António Afonso Costa
Master in Film Studies since 2014 and currently PhD researcher. Tony Costa is both a professional cinematographer and a teacher at Lusofona University where he is the head of the cinematography department. He was born in Hamilton-Ontario, Canada in 1962 born from Portuguese emigrant parents whom have decided to return to Portugal in 1970’s. He was back to Canada in the 1980’s where he began taking a few professional courses in the camera department while was working in the Medallion Film Labs in Toronto. He began as an assistant camera in music videos in Toronto just before returning to Portugal where he pursued a career as an assistant camera up to being a cinematographer. His first feature as cinematographer was called «Sem Ela» in 2011. Since 2004 he has been teaching in The Lusofona University in Lisbon by maintaining his professional assignments as cinematographer. He is one of the founders of the Portuguese Academy of cinema and of the Portuguese Society of Cinematographers where he keeps a seat in the board of directories. Tony was vise-president of IMAGO (The European Federation of Cinematographers) and currently he is the editor of the imago website.
Célia Quico is a professor and researcher at Universidade Lusófona in Portugal, currently involved in the projects a) ResponSEAble - “Protecting the ocean: our collective responsibility, our common interest.
Supporting the development of cost-effective ocean literacy in Europe” (2015-2018), financed by Horizon 2020 and b) “Innova Museum - Museums comes back to the locals through art and food” (2016-2018), financed by Creative Europe. Celia previously worked for the cable and DTH operator ZON Multimédia as a project manager of digital interactive television and multimedia. Also, Célia worked as consultant for the social responsibility project “PT Escolas” for Portugal Telecom, which promoted digital literacy among Portuguese young people. In 2008, she obtained her PhD in Communication Sciences by Universidade Nova de Lisboa, with a thesis about young people in Portugal and their usage of media, internet and mobile.
Inês Gil is an Associate Professor at ECATI (School of Communication, Arts and Information Technology) at Lusófona University since 2007, where she has taught film and photography since 2000. She was coordinator of the Lisbon Photography Archive of the Portuguese Photography Center between 1998 and 2001.
After completing a specialized training in conservation and restoration of photography and film at the IFROA (Institut Français and Restauration des Oeuvres d¿Art in Paris) between 1989 and 1994, she completed her PhD in Film at the Paris 8 University in 2002, with a thesis on the Atmosphere in Cinema published by Gulbenkian Editions in 2005; Finished a postdoctoral fellowship in 2010, with an FCT scholarship, on film skating and its use in contemporary experimental films. She completed a 2nd post-doc on Contemporary Cinema and Time at the Catholic University of Lisbon in 2015. She is the director of documentaries and installations in vidéoarte.
Started as an independent filmmaker and film editor. After graduating from Cinema in Universidade Lusófona and directing a couple a short films started a career as a teacher. Since then teaches editing and film language in Universidade Lusófona and coordinates internal production and external collaborations for film production. Also the work in the school is the main occupation, still edits film, mainly fiction. The curriculum include features, shorts, documentaries, music videos and commercials.
Gonçalo Galvão Teles
Gonçalo Galvão Teles graduated from the University of Lisbon with a Law Degree before traveling to the United States to complete the Master’s Program in Screenwriting at the prestigious University of Southern California (USC). Upon returning to Portugal, his first produced screenplay, the animated short “The Suspicion”, went on to win the Cartoon D’Or for Best European Animation of the year 2000.
Since then, Gonçalo has developed a career as writer, director and producer of more than twenty films and is presently directing his new feature film “Ice”, scheduled for released in the Spring of 2014. He is a full professor at the film department at Universidade Lusófona.
João Canijo is one of the most prominent Portuguese filmmakers and stage directors of his generation. From 1980 to 1985 he worked as an assistant director to Manoel de Oliveira, Wim Wenders, Alain Tanner and Werner Schroeter, among others. Since 1998, João Canijo has a number of films that made him one of the most important Portuguese filmmakers. “In the Darkness of the Night” or “Misbegotten” show his interest in the investigation of Portuguese identity.
