Industry Sunday

Film Education, Upcoming Projects, and an Oscar-Nominated Director

Jitka LanšperkováProgrammer

3. 11. 2018


Film Education, Upcoming Projects, and an Oscar-Nominated Director

The 2nd year of Industry Sundays will start in the premises of DEPO 2015 in Pilsen on Sunday, 11 November 2018. It is a program designed specifically for film experts as well as broader expert public. This year's topic is film education and its forms abroad. The morning part will offer an international discussion panel on the different phases, concepts and achievements of foreign projects in the field of film and audiovisual education with representatives from various European countries - Finland, Slovenia, Poland, Germany and Slovakia.

The conference afternoon will be held in the spirit of presenting the Czech projects for children and youth, and we will discuss the issue of how to distribute these works to get them wherever they should be seen. Both home and foreign film distribution specialists, producers and distributors with ambitions regarding children's films distribution will attend this panel. The highlight of the whole program will be the master-class of the Oscar nominated director John Stevenson

The program is accessible to the public and free of charge.


Program of the all-day Film Education conference

Place: DEPO 2015, Plzeň

Date:   November 11th 2018

10 am – 12 pm Panel discussion: International Concepts of Film Education

Current situation, development and innovations in film education in various countries except for the Czech Republic represent the basic topic of the discussion. Both representatives from the neighbouring countries and examples of good practice in Great Britain or Slovenia will be part of the discussion.

Host: Tereza Czesany Dvořáková


Paweł Solodki, the National Centre for Film Culture in Lodz (Poland) – Specialist of the education department in the National Centre for Film Culture in Lodz, which is arising in the newly built cultural cluster in the city centre as a place for everybody interested in film and audiovisual culture.

Bernard McCloskey, Northern Ireland Screen (Ireland) – Head of education and digital archives department in Northern Ireland Screen agency, whose task is to build, within 10 years, the second strongest field of Screen Industry in the British Isles and one of the most successful systems of film education in Europe.

Rok Govednik, Vizo & Eye on Film Festival (Slovenia) – Director of Vizo Educational Institute and Eye on Film Festival, whose aim is to increase quality of Slovenian film industry and educate future film workers oriented on the youngest generation.

Matej Sotník & Adam Straka, Dokument na kolesách  (Slovakia) – Founders of an alternative distributional company and a project of media education, whose aim is to spread knowledge about authorial documentary film, and to deepen critical thinking and ability to analyze the film image.

12 pm – 1.30 pm Lunch break

1.30 pm – 3 pm Presentation of the upcoming Czech films + panel discussion: What Can Children (in the Czech Republic) See at the Cinema

There has been no distribution of children films and films for youth in the Czech Republic for several years. Such films are either not brought to the country at all or represent a mainstream family film offering fun also to an adult company of the young viewer in most cases. However, what is the demand for Czech children films abroad? Do producers have ambitions to develop and create films for other than Czech kids as well?

Upcoming projects:

Fanny byla při tom (Fritzi, A Miraculous Revolutionary Tale), Martin Vandas, Maurfilm

Malá Odyssea (Small Odyssey), Gabriela Duchoňová Košťálová, K-pictures

Martin a tajemství lesa (Martin and the Secret of the Forest), Petr Oukropec, Negativ

and other projects

3:30 pm – 5 pm Masterclass: John Stevenson

The highlight of the whole program will be the master-class of the Oscar nominated director John Stevenson moderated by the journalist and film critic Kamila Boháčková. John Stevenson, the soon-to-be winner of the festival Golden Hand award, directed the global blockbuster Kung Fu Panda in 2008 with main characters dubbed by Angelina Jolie or Dustin Hoffman. Within this master-class, this prominent director and screenwriter will present his work and screen-writing techniques for various animated blockbusters such as Shrek, Shrek 2, or Madagascar, on which he participated.