June 30, 2015

NISI MASA is a European network of associations, currently present in 26 countries.

These associations consist of young professionals, students and enthusiasts with a common cause: European cinema.

Our main aims are:

– to discover new film talents

– to develop cross-cultural audiovisual projects

– to foster European awareness through cinema

– to create a platform of discussion and collaboration for young European filmmakers

Our main activities are:

– organising filmmaking & scriptwriting workshops

– holding various cinema-related meetings (conferences, seminars, etc.)

– promoting short films (through screenings, making of DVDs, etc.)

– editing publications (various e-books & a daily magazine produced during several

European film festivals)


NISI MASA was founded in 2001. It is a non-profit organisation supported, amongst others,

by the European Union: Council of Europe through the European Youth Foundation (EYF),

European Cultural Foundation and the European Commission through Youth in Action, and

Creative Europe-MEDIA.



The name NISI MASA is a reference to 8 1/2 by Federico Fellini, in which Marcello Mastroianni repeats the phrase “Asa Nisi Masa”. The film, a European cinema classic, and the sentence, an incantation belonging to no specific language, both reflect the cinematic and cross-border spirit of the network.

How do we work?

Starting with 2012, the Association made changes in its structure to better integrate the network members and to facilitate the way they work together with the central office in Paris. For this purpose, the activity was divided among four departments: Script, Debate, FilmLab and Network. Script and Debate are run by a Head of Department collaborating with the association on a freelance basis. They manage the respective projects (either as project managers themselves or by offering assistance to and advising the local members). FilmLab is handled by Project Managers and the Network department is handled by the Office.


Daria Blazevic – President /  daria@nisimasa.com

Emilia Haukka – General Secretary /  emilia@nisimasa.com

Wim Vanacker – Head of Script Department  / wim@nisimasa.com

Fernando Vasquez – Head of Debate Department  / fernando@nisimasa.com

Luisa Riviere – Office Manager European Projects/Finances luisa@nisimasa.com

Sorina Diaconu – Office Coordinator Communication and Network/Marketing  / sorina@nisimasa.com