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Start date: May 1, 2015, End date: Feb 29, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The volunteer programme of IN THE PALACE ISFF offers 30 young people from different countries the opportunity to get an inside touch of the organization and working process of three established short film events – International Short Film Festival IN THE PALACE and its parallel programmes in film training PLUG-IN and industry meetings FILMER FORGE. The project is implemented by Format SFF Foundation, host organization and coordinator of the programme. The project duration is 10 months, and the volunteers are divided into two groups - 4 volunteers to arrive for 7 months and 26 volunteers to arrive for 1.5 months . The 26 volunteers will arrive on June 1 and will stay until July 15 in the city of festival events - Balchik, in order to participate in the preparation and conduct of the festival and all its parallel events. 4 other volunteers will be hosted in Balchik and Sofia for 7 months (June 1 to December 31) and will help the organization in its daily office activities and will be the leaders of volunteer teams before, during and after the festival events . Volunteers are engaged in tasks related to the promotion of events, getting familiar with the atmosphere and the venues of the festival, and tasks, developing creativity in the fields of cinema, journalism, design and photography. Leading goal is to quickly adapt to the environment and to form a specific attitude for the upcoming events. Analysis and assessment of personal qualities and interests is also important, since based on them will be done the distribution in teams. In the phase of actual conduct of the events the tasks of the volunteers are related to specific details in organizing events. Young people are divided into teams, as many of them serve on a rotating basis in order to explore in more detail the organization of a major international event, and to acquire more knowledge and skills. After the event is over volunteers are enrolled in: support the departure of the official guests of the festival; implementation of post festival promotion campaign; self evaluation; dissemination of results. The aim of the project is to allow young people interested in cinema to participate in the organization of these events, while having access to all screenings, master classes, debates and networking possibilities which the festival and the parallel programmes offer to industry guests and participants.
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