Case Study of the short film Rainbow Party:
from pitching at Cannes to funding an international co-production.
Working with young actors and achieving the truthful performances
in a film on a difficult yet an important subject.
Eva Sigurdardottir (Iceland)
Eva Sigurdardottir is a BAFTA nominated Film Producer who is based between Reykjavik, Iceland and London, England. Eva studied Television Production at the University of Westminster in London, graduating with a first class honours degree in 2008. Currently Eva is working as a Film Producer in Iceland and the UK for her company Askja Films, as well as she is employed at Netop Films as a Producer and Project Manager. Her work at Netop Films include Line Producing the feature film “Rams” by Grímur Hákonarsson. Her latest directorial work "Rainnbow Party" has just won Best Short at Icelandic Academy Awards (the Eddas).
At Short Film School, Eva will present a Case Study of "Rainnbow Party" talking about all stages she went through with the film: from pitching at Cannes to funding an international co-production. She will also focus on working with young actors and achieving the truthful performances in a film on a difficult yet an important subject. The workshop will be concluded with Eva sharing her experience of shooting with different crews in Iceland, as well as conditions and opportunities her native country has to offer.
The process of scoring an animated film with the actors.
Svetlana Razgulyaeva (Russia)
Svetlana Razgulyaeva was born in 1982 in Maloyuhanskyy village, Surgutsky District. In 1999, she graduated from the L.A. Gorda art school in Surgut (I.A.Zimina studio). She followed her studies in the Art Restauration College in Suzdal (A.A.Komarova studio) and specialized as artist-restorer of panel oil and tempera painting in 2004. Following the advice of good people, she entered the VGIK college and graduated in 2008 (animation studio of S.M.Sokolov). She got to VGIK on the fifth attempt to the Film department.
During the lecture, Svetlana will focus on her film "Why banana snarls?" that took part in "Berlinale" and her other works. We will discuss how observations about life become part of the film, the work on a project from its conception to its implementation, as well as the process of scoring an animation film with the actors. Svetlana will also tell us why animation as the best way to express metaphorical ideas.
The lecture will be conducted in Russian without translation.
"From shorts to feature.
The process of bringing an idea of a genre short film into conventions of a feature film project."
Alban Mench (France)
Alban Mench is a film director and editor with Master degrees in both Cinema and Economics. In 2003 he set up Callipolis Films, a production company. In 2004, he directs his first short, PINK ROOM (26 festival selections, 7 awards), VALERIANE in 2006 (25 festival selections, 3 awards) and THE WILLIAMS in 2007, starring actors Denis Lavant and Jacques Bonnaffé (nominated for the 2010 Cesar Award). In 2012, he directs DIRECTED BY, his last short film. He is currently working on his first feature, adapted from his short THE WILLIAMS and a fiction tv program project, INTERZONE.
During his workshop "From Shorts to Feature", Alban will speak about process of bringing an idea of a genre short film into conventions of a feature film project.
No limits in filmmaking:
shooting on all formats of film (Super8, 16mm, 35mm) as well as digital, choosing conventions from cinepoems to fiction to essay documentary, ways of bringing films to the audience in context of modern Portuguese cinema.
Rodrigo Areias (Portugal)
Rodrigo Areias graduated in Sound and Image at the School of Arts with specialization in image. He also specialised in Direction at the Tisch School of Arts at New York University and on the production at Eurodoc program. As a producer, he began his career in 2001 and has since produced and co-produced over 70 short, long, videos and documentaries. He has produced renowned authors like Edgar Pêra, João Canijo and FJ Ossang. His second feature film that he directed 'Estrada de Palha' premiered in Official Competition at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and was awarded with an honorable mension. He was responsible for the film production of Guimarães 2012 European Capital of Culture where film directors such as Jean-Luc Godard, Aki Kaurismaki, Peter Greenaway, Manoel de Oliveira, Pedro Costa and Victor Erice were included.
During his lecture "No limits in filmmaking" Rodrigo will Screen 4 of his shorts among which is 'Corrente', a black&white 16 mm film, hand developed and glued on Steenbeck, and 'Cinema', a 35mm poem to cinema with Acácio de Almeida as the only actor in Rodrigo's home town cinema. Acácio was the most important Director of Photography of Portuguese cinema. From Manoel de Oliveira, to João César Monteiro or Pedro Costa... now old and with no job.
Each film will be followed by Q&A and extensive talks on financing, producing, directing and distribution of Rodrigo's work, also use of different film (Super 8, 16&35mm) as well as digital formats of shooting, and choosing conventions from cinepoems to fiction to essay documentary.
Making animation films without storyboard using Motion Capture:
using real dramatic actors and their performance as the basis on which to construct the film,
from the mocap recording over layout, settings, lighting and fx until final compositing.
Jan Bultheel (Belgium)
Jan Bultheel worked for 16 years directing and producing mainly commercials in his own production company ‘Pix & Motion’, which brought him international recognition with numerous awards. In the new millennium Jan left advertising to concentrate on creative work for theater and dance companies and authored, designed and directed ‘Hareport’, an animated series for children produced by TF1 and Ketnet and sold to several European channels. CAFARD is his first animated feature film.
Jan's workshop will focus on making animation films without storyboard using Motion Capture: using real dramatic actors and their performance as the basis on which to construct the film, from the mocap recording over layout, settings, lighting and fx until final compositing.
