26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Melt-down on the Set
Panel discussion on mental health and the film industry
The film industry is a challenging work environment – it is highly volatile, risky and complex in terms of relationships, financial instability, pressure to perform, at the same time requiring flexibility and creativity. It foreshadows the future world of labour in general. What steps are needed individually and systemically to make such work psychologically sustainable, and what to do if you are part of such a challenging work environment?
Rebecca is a freelance Producer and trained Psychotherapist. She has produced a number of award-winning shorts and was a producer on This Is Scotland, a series of 30’ docs for STV. As well as doing outreach on SDI’s films, she produced Becoming Animal, directed by Emma Davie & Peter Mettler (2018) and is in production with Silent Men, Duncan Cowles, recipient of the BFI Raw Talent Award.
Film director and teacher. He studied at the Department of Documentary film at FAMU, where he currently leads Documentary workshop. He was at the birth of several social activities - Letokruh, Jednotka, Auto * Mat and he also worked as a musician. In the role of playwright, he participates in a number of documentaries of his colleagues. He is the author of several internationally acclaimed feature films, including Dust Games (2001), The Source (2005), Auto * Mat (2009), Solar Eclipse (2011) and Over the Hills (2019).
CEO and founder of Taskovski Films network, a London-based world sales and production company with offices across Europe. Irena is working as film consultant/expert on marketing, sales, financing and festivals for many film institutions e.g. HBO Europe, TRT world, Asian Cinema Fund, Dok.incubator CZ, Sources Germany, and Head Tutor at Emerging Producers – at Ji.hlava IDFF CZ. Founder of the training programme focusing on initiative art of creative producing and distribution, the Film Academy for Conscious Creative Leaders and art and film residencies. Irena studied in Prague, graduating from FAMU. She also studied at the Sam Spiegel Film and TV School in Jerusalem and obtained a Master’s degree from the National Film and Television School in London, UK.
Film journalist. She is a member of the Finnish Critics’ Association SARV, International Federation of Film Critics FIPRESCI and the European Film Academy, where she has joined the committee deciding the nominations for the European Discovery 2019, 2020 and 2021 – Prix FIPRESCI. She has published in Variety, Cineuropa and regularly contributes to Finnish film magazine Episodi. She has collaborated with various festivals, including Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy and its industry sidebar Finnish Film Affair. She has served on many juries, including Venice International Film Critics’ Week at the Venice Film Festival in 2019.
*Rebecca Day will join us live from Scotland.