About Competiton

Apply Online January 16th – March 16th, 2012 for directors, cinematographers, editors and sound designers and January 16th – March 16th for screenwriters!

Last year’s edition of the International Talent Workshop has drawn the attention of many young filmmakers coming from different countries worldwide. It has proven to have become a successful educational-practical program for 10 young selected talents from numerous international film-schools, guided and supervised by award-winning filmmakers.

Once again we are persistent in JFF Talent Workshop’s mission of putting together young international talents with various cultural backgrounds to sharpen their cinematic and creative skills in a spirit of mutual appreciation.

Filling the gap between formal education and its practical application, during the intensive 10- day program, our mission is to produce tangible and quality driven results while working in a highly open-minded atmosphere. That is why JFF Talent Workshop is designed for small teams with the goal to produce concrete results, namely two short low-budget films.

We are highly motivated to introduce our participants to the secrets of the filmmaking business!

The program of 2012 Talent Workshop consists of a series of lectures, film screenings, screenplay development, shooting, editing, open discussions in a friendly atmosphere and finally, realization of two short digital films.

Jewish Film Festival is an excellent opportunity to become more familiar with contemporary Jewish film productions, selected by the honorary president Mr. Branko Lustig, who is one of the most significant  film producers of our time.

Throughout their stay in Zagreb, the 10 selected participants will have a unique chance to gain the know-how from some of the world’s greatest contemporary filmmakers, as well as to develop new friendships with their colleagues on and off set, and, last but not least, gain valuable experience that the filming of short films has to offer.

Shooting will be conducted on JVC HD cameras while editing will be done on IMac, using the Final Cut pro package.

At the Talent Workshop we want to develop your creative potential and encourage you to make your film dreams come true. We believe in your enthusiasm and creativity!

Talent Workshop is a Free Educational Program; the organization of the Jewish Film Festival offers FREE board and lodging to the selected participants.

The official language of ITW is English.


The selection process

Interested applicants should complete an online application, which is composed of a series of questions, concerning education, experience, expectations and motivation, as well as send their showreels. The competition will be open from January 16th to March 16th for screenwriters, directors, editors, cinematographers and sound designers. Altogether 10 participants will be chosen, two from each category. This year’s workshop theme will be “Tolerance”, and participants  will be chosen given the quality of their applications, with special  emphasis on the quality of the proposed screenplays on the given topic. Please take note that screenwriters must fill out the “Screenwriters” form, while directors, cinematographers, editors and sound designers should  fill out “Others” form.

Screenwriters must also bear in mind that the final result of the Workshop will be two low- budget films. Furthermore, groups will be provided with two and a half days of shooting and two and a half days of editing. Screenwriters must adjust their screenplays accordingly. The theme of the screenplay must be related to the Tolerance.

Only fully and properly filled forms will be taken into consideration. Previous participant of the Workshop can’t apply.

The chosen applicants are guaranteed free board and lodging for the duration of the workshop from 17th to 26th May 2012.

The workshop is free of charge for all students and covers all of the pre-production and production costs. Foreign participants must pay their own travel expenses.

After the commission selects 10 applicants, the chosen participants must confirm their arrival. Foreign participants must send us a copy of their travel ticket to Zagreb as a proof of arrival, while Croats must pay 500 kn on the Jewish Film Festival’s bank account. That amount serves just as a guarantee of their participation and will be returned once the Workshop ends.

The commission will announce chosen directors, editors, cinematographers and sound designers on March 23rd, 2012 and the chosen screenplays on March 30th. Complete ITW schedule will be declared on May 2nd.