24/25.09.2022London UK

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 15th of August) 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:

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 2021 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 10th of August) 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:


ABOUT PETER WEBBER Peter Webber has had a diverse career as a director of film, television and documentaries including the critically renowned ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ and the HBO series ‘Six Feet Under’. Peter is perhaps best known for his film directorial debut ‘Girl With a Pearl Earring’, the film adaptation of Tracey Chevalier’s bestselling novel. The film tells the story of the creation of the famous painting by Dutch master Johannes Vermeer of the same name. The film saw Peter directing Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth as the films leads. Released in 2004 the film went on to be nominated for no less than 3 Academy Awards, 10 BAFTA nominations as well as numerous other honours. Webber was then tapped by Dino de Laurentis to direct “Hannibal Rising”. Based on Thomas Harris’ upcoming new book of the same name, and starring Gaspard Ulliel, Li Gong and Anthony Hopkins, In 2012 Peter directed the Feature Film “Emperor”, Starring Tommy Lee Jones, and Mathew Fox. Peter has also directed the Netflix Original Pickpockets (2018). His documentary work includes the award-winning environmental feature documentary Ten Billion (2015) and Earth: One Amazing Day (2017), narrated by Robert Redford and Jackie Chan. Webber's most recent productions include the „Kingdoms of Fire” (2019), television series, which takes viewers back to the past as the Ottoman Empire seeks to conquer Cairo, as well as the documentary „Inna de Yard” (2019), a portrait of the pioneers of reggae music in Jamaica Peter Weber's experience speaks for itself and guarantees the high standards our participants have come to expect from FEST FILM LAB. WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION The Film Directing workshop will focus on a diversity of topics of the art of directing a film, you will have the chance of not only receive this knowledge from Peter Webber, 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: THE ESSENCE OF THE CRAFT Film History is your friend. Developing a hinterland Auteur versus Industry – the realities of the business. DIY - low budget approaches The writer/director conundrum The genius myth Understanding your abilities GETTING THERE Looking at the steps before you go into production The development process Raising finance Producers and writers Hollywood versus Europe Agents/managers/lawyers The One Hour Meeting PREPPING Aesthetic overview – the look and the story Crewing up Casting and auditioning Location hunting Rehearsing/working with actors before the shoot Storyboarding How to work with: Art department Costume Camera Assistant directors Planning for Digital VFX SHOOTING The politics – picking your battles The fear Planning your day Blocking the scene Shotlists Storyboards on set Shooting strategy Blocking the scene The Master shot trap The second unit POST PRODUCTION Working with an editor Digital VFX in post Guide music Working with a composer Test screenings ADR Sound Design Grading The final sound mix Test screenings INTO THE WORLD Film Festivals The Press The Internet and Social Media PROFILE OF PARTICIPANT The workshop designed for Directors, Film Students, or anyone serious about a career in the Film Business on the area of Directing. 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 28 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. 16 hours Duration: 4 days Dates: 4th to the 7th of October 2PM - 6PM GMT (London) 3PM - 7PM CET (Brussels) 6PM - 10PM Gulf Standard Time (Dubai) 9AM - 1PM EST (New York) 10PM - 2AM CST (Beijing) 7:30PM - 11:30PM IST (New Delhi) 11AM - 3PM BRT (Rio de Janeiro) 6AM - 10AM PST (Los Angeles) Location: Online Price: 499EUR (299EUR with 40% Discount until the 8th of August) 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.