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FEST PRO Program — Day 2 Highlights

FEST’s 18th edition is already halfway through and the third day gave everyone a schedule packed with masterclasses and workshops. The headliner of the day was Gaspar Noé, who spoke to a packed room in Centro Multimeios de Espinho. Nonetheless, the industry’s program offered many other fundamental topics connected to cinema. 

The day started in the best way with Tomas Eskilsson, founder and CEO of Film i Väst, the production company behind Nordic blockbusters Another Round (2020) and The Worst Person in the World (2021). Joining FEST via video call, in his masterclass, Eskilsson explored the challenges and potentials of cinema financing, while giving his opinion and sharing his own experience with the topic.

With a practical and intentional attitude, Pete Travis, director of Vantage Point (2008) and Endgame (2009), conducted a highly interactive masterclass on the art of directing actors, in which he shared the knowledge and convictions he gained throughout his prolific career. On the other hand, Melanie Oliver’s masterclass focused on one of the most underestimated positions in the cinema industry: the editor. Having been behind a long list of big blockbusters, some of them being Les Misérables (2012) and The Danish Girl (2015), and using Judy (2019) as a case study, she talked about the editing process, the amount of courage it demands.

The FEST Training Ground had a more practical approach with a canon workshop on 8K for filmmakers and cinematographers by Marcel Mettelsiefen. On the other hand, FEST’s Educators Meetup gave the academic community at the festival an opportunity to reflect on the subject and establish contacts for a more prosperous future. 

Carolina Gonçalves and Francisca Tinoco