This workshop is targeted mainly on animation students and professionals however all interested are invited as well. It's highly recommended to attend screening of "Cafard" that preceds the workshop.
Cinema's identity in the post-imperial country, the case of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Nermin Hamzagić (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Nermin Hamzagić (1986) graduated at Academy of Performing Arts Sarajevo, where he works as an assistant professor. His documentary DREAMERS has been selected for the 15th Sarajevo Film Festival and Chicago film festival in 2010 as well as nominated for the Silver Eye Award at the East Silver Market in Prague. He also directed two documentary films for Al Jazeera, DREAM JOB and CANCELED. He assisted director Aida Begić on the documentary movie "Children" in 2010. Most recently he directed a short film "Damaged Goods" (Special Mention at Sarajevo Film Festival in 2015) and was a First Assistant Director to Danis Tanović on "Death in Sarajevo" (Grand Jury Prize at Berlinale 2016).
“Cinema's identity in the post-imperial country, the case of Bosnia and Herzegovina” – that’s the main topic of discussion with Nermin within the “Short Film School”. During this meeting, we will discuss how contemporary Bosnian filmmakers meditate on the past and reflect the present, as well as the functioning of the film industry in a small multi-confessional and trilingual country by analysing the films of Nermin Hamzagić and others.
Composing music for film:
collaboration with a director; evolving of the music during the process of composing; ethics, fears and troubles of a composer.
Christopher Ward (UK)
Christopher is a London based composer, orchestrator and multi-instrumentalist. He studied classical spanish guitar with renowned guitarist Gary Ryan at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and now studies piano with Greg-Jardine. Alongside work as a guitarist Christopher has developed his passion for classical music and composition now writing for art-house, contemporary dance and short-film projects.
He is excited to be attending the KISFF to share his experience of composing for film. The workshop “Film-Composing and the Creative Comfort Zone” will focus on film-making and music scoring as a quintessential creative process between artists. He will consider the craft of film composing and working in collaboration with the film-making team as well as discussing aspects of creativity from his own experience that are internal to the individual and go beyond the immediate world of music and film.
With Bolex in Afghanistan: difficulties of financing a shoot in a dangerous area, keeping the crew motivated and safe, process of evolving of a documentary into docufiction.
Pieter-Jan de Pue (Belgium)
Pieter-Jan De Pue (1982) graduaded from the visual arts school RITS with his short film "O", a creative documentary about a research for water in a society built on lines and line structures. The film was partlyshot in the Amazone area of Brasil during a period of extreme drought. Meanwhile he has been directing commercials, while concentrating on his first full documentary, "The Land of the Enlighted". The film was shot over 7 years on 16 mm in war-tormented Afghanistan, it received premiere in Rotterdam and Sundance (Best Cinematography Award).
"With Bolex in Afghanistan" is the title of Pieter-Jan's lecture that will focus on difficulties of financing a shoot in a dangerous area, keeping the crew motivated and safe, and the process of evolving of a documentary into docufiction.
The concept of the "actor's truth", its wrong interpretation and limits. Training in acting.
Jan Zmit (Poland)
Jan Zmit is a young polish theatre and film actor, the author of several independent projects, such as one-person show “Stand Up Tragedy”(based on his own script), "Krainer" (an adaptation of the Thomas Bernhard’s "Krainer"), “Jesus Christus Erlöser” by Klaus Kinski. Jan graduated from The Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw, where he was a student of the famous actor Krzysztof Majchrzak.
The workshop “The concept of the "actor's truth", its wrong interpretation and limits” іs designed for actors and directors who have experience in working with actors, both professional and students.
The first hour of this workshop will be dedicated to the screening and analysing the scenes from the films Five Easy Pieces (Bob Rafelson), Elsker Dig For Evigt (Susanne Bier), Bad Lieutenant (Abel Ferrara), followed by a training in acting.
The maximum number of training participants: 12.
Language – Polish, with the translation into Ukrainian.
Case study of Symphony 42 and LOVE (funding and production)
Réka Bucsi (Hungary)
Réka Bucsi, born in 1988, is a Hungarian independent animation filmmaker. From 2008-2013 she attended MOME (Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest), animation department. Her graduation film Symphony no. 42 got selected to 64th Official Shorts Competition at Berlinale, Sundance Film Festival 2015, got Shortlisted for the 87th Academy Awards. From 2011-2012 she attended Essemble, a Digital filmmaking training program. 2013/2014 she attended Animation Sans Frontiéres (ASF), the European Animation Production Workshop.
Réka will present a Case Study of her latest film LOVE, developed at the residency program of Open Workshop, in Denmark, and will tell about funding and production details in depth. It is strongly recommended to attend this 1-hour workshop for those interested in the consecutive masterclass of Péter Benjámin Lukács.
Sound design and sound post-production
Péter Benjámin Lukács (Hungary)
Following Film Studies and English Studies at ELTE, Budapest, Péter Benjámin Lukács participated in HAESF’s Professional Internship Program, interning at a sound studio in New York City for one year. Since returning in 2008, he is working on the location sound and sound post production of fictional short films, documentaries, animation shorts, and art projects.
"Sound design and sound post-production" is a 2 hour masterclass led by Péter and focused on sound in film and animation on example of shorts by Réka Bucsi.