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New Filmmakers and Composers Invited to Philip Glass Masterclass

By edg - Posted on 03 June 2011


Here's an opportunity for emerging filmmakers and composers: the Edinburgh International Festival is running a workshop where filmmakers create short pieces of film with music score, culminating in a masterclass with the minimalist composer Philip Glass. The short projects are supposed to be inspired by the Qatsi Trilogy of films (Koyaanisqaatsi, Naqoyqatsi, Powaqqatsi), which are being screened with live performances by Philip Glass and his ensemble in Edinburgh. 

Two or more teams of filmmakers will work together throughout July on the short films, with mentoring support from BBC Scotland and Screen Academy Scotland, and access to a string quartet, equipment, and studio facilities.

The live Festival performances of The Qatsi Trilogy are 13 – 15 August. Following his public conversation on Monday 15 August, Philip Glass will meet with the selected composers and filmmakers to discuss their work and conduct a private masterclass at The Hub.

Produced over a period of 20 years, The Qatsi Trilogy blends music and imagery to transcend the traditional definition of narrative cinema. The films’ director Godfrey Reggio said, ‘It is my feeling that language, tragically, no longer describes the world in which we live’.

The world "seminal" actually seems appropriate when describing the influence of the trilogy on other filmmakers.

Applications for the masterclass must be received by Friday 17 June. Application information is available at