Essay Film Studio +
Established in 2019, The Essay Film Studio (part of the vnLab of Łódź Film School) is opening its doors to all the makers and artistic researchers interested in exploring the essayistic forms and methods in their own artistic/research practices.

Call for applications for the Essay Film Studio at the vnLab of Łódź Film School

The aim of the Film Essay Studio is to radically expand the research workshop, to develop new methodologies and new forms of thinking - thinking with images, sounds and montage.

Essay Film Studio


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The Artistic Council at the Visual Narratives Lab plays an advisory role, not only in the process of creating new works at the Lab itself, but most importantly in the process of selecting new participants for our art and research program.

The Artistic Council

Mieke Bal at the Film Essay Studio

What instruments, methods, and poetics do essayist have at their disposal in the current media landscape? How can they creatively built upon the film history and simultaneously engage with the new audiovisual forms? How can we imagine the equivalent of scribbling with images and sounds (cinécriture), the essayistic practice natively performed in the audiovisual domain, the act of doodling not with a pen, but with a camera, and the aid of the editing software?

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