Masterclasses and Seminars

2017 Seminars are coming soon...
Until then, you can check the past ones organised in Patmos or Athens below.

Film Labs in Athens

The International Film Festival of Patmos with the exclusive support of Stavros Niarchos Foundation, is organized a series of Film Labs in Athens, a unique opportunity for aspiring filmmakers to learn from well-known professionals through specialized seminars. This year’s subjects are Directing, Scriptwriting, Producing and Cinematography. This year’s mentors were Gyula Gazdag (Director), Daniel Sussman (Scriptwriter), Juan Gordon (Producer) and Jacek Laskus, ASC, PSC (Cinematographer).

Acclaimed Filmmakers/Mentors are invited to share their knowledge and expertise, creating a unique educational platform, in which valuable insight and experiences will be conveyed. This is a chance for filmmakers to develop their bold ideas and take a significant step towards a creative evolution.

These seminars are designed to give practical as well as theoretical knowledge to the participants, allowing their creativity to lead them, with the guidance of their mentors, to new aspects of their work and new experiences.

2016 Masterclasses and Seminars

Identifying and Developing the Documentary Impulse

by Prof. Carol L. Dysinger - NYU Tisch school of the Arts

What makes a situation into a story? What makes a documentary story into cinema? Moving from «I want to make a movie about» to something that feels like a story is the dilemma of social justice documentaries. In the U.S. and
foundations with serious mission statements. But moving from the identification of something interesting, instinctive and compelling -- a character, a place, an idea, or a personal dilemma --to a cathartic, cinematic ourney is the dilemma of every film maker -- no matter what their motivation is. In this seminar, Carol Dysinger will pull from her many years of story/editorial consulting and her own experience to talk about that little understood relationship between truth, reality, and taking a living story onto the screen.

Where: Patmos Aktis Conference Hall – Patmos
When: 22 July 2016

Scandinavian Documentary Making

with Jesper Jack - Producer

Scandinavian documentary and in particular Danish documentary is a global cultural brand, and the last decade has seen a wave of influential international award winning documentaries coming out of this relatively small country. In this talk one of the country’s leading producer, Jesper Jack from House of Real, will talk about Danish documentary and present exclusive examples of ongoing films. How do you create a successful nonfiction company in an situation where global financing is getting less and competition is getting harder? The talk is for filmmakers and lovers of documentary in general.

Where: Patmos Aktis Conference Hall – Patmos
When: 25 July 2016


Audience Development

with Dimitra Kouzi - Producer / journalist

The audience is there for your documentary film –the question is how you can reach it! Audience
development means meeting the needs of existing and potential viewers, and helping films to
develop on-going relationships with new audiences. My work in audience development, communication
strategy and innovative documentary production and distribution builds on my experience of 20 years of journalism and 10 years of intensive engagement in the documentary sector. Through my hands-on documentary screenings, events and distribution, which I have been organising and moderating since 2009
in Greece, and my participation in festivals all over Europe, I identify new ways for reaching out to larger audiences and enable closer communication between film creators and viewers.

Where: Patmos Aktis Conference Hall – Patmos

When: 23 July 2016


Greek Film Music

Marina Petsali and Friends

Marina Petsali lives and works in Brussels where she has performed
Greek music at several concerts: ranging from the ‘retro’ styles of the
1930’s and ‘40’s to the New Wave. This will be her second collaboration
with musicians in Patmos.

Where: Patmos Aktis Conference Hall – Patmos

When: 20 July 2016

12 Days in Patmos - Photography exhibition

by Darran Rees

Darran Rees was born in Wales. He moved to London in the mid 1990’s after his training in art in order to focus on photography. Currently based in London and New York he continues to work for some of the most well known international clients, agencies and brands, as well as on many of his own personal projects. Some of his favorite work has been for the Fair Trade Charity Organisation through which he travelled to the remote regions of Peru, Africa, Mexico and Nicaragua to photograph the tea and coffee growing artisans, their land and communities. ΙFFP is honoured to have Darran joining with his photography exhibition this year in Patmos. The exhibition will show
portraits of the island that move beyond the traditional idea of a Greek island portrait, whilst still appreciating the natural beauty of both the people and the island.

Awards include; The TAYLOR-WESSING Int’l PHOTO PRIZE 2012-National Portrait Gallery-London; The British D&AD Awards -best use of Photography; The UK. AOP awards ; UK CAMPAIGN PRESS Awards ; ETAP Awards-FRANCE ; LURZER’S ARCHIVE WORLD’S BEST 200 Ad Photographers (2009,10,11 ); USA KELLY AWARDS INALIST; ITALIAN D&AD Awards ( best use of photography ) and the USA COMMUNICATION ARTS Awards ; 2014 IPA / Lucie awards (honourable mentions two categories ). Lurzers - World Best 200 AD photographers 2016 /17.

Where: Patmos Aktis Conference Hall – Patmos
When: 21 July 2016

2015 Masterclasses and Seminars

Documentary & the Web

by Lefteris Charitos

Through a short journey on what documentary really stands for, we will unmask the new dynamic aspects of what we call web documentary. We will see how interaction helps in low budget film production and how all the major documentary financiers (ARTE, BBC) are demanding that contracts include cross media and social media platforms.

