VFF an international networking and educational platform for enhancing filmmakers will be held at The Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, Slovakia from 11th to 15th March 2014. Program will consist from master classes and case studies of world recognized professionals.

Christian Berger is Oscar nominated Austrian cinematographer (for Michael Haneke’s film The White Ribbon) who will make an exclusive all day long lecture “The Light and the Professional Light –Against a Dictatorship of Technology!”. Lecture is scheduled on March 14th.

Allan Starski is Oscar awarded Polish production designer and set decorator (for Steven Spielberg’s film The Schindler’s List), who cooperated with many other famous directors such as Agnieszka Holland or Roman Polanski.

Christian Frei is Oscar nominated Swiss documentary director (for his film The War Photographer) and president of Swiss Film Academy. He will lead both master class and special case study based on the projection of The War Photographer followed by the analysis of production conditions – film was created in active war zones across the whole world in the life threatening situations.

Darko Lungulov is winner of Tribeca festival, Serbian feature film director.

Roberto Olla is executive director of European Cinema Support Fund EURIMAGES.

Paul Cronin is American-British scriptwriting lecturer from New York School of Visual Arts and London Film School.

Ewa Puszczynska is Polish producer of the major Polish production company Opus, she produced among others the latest Ari Folman’s film The Congress. Master class of Ewa Puszczynska will be connected with presentation of Maia Workshops, an advanced training and coaching program for emerging European producers.

A special case study will discuss the project The Hives: the result of united effort of five directors coming from five different film schools across the world (ADU Zagreb, FAMU Prague, Spiegel School in Jerusalem, IFS Cologne and NFTS UK) – each part of the film was created separately in different part of the world by different director. Case study will be based on the projection of The Hives followed by discussion with directors and crew.

At VFF 2014 will take place the very first public discussion of film funds directors from Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Austria (scheduled on March 14th). Aim of the discussion is to create space for potential future coordination of activities between funds.

There’ll be two other discussions as well: the first one will ask the questions about various aspect of the film distribution today, moderated by Alexandra Strelkova from Slovak Film Institute with guests Nikolaj Nikitin (Berlinale, SOFA), Radoslaw Drabik (co-founder of art-house multiplex in Wroclaw), Diana Tabakov (dafilms.cz) with more panellists TBA. Second one will analyse current state of Slovak public TV and radio RTVS (only in Slovak).

Opening of Visegrad Film Forum 2014 is planned on March 11th at 19.00 in cinema of Faculty of Film and Television, Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava (Svoradova 2). Ceremony will be connected with exclusive projection of the Paweł Pawlikowski’s film Ida (produced by our guest Ewa Puszczynska).

The deadline for online accreditation is March 7th (both public and press accreditation).