A motivational festival director from Europe is making a rare appearance at Edge Hill University to give advice to aspiring filmmakers.

Vladana Tercova, Director of the International Student Film Festival in Pisek, Czech Republic, will be at the Ormskirk campus on 29th March to talk to students about the opportunities available to showcase their work and to forge Erasmus links with the University for student exchange opportunities.

She will talk about the Film Academy of Miroslav OndÅ™íček where she is based, its study programmes and how they educate future film professionals. The private school was originally founded by her parents and is named after the accomplished cinematographer Miroslav Ondrícek, one of the greatest Czech directors of photography.  He was twice nominated for an Oscar and has shot more than 50 feature films in Hollywood and all over world.  He is still actively involved in teaching and co-founded the school with Milon Terc, Vladana’s father, who is Director of the School.

Vlandana will also focus on the 12th International Student Film Festival, which is one of the most important European cultural events in the calendar and takes place from 5th to 7th October 2012.

She will tell the audience about the history and presence of the festival, its developments, main aims and the benefits of student participation.

During her visit she will also be given a tour of MediaCityUK, which is based in Salford and is a leading international hub for the creative and digital sectors and home to the BBC and ITV.

Edge Hill University’s former Head of Media Carol Poole, who is now the institution’s Ambassador for the development, will show her round the facilities, which have been hailed one of the best creative industry innovations in the world.

Carol said: “I’m delighted that we have Vlanda visiting us as it enhances even further our growing links with the international film community. The school is very prestigious and offers hands-on experience within different film genres under the supervision of top filmmaking professionals, so it will be great that she can pass on her words of wisdom to our students during her visit.

“She will also talk about the 12th International Student Film Festival and how our students can enter their works. It is a great opportunity for our aspiring filmmakers because it attracts high profile visitors and familiar celebrities from the industry, and showcases innovative student films from all over the world.”

The free event takes place at the University’s Facility of Health and Social Care building in room H1 between 3pm and 5pm. Refreshments will also be provided.

Edge Hill University is forging links with a number of film festivals, including Ann Arbor, which is one of America’s longest running unique independent festivals. Executive Director Donald Harrison, a media artist and entrepreneur, is visiting the Ormskirk campus on 25th April to talk about the future of the event at a free public lecture. Book online at http://surveys.edgehill.ac.uk/donaldharrison. Arrival is from 5pm with refreshments, ready for a 6pm start with networking at refreshments afterwards, followed by a screening of Ann Arbor films at 8pm.