6th Visegrad Film Forum (VFF) will take place at the Faculty of Film and Television in Bratislava from April 25 – 29, 2017. Participants will enjoy five amazing days full of screenings of student films, master classes with renowned experts, case studies of interesting film projects, discussions, and workshops.

Father of phenomenal creatures as a host on VFF 2017!

Colin Arthur is the legendary British creator of make-up and special effects for the films from an era when computers did not exist. Coming from a family where arts and crafts was a common thing Arthur has begun creating his first sculptures. This lead to a job at the museum of wax figurines at Madamme Tussauds. Than he “escaped” into the world of film industry and started his 50-year long career with an epic science-fiction film directed by Stanley Kubrick – 2001: A Space Odyssey where he contributed with original masks for Apes. Arthur worked on film classics as Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977), Clash of the Titans (1981) or Conan the Barbarian (1982). His biggest input in special effects department and also in cinematography is creation of Falkor the luckdragon and other creatures for Never Ending Story (1984). 

From film and TV screens straight to Visegrad Film Forum!

As a consequence of critically acclaimed and trending TV series along with growing demand for new media formats, the new names closely linked with television production were brought to the programme of this extraordinary educational and networking event.

Great beauty of architecture by Ludovica Ferrario!

A key member of Paolo Sorrrentino’s team brings breath-taking settings with great sense of details, proportions and geometry in Oscar awarded Great Beauty, Youth and latest TV mini-series Young Pope. As she was not allowed to shoot in sacred buildings of Vatican she recreated full scale replica of Sistine chapel and St. Peter facade in Rome’s studios. Her career as a production designer had begun with the work of director Franco Zeffireli. Furthermore, she cooperated with creators such as Wim Wenders at Palermo Shooting and Certified Copy with Abbas Kiorostami.

Steve Matthews – grey eminence of TV production!  

London based producer became globally known after his work on all three Neil Jordan’s historical-fiction drama television series The Borgias following controversial family from Vatican set in 16th century. At present he is defining trends and future of the European TV standard as an executive producer of HBO film channel for the Middle and Eastern Europe. His projects are open mainly to filmmakers coming from Visegrad countries. He is currently working on a Polish TV series Blinded by lights and had prepared a ground for recently aired Czech criminal series Wastelands and Hungarian action drama Golden Life. 

Master of observational cinema Sergei Loznitsa

The Cannes Festival awarded hawk-eyed filmmaker, Sergei Loznitsa, who brought attention with the feature length documentary Maidan capturing anti-government protests in Ukraine. His recent documentary Austerlitz is exploring the phenomena of tourists’ behaviour while visiting Nazi extermination camps. With regard the Loznitsa documentary he was the first-ever Ukrainian filmmaker to compete for Cannes’ Palme d’Or, making his feature film debut My Joy in 2010. The film was followed by In the Fog describing story from western frontiers of the USSR.

Czech and worldwide – Pavla Janoušková Kubečková, Tomáš Hrubý and Štěpán Hulík.

Successful trio of scriptwriter and two producers developed the three-part HBO miniseries Burning Bush and received critical acclaim (11 Czech lions) for the way it dramatised the true story of Prague history student Jan Palace. Three years later, HBO Europe has reteamed them for Wasteland, an eight-part drama set in the Czech Republic that focuses on a mining village on the verge of extinction.

Visegrad Film Forum expands outside Europe!

Students of El Nahda Association for Scientific & Cultural Renaissance from exotic Cairo, Egypt will meet with National Film School; IADT Dun Laoghaire from Dublin, Ireland; University of Arts from Belgrade, Serbia; and National I. K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and Television University from Kiev, Ukraine including schools from V4 countries – The Academy of Performing Arts – Faculty of Film and Television in Bratislava University of Silesia in Katowice, Eszterházy Károly University in Eger andThe Film Academy of Miroslav Ondříček in Písek.

Visegrad Film Forum 2017

Date: April 25-29, 2017
Place: Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Venues: Faculty of Film and Television VŠMU

Deadline for online accreditation: April 21, 2017
Accreditation price: 30 Eur / 20 Eur for students

For more information visit the Visegrad Film Forum’s site.