New filmmakers

The Estonian film industry is being enriched with new filmmakers thanks to a project by the KinoFF team

The ShootShorts educational project conducted by the KinoFF film festival team started on August 15. The aim of the course is to help people who want to create their own movie to take their first steps in the film industry and go through the full path of film production.

"We are extremely inspired by the number of participants and the geography of their locations! If last year, the same program involved people from Estonia, and mainly from Ida-Virumaa, this year, in addition to the fact that the number of participants has tripled, the geography of the project has significantly expanded and now we can proudly name not a list of counties in our country, but a list of countries from where aspiring filmmakers have joined us!" - Natalia Machenene, producer and curator of the ShootShorts project, comments on the project's launch.

This year 160 people from 10 countries started their way in the film industry. They will create 40 films under the guidance of mentors - film production professionals. Mentors of the groups are specialists with rich experience: directors Anita Kremm and Vera Pirogova, producers Andreas Doroshuk and Natalia Machenene.

The ShootShorts project includes ongoing work with mentors and twenty lectures. The first meetings have already taken place and at them the project participants presented the ideas of their films in the producer's format, as well as started to familiarize themselves with the rules of visual language and modern film formats.

"The project meetings are already taking place. You can see that the participants are excited, their eyes are burning. The ideas are fantastic. Everyone is eager to use modern technologies, one of the tapes will be created entirely with the help of artificial intelligence. A significant share of projects is the result of collaboration, when team members come from different countries and different social groups. Such synergy always leads to results that surprise!" comments Yana Budkovskaya, General Producer of KinoFF festival.

The films will be finalized at the end of October and the best ones will be shown at Apollo Kino Astri as part of KinoFF.

The ShootShorts program is supported by the British Council.