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Alien Films Entertainment was one of the first Romanian established production companies that met the requirements stated by the scheme and brought successful projects on the Romanian film market, benefiting from this support. The production company created long term relationship with the partners abroad based on trust and quality services.

BUCHAREST: The Romanian company Alien Films Entertainment has already serviced or coproduced two projects under the cash rebate law in 2019 and a third one is in preparation.

RIGA: The lauded Latvian director Laila Pakalnina will have her Latvian/Lithuanian/Norwegian documentary Spoon in the Baltic Sea competition of the 2019 Riga International Film Festival, which runs 17 – 27 October 2019. It is the sole Latvian film in the competition.

CEE Animation Workshop is a year-long project development and production skills advancement programme for professionals. For the second edition, filmmakers from low production capacity countries could apply with animated projects of any format (short, TV, features, hybrid) in development. The call was also open to a limited number of participants without projects, representatives of industry and public institutions.

PRAGUE: The CEE Animation Workshop has announced the participants for its year-long 2019-2020 development and production skills advancement programme for professionals.

Ex Oriente will offer five days of events during the Ji.hlava IDFF, beginning on 23 October 2019.

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival announces the first eight films that will be competing in the festival’s premiere competition programme - the Official Selection.

The Official Selection - Competition has been run in its present form since the festival received it’s ‘A-category’ status from FIAPF in 2014. Since then the programme has been a competition programme without any geographic restrictions, screening world, international or European premieres of films by established filmmakers that the festival’s programming team wishes to highlight for its audience, film critics and the international film industry.

The Official Selection - Competition will be overseen by an international jury of film industry professionals, that will be announced in the second half of October. They will hand out the following prizes: Grand Prix for the Best Film (grant of 10 000 euros from the City of Tallinn, shared by the Director and Producer); Best Director (grant of 5000 euros); Best Script; Best Actress; Best Actor; Best Cinematographer (grant of 1000 euros from Angel Films); Best Music.

The first screenings of the Official Selection will run between the 20th and 29th of November. The full programme of the Official Selection will be announced on the 24th of October.

FILMS

Coming Home Again
BAFTA-nominated (Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart, 1986) and Berlin’s Silver Bear winner (Best Director for Smoke, 1995) Wayne Wang’s 22nd film will arrive at its European premiere after a Special Presentation slot at Toronto and Gala Presentation in Busan. The film stars Justin Chon (actor in the Twilight series and the actor and director of Gook) and Jackie Chung (Station 19 and Someone Else). The story follows the young Chang-rae’s as he prepares a traditional Korean dinner for his cancer-stricken mother, his father and sister - for what is to be the family’s last New Year’s Eve dinner, as food, memories, roots, random encounters and quarrels transform this day into an emotional journey as he prepares for the inevitable departure of his mother.

Gypsy Queen
Having won the Black Nights sub-festival Sleepwalkers (now called PÖFF Shorts) special mention award in 2008 with his short film Cheeese…. German filmmaker Hüseyin Tabak returns to Black Nights with Gipsy Queen, a tale of a Roma woman Ali and her two children struggling to survive economic difficulties and social exclusion in Hamburg, while Ali gradually realises her former profession - pro-boxing - could be her only solution to their problems.

Girl With No Mouth
Having screened at numerous genre festivals with his horror films Housewife andBaskin that premiered in Toronto, Turkish director Can Evrenol plays with new genres this time around. Set in an apocalyptic near-future where parts of the world have been devastated by a great war while others are being ruled by ruthless militants who don’t shy away from brutal experiments with children, the film offers us a twisted version of the ‘kids on a mission’ premise.

