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06/09.12.2022Online
MELISSA LEO ACTING WORKSHOP

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION This 4 days acting Workshop with Melissa Leo is an one of a kind opportunity for those who are serious in acting as well as those with some theatre experience looking to brush up on their skills in front of the camera. In this 4 day intensive course, you will learn from the experience of Melissa Leo who will introduce you to the several techniques she uses in acting for screen, while giving you an insight into what goes on behind the camera. Melissa Leo will also share the works and methodologies she has doveloped during Covid lockdown, and address new methodologies of film work. By the end of the workshop you should have a clearer insight on: - Confidence in acting for the screen - Have an understanding of how to use voice and movement effectively - Gain a clear understanding of key methodologies - Have in-depth knowledge and understanding of the film industry - Have clear career goals and the confidence to pursue them - The Do’s & Don’ts of the Audition Process - Recognize the importance of the actor/director relationship - Effectively breakdown and analyze every scene in your script - New ways of honing your skills and continuing practicing in contemporary days will also be addressed. Although it is an online format, it is expected that you will actively participate. The workshop will be done during 2 periods, 4 hours each day (total 16 hours). In the week between you will be asked to do that some self -filming (smartphones can be sufficient), to be shared and reviewed in the last 2 days. During that week you will be able to have feedback from Melissa Leo. Real life problems of actors will be addressed by Melissa Leo, an during the workshop you will also be able to discuss problems you faced in your own career and ask for feedback from Melissa Leo. During the week between both workshop slots you will be able to communicate and receive feedback from Melissa ABOUT MELISSA LEO Melissa Leo is one of the most in demand actresses in the world, Winner of an Oscar for her performance on “The Fighter” Melissa will surely be one of the great actresses of our time. Melissa Leo was born on September 14, 1960, in New York City. Leo starred as the mother of boxer Mickey Ward in the 2010 film The Fighter, also starring Mark Wahlberg. The role garnered her both Golden Globe (best supporting actress) and Oscar awards. Other accolades include award nominations for the film Frozen River and the HBO series Mildred Pierce. Leos breakthrough role came in 1993, when she began playing Detective Sergeant Kay Howard on the NBC series Homicide: Life on the Street. Melissa rose back to prominence with an impressive performance as a wife of an addict in the 2003 film 21 Grams. Her role garnered an award nomination for best supporting actress from the L.A. Film Critics Association. Many film opportunities followed, including The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005) with Tommy Lee Jones, Hollywood Dreams (2006) and Black Irish (2007). Leo went on to win acclaim for her performance as a struggling mother in the heralded film Frozen River (2008), most notably Independent Spirit Award, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award nominations—all in the best actress category. More films followed, including Everybodys Fine (2009) with Robert DeNiro, Conviction (2010) with Hilary Swank and The Fighter (2010) with Mark Wahlberg. In the latter film, she garnered wide acclaim for her performance, including a Golden Globe and an Academy Award, both in the best supporting actress category. Moving back to TV in 2011, Leo showcased her talent in the HBO series Mildred Pierce, starring alongside Kate Winslet; she earned an Emmy nomination (outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries or movie) for her role as Lucy Gessler in the series. Leo went on to work on several projects, including “Oblivion” (2013), with Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman, which show us Melissa in a different genre, but always keeping it faithful to her choice for strong and captivating women, who immediately jump from the screen. Also in 2013 Melissa Leo went on working in The Butler, also featuring Forest Whitaker, Jane Fonda and Oprah Winfrey. That same year, she won an Emmy Award for her guest appearance on the sitcom Louie. Later in 2013 she premiered her most recent film the highly praised “Prisioners” starring along with Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, she has also starred alongside Denzel Washington in “The Equalizer” and The Equalizer 2, having previously appeared in a 1985 episode of the original series. She also appeared in “The Angriest Man in Brooklyn” alongside Robin Williams. She starred in the 2015 Fox event series Wayward Pines as Nurse Pam. She then starred in the 2017 Netflix film The Most Hated Woman in America as American Atheists founder Madalyn Murray O'Hair. She has recently appeared in the miniseries I Know This Much Is True (2020), an adaptation of Wally Lamb’s 1998 novel. WORKSHOP LOCATION The workshop will take place online, FEST FILM LAB has always been a project of high level knowledge sharing and networking, on the next few months we will be hosting the workshops online, however we will maintain not only the standard of quality you came 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 participants, we will not host more than 20 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 session of the workshop that will take place on 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. PROFILE OF PARTICIPANT The workshop is designed for actors who are serious about their career, or prospective actors who seriously want to enter the film business 16 hours Duration: 4 days Dates: 6th - 9th of December 2PM - 6PM GMT (London) 3PM - 7PM CET (Brussels) 9AM - 1PM EST (New York) 6AM - 10AM PST (Los Angeles) 6PM - 10PM Gulf Standard Time (Dubai) 10PM - 2AM CST (Beijing) 7:30PM - 11:30PM IST (New Delhi) Location: Online Price: 499EUR (299EUR with 40% Discount until the 10th of October) Maximum number of participants: 20 By registering to the workshop you agree with FFL terms and Conditions Please add our address to your email safe senders list, address book or contact list to avoid FEST e-mails in spam. REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP ON THE LINK BELOW:
06/09.12.2022Online
BARRY ALEXANDER BROWN EDITING WORKSHOP

