, 2600 dollars without lodging and meals, and it's full every year. So why not...

November 17, 2016 at 4:17AM

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Gerbert Floor
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"Full name, Date of birth, Identity document (passport, identity card, etc.)
Address and phone number, Email, Photography for the document (digitalized)"

Jeez, one would wonder why they don't ask for the social security number and a fingerprint as well. This is absurd!

November 18, 2016 at 11:47PM, Edited November 19, 12:09AM

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Cary Knoop
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