Reminder: FOCUS on Editing and Sound Design joined by City of the Sun Case Study – DEADLINE 30 APRIL

Reminder: FOCUS on Editing and Sound Design joined by City of the Sun Case Study – DEADLINE 30 APRIL

The call for applications for emerging film editors and sound designers is open till 30 April. Twelve selected participants will think about their work at workshops, discussions and public presentations with two trainers, Dragan von Petrovic and Julij Zornik, joining them with Case Study is Rati Oneli.

The four-day international training and networking event FOCUS that puts a spotlight on emerging film professionals from Croatia, Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italy) and Slovenia, will take part during the 14th edition of Kino Otok – Isola Cinema International Film Festival. Second edition of the long-term project will be dedicated to editing and sound design. 12 participants will get the time and opportunity to think through their methods and visions with two trainers. In addition, their work will be presented to an audience of directors and producers from the region.

We have the pleasure to announce the guest director Rati Oneli who will speak about his approach to editing and sound through Case Study of City of the Sun (Mzis Qalagi, Georgia/USA/Qatar/the Netherlands, 2017), which will be screened during the festival. Recipient of numerous festival awards, such as the Heart of Sarajevo for best documentary film, distinguishes itself with associative montage and well thought-out soundscape. A story about the Georgian city of Chiatura, once the provider of almost half of world’s mangan supplies, now a ghost-like town with only a handful of inhabitants. ”My aim was to make a film which seeps through the viewers’ pores and stays with them, a film that is at times intangible like poetry and to which the viewer can come back again and again for more emotion.”-Rati Oneli


Dragan von Petrovic is an editor and director of award-winning documentary and fiction films. He works as a guest lecturer and as an editing doctor on documentaries and feature fiction films. He is one of the founders and a member of DOKSERBIA documentary association.

Julij Zornik is a sound designer of over fifty short and animated films, and more than sixty feature and documentary films. Recipient of several domestic and international awards, he often works as a supervising sound editor in the co-productions of the region. He is the president of Slovenian Society of Post Production Artists.

At the FOCUS training and networking event, the first of its kind in the region, the participants will enjoy four inspiring days of intense lectures, talks, public presentations, and individual feedback from trainers. The overall objective of the event is to facilitate a direct exchange of knowledge and experience among the 12 selected participants (2 editors and 2 sound designers per country), as well as to spark cross-border co-production collaboration in the near future.

A part of the programme, between 6 and 9 June, will be open to the holders of PRO passes and the wider professional public.

OPEN CALL FOR PARTICIPATION – deadline 30 April 2018

The event starts on Wednesday, 6 June, and ends on Saturday, 9 June 2018. Participation in the FOCUS event is free-of-charge for selected candidates from Croatia, Italy (Friuli Venezia Giulia)* and Slovenia. The workshop fee will be covered by the organizers and it includes accommodation, meals, and festival pass. It is essential for all participants to be fluent in English.

*FVG selected participants are requested to transfer the workshop fee of 780 EUR upon admittance and they will have a possibility to request a scholarship in the next FVG Audiovisual Fund training call for proposal (June 2018).

Who can apply?

  • We are calling for emerging film editors from Croatia, Italy (Friuli Venezia Giulia) and Slovenia with moderate previous filmmaking experience. A degree from a film academy is not obligatory, while an editing credit on at least two short films or one feature film is expected.
  • We are calling for emerging sound designers from Croatia, Italy (Friuli Venezia Giulia) and Slovenia with moderate previous filmmaking experience. A degree from a film academy is not obligatory, while a sound design credits on at least two short or one feature film is expected.


Application procedure

The deadline for applications is 30 April 2018. The participants selected by the committee consisting of the project team and the representatives of respective professional associations will be notified by e-mail and publicly announced by 18 May 2018. To apply, please submit the following documents in English to

  • Completed application form
  • CV
  • Letter of motivation: Why do you want to participate in the FOCUS event? Max. 1 page.
  • Online link to selected filmography: at least two short films or one feature film.


PRODUCER: International Film Festival Kino Otok – Isola Cinema

IN COOPERATION / WITH SUPPORT OF: Croatian Audiovisual Centre, FVG Audiovisual Fund (Italy), Slovenian Film Centre, Motovila Institute / CED Slovenia, CED MEDIA Office Italy – Torino, CED MEDIA Office Croatia, Society of Post Production Artists (Slovenia) in The School of Sound (UK).