Professional Workshops

Workshop Ile Courts 2018

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As part of the 11 th edition of Ile Courts – The Mauritius International Short Film Festival, which will take place between the 9th and 13th October 2018, the Association Porteurs d’Images is launching a Call for Applications for a professional workshop.
This workshop is opened to all directors with a film project and wishing to be accompanied through their steps in screenwriting development, during a Screenwriting for Documentary Short Films Workshop.

A true toolbox for the development of cinema in Mauritius, the Association Porteurs d’Images gave itself the mission to train young professionals of Mauritius to respond to the absence of film schools in the country. Each year, the Association Porteurs d’Images sets up a truly ephemeral film school before and during the Ile Courts Festival.

The Association Porteurs d’Images launches a Call for Applications for 1 Screenwriting for Documentary Short Films Workshop. Participation to this workshop is selective and based on the assessment of the submitted film projects by a committee of professionals from the sector.

The projects retained for the workshop then enter Phase 1 of the Film Fabrik program, a program which supports the writing and production of short films in Mauritius, set up by the Association Porteurs d’Images to promote and accompany the creation of quality films in Mauritius.

Film Fabrik is a program supporting the creation of short films in Mauritius. Established by the Association Porteurs d’Images, this program offers the artistic, technical, financial and logistical means to Mauritian auteurs/directors to make their films.

  • PHASE 1 : Writing Residence
  • PHASE 2 : Production
  • PHASE 3 : Diffusion and Distribution.

A selection process is held for each phase of the program.

Writing Block

Film Fabrik . Notre histoire n’a pas d’images

In 2018, the Association Porteurs d’Images proposes a screenwriting workshop for documentary short films hosted by French director Chantal Richard. The aim is to develop a true documentary vision capable of showing the real.

Speaker: Chantal Richard, director (France)
Location: to be confirmed

How to tell the real? How to develop one’s documentary film project? How to give it the chance to come to fruition under good conditions? So many questions that occupy a documentarian’s life. The Film Fabrik program is made for you!


Applications opened until Monday 20th of August 2018

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Festival Guests


Licinio Azevedo
Director / Mozambique / Brazil
Speaker . Professional Workshops 2017

Licínio Azevedo is a Mozambican filmmaker and writer, born in Brazil but has been living in Mozambique since 40 years. He is part of a generation of filmmakers from the National Institute of Mozambique, in the years that followed the Independence, with different directors among them Ruy Guerra, Godard and Jean Rouch.

As director, Licínio’s films are closely linked to the reality of his country and at different moments of its trouble political evolution. He cycles through fiction and documentary, always inspired in relevant facts. In the documentaries, when the off voice exists, it’s one of the leading actors being the base of the narrative with its own actions that develop in front of the camera in a spontaneous way. In his fictions, always filmed in natural scenery’s, he incorporates elements of the local reality, giving it the authenticity of a documental work. One of his books about the struggle for the Independence of Mozambique, was used as the base of the script of the first Mozambican fiction feature film, “O Tempo dos Leopardos”.

Documentaries like “Desobediência”, “Grande Bazar” and “Water War” are among African best documentaries, premiered in Biarritz and major European film festivals.

Licínio has worked with BBC, YLE and has become one of the best African filmmakers. His fiction debut “Virgin Margarida”, premiered at Toronto International Film Festival, attended fifty festivals, received dozens of awards, and released in more than twenty countries.

Simon Rouby
Director / France
Speaker . Professional Workshops 2017

Born in 1980, Simon Rouby learned to paint the hard way, that is to say; with a spray can. He then went on to study Animation at the famed Gobelins school in Paris as well as Calarts in Los Angeles. Adama, his first featured animation was nominated for the Cesar and European Film Awards for best animated feature in 2015. He is currently an artist in residence at the French Academy of Villa Medici in Rome where he develops his next film, as well as a new body of work using video installation.

