Master classes in Tallinn

In an era of longevity, global change, and technological innovation, the International Film Festival «First Film» in Tallinn opens its doors to all who aspire to express themselves through the world of cinema. In this new world where audio-visual mediums are becoming increasingly accessible, the festival invites people of all ages and experiences to share their stories using the visual language of cinema.

First Film | International Festival is created to support aspiring animators and independent filmmakers, amateurs.

Our goal is to support and inspire amateur filmmakers, opening doors to new opportunities! The festival is interested in discovering new talents and providing knowledge and opportunities for the residents of Tallinn.

As part of the First Film | International Festival, there will be workshops open to all:

  • Those who dream of making their own film,
  • Those who already have some experience but lack knowledge,
  • Those who are seeking new themes, forms, and knowledge.

On May 11th, within the framework of First Film | International Festival, three workshops will take place for all interested adults and teenagers:

12:00 — 13:00 «How to Make Your First Film» Speakers: Producer Natalya Machenene and animator Marina Hirv.

This workshop is for those who dream of taking the first step: where to begin, what is necessary besides desire to turn the dream into a short film. The discussion will cover both independent artistic cinema and animation. Marina Hirv, a student at the Animation Department of the Academy of Arts, will talk about her first independent film and her studies at EKA. Natalya Machenene, a producer, will share her experience in producing short films and animations.

13:30 — 14:30 «AI for Audio-Visual Products»

Does Artificial Intelligence help creators in making short films and animations? Can it invent and write stories? How to use AI for voice-over, translation, beautiful shots… Practical advice will definitely be provided!

15:00 — 16:30 «Basics of Making an Animated Film» Speaker: Victoria Schmidt

A practical workshop where you will not only learn how cartoons are made but also try to do it yourself. This is your chance to make your first mini cartoon and fall in love with animation! Victoria Schmidt, an animator, a student at EKA, the author of five original films. Victoria has worked with Eesti Joonisfilm and Soyuzmultfilm as a set decorator and animator.

Workshops are held at: Creative Space studio (Soo 4, Tallinn) Language: Russian, Estonian, English.

Workshops are free, but registration is mandatory:

Festival organizers: Creative Space studio, operating in Tallinn for eight years, conducts animation courses for children and adults and has long been recognized by professionals. Cartoons created in the studio receive awards at international film festivals! NM Production — produces original short films, mini-docuseries, documentary films.