ABOUT BARRY ALEXANDER BROWN

Barry Alexander Brown (born 28 November 1960 in Warrington, Cheshire) is an English born-American film director and editor. As a film editor, he is best known for collaborations with film director Spike Lee, editing some of Lee's best known films including Do the Right Thing (1989), Malcolm X (1992), He Got Game (1998), 25th Hour (2002), Inside Man (2006), and BlacKkKlansman (2018), the latter of which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Film Editing at the 91st Academy Awards. As a film director, Brown co-directed the documentary film The War at Home (1979), for which it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and was one of the youngest nominees for the category. Some of his other film directing credits include The Who's Tommy, the Amazing Journey (1993), a documentary film about The Who's Tommy album, and the feature films Winning Girls Through Psychic Mind Control (2002), starring Bronson Pinchot and Son of the South (2020). Brown has also edited music videos for Michael Jackson, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Public Enemy and Arrested Development. Full credits on https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0113084/ Barry is one of the most accomplished and sought of editors in activity, and will surely deliver a wonderful workshop based on his extensive knowledge of the subject. WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

The Editing workshop will focus on a diversity of topics of the craft, you will have the chance of not only receive this knowledge from Barry Brown, 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 topics covered on the workshop will be: Introduction of the participants and Barry, the participants will then be showed some clips of the work made by Barry , analyzing some choices and options made in some of his works. Barry will focus on how to help the story flow through the editing, and his best processes. The relation with the director DOP, and other members of the film crew, How to apply the craft in different genres. Creating visual narratives while working with sound, music and special effects. How to be a part of the whole process of film and television production and not merely as the final stage, becoming true collaborators, not just efficient technicians. How to edit you characters (practical examples of problem solving and good decisions) How to serve the narrative through effective editing How to employ narrative techniques to create tension The impact of genre on editing styles The market reality for Editors, Agents, Rates, and finding your own work Practical exercise. The participants will be given footage (a small scene) to work two weeks before the workshop, all participants will show their work at the workshop, the group will then analyze each editing, and learn from each other’s work. Barry will give his insight on each edited version of the footage. The participants should at the end be self-conscious of their editing choices, as well as aware of the other options taken by the other participants. NOTE: this workshop will not teach you about specific softwares, but instead it will enhance the capacity to edit in your mind, before you actually use your tools. It is about your decisions, your choices and your options as an editor. PROFILE OF PARTICIPANT

The workshop designed for Editors, Directors, Sound Editors, Film Students, or anyone interested in entering the Film Business on the area of Editing WORKSHOP LOCATION The workshop will take place online, FEST FILM LAB has always been a project of high level knowledge sharing and networking. The online workshops 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 participants, we will not host more than 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: 6th - 9th of December 2022 1PM - 5PM WET (London) 2PM - 6PM CET (Brussels) 8AM - 12PM EST (New York) 5PM - 9PM Gulf Standard Time (Dubai) 9PM - 1AM CST (Beijing) 6:30PM - 10:30PM IST (New Delhi) Location: Online Price: 499EUR (299EUR with 40% Discount until the 5th of October) Maximum number of participants: 25 By registering to the workshop you agree with FFL terms and Conditions Please add our address to your email safe senders list, address book or contact list to avoid FEST e-mails in spam. REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP ON THE LINK BELOW:

14/22.01.2023Online
PRODUCTION DESIGN WORKSHOP WITH LAURENCE BENNETT

ABOUT LAURENCE BENNETT

Laurence Bennett’s feature production design credits include In the Valley of Elah, Freedom Writers, Traitor, The Company you Keep, and Academy Award Best Picture Crash (2006 ADG nomination). For 2012 Academy Award Best Picture The Artist he received Oscar, BAFTA, ADG, and BFCA nominations, and was awarded the César by the Académie Des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma. Recent features: The Water Man, directed by David Oyelowo, and Dog, directed by Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin. For HBO he designed the David Simon miniseries Show Me a Hero and The Wizard of Lies, directed by Barry Levinson. Television pilots and series include Grey’s Anatomy, Billions, The Deuce, Once and Again, EZ Streets, Thief, Mr. Sterling, Sneaky Pete, and The Resident. The limited series The Offer, about the making of The Godfather, is available on Paramount+. Educated at Occidental College, Los Angeles, and Waseda University, Tokyo, Bennett lived and worked in Ireland for ten years, returning to LA to work in film. In Dublin he painted, had a design practice, worked in fringe theatre, and was a lecturer at the National College of Art. Since 2015 he has taught at Escuela Internacionál de Cine y Televisión, in San Antonio de Los Baños, Cuba. Bennett and his wife live in Oregon. full credits on http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0071879/ Laurence Bennett experience speaks for itself and guarantees the high standards our participants have come to expect from FEST FILM LAB. WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

