The ReActing as a Star project successfully completes its first edition in Kranj
- The event dedicated to bringing together actors, casting directors and talent agents to promote them regionally as well as internationally took place during the Krafft Actors Film Festival
ReActing as a Star – a new international programme dedicated to encouraging the networking between the film and audiovisual actors in the region and increasing their presence in the European film industry – took place in the framework of the second edition of the Krafft Actors Film Festival in Kranj (Slovenia) between 16 and 19 June. The platform was created at the initiative of the Slovenian Film Centre.
To increase the visibility of Slovenian film and audiovisual actors and expand the opportunities for their participation in the international film industry, the Slovenian Film Centre – in cooperation with the Sarajevo Film Festival, the International Casting Directors Network (ICDN), and the partner film centres from Croatia, Serbia, North Macedonia, and Montenegro – has established a professional platform, which the following actors from the region participated in: Slovenian actors Maruša Majer, Saša Pavlin Stošić and Jure Ivanušič; Croatian actors Judita Franković Brdar, Goran Marković and Josip Ledina; Bosnian-Herzegovinian actors Alban Ukaj, Alena Džebo and Kerim Čutuna; Macedonian actors Zorica Nuševa, Xhevdet Jashari, Tamara Ristoska and Sabina Memishi; Serbian actors Katarina Marković, Petar Benčina and Milena Božić; and Montenegrin actors Emir Čatović, Kristina Obradović and Milica Ščepanović.
The ReActing as a Star programme brought together film actors, casting directors, and talent agents to promote them regionally as well as internationally. It has been envisioned as a networking event where actors can increase their competencies and expand their knowledge while simultaneously creating new business opportunities. During the three-day event, renowned actors, directors, casting directors, and talent agents shared their professional experience as experts and leaders of thematic workshops.
The international programme included workshops led by Croatian actors Leon Lučev and Jelena Graovac Lučev, French casting director Nathalie Chéron, and Macedonian director Teona Strugar Mitevska. The masterclasses, which were also open to the public, were held by the renowned and multiple award-winning Croatian director Dalibor Matanić, the casting director of the film The Worst Person in the World [+see also:
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In conclusion of the first edition of this project, Nataša Bučar, the director of the Slovenian Film Centre, stated: “I am delighted that we have been able to provide actors with a special opportunity for research and networking. Slovenia mostly takes part in co-productions with the other countries from the region. Therefore, facilitating networking and increasing the recognisability of the regional actors seems all the more crucial. It is crucial that the importance of this project has also been recognised by my colleagues from the other film centres, as this gives the professional event at the festival in Kranj a particular weight and ensures a long and consistent future.”
Tina Hajon, its instigator and manager, said: “The implementation of the ReActing programme – the first of its kind in our region – has been very constructive and successful. I am delighted that Slovenia has had the opportunity to host all these distinguished actors and actresses and work towards a common goal with renowned film professionals from abroad. We have certainly gained the momentum needed to organise more ReActing editions!”
Croatian actor Leon Lučev, one of the lecturers, said: “This experience has been invaluable on several levels: meetings, sharing, socialising, honest reconnecting, and networking. At ReActing, we have eradicated taboos, discussed our doubts, hopes, and problems, raised crucial issues, and considered the solutions.”
Macedonian director Teona Strugar Mitevska, leader of one of the programme’s workshops, stated: “Why haven’t we done this sooner?! But, as the famous saying goes, it is never too late, and this is where it has nevertheless begun. The programme is exceedingly detailed and intensive. The speakers are experienced, renowned, and they certainly know what they are talking about. The talents have been carefully selected, everything is held to a very high standard, and, last but not least, the organisers have created a wonderful atmosphere where beauty follows us everywhere!”
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