Ex Oriente Film, the respected international training workshop, is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. Among the first guest tutors to confirm their attendance at the first session are:
Thomas Balmès (France), renowned director and producer whose films have won awards at the Sundance Film Festival, Sheffield International Documentary Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, amongst many others; renowned Austrian director Nikolaus Geyrhalter; Philippe Bellaiche, French cinematographer who has shot over 30 documentary features and shorts over the past 16 years; Slovenian director Ziga Virc whose previous film was the Slovenian candidate for the 2016 Oscar nomination, experienced producer and member of European Documentary Network and of the European Film Academy Christine Camdessus (France), producer and founder of Nukleus Film Siniša Juričić (Croatia) and director, script editor and lecturer at FAMU Jan Gogola (Czech Republic). More tutors to be confirmed soon.
The workshop lead tutors for EX ORIENTE FILM 2017 will be producer and consultant Iikka Vehkalahti (Finland), Head of Studies of the European Documentary Network Mikael Opstrup (Denmark), director and script editor Ivana Pauerová Miloševičová (Czech Republic) and director and producer Filip Remunda (Czech Republic).
Ex Oriente Film is an international training programme for documentary professionals supporting the development and funding of creative documentary films from Central and Eastern Europe. The core of the Ex Oriente Film workshop is based on three week-long residential workshops held over 9 months. The first of its three week-long sessions will take place in Split on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast in cooperation with a local partner, Hulahop, a production company and organizer of Animafest, located in Zagreb.
The first session of the workshop, entitled "Focus and Inspiration” deals primarily with the development of the documentary project, primarily its story potential, as well as researching the potential for documentary co-production and laying the groundwork for project production. Apart from individual meetings, group sessions and film development lectures on storytelling and financing, the first part of the workshop will also offer masterclasses by renowned filmmakers as well as film screenings. These masterclasses and screening are part of the open programme offered to the Croatian public.