Directing sessions with Aida Begić

How should a filmmaker do the research for the project and what are the types of research? How to make the director's book? What is the filmmaker’s working process in terms of the development of project from treatment to the script? How to choose your story and your characters?
Multiply awarded and internationally acclaimed writer and director Aida Begić joined us in the Spring Semester with Directing sessions where she examined all these questions. Aida also discussed the point of the director as the writer and his/hers full authorship. She shared her experience and challenges she had while working: in foreign country, in a foreign language with foreign cast and crew members.

The filmography of Begić has been acclaimed by international juries around the world. Aida has always had the courage to face important and controversial issues as she tries in her films to talk about the topics that the society does not want to evoke, and this is one of the main reasons why she gained the reputation as one of the most socially engaged filmmaker.
With a distinctive film voice and expression, Begić enjoys a long history with the Cannes Film Festival. Having presented her graduation film First Death Experience at Cinéfondation Official Selection (2001), Begić went on to garner the Grand Prix Award at Semaine de la Critique (2008) for her debut feature film Snow and the Special Distinction of the Jury for her second feature film Children of Sarajevo which premiered in Un Certain Regard – Official Selection (2012).
Her most recent project, Syrian orphan feature drama Never Leave Me opened 54th Antalya International Film Festival - it was a timely opening film for a festival in a country that has taken in three million people fleeing Syria’s civil.
In 2010, Begić was featured in Phaidon’s Take 100: The Future of Film: 100 New Directors’ book, a compendium of one hundred most promising emerging directors from around the world. Aida is a member of Class of 2017 - Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a member of SACD (France).