Workshops & Applications

Workshop: Talking Shorts - Summer Film Criticism Workshop

Lago Film Fest & FILMFEST DRESDEN join forces with Talking Shorts to bring you an exclusive workshop on short film criticism. You will gain insights into journalistic practice under the guidance of established journalists and film scholars. You will acquire the fundamental craft of film criticism, learn strategies for conducting interviews and gain insights into the history, development and tendencies of short film. You will exchange views with professionals on country-specific peculiarities of the world of short film and write film reviews and interviews. The work on the texts will be editorially supervised during the festival. The best ones will be published on


The workshop is directed at students of humanities as well as graduates / young professionals and aspiring film critics, who want to work in the field of film and film journalism.


The workshop will be held in Dresden and Lago. You can either join both sessions and deepen your knowledge or you take part in only one.
DRESDEN: July 9 – July 18
LAGO: July 24 – July 31

Further information about the workshop and the application can be found here.

We accept applications until 22 June 2021 via email to!

Forum "Visegrad in Short(s)"

Together with Filmverband Sachsen, we are teaming up for a new edition of "Visegrád in Short(s)". In a three-day workshop you will develop new creative ideas and concepts in international teams, work together on improving those ideas and introduce them to a team of industry professionals. These can be concepts for a short fiction, documentary or animated film or other hybrid formats.

Additionally you will be able to:

  • attend the industry programme and film screenings at FILMFEST DRESDEN
  • take part in networking events and meet industry representatives during one-to-one meetings 
  • screen your own films during an open film night

You are studying film or are at the beginning of your career. You have made at least one short film or audiovisual work. We are looking for all kinds of professions such as directors, producers, screenwriters, animators, cinematographers, distributors and film agents resident in the Visegrád countries Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland as well as Germany.

Once selected for the forum, participation in the programme and its events is mandatory from Wednesday, July 14 to Saturday, July 17 2021.

Further information can be found here.

Please apply until 20 June 2021 via email to!

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