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Cineimpact Film Academy is a collaborative Art and Empathy catalyst that mutually empowers the creative insights of Cinematic Storytelling, Social Sciences and Personal Impact Journeys. 

Practical needs of our present and future society proved that Filmmakers are tremendously enriched by best practice Anthropology and Humancentric Sciences, just as much as Communicators and Scientists are helped by quality Filmmaking and Storytelling skillsets.

Fusing SDT Filmmaking and Applied Social Sciences efficacy, Cineimpact Method is the toolbox to reach your best creative potential and design your optimal film and immersive stories, even within difficult and changing climates.


Our Students Experience

”I was able to try a lot of different things. This sense of freedom to experiment and to create was really helpful for me. It was a great experience. A new way of doing things, especially if you are interested in the intersection between anthropology and film.”

Nnenna  Onuoha - PhD researcher in Anthropology 

“I learned a lot about filmmaking, and I had an amazing time working on the film. Great community atmosphere, with colleagues from all over the world. Such an interesting mix of people. It made the experience very, very interesting.”

Oana Țenter - Fulbright Fellow Documentary-making

“It changed me in the way I film, I edit, in the way I prepare. It helped explain things better, understanding the ideas in the film. I was able to ask questions whenever I needed to. I would definitely recommend Cineimpact.”

Ignacio Garcia Sanchez - Filmmaker, storyteller, film editor 

“The hardest part was to create the storyline. Not having a script and shooting for three full days made me feel a little bit concerned. But the Cineimpact team helped me extract the story from my footage. I learned so much in such a short time!”

Sergiu Chirău - Videographer, Storyteller

Our Learning Program
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The Cineimpact Method

The Cineimpact Method was developed since 2005 by Ionuț Pițurescu, interlacing Applied Sociology & Anthropology with Immersive Filmmaking, internationally recognized through movies such as "Quest" (Romania, 32 min), selected and awarded by "Quinzaine des Réalisateurs" at the 63rd Cannes International Film Festival.


"Quest" is a docu-fiction, medium-length movie, completed by Pițurescu from picking up the topic to the end, in a surprising time frame for a story that won one of the most sought-after prizes of the film industry. At the heart of the 2010 Selection and Prize at Cannes IFF for Quest, lies an ingenious Sensory Storytelling Method grounded on efficient Filming, Editing, and Socio-Visual Anthropology techniques, appliable in your most demanding audio-visual projects.


In 2015 a second selection at Cannes International Film Festival's Cinefondation Atelier had Pițurescu's docu-fiction project "Borders" (Denmark, Romania, Burma) recognized as one of the best feature-length film projects worldwide confirming his insightful method.

Applying his 20+ years of practical and field-work experience in over 40 countries, along various academic studies, including a MA in Anthropology and Development, and a Ph.D. in Sociology and Visual Anthropology, Ionut Pițurescu created an experiential learning method developed around the most elusive parts of the filmmaking process: THE SENSORY STORYTELLING, THE EMPATHY FLOW and THE EMOTIONAL RHYTHM.

Starting in 2008 as invited professor within a state university and continuing in 2014 by founding Cineimpact Film Academy, Ionuț Pițurescu has mentored students from diverse backgrounds, coming from Art and Social Filmmaking, Transmedia and Interactive Formats, Visual Anthropology and Video-Journalism. He enhanced the storydriven skills of filmmakers from more than 20 countries and five continents, while several Cineimpact students had rapid international results, selections and recognitions by prestigious film forums and festivals.


A Learning & Creative Journey for whom?

Students of Cineimpact Film Academy want to set solid grounds or optimize their skills in fields such as: 

Independent Filmmaking, Directing, Cinematography, Editing, Creative Documentary, Audio-Visual Anthropology / Ethnography / Arts, Video Communication / Journalism / Activism, Film / Transmedia / Multimedia Production, Community / Participatory / Engagement Videography

Our requirement is to be familiar with the basics of shooting and editing, as Cineimpact programs are focused on the humancentric essence of the filmmaking & storytelling process: special filming, editing, and anthropological techniques empowering your abilities to communicate with and for the world.