Gaïa (Anne Gaëlle Michel)
Photograph / Reunion Island
Speaker . Professional Workshops 2017

(FRENCH) Avec une formation initiale aux beaux-arts à la Réunion; Anne-Gaëlle MICHEL pratique la photographie depuis plus de 20 ans. Peu importe le statut, la photographie a toujours était un art majeur dans sa vie, une pratique permanente, une action incontournable pour sublimer le monde, à travers le regard. Après la réalisation d’un atelier photo au Mali avec les artisans forgerons en 2006, C’est à parti de là que s’ensuit une série d’autres ateliers photos & des interventions en milieu scolaire. Ces ateliers ont chaque fois le même angle : celui de travailler le regard, l’observation le travail individuel & collectif.

Olivier Barlet
Publications director of Africultures, specialist of African cinema / France
Speaker . Professional Workshops 2017

Olivier Barlet was born in Paris in 1952. He has translated a number of books on Africa and of African authors, and is also the author of different books himself. He is a member of the Syndicat français de la critique de cinema, and is a film correspondant for Africultures and Afriscope. He was a long time a film correspondant for Africa international, Afrique-Asie and Continental. He is in charge of the Images plurielles collection on cinema for L’Harmattan Publishing House. His book entitled “Les Cinémas d’Afrique noire : le regard en question”, which won the Prix Art et Essai 1997 from the Centre national de la Cinématographie, has been published in the collection and has been translated into English under the title “African Cinemas, Decolonizing the Gaze” (Zed Books, London), as well as into German and Italian. His last book is entitled Les Cinémas d’Afrique des années 2000 : perspectives critiques (L’Harmattan, Paris, 2012), translated into English : Contemporary African Cinema (Michigan State University Press, 2016), Spanish and Arabic. Olivier Barlet is now Editorial Director of Africultures, an African cultural journal that features a paper edition and a website (, where he has written 1700 articles on African film.

Festival Guests


David Constantin
Director / Mauritius
Speaker . Professional Workshops 2016

David Constantin lives and works in Mauritius. After studying cinematography in France for 5 years, he settled back in Mauritius in 2003. This same year David directed and produced the short film Colas and Diego the Forbidden. Since then, he directed several films (short fiction and documentaries), such as Bisanvil (Audience Award in Amiens), Les Accords de Bella et Made in Mauritius (Fondation Pellegrini Award, Milan). He also co-directed From so Far, a series of 4 documentaries on the various origins of the Mauritian population.

In 2004, David Constantin founded the production company Caméléon Production. He is also the founder of the non-profit organization Porteurs d’Images, that has been co-organizing Île Courts-International Short Film Festival in Mauritius since 2007.

His first feature film, Lonbraz Kann, came out in theaters in 2015.

Chantal Richard
Director / France
Speaker . Professional Workshops 2016

After studies at the IDHEC, Chantal Richard directs as many fiction films as documentaries. Each genre helps enrich the other, and their makings are opportunities for both literal and metaphorical travelling. Her first feature-length work, Lili et le baobab, with Roman Bohringer, took her to Senegal and Cherbourg. Whether it is in faraway countries or the Lower Normandy of her childhood, her camera likes taking its time to scrutinize the world.

She is currently working on the script of a fiction film, Le monde de Pascal, which has for setting the wooded countryside of Normandy, and is preparing a documentary entitled La ville idéale and which will take her to South Korea.

Film Fabrik


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Within the framework of the The Archipelago of Cinemas project and Film Fabrik program, Porteurs d’Images Association is launching a call for applications for all directors who are seeking assistance for their films and wish to participate in two (documentary, fiction) scriptwriting workshops hosted by Mauritian and international professionals.

Film Fabrik is a support program for the making of short Mauritian films. Set up by Porteurs d’Images Association, it provides Mauritian scriptwriters and directors with artistic, technical, financial and logistical resources.
The program comprises of three phases :

  • PHASE 1 : Writing residency
  • PHASE 2 : Shooting and production
  • PHASE 3 : Diffusion and distribution.

Each stage will have its own selection process.

Bloc Écriture

Film Fabrik . Chercher du Regard

Scriptwriting workshop for short fiction films
Facilitator: David Constantin, director (Mauritius)
Venue: Porteurs d’Images Association . Beau Bassin

This Short Film scriptwriting workshop is the flagship one of the Île Courts Festival. In 2016, it is adopting a new formula to turn it into a more long-term program. This will give the individual projects more time to grow and mature.
How to deepen your scenario? How to develop a unique artistic perspective? How to create the best set of conditions to make, produce and distribute your film? So many questions are at the centre of a director’s work.
This Film Fabrik program is just right for you!