Gutterbee
Ulrich Thomsen has made dozens of memorable roles as an actor, starring in Thomas Vinterberg’s The Celebration and The Commune, Kathryn Bigelow’s The Weight of Water and Ridley Scott’s The Kingdom of Heaven. Gutterbee is his second film as a director, a grittily awkward and politically allegorical anti-Western set in Gutterbee, the deep South of the US. A German entrepreneur / Bavarian heritage fetishist (Ewen Bremner) teams up with a small town hustler (Antony Starr) to start a German sausage restaurant, an idea that instantly clashes with the xenophobic element of the town that has lost the majority of its population as the racist attitude drives away anybody who doesn’t pass as a white heterosexual American.

Lost Lotus
A young Chinese teacher Wu Yu, searches for the hit-and-run driver responsible for her mother’s death. As she tries to understand her mother’s faith, Buddhist principles gradually grow in her and start appeasing her pain, but a revelation about the cause of the accident creates a new set of challenges for her and her marriage. Director and scriptwriter Liu Shu has achieved a delicate balance in the depiction of mourning alongside the clash of religious and moral values with the cold pragmatic world of power and money. Lost Lotus is her second film after Lotus, which competed in the Venice Film Festival’s Critics week in 2012.

Monster
Director-screenwriter Tom Sullivan offers a hauntingly bleak, slow-burning tale of overcoming grief.  Set in Ireland in 1845 the film centers on Colmán Sharkey, a fisherman, a father, a husband, who takes in a stranger at the behest of a local priest. Patsy, a former soldier arrives just ahead of ‘the blight,’ a crop disease that caused the Great Plague, killing and displacing millions of Irishmen, while also disrupting the life of Colmán and his family.

Through Black Glass
Russian auteur Konstantin Lopushansky is no stranger to Black Nights, having screened at the festival’s Eurasia Competition with his film The Role that brought the Best Actor award for it’s lead Aleksandr Efremov. He also plays a central role in his new film, the diabolically antagonistic Russian oligarch who pays for the eye surgery of a young nun in exchange for marriage. Lopushansky’s unique directorial style and storytelling offer a story rich with stark social commentary and religious allegory.

When the Moon Was Full
Director Narges Abyar returns to the Official Selection of Black Nights after winning the Best Director award in 2016 with Breath, which was later selected as the country’s entry for the Academy Awards as the Best Foreign Language Film candidate. Her latest film is a study of two fundamentally opposite forces - Islamic terrorism and love. Faezeh, a woman from Teheran marries Abdol-Hamid from an Iranian province near the border of Pakistan. Soon after the marriage, she finds out that the man’s younger brother is a religious extremist trying to recruit his brother for his bloody cause, putting the marriage to its ultimate test.

Coming Home Again, 2019, USA / South Korea, director:  Wayne Wang | European premiere
Girl With No Mouth, 2019, Turkey, director: Can Evrenol | European premiere
Gutterbee, 2019, Denmark, director: Ulrich Thomsen | European premiere
Gypsy Queen, 2019 Germany / Austria, director: Hüseyin Tabak | International premiere
Lost Lotus, 2019, China / Netherlands, director LIU Shu | World premiere
Monster, 2019, Ireland, director: Tom Sullivan | World premiere
Through Black Glass, 2019, Russia, director: Konstantin Lopushansky | International premiere
When the Moon Was Full, 2019, Iran, director: Narges Abyar | International premiere

The film stills of the programme can be found HERE

Official Selection awards of 2018 can be seen HERE.

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On Sunday, 22 September, the 22nd Festival of Slovenian Film closed with the awards ceremony to celebrate the highest creative achievements of Slovenian cinema. Over six days, the festival served an audience of 6,200, or more than 1,000 each day, which indicates its growing attendance. In addition to the extensive and very varied line-up of films (106 films, of which 57 were in the running for Vesna awards), FSF offered a range of industry events addressing a whole array of significant issues, as well as opportunities to meet the casts and crews of films in competition at Q&As, which all filmmakers in official competition were invited to attend. A special feature of this year’s festival was a live broadcast of the awards ceremony. Its hosts were actors who appeared in last year’s award-winning feature Consequences: Matej Zemljič, Timon Šturbej and Gašper Markun, who made the ceremony original and dynamic. Adding to the atmosphere was music from Slovenian films such as Mambo Cubano from the legendary Don’t Whisper, performed by Lea Cok. The Vesna Award for best feature film was presented by the Slovenian culture minister Zoran Poznič. 

