On Tuesday, July 17, the day following Fantasia’s Canadian Premiere of PROFILE, the festival presents a special master class with award-winning Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov (BEN-HUR, WANTED, NIGHT WATCH), focused specifically on the new and innovative storytelling format he’s invented called “Screenlife”, that ingeniously captures the way we function and communicate online. This allows for telling a narrative using devices that we use on a day-to-day basis. No matter if it’s a laptop, tablet or smartphone, the story can unfold entirely on their screens, remaining cinematic and entertaining but with a new degree of immediacy and immersion. With footage and materials at hand, the director/producer talks about Screenlife’s evolution, the success behind the box office smash UNFRIENDED – a Fantasia World Premiere under its earlier title CYBERNATURAL – and about the upcoming films shot in this format, of which PROFILE, SEARCHING and UNFRIENDED: DARK WEB screen at Fantasia this year. The former, a riveting award-winner at the Berlinale and SXSW, was directed by Bekmambetov himself, and takes his Screenlife concept to the dramatic next level, telling the true story of a female journalist catfishing an ISIS recruiter online.