Explorer Mikael Strandberg

Mbrane Workshop 2024

For the past week, I’ve been immersed in a workshop and pitch event in Malmö organized by MBrane, tailored for a younger audience. My fantastic co-producer from Norway, Malene Oppheim, joined me and, as always, played a pivotal role in understanding and promoting our film, tentatively titled “Man With His Daughters” (although titles often evolve during editing).
The highlight of the week was undoubtedly the workshop where a group of young experts shared their opinions on the film we, as filmmakers, were presenting to them. Their insights were incredibly valuable, perhaps even vital for the development of my film. This two-day workshop stood out as one of the best I’ve experienced in my years of attending various workshops and pitches. We had the opportunity to delve deeply into the essence of the film we envisioned.
The organization of the event, thanks to Lennart Ström and Ove Rishøj Jensen, was impeccable. Their wealth of experience added significant value to our discussions. As always, being among documentary filmmakers is a joyous experience, and workshops like these only amplify that sentiment.
The final two days consisted of pitches and meetings, all of which went well. Personally, I’ve never been particularly enamored with AI or industry conferences, as I often find them lacking in compelling speakers. This sentiment extends to most of the pitches I’ve attended. Perhaps I’ve simply grown weary of listening to others trying to sell or entertain ideas that don’t always resonate with me.
That being said, MBrane provides an excellent platform for filmmakers to showcase their work to a younger audience, facilitated by top-notch moderators and instructors. It’s a space where experimentation and innovation thrive, making it an invaluable resource for filmmakers of all backgrounds.

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