Visegrad Film Forum 2020 introduce the award-winning professionals from all around the world

What is behind the filmmaking process and what are the trends in contemporary cinematography? Not only these questions will be answered by renowned world filmmakers who have worked with famous directors such as Jarmusch, Trier, Polanski, or who have participated in the creation of the popular TV show Friends. Informal lectures and screenings of film professionals will be part of the ninth Visegrad Film Forum, which takes place from March 10th to 14th at the Film and TV Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava.

“The film is a collective work and in order to be produced, the director needs to work with people whom he can trust. Visegrad Film Forum has been focused on the presentation of such filmmakers and tries to point out the procedures and principles of their cooperation among other members of the crew,” explains the event director Jakub Viktorín. This is precisely the focus of the program, which in addition to film screenings also brings lectures by renowned filmmakers.

What is the role of the producer in an independent film?

Producer Jim Stark has helped many of the cult indie US and European films to get made and seen. At the beginning of his career, he worked with the film director Jim Jarmusch on Out of Law (1986), Mysterious Train (1989), Night on Earth (1991) and also produced two short stories for Coffee and Cigarettes (1986). He has also worked on films such as La Gomera (2019), which was nominated for the Golden Palm in Cannes, and Foxtrot (2019), which won the Silver Lion in Venice.

How to create iconic costumes of characters?

Debra McGuire, an American costume designer with 3 nominations for Primetime Emmy Awards has been best known for her 10 year run on the hit show Friends. Debra designed costumes also for the TV shows Heroes or New Girl and her costumes have appeared in movies such as The 40 Year Old Virgin or Ted. “I come from a fine art world, I’m a painter, so my perspective is a little bit different,” she says. “Really, I’m not interested in fashion — I’m interested in creating something that no one’s ever seen before, where we’ve got a two-dimensional surface, and how do we deal with that two-dimensional reality to make it something that’s interesting that we haven’t really seen?” said Debra McGuire.

Dialogue with the audience.

The work of Molly Malene Stensgaard is best known thanks for films by Danish director Lars Von Trier. They brought together the cinemas that feature elements of the Dogma 95 manifesto. The Idiots (1998), Dancer in the Dark (2000), Dogville (2003) and Manderley (2005). She also worked with him on the sci-fi melodrama Melancholy (2011), which brought her a nomination for the best cut at European Film Academy awards. She collaborated with Trier on other films that resonated around the world, especially controversial films such as The Nymphomaniac (2013) and the recently released Jack Builds a House (2019).

Working with the images which have to serve the film.

The Polish cinematographer Pawel Edelman is known mainly from the films of the Polish director Andrzej Wajda, but also thanks to his collaboration with Roman Polanski. He has received an Oscar nomination as well as BAFTA. He worked on films such as Pianist (2002), Katyn (2007), but also Oliver Twist (2005) and All King's Men (2006). "Cinematography, even the most wonderful, made only for its own sake, is a disaster. Images have to serve the film. The hardest thing is coming up with a key to the cinematography – a key that will help bring out the essence of the script, the essence of the story, but will not overwhelm it. Difficulties start at the level of awareness, thinking, creative activity," said Paweł Edelman.

What is the Visegrad Film Forum?

The Visegrad Film Forum will again offer a rich audiovisual five-day-long program, consisting of lectures and screenings accompanied by discussions with renowned guests. In addition, our partner film schools will present their student projects. In the discussions after the movies, students will discuss not only the films but also the conditions in which the films were made and the education system in their schools. This year, students from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Armenia, Morocco, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland accepted our invitation to the event.

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