Fest Traveler: eDIT The Filmmaker's Festival

The eDIT Filmmaker’s Festival is not only aimed at industry professionals, but also seeks to educate and inspire new generations of moviemakers. To that end, the eDIT Academy has become an integral part of the festival. A platform for young filmmakers, it offers education and workshops focused on film and media.

The eDIT Academy consists of four programs aimed, respectively, at kids ages 13-16; students 16-19; film school students; and graduates and amateur filmmakers.

The program for the youngest film enthusiasts, held at Frankfurt’s Staedel art museum, includes a course on classic painting and film with a look at the work of 20th century painter Max Beckmann.

Festival director Rolf Kraemer says training in film and media for today’s kids is more important than ever. “We are living in a media society but kids just get thrown out there and they must deal with it, and very often they’re are not capable.

“Everybody wants to enter the film and media business but unless you get an internship somewhere you very rarely get a view of what it’s really like, so we invite people from the regional industry to present what they’re doing, what their job requires and what the working conditions are,” says Kraemer.

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