Case Studies/BVCC - Romania's First Free Licences Film Festival
The festival is amongst other things all about another way of working, which is the participatory type. Free licences, such as Creative Commons, through their nuanced characteristics, allow a change of information that is not permitted by classic copyright, thus encouraging innovation, accessibility, creativity and collaboration. Film is media that benefits from these licences. — Valentin Brutaru
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BVCC is a festival created by three persons - Valentin Brutaru, Alina Floroi and Mara Oprisiu, which were supported by M8 Centre for Contemporary Art in Brasov and by Kunstadt Cultural Association. The festival was sustained by the volunteer work of the founders and a team of people. The donations received from the public were given to the Kunstadt Cultural Association for further projects. The objective of the festival was to bring the public closer to notions of free culture and to generate debate among specialized people who already knew about free licenses. The festival was inspired by BCCN - Barcelona Creative Commons Film Fest and Nordic Film Fest. BCCN helped by providing some of the films.
We projected a set of films that we separated in the modules Documentaries, Copy Heroes, Animations and Delicacies. We used films that were listed as Public Domain content, but also Creative Commons licenced works through BY, BY-NC, BY-ND licences.
The theoretical concepts around licences in collaboration are hard to grasp for an audience in search for a pure entertaining experience, so the films were more appreciated when they were from this area The Pirate Bay Movie was appreciated due to its very contemporary theme (everyone downloads stuff illegally from the net in Romania) and also because of its shockingly relaxed athmosphere Doing a mixed event with art installations, discussions and films helped bring more audience and also encouraged short and long attendance to the festival; it also explained the meaning of the festival Having a team that had exact tasks helped to have a relaxed organizing scheme The fact that everyone was involved as a host was a big plus – guests would come into the venue and any of the hosts would explain the program and what they could visit The help of our speaking guests was priceless into having a super quality event; we are going to release videos with their talks so that we can have an aditional, online, post-event audience Next year, we are going to do a better job at communicating our event locally and on a national scale. While the festival was on, we even got out on the streets and pubs around the venue to attract people to the festival :) Stickers and communication materials (brochures) vanished from the site – they were much appreciated by our visitors!
Every good story begins with some people and some bottles of beer. Alina Floroi, Vali Brutaru and Mara Oprișiu were introduced to each other by friends who suggested they would have common interests. Alina Floroi had recently moved back home to Brașov from the capital city of Bucharest, in search for a life more connected to the roots and also with the hope of developping art meets tech projects. Vali Brutaru was an arts master’s student at the Konstfack University in Stockholm, Sweden and while holidaying in hometown Brasov he was dreaming of projects that could connect the community and would involve art. Mara Oprisiu had been a long time cultural entrepreneur in Brasov, Romania and had started a film club from scratch. After these three guys met in Brasov, projects were postponed for 2014 when Vali would maybe be back from Sweden and start something locally. But one day, Alina and Mara received an online summon from Vali: Let’s do a creative commons film festival in Brasov taking the model of Nordic Film Fest. It seems very easy, what do you say? Alina and Mara said yes and programmed the festival for November 2013, no sooner, no later. It would be called BVCC, an acronym from Brasov and CC – creative commons, after the model of BCCN – Barcelona Creative Commons Film Festival. One of the people who participated in our festival, Tibi Turbureanu from Asociatia Ceata was very particular about NC and ND licences saying that they don't truly represent open culture and that they are too restrictive. The public and the organizers of BVCC were not so sensitive about this matter as long as you can still watch a good movie.
We think the CC discussions are just warming up and they are a big part of how society can evolve in a collaborative way. For the moment, we think we have to alphabetize people and not scare them in the same time with abstract things.
Duration and location
The festival took place between 15 and 17 November 2013 in Brasov, Romania at the M8 Centre for Contemporary art, on 8 Muresenilor street. It started on Friday at 18.00 with the opening of the art exhibitions by Magda Vieriu and Octavian Hrebenciuc (Volumetrica) and Alexandra Georgescu, followed by talks by Alina Floroi, Vali Brutaru, Tibi Turbureanu and films screening. The following days, the program started at 17.00 with talks by Valentina Pavel from APTI and Andra Suciu from Fundatia Soros, cinematographer Mihai Bodea, plaform founder and editor Alex Lungu and journalist Mihai Ghiduc.
The team and the roles
Valentin Brutaru is doing a master’s degree in art at the Konstfack University in Stockholm, Sweden. He initiated BVCC Free Licences Film Festival and he consulted on ideas about the speaking guests and films we should project. Mara Oprișiu is a veteran of organizing film related events in Brasov, such as 48 Hour Film Project. She was in charge with on site coordination, especially the technical media part. Alina Floroi is into creating a community around art and technology. She dealt with coordinating the festival, especially communication and content curation. Horea Rareș Paștina is a freelancer and 3D animator. He was in charge with taping the event. Vlad Anghel owns the M8 art gallery. He was a location manager. Ana Chiciu studied media culture at the Maastricht University. She was in charge with selecting the films. Ciprian Gherghiaş is a photographer and was in charge of photographing the event.