june 2009
Cultural Centre “The Palace”, Balchik

Deadline for application: 1st June 2009

Sea School is a training initiative, part of the educational progamme FILMER FORGE of the International Short Film Festival IN THE PALACE, Balchik. The Sea School programme aims to help the professional development of young cinematographers, directors, producers and editors using “learn by practice” approach. The idea is the young and emerging filmmakers from different disciplines to develop further the theoretical knowledge archived during the study and to work with experienced professionals from all over the world on making their own movies during the programme. FILMER FORGE programme aim to assist the meetings and contacts between the students and the great filmmakers who are festival guest and to go throughout the main stages of film making process  during the week of training.

Among the professionals involved in the Sea School educational programme with their lectures and workshops are distinguished filmmakers such as:
  • Barry Hanson (UK) - his movie “The long Good Friday” has been described as the best British film ever. He teaches Film & TV Production for London University and has written many papers for academic books and journals in the UK and internationally.
  • Sandy Lieberson (USA/UK) – tutor in London Film School and in the National Film Schools in Spain and Great Britain. Chairman of The Strategic Agency for Film & Media and Academy Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, London. He is consultant of Berlin Talent Campus and London Film School. Sandy Lieberson entered the film industry as an agent working in Los Angeles, Rome and London. Among his clients were Sergio Leone, Richard Harris, Peter Sellers, Lindsay Anderson and The Rolling Stones.
  • The winner of more than 40 prestigious film festival awards, among which Cannes, Venice, Berlin and Rotterdam, the director and script-writer Krzysztof Zanussi (Poland)
  • Academy Award winner script-writer and contemporary artist Pierre Bismuth (France/Belgium)
  • Yael Elyat Van-Essen (Israel) - curator and teacher in installations, performances, video-art and documentary and lately she is working on the theoretical aspects of New Media.
  • Sergey Astakhov (Russia) – cinematographer of more than 40 feature and TV films including movies from directors Sergey Selianov, Aleksey Balabanov, Pavel Lungin.
  • Faisal A. Qureshi (Great Britain) – director, script-writer and editor. He is a part-time lecturer at the Escula Internacional Cine y TV in Cuba, Salford University and Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK. He has also worked on the British Council “I, Belong” project in Pakistan and the “Film ON” project in Uzbekistan.
  • Kodak Product Marketing Manager Holger Schwarzel.

Sea School programme has the ambition to help the film students to get knowledge about the film making process and about fund-raising in different funds and programmes. FILMER FORGE will present national and European funding programmes like: National Film Centre, MEDIA Programme of the European Union, South-Eastern European Cinema Network, EUROIMAGE, DEBUTS programme in the Ministry of Culture, Boyana Film and KODAK-Bulgaria programmes.


Sea School program is open to young filmmakers and students from Bulgarian Film Schools. The maximum participants in the program are 20.

The selected participants will be informed by email until June 5, 2009  including information about the entry fee, which has to be paid and confirmation from Students Film Forum Foundation, in case they have won a scholarship for the program.

The entry fee for participation in Sea School training is 150 EURO and includes:

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation (in a double bedroom)
  • Participation in the educational program
  • Free access to all open classes and presentations organised during the festival
  • Access to all festival screenings programmes
  • Access to all concerts from the music line-up
  • Access to the industry zone

The participants can apply for 70% and 30% scholarships from Format SFF Foundation.

Fluent written and spoken English is required.

Eligible for participation are filmmakers making their debut or students in 3rd or 4th year in one of the following disciplines:

  • directing
  • cinematography
  • editing
  • cultural management 

To apply to Sea School training fill in the Online form and send the following documents:

  • short biography
  • motivation letter
  • short description of a film idea (up to 1800 characters)
  • film treatment (for directors only)

Deadline for application: 1st June 2009