18/21 . 10 . 2021


PRICE: 499EUR (299EUR Until 17 of October)






Christian Berger is an Austrian Cinematographer, director, producer, and writer of numerous documentaries, TV films and features.

He is mostly known for his work on The White Ribbon with Michael Haneke, which brought him an Oscar Nomination for Best Cinematography at the 82nd Academy Awards. He was the winner at the American Society of Cinematographers Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in 2010 and a big number of other awards, both national and international.

Born 1945, he started his career working mostly as a documentary filmmaker. in 1973 founded own production company TTV Film an a few years later built experimental video studio. In late 70’s / early 80’s he increased his work in TV plays and screen adaptations with various authors and started working as DOP for feature films and as a director.

His own projects (director and cinematographer) include Raffl (1983/1984), Hanna Monster, Darling (1988/1989), Mautplatz / Tollgate (1994).

He worked as a cinematographer for such renowned directors as Michael Haneke, Luc Bondy, Wolfgang Glück, Stephen Gaghan, Amos Gitai, Peter Sehr and Marie-Noèlle, János Szász, Angelina Jolie, Virgil Widrich, Terrence Malick.

Christian Berger developed the new “Cine Reflect Lighting System Berger/Bartenbach” in collaboration with Bartenbach Lichtlabor. In addition to creating new esthetic possibilities for the camera, this system gives actors and directors unprecedented flexibility and freedom.

Berger employed this system for the first time to some degree in The Piano Teacher and exclusively used it to shoot films: Dead Man’s Memories, Ne Fais Pas Ça, Mein Mörder, Caché / Hidden, The White Ribbon, Ludwig Ii, The Notebook, By The Sea, The Night Of A Thousand Hours and most recently Happy End by Michael Haneke.

Christian Berger is one of the most influential figures in the area of cinematography and it is an absolute honor to have him as FEST Film Lab speaker. Unquestionably it will be an unmissable session.


The workshop will focus on a diversity of topics of the art of cinematography, specially the topic of light, you will have the chance of not only receive this knowledge from Christian Berger, but also interact in a very strong way, as the group will have up to 25 participants, making it extremely practical and interactive. You will also have the opportunity to assess the issues you encountered on your films, and receiving the feedback to unblock situations in the future.

The overall theme of the workshop will focus specially on the treatment of light.: Christian Berger is one of the inventors of the highly innovative CINE REFLECT LIGHTING SYSTEM, which he has used in several of his productions. Christian will also focus on the difference of working between digital and film. Chrstian will also show examples of how he achieved the look in a few of his films.

The workshop will also cover the following topics:

Auteur versus Industry – the realities of the business.
DIY - low budget approaches
Understanding your abilities
Overview and “Case Study” clips of my work

light meters
Lighting Setup - Mood
natural light
location lighting
studio lighting
Night and day
Lighting to suit actors
Lighting plans
how luminance and chrominance behave

The workshop designed for Cinematographers, Camera Operators, Gaffers Directors, Film Students, or anyone serious about a career in the Film Business on the area of cinematography.

The workshop will take place online, FEST FILM LAB has always been a project of high level knowledge sharing and networking. In the next few months we will be hosting the workshops online, however we will maintain not only the standard of quality you have come to expect with the best experts available, but also the networking and interactivity of the workshops:

-The workshop group will have a limited number of 25 participants.

- We will maintain the tailor made aspects, with the possibility of troubleshooting projects you have been involved or challenges you are facing. We will introduce new tools to enhance the interactivity between participants.

- We have rearranged the workshops' sessions, which will take place in 4 days instead of the typical 2 days, so that the workshop is less overwhelming, as the typical two full days online would impact the capacities of the participants to absorb the content.

16 hours
Duration: 4 days
Dates: 18-21 October 2021
8AM - 12PM BST (London)
9AM - 1PM CEST (Brussels)
11AM - 3PM Gulf Standard Time (Dubai)
6PM - 10PM AEDT (Sydney)
9PM - 1AM CST (Beijing)
12:30AM - 16:30PM IST (New Delhi)
Location: Online
Price: 499EUR (299EUR with discount of 40% Until 17th of October)
Maximum number of participants: 25
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