Fest Traveler: eDIT The Filmmaker's Festival

Since its launch in 1998, Frankfurt’s eDIT the Filmmaker’s Festival has become one of the leading industry events focusing on the craft and technology of filmmaking.

Running Oct. 30-Nov. 1, the fest invites high-profile players in cinematography, animation, visual effects, editing and production to discuss their work and take part in workshops, presentations and screenings.

The festival was begun by the regional industry in the German state of Hesse. The area boasts a strong digital filmmaking and post-production industry that developed through the 1990s, revolving around commercial production.

While local players sought greater recognition in the broader industry, fest director Rolf Kraemer says it quickly became apparent “that you cannot talk about post-production and visual effects in the digital age without also dealing with camera and the whole workflow of production.”

“The idea was not only to show what the industry here can do but also to invite filmmakers from around the world to meet and exchange ideas of production — not limited to post-production and visual effects, but with a strong focus on those areas.”

Aimed at filmmakers but also open to the public, the fest offers the opportunity to talk shop with behind-the-scenes talent from around the globe.

Cameraman Peter Zeitlinger, who lensed Werner Herzog’s 3D doc “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” will share his experience on the film.

Zeitlinger says he first suggested of using 3D to capture the contours of the walls of the Chauvet Cave in Southern France, where the world’s oldest cave paintings exist. Herzog initially dismissed the idea, believing the format to be “a gimmick of commercial cinema,” but changed his mind after visiting the cave.

Director Onir will discuss his film “I Am.” Also attending: d.p.’s Haris Zambarloukos (“Thor”) and Hallvard Braein (“The Troll Hunter.”)

Oscar-winning editor Chris Dickens (“Slumdog Millionaire”) is also among the fest’s participants.

Fest’s partners include Imago, the European Federation of Cinemato-graphers; ACE, the American Cinema Editors society; and Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE). Event is sponsored by the Hesse Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the Arts; broadcast watchdog LPR Hesse; and the city of Frankfurt.


Key honorees
Cinematographer Pawel Edelman, editor Terry Rawlings, composer James Horner

Select screenings
• “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” Werner Herzog
• “I Am,” Onir
• “Frankfurt Coincidences,” Enkelejd Lluca

Sunday, Oct. 30
• The visual effects of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.” David Vickery, Double Negative
• The visual effects of “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” Scott Farrar, Industrial Light & Magic
• The production design of Roland Emmerich’s “Anonymous.” Sebastian Krawinkel
• Bill Plympton’s World of Animation. Bill Plympton

Monday, Oct. 31
• The visual effects of “Captain America: The First Avenger.” Gruff Owen, Double Negative
• Festival honors master class. Terry Rawlings
• Cinematography of “Thor.” Haris Zambarloukos
• Digital Marriage: Role of d.p.’s in the Digital Intermediate. Philippe Ros; Nigel Walters, Imago; Randy Roberts, ACE; Jan Schutte; Florian Rettich; Richard Andry; Pawel Edelman

Tuesday, Nov. 1
• Keynote: Randy Roberts, president, ACE
• The visual effects of “X-Men: First Class.” Nicolas Aithadi, MPC
• MPSE sound show: The sound (Editing) of “Abduction.” William R. Dean, MPSE
• The visual effects of Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia.” Christian Vogt, Pixomondo
• The editing of “Cars 2.” Stephen Schaffer, Pixar Animation Studios
• 3D cinematography of “Cave of Forgotten Dreams.” Peter Zeitlinger
• Terry Rawlings on editing
• The visual effects of “Cowboys & Aliens.” Roger Guyett, Industrial Light & Magic
• The editing of “I Am.” Onir

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