Here you will find information about the workshops that will be offered on the Saturday afternoon of the film festival.

Bios of our Keynote speakers can be found on the “Presenters” page. Additional bios of ours special guest workshop presenters are below:

Jonathan Porath

Renowned for his extensive and wide-ranging experience in all aspects of the
post-production business relating to films, television and advertising.
Early in his career he worked on numerous MTV projects, presidential
campaigns and Olympic broadcasts (for which he received two Emmy
Awards). He has served in key positions in top facilities, such as Editel,
Sound One, Todd-Ao, Soundelux, Ascent Media and Technicolor.
In 2006, Jonathan moved to Shanghai, China, where he developed business
opportunities for western companies and creatives, advising local postproduction
facilities and clients, including Technicolor U.S.A. in their joint
venture with the Shanghai Film Group.
Jonathan joined Technicolor full-time in 2011 as Global Senior Vice-President
of the Entertainment Services Business Group, Greater China, and since then
he has been in charge of managing all the Group’s affairs in China.
Jonathan is a long-standing member of both ”AMPAS” The Academy of
Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and “GRAMMY” The Recording Academy.

Emilie Ohana: Acting Workshop

Known for her roles in Paris Je”taim and New York, I Love you, Emilie is now based in Shanghai, appearing on the stage and in the upcoming Shanghai, Ai Ni feature film.

Ellen Turer Fryer: Acting Workshop

Ellen Turer Fryer began her acting career in New York City where she performed Off-Off Broadway and did voice-over work including radio commercials. While starring in a one-woman road show, her travels led to marriage and motherhood. Now in Shanghai, Ellen is fulfilling her dream of returning to the stage. She is thrilled to be working with Urban Aphrodite and has appeared in its productions of Doubt: A Parable and Rosemary’s Baby. Her other passion is being a teacher at Shanghai American School.

Andrew Groark & Wesley Pantoja : Scriptwriting Workshop

Andrew Groark is a Film IB Teacher and Learning Coach at BISS Pudong. Prior to working in Shanghai he wrote and directed teacher training films in East Africa. In his spare time he is a keen screenwriter.

Wesley Pantoja began his career in Shanghai as a foreign expert teaching Western Culture at Shanghai Jiaotong University in 1999. He earned his MA in Multicultural Education from George Mason University and shortly thereafter founded Available Light Films where he serves as founding partner and Executive Producer. He also teaches Photography and Film Making at the Wan Yuan campus of the Shanghai United International School, and he is co-founder of the Shanghai I Love You Student Film Collective. Executive Producer, Availablelight Films; Film/Photography teacher, SUIS Wan Yuan; Cofounder, SWAN Student Film Collective.

Neil Stephens : Animation Workshop
Neil Stephens is an IT Integrator at Dulwich College Shanghai and is constantly thinking up innovative ways to use technology in the classroom. Wanting to make a fun PSA animation on Internet Safety, based on the popular Dumb Ways To Die, he taught himself how to use Flash in a few weeks and created Safe Ways to Surf with some Junior School kids at school. Today, as S2F2, he will share the basics and get you started on your road to digital animation.

Rolf Becker: Composing Music For Film
Rolf Becker’s musical talents reach far beyond conducting, he is an accomplished music producer, composer, arranger and musician who plays saxophone (soprano, alto, tenor and baritone), clarinet, flute and has toured the world. In Germany, his home country, Rolf played in various Radio Big Bands and started composing and arranging for several Publishing Houses, Labels (BMG Munich) and TV Channels. As musician and conductor he worked with some famous Artists, such as Sammy Davis Jr., Shirley Bassey or Gloria Gaynor. Rolf invented a new teaching technique and published 6 instructional books with audio CDs, which are the bestselling saxophone teaching books in German speaking countries of Europe. In August 2004 he moved to Shanghai where he started the first official Big Band in 2005. In 2007 he became the first Big Band Leader of the well known JZ All Star Big Band until he had to move back to Germany in 2009.

Since 2011 he is back in Shanghai and provides different bands playing various music genres. Rolf became the Music Director of the Jin Xing Theatre. Besides various performances he continues to write soundtracks for well known Hollywood and European movie production companies.