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RIGA: The 3rd edition of Baltic Film Days will be held in Tallinn (Kino Artis) and Vilnius (Forum Cinemas Vingis) on 21-22 August, and in Riga (Splendid Palace) on 22-23 August 2019. This year, Baltic Film Days will honour the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way. The events will be accompanied by meetings with filmmakers and debates.

Daugther by Daria Kashcheeva continues in her fantastic year of festival success. Fifteen-minutes-long animated short has been selected for Short Cuts at TIFF 2019. Toronto also gives floor to The Painted Bird – after the World Premiere in Venezia 76, the film will be screened as the North American Premiere in Special Presentations. In addition, The Sleepers will be introduced in Primetime, and Dutch-Lithuanian-Czech co-production documentary State Funeral in Wavelengths.

BERLIN: Thirteen films from the CEE are among the 46 titles which made it on the 2019 EFA Feature Film Selection list and are recommended for a nomination for the European Film Awards 2019.

6th Kids Kino International Film Festival, operating until now under the name: The Kids Film Festival will be held from 21-29 September 2019. The format of Kids Kino IFF remains the same. We will present films from around the world: shorts, features, animations, live action, documentaries and TV series to kids from 4-12 years of age. The festival takes place in 20 cities at the same time, screening films from the main competition. Warsaw screenings, in addition, are extended to a full programme comprising of 150 titles. Aside from the part solely dedicated to films, there are meetings, creative workshops and screenings with live music organized during the festival. Adults may take part in lectures and workshops on education and upbringing, whereas professionals can attend Warsaw Kids Film Forum, an industry part of Kids Kino IFF.

Renaming the festival means renaming the projects involved. These are:

Warsaw Kids Film Forum / from 2020 under the name Kids Kino Industry – an international industry event devoted to films and television series aimed at children’s market. More info at: www.warsawkidsff.pl;

Kids Film.Pro, from 2019/2020 edition under the name Kids Kino.Lab – an international development programme for film projects and TV series for young audience devoted to script writers and producers. More info at: www.kidskinolab.pl.

6th Kids Kino International Film Festival is organised by New Horizons Association. More info at: www.kinodzieci.pl/english-info/.

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TBILISI: Film director, screenwriter, journalist and actress Nino Kirtadze, the new representative of Georgia in Eurimages, spoke with Film New Europe about the importance of Eurimages support for Georgian coproductions and about her own projects.

Invitation for all FIPRESCI and SNCCI Members attending the Venice Film Festival 2019:

For the fourth year of their successful collaboration in the series of talks around the them of « The circulation and promotion of Scandinavian films », Europa Distribution and New Nordic Films will this year take a closer look at the film value chain, and more specifically at how essential each link is for the success of the film, and at how the different parts of the chain can work best together.

We will follow the wonderful voyage of Danish hit Queen of Hearts:  How was she born?  How was she raised?  And how is she finally touching the hearts of so many people around the globe? 

These are some of the questions that will be explored in Haugesund on Wednesday August 21st , (10.15-11.45am), with the help of the following experts:

May el-Thouky - Director and Co-writer, Denmark
Maren Louise Kähene - Co-writer, Denmark
Silje Nikoline Glimsdal - International Sales Agent, TrustNordisk, Denmark
Aiste Racaityte - Distributor and Festival, Kino Pavasaris, Lithuania
Frances Harvey - Distributor, Thunderbird Releasing, UK

The session will be moderated by Wendy Mitchell, journalist and film festival consultant, United Kingdom.

Europa Distribution will continue discussing with its members and other professionals and experts about the specific challenges of releasing and promoting independent films in Europe with its next workshops and panels in San Sebastian, Rome and Amsterdam.  Articles on all these events will be published on Europa Distribution’s socials and blog: http://www.europa-distribution.org/blog/
Stay tuned! 

NOTE FOR THE EDITORSEuropa Distribution is the association of independent film distributors. With around 120 leading independent distributors representing 30 countries in Europe and beyond, it serves as the voice of the sector, and acts as a network and a think tank. Since 2006, Europa Distribution has been creating new bridges for its members to share knowledge and mutualise experience. Through dedicated brainstorming and training sessions, open panels, informal gatherings, the Association’s aim is enhancing the circulation of information and ideas and to improve the curation, promotion and distribution of independent films. 

CONTACT: For more information about the presence of Europa Distribution at New Nordic Films in Haugesund, contact:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WARSAW: Polish Pay TV platform nc+ will become the distributor of the catalogue of Kino Świat, by purchasing a 70% stake in the biggest film distributor in Poland.

Emerging Producers 2019 were announced, with Taiwan as guest country

SARAJEVO: The projects Kix by Bálint Révész and Dávid Mikulán (Hungarian/German/Croatian coproduction) and Frem by Viera Čákányová (Czech Republic) are both winners of Docu Talent Awards 2019. The awards were announced during the 25th Sarajevo Film Festival, on 18 August 2019.