Ex Oriente Film 2023 open program unveiled!

Ex Oriente Film has just unveiled its program open to #SSD23 delegates! Conferences, case studies and masterclasses: Sunny Side of the Doc accredited delegates will have the opportunity to take part in some of the Ex Oriente Film workshop activities, being held at the University of La Rochelle. Check out the selection of activities open to #SSD23 delegates!

Sunday, June 18

10:00 – 11:30
Masterclass by Diana El Jeiroudi: Producers Directors Relations
 Amphi 1

11:45 – 13:15
Case study by producer Charlotte Uzu (FR)
Case study on producing documentary series from the Les Films d´lci production leading producer.
 Amphi 2

16:45 – 18:00
Masterclass of director, producer and poet The Maw Naing (MMR)
Amphi 1

16:45 – 18:00 Amphi 2
Lecture by producer and commissioning editor Ken-ichi Imamura (JPN)
Ken-ichi Imamura will provide overview on how to navigate the Asian documentary market.
 Amphi 2

17:15 – 18:15
Masterclass by director Angus Macqeen (UK)
In his masterclass on episodic storytelling, director Angus Macqeen will focus on different story structures in different narratives choosing two very different series he has made as an example.  The first series covers the topic of illegal immigration from Romanian villages (2001, shot on film). The second is Netflix series on the footballer Diego Maradona (2018-19).
Amphi 3

18:30 – 19:30
Case study by Samuel Joyce (UK)
Case study on SLUMBERING CONCRETE series acquired (pre-bought) by TVF International, the world's leading independent distributor of documentaries and factual series.
Amphi 3


Monday, June 19

10:00 – 11:30
Masterclass by director Victoria Bruce (USA): Story Safari - The Hunt for Your Documentary’s Narrative
Masterclass by director of Las Abogadas: Attorneys on the Front Lines of the Migrant Crisis. Few artistic endeavours bury their makers under an avalanche of material like documentary filmmaking. We set out with a big idea—a fabulous, fantastic never-before-seen film about something that for sure IS what we think it is. We meander through the production process in fits and starts, filming every salacious and luxurious scene, recording every titillating soundbite to create our masterpiece. Then, one day, we wake up in a cold sweat. Our original narrative has disappeared.
Amphi 1

17:30 – 19:00 (11:30 NY time)
Masterclass by Nanfu Wang (USA/China) on Mind Over Murder (2022)
In her masterclass, the director will share the process of developing the series Mind Over Murder. Nanfu will share all of the process of pitching the projects, getting it green-lit and making it, focusing in particular on differences between making a feature documentary and a six-episode series.
Streamed live - Amphi 2



Tuesday, June 20

9:00 – 10:30
Lecture by Lucio Mollica (DE/IT)
In his case study, Lucio Mollica will focus on MUNICH 72 to demonstrate the whole process of documentary series creating, accenting the collaborative nature, explaining the rules of the game, making clear the dramaturgy of the series as opposed to the feature length documentary format. Lucio will elaborate on different approach to the roles in the team, the need of the bible, the different expectations of different streamers/broadcasters etc.
Amphi 1

10:00 – 11:30
Masterclass by director Hubert Sauper (FR)
Hubert Sauper documentary films won dozens of prestigious awards all around the world, and he was nominated for an Oscar for his 2004 film, Darwin's Nightmare. Throughout his films he tackles issues of globalisation and its impact, (neo)colonialism, propaganda, power demagoguery and its influence on the common man, his observative documentary method that he has remained faithful to for many years. Filmography: Epicentro (2020) awarded Grand Jury Award at the Sundance World Documentary Competition, Darwin’s NightmareWe Come As Friends.
Amphi 2

15:00 - 16:30Lecture by Matt Syrett (USA), documentary, scripted, and commercial producer Matt Syrett (USA) on his recentlyreleased Netflix documentary series MerPeople.Amphi 1

18:10 - 19:30
Masterclass by Marc Isaacs (UK)

Staging The Real and The Limits of Observation
Sometimes things happen spontaneously in front of your camera that amaze you and you return home at the end of the day excited about the film you are making. But mostly, filmmaking involves staging the real to make it transcend the ‘ordinary’ and fulfil its potential as an art form. From discussing tiny details to grand gestures, filmmaker Marc Isaacs will reveal how he constructs his narratives in the hope of avoiding predictability.
Amphi 2


Wednesday, June 21

14:30 – 15:30
Case study by Jasmina Sijercic (FR): Landscapes of Resistance (dir. Marta POPIVODA, 2021, Serbia, Germany, France)
Amphi 1

How do I get there?

Ex Oriente Film workshop takes place at LA ROCHELLE UNIVERSITÉ*, 23 Av. Albert Einstein, 17000 La Rochelle, France.

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