FEST – Training Ground
FEST – Training Ground is an educational event where new and upcoming filmmakers and film students from all over the world gather in one week, to attend a deluxe training from workshops to master classes, lectured by some of the industry’s top experts with highly acknowledged achievements.The program approaches the key issues on film making, all from Script Writing, analysis of a specific style, technical disciplines such as sound editing, to theory and analysis of our current society. It is intended to be wide in activities so every participant can tailor make his/her experience according to his/her preferences.
When and where?
The event will take place between the 24th and 29th of June 2014 in Espinho, a tourism orientated city and one of the summer hotspots of Portugal, 15 minutes south of Porto in the seacoast line.
All activities will be in Centro Multimeios de Espinho, a modern infrastructural and high quality building with screen IMAX, planetarium, café, computer room and wireless Internet.
We are confident that the program will be very interesting for all participants and the methodology behind the project will be a great advantage.
The program is designed in a way to allow each participant to tailor make their own individual program, according to interests and priorities to make it a more personal experience. In addition to the official program and parallel activities there will also be Gala Dinners, where participants and guests will share the same dining area.
All sessions of the Training Ground will be in English for practical reasons. The majority of the lectures and participants are from various countries, so the communication has to be in one common language.
FEST – New Directors | New Films Festival
FEST – Training Ground takes place during the same time as FEST – New Directors | New Films Festival, one of the most vibrant film festivals in Portugal. Throughout its 9 editions the festival has been dedicated to highlight and promote the work of young filmmakers from all over the world creating a privilege space for them to show their work. Participation in the Training Ground grants full access to all film festival sessions.
Networking and sharing of experience
FEST is a unique communication platform for the participants as they, while participating in Training Ground, will be able to make new contacts from a variety of backgrounds and origins in one single place. Networking is extremely important in the film industry and FEST – Training Ground is a one of those opportunities to make a jump. Just as important is the constant exchange of experiences and perspectives, which will enrich the work life and knowledge for any participant. At the event we offer the possibility to work together with other filmmakers from all over the world at a very high level, creating new opportunities and widening the horizons of any participant.
What subjects will be taught?
A wide variety of subjects will be taught in the area of the professional audiovisual industry. For more detailed information, please see the timetable and detailed course description.
The action will consist of a short period of intense training divided between 6 days. This type of training has several advantages, besides the breathing of knowledge, participant will also be able to share their experience and wide their contacts with the other trainees and professionals in a dynamic and interesting atmosphere. There will be at least 25 training activities during FEST – Training Ground. Some of the themes already planned are; Editing, Photography, Light, Sound, Documentary, Scriptwriting, Production Design, Woman Cinema, Criticism, Actor-Director Relationship, Pitching and Production.
Participants are given a series of alternative accommodation in the town of Espinho. These options are provided by the organization, in collaboration with local businesses to ensure low-cost accommodation designed specifically for the event. The existence of special campuses is very important because it contributes to the creation of a cohesive community sense among participants, making the whole experience more intense and inspirational.
The event pack costs only 59€ giving a pass granting access to all the activities and sessions in FEST – Training Ground and FEST – New Directors | New Films Festival, during the whole 6 days of the event. This pack does not include accommodation. If you wish you can choose one of our many accommodation alternatives at affordable prices, that starts at 89€ (accommodation plus Festival and Training Ground pass).
FEST – Training Ground brings together young creators from all over the world and offers a unique opportunity for direct contact with some of the biggest film professionals in the industry. The event allows a significant development of knowledge for each participant while it’s also opening doors to social and cultural experience unique in Portugal. No doubt this will be a week to remember.