Aku Louhimies (b. 1968, Helsinki, Finland) made shorts and documentaries for Finnish television from the mid-1990s onwards. His first feature films Restless (Levottomat, 2000) and Lovers & Leavers (Kuutamolla, 2002) earned considerable success with audiences; his breakthrough came with the award-winning TV series Fragments (Irtiottoja, 2003). One of the 12 episodes from this experimental series, for which Aku Louhimies was voted Director of the Year by his Finnish colleagues in 2004, became the basis for the film Frozen City (Valkoinen kaupunki, 2006), entered for this year’s competition. Louhimies’ previous film Frozen Land (Paha maa, 2005) along with Lovers & Leavers, took away prizes from the festivals in Moscow, Gothenburg, Athens, Lübeck, Bergen and Leeds. His latest feature Man Exposed will screen in the competition programme of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.
Aku Louhimies will hold an open interview about his works, which can be seen during the week at Cinema Sõprus. A master class for advanced film/media students and young film professionals will be held on December 1-3.
December 3rd 12:00-13:30 in Cinema Sõprus
Master Class (for registered film and media students only)
December 1st-3rd 14:00-18:00 Estonian Music Academy Toom Kooli 4
The lecture and master class will be held in English.
Andreas Fischer-Hansen (b. 1941) has studied film and photography at the Copenhagen University in 1960’s and finished cinematography studies at National Film School of Denmark in 1971. Since then he has worked as a free lance cinematographer and camera teacher. From roughly 1973 he got more and more involved in teaching at the National Film School of Denmark, in 1976 he became Head of Camera Department. After a leave from 1980 to 1983 to work as cinematographer he rejoined the department until 2001. Since 2003 he is the elected the president of IMAGO – European Federation of Cinematographers. He is also a member of Danish Association of Cinematographers. He has been guest and moderator of various conferences and seminars on cinematographic issue. Andreas Fischer-Hansen is presently Heaf of Camera Department at Baltic Film and Media School.
Andreas Fischer-Hansen will have master class session at the Sleepwalkers Film School.
Master Class (for registered participants only)
December 3rd 14:00-18:00 Von Krahli rehearsal room
The lecture and master class will be held in English!
(b. 1958) is a filmmaker, screenwriter, creative consultant, author and teacher based in Toronto, Canada.
He fell in love with film at an early age. He attended the California Institute of the Arts where he earned both a BFA and MFA. His short films remain in active non-theatrical distribution after over a decade, and his first feature film The Fishing Trip (1998) has been released theatrically and to home video. His second feature film Whole New Thing was completed in the summer of 2005 and will also be presented in Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival main programme. Amnon’s films have screened at many of the world’s top festivals including Cannes, Edinburgh, Rotterdam, Lille, Toronto, and Los Angeles. As a screenwriter he has sold three feature screenplays. As a story editor and creative consultant he works for producers and writers across Canada. He has supervised the writing of many hundreds of screenplays, including the works of Atom Egoyan, Noel Baker, Daniel MacIvor, Susan Cavan, Bruce McDonald, Jeremy Podeswa, Don McKellar, etc. As a film festival and cinematheque programmer he has worked for several of Toronto’s major film organizations, including the Toronto and Vancouver International Film Festivals. Most recently, Buchbinder is author of the book The Way of the Screenwriter. Buchbinder has taught educational workshops for various courses and schools. He taught film production at Simon Fraser University for 3 years, and was a guest lecturer in film aesthetics at Emily Carr College of Art & Design. He is presently an Associate Professor in the Department of Film and Video at York University, where he chaired the Screenwriting Area of the BFA and MFA programmes for many years. At York he was recently nominated for a University-Wide Teaching Award.
Amnon Buchbinder will present his book “The Way of the Screenwriter” and hold a lecture named “A story is a living thing”. In this public talk, Amnon Buchbinder will discuss the approach to story he has developed through work with hundreds of writers. Touching on such matters as ‘the life cycle of story’, ‘what story wants’, ‘species of story’, ‘the story’s perfect/the writer has problems’ and ‘story threatened with extinction’, he will offer a provocative look at the power and potential of story in the world’s foremost storytelling medium, and at how writers can break through to work with that power, creating meaningful and lasting stories.
Amnon has an astonishing ability to provide criticism which is genuinely constructive.
- Atom Egoyan
December 2nd 12:00-13:30 in Cinema Sõprus
BORIS FRUMIN (s. 1947) graduated as a director from the VGIK, State Institute of Cinematography in Moscow, the country’s only higher education institution specialised in cinema. His first experience on the set was during the filming of Grigori Kozintsev’s King Lear (1970). He made his feature debut Diary of a School Principal in 1975 in Leningrad Film Studio – Lenfilm. Boris Frumin became one of the leaders of the ‘school’ cinema in the USSR of the 70s. After shooting Family Melodrama in Riga, Frumin faced a problem with his third feature. He started working on Errors of Youth in Leningrad in 1978, but the authorities shelved the film. The same year, Boris Frumin and his co-writer Eduard Topol emigrated from the Soviet Union. In late 1980s, the Lenfilm Studios in Leningrad invited Boris Frumin to return to the USSR and complete Errors of Youth. In 1989, that feature participated in the official programmes of the Cannes, London and Edinburgh film festivals. In USA Frumin started teaching film production in New York City, first teaching undergraduates at the New York Institute of Technology and then graduate students at New York University – Tisch School of Arts. In 1990s he scripted and directed the intercultural love story Black and White (1991) shown at Sundance and then Viva Castro! (1993) screened at festivals in Locarno, Toronto, London and Sao Paolo. In 2005 he was directing and co-writing TV movie "Undecover" for Russian TV. He is currently Head of MA Studies at Baltic Film and Media School.
Boris Frumin will hold a lecture about film education and an analytic master class on directing film.
December 1st 16:00-17:30 in Cinema Sõprus
Master Class (for registered participants only)
December 2nd 14:00-18:00 Café Cinema Von Krahl