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KEM | The European Movie Masters

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.


Elen Lotman

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.


João Canijo

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.


Susie Brown

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.


Tiina Andreas

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.

Invited teachers.

Mart Raun

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.


Lauri Laasik

Is an editor with more thatn 20 years of experience in different fields e.g. documentary, short fiction, feature films, commercials, music videos and educational content. In addition to editing he has also worked as a colorist, digital special effects compositor and VFX supervisor.


Peter Roelofs

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. 


Jarmo Valkola

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.


Timo Heinänen

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.


Larry Sider

is Director of the School of Sound and from 2002-2006 was Head of Post-Production at the National Film and Television School (UK). He is a film editor and sound designer who has worked in documentary, animation and fiction. Most recently, he was Supervising Sound Editor for the Quay Brothers' The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes and Dave McKean's Mirrormask. Past projects include Patrick Keiller's London and Robinson in Space, Chris Austin's musical biography of jazz pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, The Brother With Perfect Timing, and Street of Crocodiles and Institute Benjamenta by the Quays.
He has taught at numerous schools including the Royal College of Art, International Film School (Köln), European Film College (Ebeltoft), California Institute of the Arts, the Maurits Binger Institute and Bournemouth Media School. He is co-editor of Soundscape: The School of Sound Lectures 1998-2001 and The New Soundtrack Journal.


Nigel Smith

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.


James Mavor

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.


Tanel Viksi

Tanel is a Digital colorist, trainer, Digital cinema workflow specialist, Specialist in digital restauration, transcoding and mastering and specialised ona wide range of systems like Image Systems Film Master, DVO, Pixel Farm Clean, DVS Digital Video Systems Clipster / Spycerbox Ultra, P+S Techniks Steadyframe, DaVinci Resolve OSX and WIN, Apple Final Cut Pro, Color,Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, Photoshop and Illustrator. He is a lecturer at BFM


 

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Mart Raun

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Manuel José Damásio

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Paul Holmes

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