As film professionals, we regularly experience problematic relationships, misunderstandings and serious conflicts. Preparing and shooting a film can be compared to a pressure cooker: lack of time, financial pressure, stress, co-operating with various departments and, in the case of co-productions, collaborating between different cultures. We treat these problems with surprising passivity considering they exhaust us and are detrimental to the quality of our films, thus reducing their chance of artistic and financial success.
During these three intensive days, two charismatic leadership mentors will show us how to address these problems creatively.
We will work with Julia Middleton on the new concept of ‹cultural intelligence›: how can we recognise cultural differences (professions, generations, social environment, countries) to avoid misunderstandings? How can we accept them without denying ourselves?
George Kohlrieser is a former hostage negotiator, who owes his survival to having created a connection with the person who was threatening to kill him. Based on this experience, he has developed expertise in conflict management. How do we create and maintain a bond with our interlocutor? How do we develop the understanding that behind each conflict there is a loss and the chance of an enriching relationship?