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Register Now for FEST Training Ground 2013, Filmmaker and Film Enthusiasts' Workshop Convention in Portugal

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 8, 2013 at 3:15PM

Registration is open for FEST Training Ground 2013 in Espinho, Portugal, a weeklong convention for filmmakers and film enthusiasts from all over the world, featuring workshops and master classes guided by industry experts.
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Espinho, Portugal
Espinho, Portugal

Registration is open for FEST Training Ground 2013 in Espinho, Portugal, a weeklong convention for filmmakers and film enthusiasts from all over the world, featuring workshops and master classes guided by industry experts.

Past workshop leaders include Oscar nominee Fernando Trueba ("Chico & Rita"), three-time Oscar winning sound mixer David Macmillan ("Apollo 13," "Speed," "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom"), cinematographer Tom Stern ("The Hunger Games," "Gran Torino," "Million Dollar Baby") and Oscar-winning editor Martin Walsh ("Chicago").

The fee for the one-week convention is 59 Euros. More info is below and at the FEST Training Ground website.

When and Where?

From June 25-30 In Espinho, Portugal, 15 minutes south of Porto in the sea-coast line. A tourism orientated city and one of the summer hotspots of Portugal.

Why go?

It is an excellent opportunity on many levels. The knowledge present is overwhelming, with the best experts in the world. More than 300 people will come from all over the world to attend, creating an atmosphere where filmmakers can learn from one other and the experience. FEST also helps greatly with connections -- people have been hired by experts, found financiers for their films, or simply found a new direction in their career. FEST -Training Ground is a huge game changer, and a enormous help for up and coming film-makers.

FEST - Training Ground has been a worldwide success, with registered participants hailing from countries such as Italy, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Spain, Lebanon, Brazil, Greece, Portugal, Nigeria, Japan, Poland Russia, Romania and Qatar.

All in one

Participants enjoy a six-day deluxe training program, but also can attend the screenings of FEST – New Directors | New Films Festival, as parallel activities.

How do you register?

All registrations must be made through the Training Ground website.

Who is eligible?

Every filmmaker or film enthusiast is eligible for registering; you just need to have a genuine interest in the subject, an open spirit, and the will to learn.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.