This new reality has brought a small revolution in story telling and understanding. The boundaries between fiction and reality have become blurred. Interaction with the internet viewer/user in addition to bringing new kinds of video content in terms of narration, also affects areas such as web design, which now play a leading role in the flow and structure of the story. The result is exciting. The future is already around us.

Lefteris Haritos works as a director both in TV and Film as well as in the educational sector for public schools and SAE Greece. He has directed short films, TV series and documentaries. He is best known for the fictional series Amina Zonis (2007) ERT (public channel) based on the acclaimed book of Petros Markaris, ‘1821’ a series of documentaries for SKAI, Schooltube (2012) a series of documentaries for ERT. Currently he is preparing a feature documentary in co-production with ARTE called Dolphin Man and at the same time he is also preparing his first feature film with the working title Final Apocalypse 2.

Where: Patmos Aktis Conference Hall – Patmos
When: 23 July 2015

by Debbie McWilliams & Charles Weinstein

Acting coach Charles Weinstein and London casting director Debbie McWilliams will run a 2-day workshop for actors during the International Film Festival of Patmos 2015. The participants must prepare a video audition that will be evaluated and improved during the workshop, aiming to improve actor’s internet audition skills for building an international career. The workshop is open to actors and casting directors who are interested in an international career.

The audience will watch scenes from some of Debbie McWilliams past films. Here she will discuss acting, auditions and how actors were cast for these roles.

Debbie McWilliams CDG is one of the UK’s leading Casting Directors. Debbie has cast some of the most successful films in recent years including all the latest Bond movies such as Skyfall and Casino Royale. Her other credits include feature films Take Down, Tiger Raid, The Silent Storm, An American Werewolf in London, My Beautiful Launderette and Caravaggio and Borgia and One Child for TV. Debbie is currently a committee member of the Casting Directors Guild, a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures and the Spokesperson for the International Casting Directors’ Network.

Charles Weinstein has developed a solid technique for actors desiring to act in front of the camera. Through the Film Acting Paris Workshops he is working with French as well as international actors for more than 10 years.

Where: Patmos Aktis Conference Hall – Patmos
When: 26 & 27 July 2015
How: To reserve your seat it's obligatory the «Festival Pass»
& your CV, a photo and a video audition by e-mail at the:

For the videos of casting workshop please click the link below followed by the password given you by IFFP.
Debbie McWilliams
Charles Weinstein

Can You really Direct a Documentary

by Dodo Hunziker

In every documentary film, a "director" is listed in the credits. But what does it mean to direct a film that claims to be true? How can you transform reality to screen? How is authenticity preserved, when does it become fiction? Dodo Hunziker, director of "Tibetan Warrior" gives an insight into his own work as a documentary director on the example of his film, and reveals some secrets on the making of "Tibetan Warrior".

Dodo Hunziker is a filmmaker / producer based in Bern, Switzerland, and co-proprietor of the production company DokLab. After studying graphic design, he started editing videos, resulting in a passion for documentary filmmaking. After several years of learning by doing, Dodo studied film in Prague has been directing and producing films for TV and cinema since 2006.

Where: Patmos Aktis Conference Hall – Patmos
When: 28 July 2015

How to Produce a Documentary

By Jesper Jack

From a background in international financing and production of high-end documentaries, Danish producer Jesper Jack will share his company, House of Real's, vision in making "sustainable" stories for a multitude of platforms - from cinema over podcasts to the stage - and show excerpts from not yet released films to be released later this year. Participants are encouraged to bring ideas or ongoing projects for one-on-one consulation and feedback throughout the festival.

Jesper Jack is an award winning producer and co-founder of leading Scandinavian collective of non-fiction makers - House of Real - and a key player on the Danish doc scene. He has directed, edited, developed and produced documentaries and worked as a documentary film consultant at the Danish Film Institute where he commissioned more than 30 films – among them Academy Award nominated THE ACT OF KILLING and winner of best doc at Tribeca Film Festival. DEMOCRATS. Lately he has been the co-producer of Michael Moore favourite TWO RAGING GRANNIES and is currently working on films in Syria, China and Uganda.

Where: Patmos Aktis Conference Hall – Patmos
When: 28 July 2015

Legal Matters on Doc Production

by Alexander Setzer-Rubruck

From his background as an entertainment lawyer, Alexander Setzer-Rubruck will give an introduction into
the legal structures of film-producing, including
the legal protection of intellectual and artistic work by the European copyright provisions
legal restrictions of the freedom of expression (i.e. Personal rights)
financial aid from German and European film-financing institutions.

Alexander Setzer-Rubruck is a Certified Lawyer for Copyright and Media Law in Frankfurt.
Since 1998 he specialized in Law for Copyright and Media Law focusing on consulting for Publishers, Agencies, Producers, Writers and Artists on all legal Aspects of the exploitation of their Work. From 2006 until 2011 he was also a member of the expert committee for copyright of the German Cultural Counsel.

Where: Patmos Aktis Conference Hall – Patmos
When: 28 July 2015
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OTE TV Juniors' Film Day

Here is the stop motion video created by our little friends. The kids attended our workshop and learned creating stories with the techniques of stop motion. Great job everyone!