CHOICES Visualising the narrative ‘We’re building something here… We’re building it from scratch. All the pieces matter.’ Detective Lester Freamon, THE WIRE Every project is unique. But each involves a seemingly endless series of choices. Perhaps the most critical—and sometimes the most difficult—decision, is exactly how to approach its design. Seldom found easily or quickly, the key—the way into the design of a film—is essential. That essential key can inform and shape every subsequent choice throughout the art direction process. The workshop will explore approaches to identifying and working with the essential ideas, emotions, concepts, and imagery that will drive the design. Topics for discussion will include: Finding visual arcs within the story Identifying thematic elements Emotional tones Research Each individual’s distinct path in the business And very importantly, collaboration. Filmmaking is at its core an intimate and collaborative experience. We’ll look at working with others in the team—how open exchange with others enriches one’s work. With the director and DP, the Production Designer shares visual authorship of the work. Beyond that, though—in addition to directing and supervising set dec, props, construction, and paint, the PD and their art director(s) confer and make decisions with many other departments: wardrobe, SPFX, VFX, stunts, sound, etc., from prep through production. Working with the script for a short film, participants will begin this discovery process, researching and assembling (outside online course time) a brief presentation of how the visual arc of the film will reflect, support, and enrich the narrative. A group review/discussion will wrap up the session. PROFILE OF PARTICIPANT

The workshop designed for Production Designers, Art Directors, Costume Designers, Set Designers, Directors, Art Directors, DP's, Film Students, or anyone interested in entering the Film Business on the area of Production Design LOCATION OF THE WORKSHOP

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 participants, we will not host more than 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: 14-15 and 21-22 January 2023 4PM - 8PM GMT (London) 5PM - 9PM CET (Brussels) 11AM - 2PM EST (New York) 8AM - 12PM PST (Los Angeles) 7PM - 11PM Gulf Standard Time (Dubai) 11PM - 3AM CST (Beijing) 8:30PM - 12:30AM IST (New Delhi) Location: Online Price: 499EUR (299EUR with 40% Discount until the 3rd of October) Maximum number of participants: 25 By registering to the workshop you agree with FFL terms and Conditions

01/02.10.2022Lisbon Portugal
WORKSHOP: AUDITIONING FOR FILM AND TV WITH NANCY BISHOP CSA JO MONTEIRO CSA AND CAPRICE CRAWFORD All proceeding from the workshop will be going for the 2023 edition of FEST - New Directors New Films Festival. Participants of the workshop will also receive one FEST - PRO badge for FEST 2023 with the value of 100 euros ABOUT NANCY BISHOP CSA

Nancy Bishop is an Emmy-nominated American casting director, with offices in London and Prague: She is the recent recipient of a Casting Society of America ARTIOS Award for best casting of a comedy for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. In her over twenty-year career, she has cast over one hundred projects, working for most of the major studios, networks and streamers. Credits include Mission Impossible IV, Snowpiercer and Amazon’s upcoming Wheel of Time. She was the founder and first president of the CSA European Branch. She has written three books on auditioning, the most recent published by Bloomsbury: “Auditioning for Film and TV,” which will be available for purchase at the class. ABOUT CAPRICE CRAWFORD Caprice Crawford is founder and CEO of Crawford Talents, which is a full-service International Actors Management Agency based in Berlin, Germany. She works with professional actors from around the globe who are fully dedicated to their craft. Crawford Talents believe that acting is a universal language. Caprice, herself is an American producer and former actor based in Berlin. She’s worked in New York, and LA, and has landed professional acting roles alongside Jamie Foxx, Don Johnson, Orlando Bloom, Burt Reynolds, in both TV and feature films. After spending much of her life in front of the camera, she became captivated with behind camera work and began working as a photographer, creating beautiful headshots for creative talents, including many celebrities, before excelling as a producer and now agent. ABOUT JO MONTEIRO CSA Jo Monteiro, CSA is casting director for international film, TV series and commercials based in Portugal. She has been working as casting director for 15 years. Her credits include productions for Canal+, Pathé, HBO and Netflix' upcoming "Glória", to be broadcasted in 190 countries. From 1992 to 1996, Jo attended Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), getting a degree in Film Studies, where she learned from acclaimed directors, such as Luc Dardenne and Ettore Scola. Before being casting director, she worked as assistant director for more than 10 years. This position taught her to have a global vision of casting, from studio to set. WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: AUDITIONING FOR FILM AND TV This two-day class will foster a fun, and informative atmosphere for actors to learn new skills to hone and develop an international career. All participants will have an opportunity to practise their skills in self-taping, which is a crucial part of the international casting process, especially post-pandemic. Actors will choose from a selection of scenes to self-tape themselves in advance. These three professionals will give feedback in class for scene work, self-tapes, demo reels, and headshots. Class will also include special exercises which Nancy has developed to hone strategies for auditioning, including cold reading techniques, and identifying choices and objectives on a new text. The class will also include a unit on “How to Get an Agent’ and a Q&A. Class will be 10:00 - 5:00, with a one hour lunch break. Schedule to be confirmed. All participants will be tested for free upon arrival to the workshop PROFILE OF PARTICIPANT The workshop designed for Actors, acting students, directors, casting directors, Film Students, or anyone interested in entering the Film Business on the area of Acting. PRACTICAL DETAILS Location: Lisbon, Portugal Dates: 1-2 October 2022 Duration: 2 days Price: 499EUR (325EUR with 35% discount until the 26th of September) Maximum number of participants: 48 By registering to the workshop you agree with FFL terms and Conditions. Please add our address to your email safe senders list, address book or contact list to avoid FEST e-mails in spam. REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP ON THE LINK BELOW:

