Training Ground

With about 6 days of masterclasses and workshops, lectured by some of the film industry’s most celebrated professionals.

n 2024, FEST celebrates its 20th anniversary with an incredible panel focused on the diversity of areas in the industry. In Espinho, directors, scriptwriters, producers, production designers, makeup and special effects professionals, intimacy coordinators, actors, casting directors, and many more will be in attendance.

Check here for all the speakers confirmed for the 2024 edition.

Check here 2024 Industry Program.


In past editions, Training Ground has hosted sessions from distinguished guests such as: Asghar Farhadi, Béla Tarr, Fernando Trueba, Melissa Leo, Martin Walsh, Joe Walker, Ed Lachman, Tom Stern, Allan Starski, Eugenio Caballero, Iain Smith, David Mcmillan, Eddy Joseph, Garry Yershon João Pedro Rodrigues (see more speakers from previous years here).

Each session is different and interactive, providing those attending an insight into the process of some of the greatest creative minds in the world.



Training Ground will take place between June 25th and 30th of June, 2024.



Training Ground access is limited to holders of TALENT and PRO accreditation.