“Blood of My Blood”, his last feature film, was applauded by critics and public, and was present in numerous festivals, and was selected as the Portuguese entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, but it did not make the final shortlist. He has also been working in theatre and television. João Canijo films have been showed in numerous film festivals such as Cannes, Berlin or San Sebastian. João Canijo holds a Master degree in directing from the Lisbon School of Theatre and Film.
Jorge Paixão da Costa
Jorge Paixão da Costa is a television and film director and professor at Universidade Lusófona. He graduated in Cinematography from the University of Stockholm in 1982. He attended the Masters School of the European Film Academy in Berlin in the year 1992. He has directed more than 25 works among feature films, documentaries, television series, tv films and novels. His most recent film “Jacinta” is at this time the most watched film of 2017 in Portugal. He currently teaches in the bachelor film degree and the masters film studies and kino eyes.
Composer and music producer for record and television productions. Lecturer at the University of Aveiro and Lusofona University of Humanities and Technology (Lisbon) in the field of audio production. Holds a degree in Musicology (Nova University of Lisbon) and Masters degree in Multimedia Communication (Open University - Lisbon). Currently developing a doctoral research project on record production at the University of Aveiro/ INET-md. Visiting researcher at CICANT (Centre for Research in Applied Communication, Culture, and New Technologies
Marta Vaz de Sousa
Lawyer with training in Information Law (Lisboa), Scriptwriting (Lisboa), Marketing & International Distribution (Spain), Film marketing (México), Pitching (Lisboa), Management and legal aspects in cinema production (Athens). I have been working with Portuguese companies in the audiovisual sector since 1998, primarily in production and distribution. I Initially participated in the making of several feature films, contributing in the areas of legal consultanting, development, financing, post-production coordination and European programmes management for different production companies.
From 2005 to 2008, I was production manager for cinema, TV and advertising, already focusing on distribution and sales. Working both as an inhouse executive and as a freelancer, I have accumulated experience in productions as diverse as features by Manoel de Oliveira (2005), Christophe Honoré (2003) and Ivo Ferreira (1999). Since 2008, collaborations in the distribution process and international sales for feature films, documentaries, tv programmes and telenovelas have seen me represent in festivals and markets such as American Film Market, Asian Film Market, Cannes Film Market, European Film Market, MIPCOM, MIPDOC, MIPTV, RioMarket, Berlinale, Cannes Film Festival, Cineport, Montreal World cinema festival, Rio International Film festival. Collaborations with prodution companies include: Arquipélago Filmes, National Geographic Channel Portugal, Utopia Filmes, Filbox, Clap Filmes, Madragoa Filmes, Semba Comunicação, Samesame, Valentim De Carvalho Multimedia, Bosque Secreto, Utopia Filmes, Rosa Filmes, Atalanta Filmes, Medeia Filmes.
Manuel José Damásio
Manuel is a full professor and the head of the film and media art department at Lusófona University. He obtained his tenure in 2011 from Minho University in Portugal and holds a PhD in media studies from Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He has worked as a trainer, consultant and producer in the audiovisual industry at a European and international level for more than twenty years and has a strong past experience as head researcher and project manager in several national and European research and development projects.
Paulo Viveiros holds a PhD in Film Studies and a MA in Video Art both by Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He is an Associate Professor and the Head of the MA in Animation Arts and the Graduation Course in Digital Animation both at Universidade Lusófona. He is a member of the R&D research unit CICANT – Centre for Research in Applied Communication, Culture and New Technologies.
Crossmedia lecturer, curriculum curator and Project Manager of Cross Motion (CM) - Interreg Baltic Sea Region project and EU Policy Area Culture Flagship project - at Tallinn University, Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School. PhD candidate at Tartu University. Co-funder and CEO of Bloomingfern, the first truly dedicated crossmedia and transmedia production company in Estonia.
Anneli Ahven studied German studies in Estonian University of Humanities and film production at Film Studies of University of Hamburg, (graduated 2002), Germany.
Since 1995 works for Estonian production company Exitfilm, since 2002 producer for both feature and documentary films. Member of the board of the Association of Estonian Film Producers. Lecturer and the head of BA production studies at Baltic Film and Media School. Producer On The Move 2010 / European Film promotion initiative during Cannes Film Festival. Member of European Film Academy.