Bloc Écriture

Film Fabrik . Notre histoire n’a pas d’images

Scriptwriting workshop for short documentaries
Facilitator: Chantal Richard, director (France)
Venue: Porteurs d’Images Association . Beau Bassin

How to depict reality? How to bring your documentary project to life? How to provide it with the best production conditions? A documentary filmmaker’s job revolves around so many questions! The Film Fabrik program is just right for you!


Pour ces deux ateliers,
La The selection of participants for these two workshops is open until Saturday 30th April 2016!

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Youth Workshops

Paying keen attention to the development of the film education of our youth (children, teenagers, students), Île Courts Festival 2015 offers youth workshops that hope to implant the love for cinema and nurture budding talents.

I am a Curator!

BertrandRouchitHow is a film program compiled? Why do we like a film? What film(s) to target to what audience(s)? How to captivate your public? The students of the Film Studies elective at the Lycée des Mascareignes will put their heads together to curate a program of short films that will be showcased at a special screening in 2016.


JohnTake 6 budding directors from the Indian Ocean region selected through the EcoClip contest, award them a workshop of collaborative directing under the patronage of Jon Rabaud, let them work relentlessly over five days, and you get a short Indian Oceanic film dealing artistically with the pressing topic of sustainable development.

Du Cinéma sur la ville !

cinemadanslavilleIn order to create a film collection about the towns and cities of the Indian Ocean, and after a project about Port-Louis in 2014 and its port in 2015, Ile Courts Festival this time asks their guests to cast their artistic gaze on the town of Beau-Bassin/Rose-Hill. Free reign is given to form, the only constraint being that the final film must be soundless. Each director will be accompanied on his trip around town by the students of the Film Studies (elective) stream of the Lycée des Mascareignes.

Blog me if you can!

In a wonderful application of the skills of the students of the Journalism and Communications stream of the University of Mauritius, Blog me if you can! will follow the events of the 8th edition of Ile Courts Festival in real-time.

Enjoy your reading on the website of Koze!

Professional Workshops


Since the creation of Ile Courts Festival, it has been strongly defined by the workshops it hosts. Each year, the festival sets up a temporary film school, a place of learning, research and creation for young directors, actors, technicians and producers.

Writing Section

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This scriptwriting workshop for short fiction films is the cornerstone of the festival. Under the patronnage of the French scriptwriter and director Renaud Cohen, the auteur-directors selected through an initial call-for-projects will work intensively on their film. This writing residency is the first step of the FILM FABRIK program.

FILM FABRIK is a support program for the writing and shooting of short films, set in place by the association Porteurs d’Images.

The program unfolds itself in two phases
– PHASE 1 : Writing residency
– PHASE 2 : Shooting and production

Writing Section

Notre histoire n’a pas d’images

To cast one’s gaze on reality is at the heart of the artistic documentary. Under the guidance of Chantal Richard, the auteurs-directors in question will develop the script of their short documentary film. This writing residency is the first step of the FILM FABRIK program.

FILM FABRIK is a support program for the writing and shooting of short films, set in place by the association Porteurs d’Images.

The program unfolds itself in two phases
– PHASE 1 : Writing residency
– PHASE 2 : Shooting and production

Technical Section

Couper Court (cut it short)

This minutious, largely invisible and highly intuitive work is a crucial phase in filmmaking. Indeed, editing is the last phase of writing the film, allowing it to take its final, global meaning. What’s the relationship between the director and the editing team? How to create intentional ruptures or the illusion of continuity? Our selected directors and editors will experiment will all these issues under the experienced eyes of Nadia Ben Rachid, Tunisian head-editor.

Film Direction Section

The anatomy of a film

For the story to translate well onto the screen, a director has to master all the steps that lead from the script to the film: stripping down the screenplay, the découpage and composition, storyboarding, location scouting… All the processes that preclude shooting will be dealt with here.

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