Directors Hub

In 2019, FEST introduced the Director’s Hub, a new platform to further expand the network of contacts, enhance new opportunities and create a more meaningful exchange of knowledge. 

It is a personalized activity for filmmakers and other industry professionals, including three sessions with various speakers, in which they discuss their experiences on certain subjects together with colleagues and the audience, being this edition its 4th one.


The Program tackles a scope of issues concerning film directing through a series of debates, roundtable discussions and case studies focused on the director’s role, tasks, relationships, expectations, obstacles and challenges they have to face, both locally and internationally.

In the past editions, Director’s Hub featured directors like: André Gil Mata, Miguel Gonçalves Mendes, Jack Turits, Antoine Russbach, Aga Woszcynska, Sahad Ameen, Franziska Hoenisch, Peter Webber, Philippe Grégoire, Cátia Biscaia, Pedro Cabeleira, Nicoló Gallio, Valeria Ritcher, Ilinca Neagu, Kamen Velkovsky, Scandar Copti, Caprice Crawford, Jo Monteiro, Salomé Limón and Mila Zuo.



Case Study: Film “Drvo”
with André Gil Mata (2019)

Panel: Portuguese new wave
with Miguel Gonçalves Mendes, Pedro Calebeira, Duarte Coimbra, Pedro Pinho and Bernardo Lopes (2019)

Panel: Identifying and connecting with your audience
with Síle Culley, Nicolò Gallio and Valeria Richter (2022)

Director's Hub Round Table: Parenting in the film industry: Breaking the fear and stigma
with Franziska Margarete Hoenisch, Susanne Wuest, Cátia Biscaia and Pedro Cabeleira (2022)

Panel: The director's assistant: diplomat, mediator, executor?
with Kamen Velkovsky (2023)

Round Table: Inclusion and diversity in film production: Creating opportunities for underrepresented voices
with Scandar Copti, Caprice Crawford, Jo Monteiro, Salomé Limón and Mila Zuo (2023)


Consult the 2019 program here.
Consult the 2022 program here.
Consult the 2023 program here.



The Director's Hub will be held on June 26th, 2024, in Espinho, Portugal.



The access to Diretor's Hub is limited to the PRO accreditation holders.