Film Skills in the Baltics

Projecting Forward: Crafting the Next Scene in Baltic Filmmaking & Education

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Nordic Hotel Forum, Capella
Projecting Forward: Crafting the Next Scene in Baltic Filmmaking & Education

In a world where the film reel is rolling towards technological advancements and novel ways of telling stories, the Baltic film industries find themselves at a crossroad, presenting new challenges not only on how we make films but also how we teach and include new talent.
In Projecting Forward, we take a look into Baltic academic and cinematic landscapes, examining roles, skills, and education in these film industries. The conference’s key questions include:
What are the skills needed for future filmmaking, and how to teach them?
How to synchronise film schooling provision, and film industry needs?
What kind of transversal skills are crucial in industry careers and how to assess them?
How much specialisation and how much generalisation is needed, and where is the sweet spot between them, both in education and in subsequent successful careers in the film industry?

Projecting Forward seeks to cast a light on the symbiotic relationship between productions, set occupations, and education in three Baltic states.

Join us to discuss, and script the brighter future of Baltic cinema!

14:00-14:10 Welcome on behalf of FilmSkills project
Birgit Vilgats, Director of Tallinn University Baltic Film, Media and Arts School
14:10-14:35 Baltic Film Industry in a nutshell: overview of productions and international connections
Vejune Zemaityte (Baltic Film, Media and Arts School)
14:35-15:00 Need of Film Professionals in the Era of Post-Cinema
Dāvis Sīmanis (Latvian Academy of Culture)
15:00-15:30 Occupation Descriptions and Educational Innovations: A FilmSkills Perspective
Rimante Daugelaite (Lithuanian Shorts), Birgit Rosenberg (Baltic Film, Media and Arts School)
15:50-16:15 Show me your works! How to Assess Crew Members' Readiness for Working on Set
Romanas Matulis (Crew United)
16:15-17:00 Panel Discussion: Kickstarting and Fostering a Successful Career Path in the Film Industry

Moderated by Vytautas Dambrauskas (Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy)
FilmSkills is a joint project of Baltic Film, Media and Arts School, Latvian Academy of Culture, Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy, Estonian Cinematographers Union and Lithuanian Shorts modernise and empower Baltic film education and professional skills.

FilmSkills project is co-financed by the European Union.