Through the internet, we can access and interact with the world today in an instant, thus we have the chance to rethink stereotypes and reframe our roles in society. Lets take it!

This free workshop sponsored by UNHCR curated by David Ruff (director of Land of light) gives insight into the use of Online Media as a tool to raise social awareness. Participants will use means of storytelling and photography to develop and bring to life stories that we find on Malta during the workshop.

The results will be presented on the Instagram  blog EVERYDAY MIGRATION as well as before the presentation of the film LAND OF LIGHT at the VALLETTA FILM FESTIVAL.

10 places available on first come first serve basis.

Book your place by sending your details to: [email protected]

David Ruf is a German documentary film director, producer, journalism workshops Curator and cultural manager for schools as well as theater projects .

Free Entrance.

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For his Master Class at VFF Goce will present a case study on Lynx Animation Studio or how to start a successful animation studio from scratch. In less then two years, Lynx Animation has become the biggest 2D animation studio in the Balkans. They’re currently working on the first Macedonian feature animation “John Vardar vs. the Galaxy”, as well as doing service work for clients all over the world.

You will get an exclusive insight of the process of the studio’s development strategy, the funding of the film, the quest for co-production partners and the production workflow. Lastly, the IP (Intellectual Property) placement strategy will be presented, as the film already has spin-off products in development: an animated TV series and couple of video games are in different phases of production.  Goce will also share his experience in the animation industry covering aspects like how does the industry work, giving an overview of the biggest animation markets as well as the differences of doing business in Eastern and Western Europe, USA and China. 

Goce Cvetanovski bio

Goce has been lecturing about scriptwriting and film directing in the European Film Theatre and Dance Academy in Macedonia since 2011, where he also held film workshops for quite a while. His first masterclass experience was in 2004 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where he assisted famous French director Jean-Henri Roger for a film workshop with students from the National Film and Television Academy. He has also held animation workshops with kids during Animax Film Festival in Skopje, Macedonia.

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In the past decade, the development of social media has paved the way for producers to establish a direct contact with their audience and to collect viewer impressions. However, with the right tools and methods, social networks offer much greater opportunities, such as researching audiences, experimenting marketing strategies, testing promotional material and engaging distributors and festivals. Based on practical case studies and practical tips, this session will explore the power of social media for independent producers.

Mathias Noschis Bio

Mathias is a film marketing strategist specialised in digital and social media. He is the founder of promotion agency Alphapanda, with offices in London, Berlin and Warsaw. Mathias has recently worked on fiction projects A Heart of Love (Berlinale ’17), The Last Family (Locarno ’16) and  Orecchie (Venice ’16) and documentaries The Trial (Berlinale ’17) and Porn to be Free (IFFR ’16). He is also a consultant for Creative Europe MEDIA and a marketing expert and tutor for training organisations such as TorinoFilmLab, FOCAL, the National Film and Television School, Marché du Film de Cannes and IFFR.

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Finding finance to produce a film is full of challenges, especially in the context of the cinema of small nations. Following on the success of last year’s conference ‘The Cinema of Small Nations’, a panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities in the field of film co-production in small nations will take place in the heart of Valletta. The panel consists of film professionals from various sectors of the industry and include

Edith Sepp, the head of the Estonian Film Institute

Engelbert Grech, representing MFC

Rebecca Daly – Irish director whose last film, Mammal, was made in coproduction with Luxembourg and the Netherlands

Danilo Beckovic – Serbian director

Didier Bouchard – Meditalents coordinator (scriptwriting workshop encouraging collaboration within the Mediterranean region).

This panel talk is free of charge.

Date: Friday 23 June 2017 – 1430hrs-1730hrs, Music Room, Spazju Kreattiv

Didier Boujard (Director of Meditalent – see jury Bios) will be talking about script presentation in the light of the trans-Mediterranean initiative he has created to accompany authors throughout the writing phase.

Didier’s travel to Malta was supported by:

Ri Chakraborty (see jury Bios) will give you the keys to fully understand your story and concept and get you ready to be Pitch Perfect.

Giovanni Robbiano (Screenwriting lecturer at FAMU) will be reflecting on his twenty years of experience as script tutor and trainer.

Giovanni Robbiano bio

Italian screenwriter, director and producer as well as film lecturer. He studied film at Bologna’s University and later at Columbia University school of the arts in New York. After returning to Italy he worked as a screenwriter, writing for both TV and feature films. Giovanni has been teaching at Università di Bologna, IULM in Milano, University of Genova, Universitè d’Evry Val D’Essonne , has been a curator for the EEUU media program since 2000 and is currently heading the international department at FAMU in Prague, Czech republic. He has recently joined the faculty of FIOFA in Macedonia. He is a member of European Film Academy.

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In this talk we look into the role of the viewer in what is called ‘Cinematic Virtual Reality’. Cinematic Virtual Reality is a new form of film production where the viewer has a 360-degree field of view. Add to this stereoscopic images (3D) and the viewer can feel as being present in the scene. With traditional film making the filmmaker tells the story by using framing (for example the use of a close-up to add drama), however with 360-degree film the viewer can look around freely and thus opens to a more interactive movie watching experience. But who is the viewer? What is his or her purpose? Is he/she just a fly on the wall or do the other characters interact with him/her? Recent developments and experiences will be shared, and the audience will be invited to join an interactive VR experiment!

Rufus Baas Bio

Rufus Baas is a young director and screenwriter for VR from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. From a background in education and psychology, he currently holds a position as a project manager at the Media College Amsterdam’s centre for innovation in digital AV-content and new media development. His fields of interest include: evolution of film and television and immersive and interactive media such as virtual reality and augmented reality.

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