26/12 . 03 . 2018

LOCATION: Portugal

PRICE: 1599€




26th of February to 11th of March 2018


Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr will lead a practical two weeks Film Directing workshop in Espinho, Portugal.

The workshop will give the opportunity to 12 participants to write and develop scripts in work groups of 4 participants who will work together to produce a short-film in these two weeks.

The workshop will follow the logic of transmitting knowledge by practical work, being extremely practical.

Béla Tarr will share his knowledge and experience with the participants while, at the same time, will respond to each participant’s personal history and artistIc practice, in order to guide them throughout the whole process of filmmaking.

The workshop will not attend a right\wrong logic, but rather will be an insight on Bela Tarr's point of view of filmmaking and his personal process.

The participants will be chosen directly by Béla Tarr. There is an application fee of 50EUR which will be reimburse to those who are selected.
To make the application, you need to fill the application form and send us your portfolio and a motivation letter.

“This is what I can say to young filmmakers: Go and be more radical, be more revolutionary than I was.” Béla Tarr


Béla Tarr (Pécs, 21 July 1955) is a Hungarian film director, widely regarded as one of the most influential film authors of the past thirty years.

Béla Tarr began making amateur films at the age of 16. His amateur work brought him to the attention of the Bela Balazs Studios (named in honour of the Hungarian cinema theorist), which helped fund Tarr's 1979 feature debut “Family Nest”. The 1981 work “The Outsider” and the following year's “The Prefab People” continued in much the same vein, but with a 1982 television adaptation of Macbeth, his work began to change dramatically; comprised of only two shots, the first shot (before the main title) was five minutes long, with the second 67 minutes in length. After 1984's “Almanac of Fall”, Tarr (who had written his first four features alone) began collaborating with Hungarian novelist Laszlo Krasznahorkai for 1987's “Damnation”.

A planned adaptation of Krasznahorkai's epic novel “Satantango” took over seven years to realize. The film, a 415-minute masterpiece, finally appeared to international acclaim in 1994.
His 7 and a half hour masterpiece, won the Berlin International Film Festival Caligari Award, the Prix de l’Age d’Or award, and the National Society of Film Critics Award (USA) for experimental film. “The Man From London” (2007) was nominated for the Palme d’or at Cannes Film Festival.
“Werckmeister Harmonies” (2000) was nominated for the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Foreign Language Film and won two Hungarian Film Critics Awards. His last film “The Turin Horse” won the Berlin International Film Festival’s Silver Bear and FIPRESCI Awards, and the FIPRESCI Best Foreign Film Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

In January 2011, Bela Tarr joined the Board of Directors of the recently formed cinema foundation and NGO for human rights Cine Foundation International and in September of the next year, he received the BIAFF special award for lifetime achievement.


Link for application form

Until when I can apply?
The call for applicantions will close on the 15th of December 2017.

How can I apply?
To make the application, you need to fill this Link and send us your portfolio and a motivation letter. There will also be an application fee which will be reimburse to those who were accepted.

How many people will attend the workshop?
Only 12 applicants will be selected.

Who will make the official selection?
The selection will be made by Béla Tarr and the portfolio and motivation will be taken into consideration. Since we accept only 12 applicants for the Bela Tarr program, we reserve the right to replace an unpaid applicant with someone from a waiting list of applicants.

When do I know if I was selected?
The official selection will be announced on the 8th of January 2018.

How much does it cost?
The application has an administrative fee of 50Eur. After the selection, the selected applicants will have to pay 1599€ to attend the workshop. The application fee will be reimbursed to those who are selected.

What payment options do you accept?
The payment must be done by PayPal. If you’re from a country which has not access to PayPal, please, contact us to and we will give you our bank details, so you can do the payment by bank transfer.

How long will be the workshop?
The workshop will occur during from the 26th of February to 11th of March 2018. It will start every day at 9:30am and it will end at 5:30pm with a break for lunch.

Will the workshop be theoretical?
No, the workshop will be essentially practical.

What equipment will be provided?
FEST FILM LAB organisation will provide shooting material.

Where we can find accommodation?
FEST FILM LAB organisation will help you finding the best accommodation option.

Duration: 2 weeks
Dates: 26th of February to 11th of March 2018
Location: Espinho, Portugal
Price: 1599€
Maximum number of participants: 12

Timeline for the workshop
Deadline for applications - 15th of December
Selection announcement – 8th of January
Workshop – 26th of February to 11th of March

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