Graduated cinematography BA cum laude in 2004 at Tallinn University Film Department and since then she has shot documentaries, short and feature films. For various documentaries she has travelled to Japan, Tibet, China, Thailand, India, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Russian Arctic.
Her biggest recognition so far has been Award for Best Cinematography in BNFF Tridens Herring competition programme for feature film Demons in 2012. Since 2013 Elen has been the head of Film Department in Baltic Film and Media School and enrolled in a PhD programme where her research focuses on aspects of human perception and cinematography. She is a member of Estonian Society of Cinematographers ESC and Member of the Board of IMAGO, European Federation of Cinematographers.
Born in 1972, Harmo has been working as a sound designers for more than 20 years. His big filmography includes also Estonian film "Tangerines" (among others nominations it was nominated as best foreign language film in Golden Globe and Academy Awards). Harmo has also been working as musician, composer and music producer with the biggest Estonian bands.
Is Associate Professor of Film History and Theory in the Department of Film Arts at Tallinn University, and also Associate Professor at Aalto University, University of Lapland and University of Jyväskylä. He is Doctor of Philosophy, and has previously worked as Professor of Art Education at the University of Jyväskylä. He has published 17 books and numerous articles on art, cinema and aesthetics.
His 2015 publications include a book on Audiovisual Language of Cinema (in Estonian), and a book on Pictorialism in Cinema. He has worked as Visiting Professor at Sorbonne Nouvelle University (Chaire Roger Odin: Arts & Médias) in Paris, and among his filmic interests, cinema-and-the-city theme has a prominent role, and he has contributed with many conferences, and special editions on fiction and documentary.
Liis Nimik (b.1979) has a BA degree in film art. She currently works as a full time documentarian and feature film editor, striving towards deeper understanding of the universal language of film. She is also continuing her studies in Documentary MA program in Baltic Film and Media School. Focusing on the observational documentary genre, Liis has been awarded as a promising young filmmaker for skillful captures of the relations between the characters and ability of trusting real life.
Mart Raun is a director and cinematographer, lecturer at the BFM since 2012. Besides directing and cinematography he has been working as a storyboard artist, still photographer, script editor, animators and he is a film critic writing for the Estonian Public Broadcasting website since 2012.
Margit Keerdo-Dawson is a freelance Screenwriter and Script Editor. She’s been working in the film industry since 1998. She holds a BA in Cinematography & Directing from Tallinn University (2005) and an MA in Screenwriting from Leeds Metropolitan University (2008).
She’s the screenwriter of the 7-part TV Drama The Class: Life After which won several awards across Europe and was nominated for Prix Europa in 2010. She is the screenwriter of the film and the 6-part TV series Zero Point (Nullpunkt). After living in England for over six years, she is now based in Tallinn, Estonia.
Born in 1988. BA in sound editing from BFM in 2011. MA in 2015 from National Film and Television School in London in Sound Directing. In 2016 won a prize for best sound editing in category of student film sound editing at Golden Reel Award.
Is currently doing public relations/sales in Haghefilm-Digitaal Since March 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Peter was a Technical Director in Fuji Motion Picture Film for 22 years working in the field of Motion Picture Film and Digital Post Production in the following countries : Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia. During his career he has also worked for Dutch Broadcaster N.O.S., N.L.F. Dutch laboratorium for Film Technic, Loenen a/d Vecht and Cinecentrum.
He is very well regarded as a professional workflow consultant and his vast experience in both analog and digital fields make him a valued teacher for BFM, where he has served as a visiting lecturer for several film arts intakes.
Associate professor of sound recording and sound design. Tiina has studied sound engineering in St. Petersburg’s Cinema and Movie Institute. She has worked in the field of sound in different institutions. At the moment Tiina is co- owner and CEO in Film Audio - one of the oldest and leading sound studios in Estonia. She has been a sound designer, mixer, editor and done post production and on-location recording in many fictional movies, documentaries and animations.
Is a cinematographer, photographer and a professor of cinematography and the head of the film studies in ELO Film School Helsinki. He has shot tens of features and TV films, numerous TV series, documentaries and short films. He is a board member of Finnish Society of Cinematographers and a deputy board member of IMAGO, European federation of Cinematographers. Currently he is also a doctoral student at ELO.
