Training

Ex Oriente Film

Open programme

Session 2 Open Programme – Masterclasses and Lectures Online

Monday, October 19, 2020

6 pm – 7:30 pm
Lecture by Claire Aguilar: Developing and Pitching Your Project to the North American Market (incl. Q&A)

Claire Aguilar will talk about how to produce and present a successful project. Currently the challenging worldwide pandemic COVID-19 has seriously affected the film and documentary market. Shooting and in-person onsite production has come to a standstill. In-person exhibition and markets have all gone online or become virtual. Film festivals are slowly resuming in-person, but most are online. As for developing and pitching, how has this environment affected the North American market?

With kind support of the U.S. Embassy in the Czech Republic and American Film Showcase.








Wednesday, October 21, 2020
10:30 am – 12 pm 
Masterclass by Sean McAllister: The C word in documentary: "Casting, character and commentary" (incl. Q&A)

"I will discuss how I go about finding characters, looking at examples from past films and discussing the pitfalls. As my films are all single character narratives it’s important to find the right person. It’s about being able to have a rapport on camera, an unfolding friendship and ultimately someone who wants something to change. The film is the catalyst for change. In this masterclass I will draw on examples from my 2009 film Japan a story of love and hate, 2015 A Syrian Love Story and 2018 A Northern Soul."

Thursday, October 22, 2020
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Masterclass: Cutting Reality: A dialogue with Joe Bini (incl. Q&A)

In conversation with Czech editor Anna Johnson Ryndova, renowned film editor Joe Bini will discuss the editing process and issues faced by modern documentary film. The open-ended discussion will touch on a variety of topics and encourage audience participation. The main focus will be on two documentaries that Bini created together with Werner Herzog, Grizzly Man and Into the Abyss, and the structural and tonal challenges encountered while working on those films. In addition, Bini will talk about his intimate, confrontational, and creative relationship with Herzog.

Thursday, October 22, 2020
6:00 – 7:30 pm 
Masterclass by Hanna Polak: Encounters on Long-term Film Projects

Hanna Polak will share in her her unique experience of working on a documentary project over a course of many years, with an emphasis on finding the film's axis, creating a character driven and multilayer epic story and facing various challenges. She will share her own approach to imaginative storytelling and will talk about the process of creating an award winning documentary.

Friday, October 23, 2020
10:30 am - 12 pm
Lecture by Anaïs Clanet: Description of the Sales Agreement in great details! (incl. Q&A)

In her lecture, Anaïs Clanet (Réservoir Docs) will answer questions related to the producer´s cooperation with Sales agent. How and when to approach the Sales agent?  What is Sales agent’s commission and what does it include? How much it costs for the producer to get a Sales agent and when does it make sense or not to have one? What are the essential materials Sales agent needs from the producer? What is the regular strategy that Sales agents keep applying now with the additional issue of the Covid?

Friday, October 23, 2020
4:30 pm - 6 pm
Lecture by Siniša Juričić: How to persevere in film production (incl. Q&A)

Siniša Juričić (Nukleus Film) will talk about difficulties in production of politically engaged documentary films in today’s Europe.

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