Film, just like many other art forms, is often a triumph of hope over reality, where defeat can easily be snatched from the jaws of victory. Film is a creative process that calls for endurance, curiosity and a lot of work! For all of us, the creative process has magical, even mystical elements we cannot often understand or explain. But notwithstanding, Film is also a business, affected like any other by basic economic principles and numerous contextual and market factors. And Film is also a technology, an element of innovation and transformation in the way we tell stories and use sound and images to transform our societies. Film and all media Art forms require specific knowledge, competences and experience. With FilmEU Talks – Experts on-Air we want to create a proper environment for knowledge and experience sharing between the academic community and experts in different domains. No topic is too big, no expert is too big!
Every Tuesday at 1pm CET starting the 22nd of February, we give the floor to the experts! In a rotating format between all FilmEU schools, a short intensive talk streamed to the world. A moment to talk with experts in our field, discuss current issues that concern you and many others.
FilmEU espouses a world view that is progressive and inclusive. Society is informed and shaped by the stories we tell and how we tell them. All the partners in FilmEU-EI come from diverse cultural backgrounds and yet we share the language of film and storytelling and radical creativity, a term we use when referring to creativity’s ability to impact different sectors across societies and craft profound needed transformations. Though we are grounded in the visual arts, our different approaches and cultures are our strength. It encourages us to ensure, through the arts and media, that all voices are treasured and heard. Indeed, this is something that is vital where new technologies are being developed. We need to ensure that new forms of storytelling are not the preserve of any one cultural block. This is not to say that we have a narrow world view – quite the opposite – FilmEU celebrates diversity and openness.
FilmEU Talks – Experts on-Air is a new initiative aiming at reinforcing this diversity and openness by inviting experts in different domains of film and the media arts to present and discuss with us their achievements and experiences and the lessons they entail. FilmEU Talks – Experts on-Air will reinforce our ability to connect to society and others, nor more importantly it will foster the ideals of collaboration and mutual reinforcement that shape FilmEU. Let the talks begin!
“Having an environmental background, I feel somehow atypical in the audio-visual sector.” After working as an environmental scientist and policy expert for a federation of reuse companies"
Manuel José Damásio holds a Ph.D in Media studies by the Universidade Nova de Lisboa and a tenure by Universidade do Minho. He is an Associate Professor and the Head of the Film and Media Arts Department at Lusófona University. He holds a vast experience in consulting and production concerning several areas of the field of audiovisual and multimedia production. He is the author of several papers and chapters in international peer-reviewed publications and was the principal investigator in numerous international R&D projects. He is the chair of GEECT – the European association of film and media schools and a member of the board of CILECT – International association of film and media schools. He is the coordinator of FILMEU.
Lenny Abrahamson is one of Ireland’s best known and respected film and television directors. He is known for directing such praised independent films as Adam & Paul (2004), Garage (2007), What Richard Did (2012), and Frank (2014).
In 2015, he received widespread recognition for directing Room, based on the novel of the same name by Emma Donoghue. The film received four nominations at the 88th Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director for Abrahamson. In 2020, he directed six episodes of and executive produced the television series Normal People, for which he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series.
Tim Wagendorp is the Sustainability coordinator of Flanders Audiovisual Fund (Belgium) and has been so since March 2017. “My main focus is on VAF-supported film and media productions, but I also raise awareness at other VAF-related areas like at physical cinemas, during the screenwriting process, games, animation and in education. We use the Sustainable Development Goals as a moral compass for our work. We exchange our knowledge as much as possible and play an active role within Green Screen (and EURECA), Cineregio and EFAD. ”
What will cinema-going look like after the crisis and what will lure audiences back to cinema theatres? The talk envisions future elements of cinema culture by drawing on the speaker’s ongoing PhD research project, which deals with how film experiences are being shaped by production, distribution, exhibition, and consumption practices.
Sten Kauber is a junior research fellow at the Centre of Excellence in Media Innovation and Digital Culture at Tallinn University and a freelance film critic. He is currently finishing his PhD dissertation, which examines Estonian film audiences multidimensionally by focusing on the practices that shape and encourage film consumption. His research interests include audience studies, production studies, film culture, film criticism, and material culture.