Fest - Training ground

We are very happy to invite you to register for FEST – Training Ground 2016! The registration is now open so the wait is over for the many participants who have been waiting for this moment to make sure they will join us in 2016 in the Seaside city of Espinho in the coast of Portugal.

To register, please visit: fest.pt

FEST Training Ground is an annual film conference\training event that takes place alongside FEST New Directors | New Films Festival. Its eighth edition will take place from the 21st to the 26th of June in Espinho, Portugal.

FEST Training Ground hosts more than 25 masterclasses and 10 workshops during the festival, and is an educational event where the public and upcoming filmmakers and film students from all over the world, attend deluxe training, lectured by some of the film industry’s top experts with highly acknowledged achievements.

A different array of key issues on filmmaking will be approached, including scriptwriting,cinematographyeditingsound designphotographyproduction designactingdirecting,castingnon-fiction filmmakingmake uppitchingdistributionfinancing, and many more. 

Every year the program covers as many filmmaking subjects as possible, providing the broadest and most complete view of the 7th art today. We invite the best talents to transmit their knowledge and our audience has come to expect the best. 

In previous editions, we welcomed top industry experts, such as Academy award winning actressMELISSA LEO (The Fighter, Prisoners); Academy award winning director FERNANDO TRUEBA (Belle Époque, Chico & Rita), BAFTA award nominated director PETER WEBBER (Girl With a Pearl Earring);Academy award nominated producer MICHAEL KATZ (Amour, The White Ribbon); Golden Globe winning producers: GARETH WILEY (Matchpoint, Vicky Cristina Barcelona), PAUL MILLER (Snow Angels, Prozac Nation); Academy award winning cinematographer: GUILLERMO NAVARRO (Pan's Labyrinth, Jackie Brown) and Academy award nominated cinematographers: TOM STERN (Changeling, Mystic River),CHRISTIAN BERGER (The White Ribbon, The Piano Teacher); Academy award winning editors: CHRIS DICKENS (Slumdog Millionaire, Berberian Sound Studio) and MARTIN WALSH (Chicago, V for Vendetta) and Academy award nominated Editors: TARIQ ANWAR (American Beauty, The King’s Speech), BARNEY PILLING (The Grand Budapest Hotel, An Education) and ALEX RODRIGUEZ (Children of Men, Y tu Mamá También); Academy award winning art director EUGENIO CABALLERO (Pan's Labyrinth, The Impossible) and Academy award nominated art director LAURENCE BENNET (The Artist, Crash); three times Academy award winning sound designer DAVID MACMILLAN (Speed, Apollo 13); BAFTA award winning sound designer EDDY JOSEPH (Casino Royale, Pink Floyd: The Wall); among many others.
The price for the whole week of Film Training costs 59 Euors as an Early Bird purchase. We also offer pass+accomodation packages starting at only 135 euros for the whole week!!

FEST Training Ground will have in 2016 its eighth edition. The seven previous editions were a huge success, with participants of over 32 nationalities. In 2015 we hosted more than 30 training activitiesand attracted the attention of top experts, as well as worldwide media coverage.

The feedback from former editions has been very encouraging with a large number of the audience eager to come back to enjoy our innovative approach on filmmaking training.