Panel Discussion: On Film Schools in Europe
Jitka Hejtmanová (Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic), Anna Huth (Krzysztof Kieslowski Film School, Poland), Femi Kolade (London Film School, UK), Anders Rune (Stockholm Film School, Sweden)
Host: Anja Henningsmeyer (Hessische Film- und Medienakademie)
In this round, representatives of various European film schools discuss how they see themselves as educational institutions. How do they see their task, how do they deal with students, what is their orientation? How do they position themselves in the field of tension between training for the film industry and free spaces that allow students to develop their own expression? What does film art and artistic film mean for these schools? In this context, the cooperation between the schools in Europe should also be taken into consideration. What kind of cooperations take place, which ones would be desirable? What international projects and exchange opportunities connect European film schools? The discussion will also focus on the current political situation surrounding the war on Ukraine and what it means for the situation of film schools and students.
11 May 2022
15:00 h, CineStar Metropolis
Jitka Hejtmanová Studied Journalism and Media Studies at Charles University in Prague and Photography at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU). Sh has been working with international students at FAMU since 2006 and is a co-founder and developer of structured film and photography programs in English. Jitka Hejtmanová is Head of the FAMU International Department since July 2021.
Anna Huth Director of the Institute of Film and Theatre Arts at University of Silesia in Poland and an assistant professor at the Kieslowski Film School. Since 2015 Anna creates and coordinates an international student short film festival – Węgiel Film Festival, which in 2020 was the first online film festival in Poland. She works as a production manager on the documentary films, among others, “Sonny" by Paweł Chorzepa (IDFA 2019, Silver Hobby-Horse at Krakow Film Festival 2020), “Museum of Races” by Marcin Koszałka (ESoDoc 2020) and “Kiosk” by Daniel Stopa (Ex Oriente 2020).
Femi Kolade has been a professional film and TV Writer, Director, Producer, Script Editor/Developer, Lecturer/Tutor, Higher Education and Media Education Manager for over twenty years. He has worked as a writer/director, producer, script reader and editor for film and TV companies such as Miramax, BBC Films, Celador Films, Bendit Films, FilmFour, Spiritdance, Bard Entertainments, ITV, Channel Four and for filmmakers Stephen Frears, Gurinder Chadha, and Forest Whitaker.
As an educator, consultant, project manager, and lecturer, Femi has worked extensively managing and developing curricula in Higher Education and on various film, media education and combined arts projects for institutions and companies such as London Film School (LFS), University of West England, National Film and Television School (NFTS), Central Film School (CFSL), Southampton University, Sgrin, the UK Film Council, the British Film Institute (BFI), Film London, Arts Council, Mofilm, Arista Development, Skillset, Real World Records, and the Getty Centre for Arts and Humanities. Femi has also served as a board director for the South West Media Development Agency and the BFI’s Black World. He is also the founder of Bushfire Digital Media, an independent digital media company that has just completed a three-year incubation programme as part of Ravensbourne’s Digital Media Innovation Cluster (DMIC). The company focuses on leveraging digital technologies to create more targeted and effective 21st-century professional media training as well as developing intellectual property in global media content. He holds an MA degree in Film and Television Direction from the National Film and Television School (NFTS), and a BA (Hons) in Classics from the University of Bristol.
Anders Rune started out as a fashion and artfilm director and quickly became one of the most sought after visual directors in Sweden making high-end commercial and musicvideos leading up to his awarding debut feature film ”Aerobics A Love Story” 2015. Outside directing, Anders has also worked as Creative Director for several brands and as head of creative brand and media agencies, Andres now helms Stockholm Film School, ranked as one of the 20 best Film Schools in the world (Hollywood Reporter, The Wrap) as principal of the prestigious school founded in 1984.
Since 2008 Anja Henningsmeyer is Managing Director of the Hessen Film and Media Academy (hFMA) – a network of 13 Hessian Universities. Before she was employed as the Organizational Manager of Filmfest Hamburg GmbH. Ensuing her studies at University of Fine Arts of Hamburg she worked first as a film journalist, for the Berlin state programme Sender Freies Berlin and later as part of the Programme Organisation and guest service at the Berlinale. Anja helds courses and workshops in English and German at numerous Universities to enhance communicational skills such as negotiation, presentation and networking.
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