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Dan Laustsen and Iain Smith are the new confirmations on FEST PRO 2022!
26.04.2022

Between the 21st and the 26th of June, the Academy Award-nominated director of photography Dan Laustsen and the producer Iain Smith, Order of the British Empire, will enrich the panel of FEST PRO 2022! The two experts will made important considerations about photography and production in the film industry. 

Dan and Iain will be joining the other names already announced - Temple Clark, Tomas Eskilsson e Michał Łuka, experts on storyboarding, the future of public financing, and cutting-edge cinematography and the editor Juliette Welfling and Polly Duval, post-production supervisor. 

FEST PRO is a unique networking platform for leading professionals from around the globe to gather and create a meaningful exchange of knowledge, ideas and collaboration. The 6-day extensive FEST PRO program offers a tailored experience to all films and audiovisual professionals. The project takes place in Espinho, Portugal, a beautiful seaside town in the beginning of the summer, where you will also be able to experience beautiful beaches and great gastronomy.

Dan Laustsen is an Academy Award-nominated director of photography with more than 60 international productions to his name. He has received myriad awards for his work in feature films, television movies, and documentarie.

Laustsen’s diverse accomplishments in film and television include two Academy Award nominations for his work with director Guillermo Del Toro on Nightmare Alley and The Shape of Water, following their previous collaborations on Mimic and Crimson Peak.

Laustsen also garnered much acclaim for his marriage of beautiful lighting with high-energy action sequences on Lionsgate’s blockbuster series, John Wick: Chapter 2 and John Wick: Parabellum, directed by Chad Stahelski and starring Keanu Reeves. Other notable works include The Brotherhood of the Wolf, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Silent Hill, Solomon Kane, Nomad: The Warrior, Running Free, and I Am Dina.

Iain Smith, who produced the highly acclaimed Mad Max: Fury Road directed by George Miller, Children of Men directed by Alfonso Cuarón, The Fountaindirected by Darren Aronofsky and Cold Mountain directed by Anthony Minghella and many others, formed his own production company in partnership with Jon Schorstein and produced television commercials, documentaries, children's feature films and low budget dramas. In 1978 he was the production manager for Bertrand Tavernier's Deathwatch starring Romy Schneider and Harvey Keitel.

In 2005 he was awarded a BAFTA for Outstanding Achievement in Film and was made an OBE by the Queen in the 2008 New Year's Honours List for services to film.

Currently, Iain Smith is a patron of the London Film School, Chair of the Film Skills Council, and is a director of the Children's Film and Television Foundation. He is Chair of the UK Film Industry Training Board, and Chair of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.