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COTTBUS: One of the many new initiatives at this year’s edition of Connecting Cottbus, 9 – 10 November 2017, was a pitching session of projects from the MIDPOINT Feature Launch programme. The projects selected to participate included the debut feature film Inventory by Slovenian producer Vlado Bulajic for his four-year-old company December and directed by Darko Sinko.

COTTBUS: The Polish drama Speedway, directed by Dorota Kędzierzawska and produced by Arthur Reinhart for Kid Film, was one of four films seeking gap funding at Connecting Cottbus’ first Works in Progress section.

COTTBUS: The glass ceiling is budgets. That was the message coming from the first Female Producers Roundtable organised by Connecting Cottbus, 9 – 10 November 2017. For countries with larger amounts of funding, that means female producers are eliminated from consideration for large budget films.

COTTBUS: Georgian director Vano Burduli pitched his third feature film The Russian Doctor at Connecting Cottbus, which took place 9 – 10 November 2017.

COTTBUS: Macedonia, Croatia and Bulgaria are lining up to come on board Zana, a feature film from Kosovo directed by Antoneta Kastrati. The project was presented as part of the new MIDPOINT Feature Launch pitches at Connecting Cottbus on 9 – 10 November 2017.

COTTBUS: The power of Polish cinema was on display in Cottbus, with Anna Jadowska’s drama Wild Roses winning the Best Film prize at the 27th Cottbus Film Festival, and its leading lady Marta Nieradkiewicz winning the Best Actress award.

COTTBUS: Film Center Serbia, which partnered with Connecting Cottbus (9 – 10 November 2017) as one of this year’s new events, will see an increase in funding rising to 10 m EUR in 2019, up from the present level of 6 m EUR.

COTTBUS: Polish director Jan P. Matuszynski, who won the best debut prize at last year’s Cottbus Film Festival with The Last Family, returned to Cottbus to pitch his historical thriller Leave No Traces at Connecting Cottbus, 9 – 10 November 2017, winning the MIDPOINT Scholarship Award. The project was well received, with the film’s representatives booked non-stop with one-on-one meetings following their presentation.

COTTBUS: Poland’s second project, which was pitched at Connecting Cottbus taking place 9 – 10 November alongside the Cottbus Film Festival, is from coco alum Kuba Czekaj, whose last film The Erlprince went on to premiere at the 2017 Berlinale and screened at this year’s Cottbus Film Festival.

COTTBUS: The 19th edition of the pitching forum connecting cottbus handed out awards to two Ukrainian films, one Bulgarian project and one Polish project at the celebratory dinner on 9 November 2017.