The big winner of the 22nd FSF, Stories from the Chestnut Woods, won as many as 11 Vesna Awards: for best feature film, best director (Gregor Božič), best actor in a leading role (Massimo De Francovich), best cinematography (Ferran Paredes Rubio), best original music (Hekla Magnúsdóttir), best editing (Gregor Božič, Benjamin Mirguet, Beppe Leonetti), best production design (Giovanna Cirianni), best costume design (Katharina Jockwer, Mateja Fajt), best make-up (Barbara Morosetti), best sound (Jan Vysocky, Julij Zornik), and the Audience Award (with an average grade of 4.69). In addition, the film was also presented with the IRIDIUM Award for best directorial debut (postproduction services amounting to EUR 5,000).

The Vesna Award for best screenplay went to Katja Colja and Angelo Carbone for Rosa (directed by Katja Colja). Vesna for best actress in a leading role was awarded to Liza Marijina for her role in Half-Sister (dir. Damjan Kozole), Vesna for best actress in a supporting role to Jana Zupančič for her role in Corporation (dir. Matej Nahtigal), and Vesna for best actor in a supporting role to Milivoj Roš for his role in Oroslan (dir. Matjaž Ivanišin). The Vesna Award for best documentary went to Daughter of Camorra, directed by Siniša Gačić, Vesna for best short film to Paradise by Mitja Ličen and Sonja Prosenc, Vesna for best minority co-production to God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya, directed by Teona Strugar Mitevska. Alzheimer Café by Martin Draksler won the Vesna Award for best student film, Liliana by Milanka Fabjančič won the Vesna Award for best animated film, and Man with Shadow by Ema Kugler won the Vesna Award for best original / experimental AV work. 

Two Vesnas for special achievements were awarded to Pumpkin on the Hot Roof of the World, directed by Nejc Saje and Jeffrey Young, and to Martin Turk for his achievements as director and screenwriter in Good Day’s Work.

The award presented by the educational programme Sharpening the Gaze, run by KINO! Society for Expanding Film Culture, to the best student film in the official competition went to Sandra Jovanovska for Soma. The programme also gave a special mention to Alzheimer Café.

The Kosobrin Award for priceless film professionals, presented by the Directors Guild of Slovenia, went to production manager Matija Kozamernik Jojo.

Photos of the closing night and the awards ceremony are available //www.flickr.com/photos/151251060@N05/albums/72157711024131466">here.

The list of winners with jury commentaries is available here

Part of the tradition of EnergaCAMERIMAGE Film Festival is helping young filmmakers and film school students to improve their skills through numerous workshops and seminars led by recognised film professionals. To support student attendance at the Festival, the organizers offer a special price for STUDENT Entry Cards and free accommodation for students through the Homestay Program.

Homestay was established in 1997. According to its guidelines, students from all over the world can find free of charge accommodation in the private flats and houses of families from Toruń who, in return, take part in the festival events for free. This initiative often proves to be a great opportunity to start an unbreakable friendship and learn more about Polish culture, tradition and hospitality.

To enrol for the Homestay Program: 
● purchase your Student Entry Card online HERE 
● fill out the Homestay entry form HERE by October 13th 
● wait for your Homestay offer* (will put you in touch with your Host) 
● arrange your arrival and your stay with the Host individually

*Please note: 
● We can only provide accommodation offered by those Toruń families that decided to take part in the program. 
● Since there are always more students than families interested, we cannot guarantee that accommodation will be found for everyone. 
● Accommodation will be granted on a "first come first served" basis. 
● The deadline for applying for Homestay Program is October 13th.