The title of his forthcoming dissertation is "Cinematographer’s Canvas - cinematic image with borders", which focuses on the process of cinematographers working with variety of aspect ratios. Timo’s class will, among other topics, also cover how aspect ratio in films affects the sensation of of the audience, based on the results of his PhD research and empirical experience as a cinematographer.
He is a director who studied theology at the University of Tartu and the Baltic Film and Media School.
He has made five short films and one animated film - "Lemonade Story" (2013). His first student film "Morbus" (2009) was chosen as the Black Nights Film Festival Sleepwalkers preseded by subfestivals program, which won the prize for best short film in Estonia. Vallo student films were shown in the Estonian Public Broadcasting, and his short film "The Devil's vaudeville" (2010) was screened in cinemas in Estonia. His debut film "pretenders" premiered on September 19, 2016 San Sebastian International Film Festival.
Alistair has been teaching in higher education for the past ten years following a career working in film and television. After graduating from the University of St Andrews, with an MA (Hons) in Modern History, he worked in the field of community arts as a documentary film-maker. This led to a place on the full-time post-graduate course at the National Film & Television School, Beaconsfield. He spent over 20 years working as a director and producer for the BBC, Channel 4 and Scottish Television. He joined Edinburgh Napier University as a Visiting Lecturer in 2005, acting as an Industry Consultant for the original bid to become a Screen Academy. From 2006-9 he was Lecturer in Screen Media at the University of the West of Scotland.
Alistair’s research interests focus on film and television production in Scotland. His PhD, Raploch Stories, continuity and innovation for television documentary production, critically reflects on seven documentaries he directed for BBC Scotland.
James Mavor leads the post-graduate courses in screenwriting and combines teaching with his work as a professional screenwriter. His credits for television span 20 years across soaps, series and single dramas, including The Bill, Monarch of the Glen and Split Second starring Clive Owen. He has also written award-winning work in short film, theatre, radio and short fiction. Since joining Screen Academy Scotland in 2007, James has been involved in a number of adaptations and collaborations with crime author Ian Rankin, including Reichenbach Falls (2007) and, most recently, Doors Open (2012), a 120' comedy thriller for ITV, which was produced by and starred Stephen Fry. Current work in development includes The Pros, a TV comedy drama series which James is writing with writer/director John McKay (Not Another Happy Ending) for BBC Scotland. Research interests include adaptation and developing collaborative projects and links between students and industry.
John McKay is a Scottish film and television director. His initial career was as a playwright, before he began his film career by directing the short films Doom and Gloom (1996) and Wet and Dry (1997). These short films gained McKay some notable acclaim – Wet and Dry was nominated in the "Best Short Fiction" category at the Molodist International Film Festival in Kiev in 1997.
Doom and Gloom was also critically recognised, winning a "Special Mention" in the "Youth on Youth Award" category at the 1998 Locarno International Film Festival, and the "Best European Short Film" prize at the 1999 Brussels International Film Festival.
After working on the television series Psychos for Kudos and Channel 4 in 1999, he directed his first full-length feature film, Crush, starring Andie MacDowell, Imelda Staunton, Anna Chancellor, and Kenny Doughty for which he also wrote the screenplay. Released in 2001, Crush was originally to have been titled The Sad Fuckers Club, but this was changed after resistance from the producers and distributors and uneasiness on the part of test audiences. Crush met with a generally negative critical reaction, and a second feature that McKay had written and was planning to direct at the time, the World War II-set Knickers, never eventually saw production. Following Crush McKay returned to television work, in 2003 directing "The Miller's Tale" and "The Sea Captain's Tale" for BBC One's updated versions of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, where the events of the stories were transposed to contemporary settings.
