Training

Ex Oriente Film

Open Program

The 1st session of the Ex Oriente Film 2022 takes place in La Rochelle in cooperation with Sunny Side of the Doc. You can attend the whole open program for free at La Rochelle Université (23 avenue Albert Einstein 17000)!

SUNDAY, JUNE 19
10:00 - 11:30
DIRECTORS' MASTERCLASS by NINO KIRTADZÉ
Amphi 100

European Film Academy awarded director Nino Kirtadze will expound on her directorial approach to documentary filmmaking reflecting on her dark comedy Don't Breathe (2014) bordering between fiction and documentary genre.

SUNDAY, JUNE 19
10:00 - 11:30
PRODUCERS' LECTURE by SAMUEL JOYCE
E202

How to navigate the factual content market, when your primary focus is feature length documentary? How to think ahead about the rights for different platforms and territories? Lecture by Samuel Joyce (Senior Documentary Acquisitions, Sales & Marketing Executive at TVF International).

M0NDAY, JUNE 20
10:00 - 11:00
CASE STUDY by ALEKSANDAR GOVEDARICA
Amphi 100

Co-Founder of Syndicado Film Sales, Toronto based world sales and production company, will give a case study about successful Eastern European documentary films, which were deemed challenging during their production phase.

M0NDAY, JUNE 20
16:40 - 18:00
MASTERCLASS by MARC ISAACS: Staging The Real and The Limits of Observation
Amphi 100

Sometimes things happen spontaneously in front of your camera that amaze you and you return home at the end of the day excited about the film you are making. But mostly, filmmaking involves staging the real to make it transcend the ‘ordinary’ and fulfil its potential as an art form. From discussing tiny details to grand gestures, filmmaker Marc Isaacs will reveal how he constructs his narratives in the hope of avoiding predictability.

TUESDAY, JUNE 21
11:00 - 12:30
MASTERCLASS by ALIONA VAN DER HORST: Visual Style, Post-Memory and Working with Archival Footage
Amphi 100

Aliona van der Horst will talk about her artistic approach to her latest film Turn your body to the sun. A film that deals with history and memory. To search for the soul of the images of the archival footage that the film is made upon she used mixed techniques of double pass, zoom-in and colorization, instead of just showing and illustrating historical events. She experimented with the power of the faces watched very closely. Alongside, she will discuss her way of combining a narrative-driven storyline with a more complex artistic vision. And she will speak about working in the film with the concept of post-memory: Post- memory is a type of memory that a second generation can ‘inherit’ from their parents after a trauma. A generation of children who grew up as children from a traumatized generation, often have a very powerful memory of that trauma although they have not experienced it themselves. This type of memory is brought to the surface through an imaginative creation. This masterclass is an interactive event; participants are encouraged to formulate their specific questions regarding the making of the film.

TUESDAY, JUNE 21
17:00-18:30
PRODUCER'S LECTURE by MIKAEL OPSTRUP: Producing Character Driven Documentary
Amphi 100

Last year Mikael Opstrup published his book THE UNCERTAINTY – A book about developing character driven documentary. In this lecture Mikael will share his considerations on the specifics of working with character driven documentary, with a special glance at what it means to produce it.

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