It is our pleasure to announce that Ritesh Batra, one of India's most exciting directors widely known for his debut feature film The Lunchbox (2012), will be coming to FEST to present a Masterclass on directing.
Having moved to New York to study film, his filmmaking career started with the writing
and directing of short-films. Café Regular, Cairo (2012), his third short-film, was selected to over 40 international film festivals and won more than 12 awards including the FIPRESCI Critics prize at the International Film Festival of Oberhausen, besides receiving special mentions from the jury at the Chicago and Tribeca Film Festivals. The Lunchbox (2012), developed at Sundance Screenwriters and Director's Lab, premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 2013 taking home the Rail d’Or award. It had a very successful worldwide release collecting praise from both critics and audience. Additionally, the film also won the Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best First Feature Film in 2014 and was nominated for a BAFTA in the category Film Not in the English language in 2015.
Besides the confirmation of Ritesh for the Training Ground program, we also take this opportunity to present a few more names that will be part of the Directors Hub.
Jack Turits is a filmmaker based in New York City. His 2017 short film Have Had starring Imogen Poots, was selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick and regularly airs on television in Europe.
David Tallon is a Dublin-born & London-based emerging director who's been nominated for the Cannes Young Director Award & The Best New Director in Ireland award at The Kinsale Sharks.
See Wee Aw is a writer and director who studied filmmaking at National Taiwan University Of Arts. His third short-film Kampung Tapir (2017), was very well received, have been selected for several film festivals including Clermont-Ferrand.
Anais Blondet Medina is a Peruvian multidisciplinary artist and emerging filmmaker living and working in New York City whose work has been featured at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, The American Museum of Natural History, The Smithsonian Museum, among other
Mohamed Kordofani, wrote, directed and shot Nyerkuk (2016), a much appreciated short film about a displaced child gets involved in a crime with an older thief.
Antoine Russbach is a writer and director, whose first feature Those Who Work (2018) is having a very successful over several major Film Festivals.
Aga Woszczynska is a director, scriptwriter, and anthropologist, whose short film Fragments premiered at the Directors' Fortnight at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival in 2014
Join us at FEST 2019, from June 24th to July 1st, in Espinho, Portugal.
Get a FEST Accreditation to take part in a full week of debates, roundtables, workshops, masterclasses, industry meetings, networking dinners and more!
Accreditation sales close on June 10th, so secure your place quickly.