Standing for non-discrimination on experience grounds, Cineimpact invites passioned students found at the beginning of their creative development, not to be shy and write to us describing their status and quests.


Standing for non-discrimination on financial grounds, Cineimpact offers 2 Program Scholarships. consisting in a participation fee discount. If in financial distress and wanting to apply for a scholarship, send us a letter of motivation, attaching an objective parameter, tax return or other document proving your economical situation. 

We encourage participants to apply for financial support with their national/regional funding bodies first.

At the end of the program, your acquired knowledge will be attested, receiving a Completion Certificate.


Considering the creative journeys' accelerated nature, you will be required to use your own filming & editing equipment. Using your most familiar tools enables your focus on what really matters:

Crafting a Relevant and Compelling Film Story

If you are looking for Creative Resilience and Sustainable Mentorship in the above mentioned fields, find the course matching what you need and pick your Cineimpact Support Program!



New Project Development
-On Site & On Line-

Duration: 18 Days

Location: Transylvania

In an intense time frame, you are guided in the process of shooting and editing a short creative Documentary or Docu-Fiction Film. Through a personalized hands-on process, you will be supported by a mentorship program in shaping your best practice creativity method, enriching your skillset with an agile fusion of Film and Anthropology tools. In this personal development journey, you receive in-depth expert feedback on your work. Each course day will comprise individual coaching to improve your most essential film and storytelling skills.

There will be offered a generic project theme, still in case you want to choose a different theme you are encouraged to pursue it up to its best story version. The recommended approach is for you to be part of a team working on a project, but doing everything on your own is also acceptable.

Cineimpact equips you to find a personal voice, strategy, and technique, by revealing your best stories even within complicated contexts, with the help of a unique method bridging Sensory Documentary, Docu-Fiction Storytelling, Visual Anthropology & Social Immersion

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Work in Progress Incubator
-On Site & On Line-

Duration: 12 days   

Location: Napoli, Campania

You are guided through a practice based experience and a creative mentorship program that enhances your editing knowledge by optimizing your film project quality. Gradually structured iterations will result in improved project versions until the best story possible is extracted from your raw footage. You receive individual and joint training sessions with fellow students, in order to grow at a personal level and learn from each other's projects and experiences.

During an editing hands-on process, you will be taught how to use insightful Anthropology tools into crafting a humanly relevant Film Story. In this process, you acquire personal cineimpactic skills, fusing your talent maximum potential and our accelerated story-editing method. You practically learn how to optimally disentangle the most relevant narrative structure hiding in your project footage. In a short time frame, you will be coached how to organize your newly accquired storytelling knowledge and apply it up to your best results in any of your present and future projects.

Throug all communication formats, in a world overwhelmed by technological optimizations, groundbreaking Story Design makes the difference. A Creative and Anthropological Understanding of Humanity is the foundation of Cineimpact's transformative guidance for crafting the optimal story based on your projects' themes, topics and characters.


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offering support where you are


Duration: Self-Paced

Location: Remote  

Want to take advantage of the Cineimpact method by doing a new film closer to your project's shooting or characters' location?

Want to effectively optimize your work-in-progress project, but cannot travel to the academy chosen locations?

You can ignite your creative adrenaline and opt for a self-paced option wherever you are!

If you want to find out how, contact us by e-mail or find more details here:


Students' Work

Learn a method with award-winning results


Get access to the process that generated two selections and one Grand Prize at Cannes International Film Festival. 

Develop your present and future projects 

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Apply the method to your documentary film projects. Our Story Accelerator creative camps - "New Project Development" and "Work in Progress", are designed as hands-on learning experiences, fine-tuned for the specific challenges you can  encounter in various present and future contexts. 

Focus on what really matters


The Story, the Empathy Flow, the Emotional Rhythm. Get better at handling the most critical elements of shooting and editing. The rest of the knowledge is freely accessible on the web, one click away.

Time is precious. Spend it wisely.


In just a few days, you can acquire an innovative toolbox of Anthropology & Filmmaking skills and see tangible results in your work, making this experience a great return on investment.   

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