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Marc Price and Nancy Bishop confirrmed speakers on FEST Training Ground

Marc Price is the person responsible of one of the biggest film phenomenons in 2009 with its film "Colin"

"Colin" hit the spotlight in Cannes where the film wowed by the critics and got several distribution deals, but some films have achieved similar objective, but none of the others had a similar budget to "Colin" that was made for 50 Euros!

This achievement made Marc Price a case study, he wrote "Colin" during his day work and suddenly he was in Cannes, and soon after in every major news media. The Guardian, The Times and even CNN made special reports about his achievement.

Marc will be a speaker on the Master Class Filmmaking with low resources on the 23rd of June.

Learning how to use cost effective resources to a low budget filmmaking techniques and the best and most efficient ways to produce, direct, shoot and edit a saleable feature film.

Marc in undoubtly one of the worlds top experts on the subject.

(you can see the CNN video here)

(you can see The Guardian article here)

Nancy Bishop on casting Direction

In the early 90s, Black Box Theater lured Nancy to Prague where she directed a number of plays.

At this point Prague was fast becoming the Hollywood of Europe. Because of her knowledge of actors in the region, and her experience as a director, she started getting casting offers. One of her first big jobs was casting over 60 roles on Dune for the Science Fiction Channel. Since then she has cast hundreds of actors for dozens of films.

Nancy has casted for directors such as Roman Polanski (Oliver Twist), Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Blade 2) Neil Burger (The Illusionist), and many well known productions like James Bond, Casino Royale The Bourne Identity, Hannibal Rising, Van Helsing to name a few.

Here is what some people that worked with her have to say:

As a director, casting a movie can be a terrifying process. Put the wrong actor in your project and you're sunk.  How do you find the right person?  How do you know you're seeing the whole picture of their character?  Luckily there are casting directors out there doing the legwork, the heavy lifting.  And if you're working with Nancy Bishop you know you're in good, accomplished hands, whether you're a director or an actor.  
-Neil Burger, Director of The Illusionist

Nancy Bishop is one of the smartest casting directors in the business, and Im proud to have her as a member of our crew. She has cast supporting roles on nearly all of Stillkings productions.
- Matthew Stillman, Stillking films, Co-producer of Casino Royale


There are still places left for FEST  Training Ground on Campus One, and the low cost Campus 2, with the price of 79 Euros! for the whole training and accommodation for the whole week. Visit the website to register.FEST  Training ground will have a variety of experts from the 4 corners of the world.

Some of the other Experts are Oscar Nominee Christian Frei, Cannes Golden Camera winner Etgar Keret, Bruno Chatelin from and former managing director UGC FOX, and many others.

FEST - training Ground has been a worldwide success, with registered participants coming from countries such as Italy, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Spain, Lebanon, Brazil, Greece, Portugal, Nigeria and others

Be sure to register your place as soon as possible as places are limited, and the clock is ticking registrations on


FEST  Training Ground, will take place from the 22nd to the 27 of June in Espinho, Portugal

FEST  Training Ground is a place where film makers and film enthusiasts from all over the world gather in one week, to attend a deluxe training from workshops to master classes, lectured by industry top experts with recognized achievements.

In Espinho, Portugal, 15 minutes south of Porto in the seacoast line. A tourism orientated city and one of the summer hotspots of Portugal.

>From the 21st to the 26th of June 2010

Who are the speakers and lecturers?

Participants will be provided with high standards of speakers and lecturers, recognized worldwide for their work and achievements. The event will program a diverse number of film experts, and participants will be able to interact with them in debates, small group sessions or even informally meeting. Detailed information of the speakers will be available on the FEST - Training Ground website

All in one

Training ground is all in one program, as participants will not only enjoy a six day deluxe training program, but also will be able to attend the screenings of FEST  International Film Festival, as parallel activities, all of this having as a scenario the beautiful seacoast city of Espinho, one of the most looked for seacoast location in all of Portugal.

FEST  International Youth Film Festival

FEST  Training Ground will occur in the same dates as FEST  International Youth Film Festival, This is one of the most vibrant film festivals in Portugal, having shown in the past some of the years most interesting works worldwide. All participants will benefit from this, as they will have free pass for this event as well. The festival focuses in new directors and it is expected to find in the event some future talents, from this screen, directors have gone to win awards and nominations in events such as Cannes, Venice, Sundance and even Oscars.

Exchange experience and knowledge with participants from all over the world!


In one place participants will enhance their knowledge, be up to date with the best new films in a wide range of styles, and interact with methods and young film makers from the 4 corners of the planet, the value of this experience is overwhelming for any participant.

How do you register?

All registrations must be made through the training ground website

Who is eligible?

Every film maker 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.

The FEST  Training Ground will gather in the same place hundreds of young filmmakers and film enthusiasts from all over the world and will offer an unique opportunity to meet experts, enhance your education , network and at the same time have fun so be sure not to miss it. It will be an unforgettable experience.

More Information about the event on our website

Manuel Claro on FEST - Training Ground 2010 with the masterclass entitled Fundraising.
Manuel Claro was responsible for the cultural activities in Lisbon's City Hall, representative of Film Comission. In 2008, he joined Media Desk and became it's director on October 2009.

Possidónio Cachapa Author of novels such as “Materna Doçura”, “Viagem ao Coração dos Pássaros, “O Mar Por Cima” and “O Mundo Branco do Rapaz do Coelho”, Cachapa is a screenwriter (who wrote for several short and feature)

Jorge Cramez will join FEST - Training Ground 2010 with the masterclass "Filmaking With Low Resources".
Part of the new generation of portuguese directors, Cramez worked with acclaimed portuguese directors, such as João César Monteiro, Teresa Villaverde, João Mário Grilo and Joaquim Leitão.


Bruno Chatelin, an expert on Promotional Strategies for Interactive Media, will join us on FEST – Training Ground 2010 with the masterclass entitled “How to Sell Your Film”.

Cannes Golden Camera winner, Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen on FEST


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