24/25.09.2022London UK
TECHNIQUES FOR DIRECTING NON-ACTORS WORKSHOP

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION Techniques for directing non-actors: Singular Drama Throughout the two-day practical workshop, participants will learn and experience the technique that Scandar uses during the preparations of his actors and non actors as well as during the shooting. Participants will get hands-on insight into the process of creating drama in a film using the human capacity to respond emotionally to fictional situations. The Singular Drama method is applicable on professional actors as well as non-actors. Filmmakers often use the element of surprise to direct actors for certain scenes to get authentic emotional responses. The directors of AJAMI based their film entirely on this principle. Unlike other forays into improvisation, AJAMI had a very precise screenplay and a well-constructed plot that demanded specific emotional responses from its actors. The actors ended up acting out a story, without being aware that they were being directed according to a pre-written script. The film is a work of fiction which shows “real” people acting in situations that are orchestrated by the directors, but very “real” to the performers, resulting in the actors projecting emotions on camera that they actually experienced at the time. This was achieved over specialized workshops, in which the actors were brought to each character’s emotional and psychological state as written in the script. Workshop learning objectives: 1. Participants will learn techniques to liberate their non-actors from the fear of the camera. 2. Participants will learn how to prepare their actors/non-actors for filming. 3. Participants will learn and experiment with improvisation techniques. 4. Participants will experience the method as actors in order to get a better understanding of the involved processes. 5. Participants will get insights on pre-production, production and shooting techniques when applying the method. 6. Participants will learn how to direct actors and non-actors using the Singular Drama method. Participants are encouraged to bring scenes they would like to direct. ABOUT SCANDAR COPTI Scandar Copti is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker and an acclaimed visual artist. His first full-length feature film 'Ajami' won the Camera d'Or Special Mention at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the 82nd Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Film category. Copti is the only Arab filmmaker ever to receive the prestigious Sutherland Trophy. He is also the recipient of the Human Rights Film Award of the Council of Europe in 2010. Copti's video art projects were exhibited worldwide at venues such as the Herzliya Museum, Nachum Gutman Museum, NYU gallery at Abu Dhabi, The Israeli Center for Digital Art, b_tour Foothold Festival, Beit Ha'Gefen, and the Oslo Kunstforening Art Gallery, among others. Copti was on the jury of dozens of film festivals, including the Tribeca film festival, Thessaloniki film festival, FEST, AFAC, ON, and many more. He also served as the President of the Human Rights Award at the Istanbul International film festival 2011. Copti was part of the team that launched the Doha-Tribeca Film Festival and the Doha Film Institute (DFI), where he headed the DFI's Education department until 2011. Scandar has been teaching at NYU Abu Dhabi since 2013, where he headed the Film and New Media program from 2014 to 2017. He is currently in production for his next feature film, 'Happy Holidays,' with the support of funds such as Eurimages (the European Council Cultural fund), Doha Film Institute, Aran Fund for Arts, and Culture (AFAC), Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein as well as worldwide presales and distribution deals. PROFILE OF PARTICIPANT The workshop is designed to Directors, 1st AD, Producers, Film Students, and anyone with the interest in directing non actors. 16 hours Dates: 24th-25th of September 2022 Location: London UK Price: 499.99 GBP (325GBP Until the 19th of September) Vacancies: 25 By registering to the workshop you agree with FFL terms and Conditions Please add our address to your email safe senders list, address book or contact list to avoid FEST e-mails in spam. REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP ON THE LINK BELOW: