Responsibly shooting intimate scenes, sustainability in filmmaking and the writing masterclasses of screenwriter Tony Grisoni and novelist and screenwriter Irvine Welsh, and filmmaker Isabel Coixet are among the highlights of the FEST New Directors New program. This year’s films taking place this week in Portugal. The FEST takes place as a physical event from October 4 to 11 in the coastal town of Espinho with the industry program from October 4 to 10.
British actor and intimacy coordinator Joshua Okpala, whose most recent work includes TV shows It will hurt and Anatomy of a scandal, discussed the history of coordinating intimacy, the power dynamics on set, and the production requirements for such scenes, as well as the impact and consequences of #metoo. One of the UK’s first black intimacy coordinators, Okpala has worked on numerous hit series for Netflix, BBC, Amazon and AMC including Bridgerton and A very English scandal.
Okpala followed her masterclass by joining casting director Nancy Bishop, Berlin-based Crawford Talents founder and CEO Caprice Crawford and New Sparta Productions actor / producer and CEO Chris Simon at a panel discussion for actors and directors titled ‘Shooting a Scene with Simulation Sex and Nudity’. Participants talked about unique issues and solutions for filming scenes involving simulated sex and nudity and reflected on various contract and nudity clauses offering protection and how filmmakers work with a privacy coordinator. to ensure actors feel safe while producing the best artistic results for a scene.
Crawford, an American producer and former actor who has starred alongside Jamie Foxx, Don Johnson, Orlando Bloom and Burt Reynolds on television and in film, also presented a masterclass on being an international agent, dealing with clients and how to help talent deal with rejection.
And Simon, whose credits includeThe slaughter of a sacred deer and more recently that of Catherine Hardwicke I miss you Already, starring Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore, presented a masterclass titled “How to Act Your Way to Become a Producer”.
Screenwriter Grisoni, renowned for his work on Fear and loathing in Las Vegas and the The man who killed Don Quixote, is lined up to discuss screenwriting craft, including on-screen book adaptations, writing original screenplays, and working with separate directors, such as frequent collaborator Terry Gilliam.
The Welsh novelist and screenwriter will talk about the creative process, his writing style and how it works, including Trainspotting, Porn and Dirt have been successfully adapted for the big screen.
A presentation by general practitioner and health coach Tamara Karni Cohen on mental health in the film industry is also planned.
There is also a masterclass by iconic Catalan filmmaker Isabel Coixet and a lecture by Portuguese-born filmmaker Dorte Schneider focusing on ‘green towers’ and sustainability in cinema at all stages of production, from l ‘script writing to post-production.