About ICS

The Institute of Communication Studies is a leading research organization in the field of journalism and media studies, public relations and corporate communications. Our mission is to contribute towards strengthening of Macedonian democracy by working with media, civil society and public institutions, educating a critical public that will ask for greater transparency and accountability through engagement in the policy creation process.


High school students created context and messages with film montage and photography

In the art of filmmaking, a new emotion or thought is awoken amongst the audience by a sequence of shots. When it comes to the art of photography, the message and the viewpoint are expressed through the way in which the photograph’s subject is framed.

85 high school students learned this at the film literacy workshops organized by the Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) and IREX at the “Giffoni Macedonia” Youth Film Festival, supported by the USAID media literacy project “YouThink”.

High school students produced videos in teams and created different meanings with the same footage, with the help of the editing process. Another group of high school students learned how to create a photo that leaves an emotional impression on the viewer. By working on proprietary products, high school students also learned how to recognize subtly sent messages in the media and movies.

The best videos and photos were selected and awarded by committees comprised of professionals from the media and film industry in Macedonia.

Watch the videos shot and edited by high school students at the workshops for film editing.

Look at the photos made by high school students at the workshops for photography.

Here is a glimpse of the atmosphere at the workshops for film editing and photography at the “Giffoni Macedonia” Youth Festival.