This hands-on study into the world of film producing is a fast-paced, intensive learning. Skills learned as a result of successful completion of this program will include introduction to the roles, tasks and obstacles faced by film producers. But there is more. The producing workshop is designed to illuminate one of the most important and misunderstood jobs in film industry. Students eager to control their own destiny in the business world of film will flourish in this intensive historic program.

Jörn Johan Donner (born 5 February 1933 in Helsinki, Finland) is a Swedish-speaking Finnish writer, film director, actor, producer, politician, founder of Finnish Film Archive and a member of the Donner family. He is the son of the linguist Kai Donner.

Donner has for long periods lived and worked in Sweden, and has, among other things, served as director of the Swedish Film Institute. In 1979, he was a member of the jury at the 29th Berlin International Film Festival. Internationally he is best known as the producer of Ingmar Bergman’s film Fanny and Alexander (Fanny och Alexander, 1982). In 1984 the movie won a total of four Academy Awards including the award for best foreign language film, making him to date the only Finn to receive an Oscar. His novel Far och son (Father and Son) won the Finlandia Prize in 1985.

Donner has been associated with several different political parties, and has at different times been a member both of the Finnish parliament and the European Parliament. As of 2007 he was again a member of the Finnish parliament for a short while, after Eva Biaudet resigned to take a position at the OSCE.

Donner’s producing workshop at Fajr is geared to students and others with little or no experience in producing, but who recognize that an intensive and demanding program, much like the job of producing itself, will provide them with the knowledge they seek.

Presided over by Iranian film writer and director Reza Mirkarimi, the 36th edition of Fajr International Film Festival will be held in Tehran on April 19-27.