FEST announces its complete industry programme and schedules
by Teresa Vieira
- The film-industry programme will unspool between 25 and 30 June, with more than 50 speakers and 30 master classes on the agenda
From 24 June-1 July, Espinho will play host to the 15th edition of FEST. Both the film programme and the programme for film-industry professionals have officially been announced in their entirety, and the schedules have also been made public.
The film-industry programme takes place between 25 and 30 June, and will include more than 50 speakers, over 30 master classes, debates, case studies and workshops. The programme is divided into three main industry events: FEST - Training Ground, Industry Meetings and FEST – Director’s Hub.
FEST - Training Ground will feature 20 master classes and six workshops, which will encompass themes such as the tools necessary to establish oneself as a director, colour-grading and editing techniques, legal considerations for film productions, and the analysis of certain case studies, amongst many other topics. Some of this year’s top speakers are Marjane Satrapi, one of the directors of Persepolis [+see also:
interview: Marc-Antoine Robert
interview: Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Pa…
film profile]; Stuart Dryburgh, a cinematographer and Oscar nominee for The Piano (1993); Manuel Alberto Claro, who worked with Lars von Trier on Melancholia [+see also:
interview: Lars von Trier
film profile], Nymphomaniac [+see also:
interview: Louise Vesth
film profile] and The House that Jack Built [+see also:
interview: Lars von Trier
film profile] (and who is one of the representatives of the new generation of cinematographers); and John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone, who were part of the sound team on Bohemian Rhapsody [+see also:
film profile]. After finalising the programme this week, FEST also announced the schedule for the FEST - Training Ground master classes and workshops, which can be viewed on the gathering’s website.
The Industry Meetings, a platform that aims to enable and facilitate close connections between industry professionals in order to foster new collaborations, relationships, mentorships and partnerships, will take place throughout the festival.
This year, FEST will also host the first edition of the Director’s Hub, a two-day event that aims to enhance networking opportunities and create a space for an exchange of knowledge between both national and international directors. This event will feature eight interactive sessions, with 20 speakers who will discuss a wide range of topics concerning film directing – from the director’s role to the challenges that he or she might face. One of the programme’s highlights is the “Portuguese New Wave” panel, which will take place on 27 June at 6pm and will feature some of the most relevant, new voices in national cinema, such as Miguel Gonçalves Mendes, Pedro Cabeleira, Duarte Coimbra, Pedro Pinho and Bernardo Lopes. The rest of the programme is already available and can also be viewed on the event’s website.
FEST will place between 24 June and 1 July 2019, in Espinho. The film programme – which features the Golden Lynx Competition (for international first and second features), the Silver Lynx Competition (for international short films), the National Grand Prix Competition and NEXXT (an academic competition), as well as various non-competitive sections – has now been rounded off, and the schedule can be downloaded on FEST’s website.
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