International Talent Workshop is an educational- practical filmmaking programme intended for young film school students from all over the world. ITW is organized annually by the Jewish Film Festival Zagreb Association, which is led by its Honorary President- two times Academy Award winner, Mr. Branko Lustig. Ten chosen participants, divided into two groups, are guided through both theoretical and practical parts of the workshop by renowned professional lecturers and mentors, Croatian and international, who are helping and directing them towards a successful realization of two short films. As a part of the premiere screening, a prize is awarded to the ITW’s group that, according to the decision made by the jury of experts, has made a better short film. The 5th edition of ITW will be held from May 17th to May 26, 2012 in Zagreb.
This ten-day workshop, is gathering young generations of filmmakers with different attitudes, religious views and nationalities, with the goal of promoting cultural diversity and eliminating stereotypes and prejudices in a manner more familiar to them. This is the way of developing filmmaking and creative bond between young talents from Croatia, Europe and the world. The result is a collaboration that continues even after the Workshop is over.
ITW has raised interest in various countries from all continents and has been promoted in specialized film magazines and other media. By distributing promotional materials, contacting and collaborating with renowned international film schools and festivals, we are promoting the Workshop on a global level. ITW is held each year in parallel with the Zagreb Jewish Film Festival and the final product of the Workshop- two short films- are presented to Zagreb audience on the last day of the Festival.
The experience of organizing such an international workshop has passed on the need of working in small groups, with a small number of participants who are approximately at the same level of experience and knowledge. An individual approach to each participant is important to us so that every one of them can gain maximum knowledge and experience. On the other hand, a big emphasis is also put on teamwork because we consider film art, much more than many other forms of art, to be a result of creativity and innovation of various professions.
The Workshop is conducted entirely in English since the participants and lecturers come from various countries. It is free of charge for all students since Jewish Film Festival Association covers all of the pre-production and production costs, as well as accommodation and nourishment for participants. Foreign participants must pay their own travel expenses.
The competition will be open from January 16th to March 16th, 2012, for screenwriters, directors, editors, cinematographers and sound designers.