EAST-WEST TALENT LABgoEast fosters and connects young filmmakers and artists from Central and Eastern Europe and the Rhine-Main region. A multi-faceted educational program has been developed specifically for the 30 participants in the East-West Talent Lab. The events and activities of the Lab are divided into four program areas: Screen, Meet, Learn and Present.
Screen: In the Experimental Film and Video Art Competition, young artists present a total of ten works and compete for the Open Frame Award, endowed with prize money in the amount of 5,000 euros.
Meet: Numerous events provide Lab participants with the opportunity to share ideas and experiences and network. Here they can meet industry representatives, present their project ideas and/or find co-production partners.
Learn: The Lab's extensive educational program encompasses panel discussions, lectures, workshops and master classes. Director Agnieszka Holland and producer Johannes Rexin will hold a master class on the film SPOOR. Producer and goEast Jury member Maxim Tuula and director Askold Kurov will give a master class on the film THE TRIAL: THE STATE OF RUSSIA VS OLEG SENTSOV. Open Frame Award Jury member Alex Gerbaulet will speak about the challenges inherent in the production and distribution of creative cinematic work. Eurimages project director Iris Cadoux will reveal Eurimages' funding guidelines in the scope of her presentation.
Producer David Lindner will explain how to finance a debut film as a co-production using a case study as an example. Media scholar Skadi Loist will map out strategies for approaching festival submissions and visits. goEast Development Award Jury member Stefan Arsenijević will be presenting his training program First Films First. Cathy de Haan will direct workshops on the subjects of pitching and project development, while editors from 3sat and ARTE will discuss the topic Finding the Right Broadcaster.
Present: The participants of the East-West Talent Lab will present 14 selected project ideas from the areas of short fiction film, documentary film, experimental film and video art to an expert jury and an attending audience. The young talents come from Germany, Georgia, Croatia, Macedonia, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine, Hungary and Belarus. Each presenter will be allotted five minutes for their pitch, which will be followed by immediate feedback from the expert jury, which is composed this year of Burkhard Althoff (editor and deputy editor-in-chief at ZDF/Das kleine Fernsehspiel), Stefan Arsenijević (director, screenwriter and program manager of First Films First from Belgrade, Serbia) and Nataša von Kopp (director, Germany/Czech Republic). The best pitch will be honoured with the goEast Development Award, which has been presented since 2014 and is endowed with prize money in the amount of 3,500 euros. The jury will announce the winning project in the scope of the goEast awards ceremony.
IOSEB "SOSO" BLIADZE