International Talent Workshop is completely free. The workshop is organized by an association of Jewish Film Festival, headed by Honorary President Branko Lustig (“Schindler’s List,” “Gladiator,” “Black Hawk Down,” “American Gangster”), a double winner of the prestigious film awards Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA and many others.
Lectures of workshop are renowned professionals from Croatia and all around the world such as Branko Lustig, Mirko Ilić and Darko Lungulov.
Branko Lustig is the Honorary President of the Zagreb Jewish Film Festival. Croatia’s most prominent cultural ambassador is a regular lecturer at ITW. Lustig not only received numerous awards for film productions (including two Academy Awards, for the films ‘Schindler’s List’ and ‘Gladiator’), he also was an active participant in the academy’s commission for Oscar nominations and awards for many years.
Mirko Ilić, award-winning world-renowned designer, lecturer and illustrator, will also again hold lectures for the participamts. In 1995 Ilić established Mirko Ilic Corp. in New York, a multidisciplinary studio specializing in graphic design, 3D animation, motion picture titles, and illustration. It has received awards from numerous organizations like the Society of Illustrators, the Art Directors Club, ID Magazine, Print Magazine, HOW Magazine and many more.
Darko Lungulov – was born in Belgrade, and is a graduate of City College of New York. He worked as director and producer for Spiral Pictures/Ross Institute. His film “Escape” was awarded with audience’s award on Hamptons International Film Festival 2004, and also had a long and successful screening life on festivals like Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival 2004, FEST 2005, Leipzig Documentary Film Festival 2005 and Santiago de Chile 2006. Lungolov also won the “Balkan Fund” award on 47. International film festival in Salonika for his “There and here” screenplay. Aforementioned film is starred by some of the most prominent region’s actors, such as Mirjana Karanović, Branislav Trifunović, and curiously enough, former global pop star Cindy Lauper.
This year we are expecting famous names as Jeanine Meerapfel and Stefan Ruzowitzky.
Jeanine Meerapfel is a German-Argentine film director and screenwriter. She has directed 17 films since 1966. In 1984, she was a member of the jury at the 34th Berlin International Film Festival. Her 1987 film Days to Remember was entered into the 37th Berlin International Film Festival. Her newes film “My German Friend” will be present on this year’s Festival of Tolerance.
Stefan Ruzowitzky is an Austrian film director and screenwriter. He begun as a music video and commercials director. He is known for award winning movies “Tempo”, “The Inheritors”,“Anatomy”, “Deadfall”, while in 2008 he won an Oscar for “The Counterfeiters” in the category Best Foreign Language Film of the Year. His newest film „Radical Evil“ will be presented in Croatia on this year’s Festival of Tolerance.