FEST – Training Ground


Training Ground is an annual educational event that takes place alongside FEST – New Directors | New Films Festival. The next edition will take place from the 19th to the 24th of June 2018 in Espinho, Portugal.

A varied array of key issues on filmmaking will be approached, including scriptwriting, cinematography, editing, sound design, photography, production design, acting, directing, casting, non-fiction filmmaking, make up, pitching, distribution, financing, and many more.


Registrations will open on 23rd October 2017 with a early bird discount till 30th November 2017.


FEST – Training Ground hosts more than 25 masterclasses and 10 workshops during the festival where the public,  emerging filmmakers, and film students from all over the world, have access to first-class training through workshops and masterclasses lectured by some of the film industry’s top experts with highly acknowledged achievements.  

Every year the program covers as many filmmaking subjects as possible, providing the broadest and most thorough view of the 7th art today. We invite the best talent to transmit their knowledge and our audience has come to expect the best.

The masterclasses will take place in the main auditorium of the Centro Multimeios. These masterclasses will have the duration of 1h30 to 2 hours.

There will also be a wide array of workshops available during the event, that will have a one or two days duration.


Training Ground will have in 2018 its tenth edition. The nine previous editions were a huge success, gathering participants of over 32 nationalities. In 2017 we hosted more than 30 training activities and attracted the attention of top experts, as well as worldwide media coverage.

The feedback from former editions has been very encouraging, with a large number of the audience eager to come back to enjoy our innovative approach on filmmaking training.

When and where?

The event will take place between the 19th and the 24th of June 2017 in Espinho, a tourism orientated city and one of the summer hotspots of Portugal. The city is 15 minutes south of Porto, along the sea coastline.

All activities will be held in Centro Multimeios de Espinho, a modern infrastructure with high quality projection, a planetarium with an IMAX screen, a snack bar and free wireless Internet.

FEST Training Ground takes place in the framework of FEST – New Directors | New Films Festival, one of the most vibrant film festivals in Portugal. Throughout its 11 editions so far, the festival has been dedicated to highlighting and promoting the work of young filmmakers from all over the world creating a privilege space for them to show their work. Participation in Training Ground grants full access to all film festival sessions.



We have no doubt that all participants will find their areas of interest in our programme. The methodology of Training Ground will be a great advantage in guiding their experience. The event is designed in a way that allows each participant to tailor-make their individual programme, according to their interests and priorities ,making it a unique experience. In addition to the official programme and parallel activities, we will also hold Networking Dinners, where participants and guests will share dinner in a convivial and open atmosphere.



All sessions of Training Ground will be in English, for practical reasons. As our guests and participants come from all around the world, this will be the common language.



FEST is a unique communication platform for the participants as, while attending  Training Ground, they will also be able to establish a wide network with people from a broad range of countries and backgrounds. Networking is extremely important in the film industry and FEST - Training Ground is a one of a kind opportunity. Just as important is the constant exchange of experiences and perspectives you can find here; they will enrich and widen your perspectives and knowledge.

FEST - Training Ground brings together young creators from all over the world and offers a unique opportunity for direct contact with some of the biggest film professionals in the industry. The event allows a significant development of knowledge for each participant while also opening doors to social and cultural experiences unique in Portugal.



Participants have available a series of alternatives for accommodation in the town of Espinho. These options are provided by the organization, in collaboration with local businesses, to ensure low-cost accommodation is available to the participants of the event. The existence of special campus is very important, because it contributes to the creation of a cohesive community sense among participants, making the whole experience more intense and inspirational.


Participation fee

The all access pass for the event costs only 69.99€ and it grants entry to all the activities and sessions of FEST Training Ground and FEST New Directors | New Films Festival, during the whole 6 days of the event. This pack does not include accommodation.

Early bird till 23rd December 2018 - 59,99 euros