Victor_KOSSAKOVSKY_SMALLOn the first day of the seminar, the 18 filmmakers coming from the Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco & Tunisia watched "Tishe!" and "Belovy" , two films by the acclaimed Russian Filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky in preparation to his upcoming master class. The next day the participants sat together with the Greenhouse team (Sigal Yehuda, Managing Director and Yair Lev, Greenhouse Head of Studies) and their mentors for an opening introduction session. Following this the participants and their mentors worked in group sessions.

Introduction_Meeting_smallThus, the filmmakers and their mentors: John Appel, Bruni Burres, Nenad Puhovski & Steven Seidenberg began a 3 day intensive work. Together they have reconstructed the synopses, director statements, visual approach and main axes of their films.


Intertwined with group sessions and one-on-one meetings with the mentors, the filmmakers assisted to a lecture by Yair Lev. In his lecture, Lev related to each project in particular by presenting relevant clips of important documentary films and discussing the attitudes and solutions found in those films to similar to the projects' demands and tasks.

The next day Hans Robert Eisenhauer, until recently head of "Thema" at ARTE/ZDF and a special expert to the Greenhouse program, gave a lecture in which he focused on synopses and trailers as part of the written proposal, presenting as examples some written proposals and screening trailers.

The next day Greenhouse was once again pleased by the presence of, Victor Kossakovsky. During his Master Class, Kossakovsky honoured the participants in showing for the first time publicly excerpts from his new film "Antipodes" which will be released later on this year. Kossakovsky shared his experiences while making this remarkable highly innovative worldwide epic. He also led a discussion and shared with the participants his original methods in film directing.

JohnOn the final day of the seminar, the filmmakers presented their projects in a pitching simulation. During this session, the filmmakers had the chance to receive feedback not only from the GH team, mentors and experts, but also from Kossakovsky as well.

At the final note at the end of the seminar each filmmaker received an individual assignment in which he/she will have to complete in the next month and a half before the second seminar, the filmmakers will work on their assignments, while getting constant feedback from their mentors and Greenhouse team.


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