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Taskovski Training #DocsConnect announces Conscious Filmmakers Lab in Sitges

Documentary filmmakers, producers, and innovative storytellers are invited to join the #DocsConnect Conscious Filmmakers Lab, hosted by Taskovski Training from 17 to 21 October, 2024. This educational retreat will take place in a traditional Catalan farmhouse nestled in Garraf National Park, offering a serene environment conducive to learning and creative exchange.

Taskovski Training Conscious Filmmakers Lab

#DocsConnect is a professional training and networking hub led by award-winning industry experts. The program aims to empower creative individuals worldwide by promoting the creation of impactful documentaries, non-linear media, and immersive projects. With a special emphasis on storytelling and distribution strategies, DocsConnect fosters conscious personal and professional growth, knowledge exchange, and intercultural understanding.

The upcoming lab in Sitges will feature a comprehensive curriculum covering development and pitching strategies, innovative storytelling, impactful distribution methods, the AI revolution in filmmaking, and conscious leadership and well-being practices. Designed for beginner to intermediate-level participants, the lab will accommodate 15 documentary directors, producers, and storytellers working on projects at any stage, with a priority on themes of peace, human unity, and environmental issues.

Irena Taskovski, an award-winning producer and distributor with two decades of experience, will lead the lab. Taskovski has mentored and consulted for numerous film institutions, including HBO Europe and Asian Cinema Fund. Guest tutors include Alba Sotorra Clua, a two-time Gaudi Award winner; Iikka Vehkalahti, a former YLE Commissioning Editor; and AI specialist Jorge Caballero.

In addition to the educational components, the lab coincides with the Medimed market’s 25th anniversary, offering participants valuable networking opportunities with international industry players. Participants can apply for accreditations to Medimed, with guidance from DocsConnect mentors to maximise these connections.

Taskovski Training Conscious Filmmakers Lab

The residential and tuition fee of €1700 covers accommodation, meals, case studies, masterclasses, group discussions, 1-on-1 mentorship, and mindfulness workshops. Filmmakers can seek financial aid from their National Film Funds. The application deadline is 30 July 2024. APPLY NOW

For more information and to register, visit the DocsConnect Conscious Filmmaking Residential Lab application form on the Taskovski Films Ltd. website.

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