Ex Oriente Film

Open programme

The programme is open to all types of accreditations.

DAY ONE / Wednesday, October 23

4.30 pm – 6.00 pm | Hotel Gustav Mahler
MASTERCLASS: Emotional Dramaturgy
Masterclass by Niels Pagh Andersen, film editor, Denmark
Hosted by Iikka Vehkalahti

Far too often Dramaturgy is used as a mechanical model, not focusing on film's most important power, to tell in emotional curves, in between the words, in the pause, images and sound.
With the starting point in his own work Niels Pagh Andersen will talk about how to control the emotional curve in a film and find the right balance between the plot and the emotional logic of a film. Niels Pagh Andersen will open up his tool-box from his editing room, give tips, tricks and methods and show clips from his own editing work.

6.30 pm – 7.30 pm | Hotel Gustav Mahler
Woman and the Glacier (2016, Lithuania, Estonia, 56')
Directed by Audrius Stonys

This uncommon documentary portrait take us to the Kazakh part of the Tian Shan mountains where a small glaciological station stands at the base of the Tuiuksu glacier, at an altitude 3,500 meters. Here, cut off from civilisation, we meet a woman who has voluntarily cast herself into isolation for 30 long years in order to dedicate her life to monitoring the climatic pulse of the planet. The meditative quiet of the place being observed is shared by the Lithuanian documentarist’s signature directing style, in which individual shots become the vehicle for a gradual sense of stirring within the viewer.

DAY TWO / Thursday, October 24

10.00 am – 11.30 am | Hotel Gustav Mahler
MASTERCLASS: Truth and Illusion in Documentary Cinema
Masterclass by Audrius Stonys, director and producer, Lithuania

The masterclass will focus on subjectivity in cinema as the main value and the absolute condition for emergence of a creative work. How through the author‘s prism the reality, time and space are being transformed. What happens with the reality in cinema and where the limit separating objective truth from the author‘s vision exists.

DAY THREE / Friday, October 25       
10.00 am – 1.30 pm | Hotel Gustav Mahler
LECTURE: International Co-production – Legal Issues
Lecture by Dr. Stefan Rüll, Attorney-at-law, Germany
Support: Mikael Opstrup

A series of two lectures by Dr. Stefan Rüll, German attorney-at-law and specialist in international co-production and author’s rights, who will provide an insight into the essential legal framework that is established when an audio-visual project overlaps the framework of national production.

6.30 pm – 8.00 pm | Duka Cinema - Reform
Honeyland (2019, Macedonia, 85´)
Directed by Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska

Nestled in an isolated mountain region deep within the Balkans, Hatidze Muratova lives with her ailing mother in a village without roads, electricity or running water. She’s the last in a long line of Macedonian wild beekeepers, eking out a living farming honey in small batches to be sold in the closest city – a mere four hours’ walk away. Hatidze’s peaceful existence is thrown into upheaval by the arrival of an itinerant family, with their roaring engines, seven rambunctious children and herd of cattle. Hatidze optimistically meets the promise of change with an open heart, offering up her affections, her brandy and her tried-and-true beekeeping advice. It doesn’t take long however, before Hussein, the itinerant family’s patriarch, senses opportunity and develops an interest in selling his own honey.
In cooperation with Ji.hlava IDFF.

8.15 pm – 9.15 pm | Dukla Cinema – Edison
MASTERCLASS: When Visual Narration Becomes a Social Syndrome: the Methodology Behind Producing and Editing a Non-fiction Story
Masterclass by Atanas Georgiev, producer of Trice Films and editor, Macedonia

Finding a subject and a character is hard enough when vowing to completely immerse yourself in making a non-fiction film. But the responsibility of staying truthful to the story while balancing between morality, ethics and aesthetics is as hard as it gets.
In cooperation with Ji.hlava IDFF.

DAY FOUR / Saturday, October 26

10.00 am — 11.30 am | Hotel Gustav Mahler
LECTURE: Cutting Through the Noise: How to Run a Successful PR Campaign
Lecture by Mirjam Wiekenkamp of NOISE Film PR / Berlin – Amsterdam

How do you draw people's attention to your film? In this lecture Mirjam Wiekenkamp will share her tips, tricks and a sneak peek into the work of a PR agent. By having a look at a few case studies, we will answer questions such as: How do you position your film in the middle of the enormous supply of films? How do you reach out to and handle press? And how do you reach your audience?

12.00 pm – 1.30 pm | Hotel Gustav Mahler
CASE STUDY: Creative Budgeting in CE Europe: A Woman Captured (2017, Hungary)
Case study by Julianna Ugrin of Éclipse Film, producer, Hungary

Producer's Case study on creative budgeting in CE Europe: What are our possibilities, how to be creative and respect the rules - case study based on the budget of A Woman Captured. Lecture held by the producer Julianna Ugrin of Éclipse Film.

3.00 pm - 4.30 pm | venue to be confirmed
SCREENING: América (2018, USA, 75')
Directed by Erick Stoll and Chase Whiteside

Diego, a young circus artist, must return home and reunite with his brothers after their ninety-three year old grandmother, América, falls from her bed, causing their father to be jailed under accusation of elder neglect. Diego is a dreamer who sees poetry and purpose in this tragedy. He believes América, despite her immobility and advanced dementia, fell willfully, to bring the separated family back together. But Diego’s dream of familial cohesion fades as the brothers clash over money, communication, and the considerable challenge of offering full-time care to América.

DAY FIVE / Sunday, October 27

10.00 am – 11.30 am | Hotel Gustav Mahler
CASE STUDY: Getting Intimate

Case study by Erick Stoll (director and cinematographer, USA), followed by Q&A

Erick Stoll, co-director and cinematographer of América, offers a case study on the promises and perils of getting deeply involved in the lives of your subjects.

5.00 pm – 6.30 pm | Hotel Gustav Mahler
LECTURE: Guide on Sales
Lecture by Manuela Buono, producer and sales agent, Slingshot Films, Italy

Guide on Sales for independent filmmakers. What are the advantages and disadvantages of working with a sales agent? How to plan distribution and marketing strategy? How to negotiate sales agreement? How to choose the right markets and festival strategy for the film? Sales agent and producer Manuela Buono will share her strategy using examples from her sales practice of her company Slingshot Films.

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