03 Apr PRO Otok: FOCUS on Cinematography and Production Design – EXTENDED DEADLINE TILL 1 MAY!
The new three-day international training and networking event FOCUS that puts a spotlight on emerging film professionals from Croatia, Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italy) and Slovenia, will take part during the 13th edition of Kino Otok – Isola Cinema International Film Festival. First edition of this long-term project will be dedicated to cinematography and production design; 12 participants will get an opportunity and time to think through their methods and visions with two trainers. In addition, their work will be presented to the audience of directors and producers from the region.
Christian Berger, the cinematography trainer, is a cinematographer, director, producer, and writer of numerous documentaries, made-for-TV films, and features. As a cinematographer, he has cooperated with such renowned directors as Michael Haneke, Luc Bondy, Wolfgang Glück, Stephen Gaghan, Amos Gitai, Peter Sehr and Marie-Noèlle, János Szász, Angelina Jolie, Virgil Widrich and Terrence Malick. He developed the new “CINE REFLECT LIGHTING SYSTEM Berger/Bartenbach” in collaboration with Bartenbach Lichtlabor. In addition to creating new esthetic possibilities for the camera, this system gives actors and directors unprecedented flexibility and freedom. Berger employed this system for the first time to some degree in The Piano Teacher and exclusively used it to shoot Haneke’s films Caché / Hidden, The White Ribbon, Nick Cassavetes’ The Notebook, Angelina Jolie’s By The Sea and others. He received an Oscar nomination for his work on The White Ribbon.
The FOCUS training and networking event, the first of its kind in the region, draws on a creative mix of talents and professional skill sets: screenwriters, directors and producers work closely together with cinematographers, production designers, editors, sound designers, makeup designers, costume designers and others.
The participants will enjoy three inspiring days of intense lectures, talks, public presentations, and individual feedback from trainers. The overall objective of the event is to facilitate a direct exchange of knowledge and experience among the 12 selected participants (2 cinematographers and 2 production designers per country), as well as to spark cross-border co-production collaboration in the near future. Furthermore, the FOCUS event will provide opportunities for participants to reflect on their own method, to learn from renowned senior colleagues, and to publicly showcase their vision through their work to the audience of directors and producers.
OPEN CALL FOR PARTICIPATION – extended deadline 1 May 2017
The event starts on Friday, 2 June, and ends on Sunday, 4 June 2017. Participation in the FOCUS event is free-of-charge for selected candidates from Slovenia, Croatia and Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italy). Accommodation, meals, and festival passes will also be covered by the organizers. It is essential for all participants to be fluent in English.
Who can apply?
We are calling for emerging cinematographers from Croatia, Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italy) and Slovenia with moderate previous filmmaking experience. A degree from a film academy is not obligatory, while a cinematography credit on at least two short films or one feature film is expected.
Additionally, we are calling for emerging production designers from Croatia, Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italy) and Slovenia with moderate previous filmmaking experience. A degree from a film academy is not obligatory, while a production design credit on at least one short or one feature film is expected.
The extended deadline for applications is 1 May 2017. The participants selected by the committee consisting of the project team and the representatives of respective professional associations will be notified by e-mail and publicly announced by 11 May 2017. To apply, please submit the following documents in English to firstname.lastname@example.org:
– Completed application form (available below / in attachment).
– Letter of motivation: Why do you want to participate in the FOCUS event? Max. 1 page.
– Online link to selected filmography: at least two short films (cinematographers) or one short film (production designers).
PRODUCER: International film festival Kino Otok – Isola Cinema
SUPPORT / IN COOPERATION WITH: Croatian Audiovisual Centre (Croatia), FVG Audiovisual Fund (Italy), Motovila Institute / Creative Europe Desk Slovenia, Slovene Association of Cinematographers and Association of Slovenian Film Production Designers, Costume Designers and Make-up Designers