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Training Ground 2010 s program new speakers anouncd

Training Ground 2010 confirmed 4 top experts added to the program:


Olivier Cotte is a French film director, writer, graphic novel author, and animation historian.
After studying music, ballet, fine arts and films, he worked 15 years in the industry as director, flame artist and director of special effects, with such people as Wim Wenders (Until the End of the World), Roman Polanski (Death and the Maiden), Costa-Gavras (Mad City), Bob Swaim (The Climb), Josiane Balasko (Un grand cri d amour), Jaco van Dormael (The Eighth Day), Leos Carax (Pola X), and Matthieu Kassovitz (Assassin(s)).
As critic and historian Olivier Cotte is the author of several works about animated films, including a technical and historical encyclopedia about animation worldwide, monographs on film directors, and a book on Oscar-winning animated short films. He also has translated into French The Animator s Survival Kit by Richard Williams, written several technical works and over a hundred articles for magazines. He collaborates with numerous international animation festivals and cinematheques, and lectures at Gobelins (school of image), Ecole Sup rieure de R alisation Audiovisuelle, l Eesa, Film Academy Baden-Wuerttemberg, Waide Somme, European Animation Master Class, Taiwan Film Center, Communication University of China, and others.
Olivier Cotte has directed many short films, mainly in animation, or mixing animation and live action.
He is also a writer and author of graphic novels.


Ant nio Pedro de Vasconcelos is one of the Portuguese filmmakers more widely renown internationally. He has been directing and producing since the 60s.
Has achieved numerous awards worldwide with its vast work. Some of his films are O Lugar do Morto , Os imortais e Call Girl His latest film premiered this year in Portuguese theaters A Bela e o Paparazzo . Antonio produced films of prominent national authors, such as Manoel de Oliveira, Ant nio Reis and Jo o M rio Grilo. He is also a film critic and also organized various congresses and published of literary works. Was president of the Portuguese Directors Association, Portuguese Association of Film and Audiovisual Secretariat of the National Audiovisual Program SCALE from European Union and the Council of Opinion of RTP.

Nuno Fonseca is a member of staff at the ICA, Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual IP, with advisory functions and project anagement in the areas of audiovisual politics, strategy and European affairs. He was vice-president of ICA between 2005 and 2007. Has developed work in the study and policies of funding in Europe. National representative in International bodies, including committees of the European Union. In its intense career he has been Deputy Secretary of State for Culture, Employee of Secretariat of the European Parliament (Luxembourg), the author of radio pieces and translator of works by authors such as Jean Monnet, Karl Popper, among others. Has edited two publications on cinema.

Joao Botelho is one of the most respected Portuguese directors. He started his career in the 70s. Its curriculum consists of about two dozens of works exhibited and awarded internationally, particularly in s festivals in Venice, Berlin, Rio de Janeiro, Belford, Figueira da Foz, among many others. He was honored twice the OCIC Prize. All his feature films were shown commercially in Portugal and some countries such as France, Germany, Italy, Spain, England and Japan. Some of His films are Conversa Acabada , Quem s Tu? , O Fatalista and more recently A Corte do Norte . In April 2010 he will premier Oh, Lisboa Meu Lar! and he is in post production of O filme do Desassossego. He was also distinguished with the Commendation of the Order of Infante for culture in 2005.

Be sure to register your place as soon as possible as places are limited, and the clock is ticking registrations on

FEST Training Ground, will take place from the 22nd to the 27 of June in Espinho, Portugal

FEST Training Ground is a place where film makers and film enthusiasts from all over the world gather in one week, to attend a deluxe training from workshops to master classes, lectured by industry top experts with recognized achievements.

In Espinho, Portugal, 15 minutes south of Porto in the seacoast line. A tourism orientated city and one of the summer hotspots of Portugal.

From the 21st to the 26th of June 2010

Who are the speakers and lecturers?
Participants will be provided with high standards of speakers and lecturers, recognized worldwide for their work and achievements. The event will program a diverse number of film experts, and participants will be able to interact with them in debates, small group sessions or even informally meeting. Detailed information of the speakers will be available on the FEST - Training Ground website

All in one
Training ground is all in one program, as participants will not only enjoy a six day deluxe training program, but also will be able to attend the screenings of FEST International Film Festival, as parallel activities, all of this having as a scenario the beautiful seacoast city of Espinho, one of the most looked for seacoast location in all of Portugal.

FEST International Youth Film Festival FEST Training Ground will occur in the same dates as FEST International Youth Film Festival, This is one of the most vibrant film festivals in Portugal, having shown in the past some of the year s most interesting works worldwide. All participants will benefit from this, as they will have free pass for this event as well. The festival focuses in new directors and it is expected to find in the event some future talents, from this screen, directors have gone to win awards and nominations in events such as Cannes, Venice, Sundance and even Oscars.

Exchange experience and knowledge with participants from all over the world!

In one place participants will enhance their knowledge, be up to date with the best new films in a wide range of styles, and interact with methods and young film makers from the 4 corners of the planet, the value of this experience is overwhelming for any participant.

How do you register?
All registrations must be made through the training ground website

Who is eligible?
Every film maker or film enthusiast is eligible for registering; you just need to have a genuine interest in the subject, an open spirit, and the will to learn.

The FEST Training Ground will gather in the same place hundreds of young filmmakers and film enthusiasts from all over the world and will offer an unique opportunity to meet experts, enhance your education , network and at the same time have fun so be sure not to miss it. It will be an unforgettable experience.

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