"The Miller's Tale", which opened the series, proved to be a particular success, with an audience of 7.6 million viewers and a mixed but generally favorable critical reaction. In 2004 McKay returned to the cinema with his second full-length feature, directing Academy Award-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes's adaptation of P. G. Wodehouse's novel Piccadilly Jim. McKay then returned once more to television work, and in 2006 directed episodes of two of BBC One's highest-profile new drama series. He helmed the third and fourth instalments of the time travel / police drama series Life on Mars, and later in the year directed the opening two episodes of the channel's new Robin Hood series. Life on Mars gained particular critical and popular acclaim, with reviewer Nancy Banks-Smith of The Guardian describing McKay's second episode, the series' fourth, as "an inspired take on the usual formula of Gruff Copper of the old school.
"In 2007 McKay directed Reichenbach Falls, a 75-minute one-off drama for digital television channel BBC Four, adapted by James Mavor from a short story by Ian Rankin. This was transmitted in March 2007. Another one-off drama for BBC Four, We'll Take Manhattan, about the relationship between model Jean Shrimpton and photographer David Bailey, was broadcast in January 2012. McKay both wrote and directed We'll Take Manhattan. His third full-length feature film, Not Another Happy Ending, from a script by David Solomons, was released in 2013.
Morag studied Film and TV at Edinburgh College of Art graduating with a BA 1st class honours, followed by an MSc from Napier University. She directed a number of short films through various schemes including Home for Channel 4 which won the BAFTA for Best Short Film and a number of international awards. She went on to direct television drama including Buried – as one of two directors, which won the BAFTA for Best TV series. Morag went on to direct the feature Donkeys which won a Scottish BAFTA for best film and collaborated on the documentary I Am Breathing with Emma Davie, which won a Scottish BAFTA award. Most recently Morag filmed the award winning play The List starring Maureen Beattie for Stellar Quines theatre company. Morag teaches part time at Edinburgh College of Art and is developing her next feature - an adaptation of the novel Venus as a boy.
Nigel is current on staff at Edinburgh Napier University/Screen Academy Scotland, where he lectures across the MA Screenwriting, MA Screen Project Development, MA Film (Producing), PGCert Screenwriting and BA Television programmes. Since the late 1990s Nigel has worked in both public and private sectors variously as Producer, Series Producer, Executive Producer, Development Executive, Script Editor, Script Reader/Analyst and Screenwriter, allowing him knowledge of a wide variety of screen narrative development practices across a range of film and television genres and perspective on the varied activities of project producers and screenwriters.
He has experience of story and screenplay writing and development practices abroad- in the story department of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, and as a freelance script consultant for Senator Film Produktion & Verleih and Majestic Filmverleih in Germany, most recently (2013) working with Oscar-winning writer/director Florian Gallenberger on an English language polish of feature thriller screenplay ‘Colonia Dignidad’ for the US market.
Susie Brown is an experienced Line Producer/Production Manager in drama, documentary and television features who has worked in the production of film and television since 1984. In 1985 she was invited to work with film director, screenwriter, playwright and poet, John McGrath at Freeway Films, where she undertook project management, development and commissioning for clients including BBC, Channel Four and PolyGram. Although becoming freelance in 1992, Susie continued to work with John until his death in 2002. Major screen credits, during this time included The Dressmaker, (Joan Plowright and Billie Whitelaw) Carrington, (Jonathan Pryce and Emma Thompson) Ma Vie En Rose, Aberdeen (Stellan Skaarsgard, Lena Headey, Ian Hart).
Susie has managed budgets ranging between £5k to £5 million covering drama, factual, documentary and shorts genres, working for Channel 4, BBC and Working Title. She also worked for many years for Scottish Screen assessing drama projects for funding. In 2000 Susie joined Ideal World Productions in Glasgow where she production managed the first seven series (70+ programmes) of the hugely successful property buying show Location, Location, Location, and its spin-off series, Relocation, Relocation.
Latterly Head of Production, Susie also managed several documentary and entertainment projects during this time. Throughout her career she has trained production staff through the successful Skillset NETS courses, and provides training courses on budgeting and scheduling for production companies, broadcasters and Screen Academy Scotland. Susie has fulfilled the role of Production Tutor on the MA Film programme at Screen Academy Scotland since 2013, having previously contributed to various graduate programmes from 2006.
Currently, she combines working as a Line Producer on drama and documentary with development services to broadcasters and independent producers while maintaining a dedication to hands-on training and education in the film and tv industry.