Thursday, 20 May


1- 4 PM

British Council and Nepal International Film Festival 2021 (NIFF) invite artists, filmmakers, journalists and researchers to apply for a masterclass with NIFF 2021 juror, Scotland-based artist Yulia Kovanova. The masterclass will be an opportunity for those interested in documenting the Anthropocene to learn about creative and multi-media approaches to conversations around climate change and ecological issues.

During the workshop, interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker and film curator, Yulia Kovanova, will share some of her recent projects, including film, artist moving image and curatorial work. She will discuss the role of the artist and their creative output as contributions towards important conversations concerning ongoing environmental changes. She will highlight some of the environmental films that were presented at NIFF 2021, and will draw attention to some recent films concerning ecology and the changing climate, that have been produced in the UK - including a project that she is currently involved in developed for COP26 - the UN Climate Change Conference. Additionally, the workshop will cover some of the opportunities related to the topic of environment for international artists and filmmakers available in the UK and offer a chance for participants to network.

Yulia Kovanova

About the Facilitator

Yulia Kovanova is a Siberian-born, Scotland-based interdisciplinary artist, BAFTA Scotland nominated filmmaker, and film-curator with a passion for documentary and experimental film. Her practice focuses on the notion of entanglements, investigating interspecies relationships and exploring crossovers between human and non-human worlds.

She employs a research-based approach, working across a range of media, including experimental and creative documentary film, and sculptural and audio-visual installations. Kovanova's research draws on recent ecological thinking, feminist studies, and the emergent fields of environmental humanities and multispecies studies. 

Her work has been presented at leading arts events, including Setouchi International Triennale, Japan, Edinburgh Art Festival and Edinburgh Science Festival, Aichi Triennale, and international film festivals. She delivered artistic commissions for organisations such as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), National Health Service (NHS Lothian) and Fujisato Town Council, Akita, Japan.

As a film curator, Kovanova programmed for the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), Edinburgh Short Film Festival (ESFF), and other UK-based and international events. She worked with the Scottish Documentary Institute and has been teaching and delivering lectures at the Edinburgh College of Art, the University of Edinburgh since 2018.

 Kovanova is a co-founder of the Surface Agency and a member of the Edinburgh Environmental Humanities Network (EEHN). She achieved an MFA with distinction in Art, Space & Nature at the Edinburgh College of Art, the University of Edinburgh in 2016.  She lives and works in Edinburgh, Scotland. 


To register for the masterclass please use the form linked below. Placements will be competitive, and assessment of candidates will be based on the application form inputs. Please note the instruction language is English and only sign language interpretation will be offered. We highly encourage women, persons with disabilities and those who belong to minority communities to apply!

Deadline to register: 18 May 2021

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