The famous documentary film director, the laureate of European Film Academy award Felix (for the film Earth of the Blind), Audrius Stonys has been teaching documentary filmmaking in European Film College, Ebelfort (Denmark), since September. The founders of this school are Isztvan Sabo, Bernardo Bertolucci, Theo Angelopulos and other famous masters, and its honorary members include, according to Audrius Stonys, all the great directors of our time.
Around a hundred students study at this school after passing a selection process. The model of the school is Scandinavian; students can freely form their curriculum; they can choose subjects and their number. The college functions all year round. Holidays are used for educational programmes and cinema forums.
The director says that the school’s technical basis is unique. Students use modern editing equipment, film and TV, sound recording studios, extremely complex filming technology.
The school also has a huge meticulously collected film library where one can find works by the authors of many countries. However, when he looked for Lithuanian films, Audrius Stonys found only one: Ona and Mykolas, a documentary directed by Rimantas Gruodis. There are two cinemas in the college which screen both most recent films and classic cinema.
Audrius Stonys will be teaching at this film school for eight months.