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Emerging Producers 2019 were announced, with Taiwan as guest country

VALLETTA: The National Book Council of Malta has launched the first call for applications for the NBC Film Adaptation Fund, which addresses all stages of development and production of one winning project. The winner of the 200,000 EUR support will be announced on 9 November 2019.

Take a closer look at the documentary project Comfortable Century / Pohodlné století (Czech Republic) by Jaroslav Kratochvíl, which was selected for the 17th edition of Ex Oriente Film out of a record number of 107 submitted projects from 40 countries.

TIMIȘOARA: Eight feature films were selected for the competition of the Timișoara Central European Film Festival, running from 28 August to 1 September 2019. The theme of the edition is rEvolutions as the festival celebrates 30 years since the fall of the Iron Curtain and since the Romanian Revolution.

The world premiere of the film Stories from the Chestnut Woods at the Toronto Film Festival

The live-action feature Stories from the Chestnut Woods by the director Gregor Božič and screenwriter and producer Marina Gumzi will have its world premiere at the film festival in Toronto, one of the most important film events in the world, which is taking place between 5 and 15 September. The Toronto International Film Festival started out in 1976, and it is currently attended by approximately 480,000 visitors each year. The world premiere of the film, taking place on Sunday, 8 September, will be attended by both filmmakers mentioned above. The premiere will be followed by four other screenings – two for the professional audience and two more for accredited attendees. For his live-action short titled Shoes from Trieste (2014), Božič received the Vesna Award for Best Student Film at the Festival of Slovenian Film.

Stories from the Chestnut Woods, produced by the Nosorogi production house, was among the first films to have been chosen for this year's Discovery festival section, in which authors of first and second films will be presented. As of this year, the section in question as well as the whole of the festival programme will be somewhat different: in view of the large number of films, competing for the festival selection, the section is becoming increasingly exclusive.

Božič's debut has been shot on 16 and 35mm film. The story takes place shortly before World War II in the villages of the Venezia Giulia region near the border between Slovenia and Italy, at the time when these parts suffered severe poverty and faced an exodus of the local population that lasted for years. The atmosphere reminiscent of fairy tales is conveyed by the tales of the last inhabitants of these forested valleys who have not yet decided to leave their homes.

The film's crew and cast are international: filmmakers from seven countries have participated in the production. Starring Massimo De Francovich, Giusi Merli, Ivana Roščić and featuring Tomi Janežič, Anita Kravos, Nataša Keser and Janez Škof in supporting roles. The programme selector of the Discovery festival section Dorota Lech wrote the following about the film, among other things: "During his research of heirloom fruit varieties of the littoral region, Gregor Božič discovered the mighty chestnuts that grow in the area of Venezia Giulia as well as the stories of the people who had planted them there. Each image on this 35-millimetre film abounds in cultured beauty and is accompanied with mysterious theremin music. The film is a poetic and soul-stirring debut, a touching homage to the forgotten land and its inhabitants.«

The Discovery section prides itself in its visionary eye for discovering new authors that will shape the global film landscape in the future. The world-renowned directors whose first films have been presented precisely in this section include, among others: Chantal Akerman, Christopher Nolan, Yorgos Lanthimos, Lav Diaz, Michael Haneke, Jafar Panahi, Maren Ade, Joachim Trier, David Gordon Green, and Valeska Grisebach.

Last year, the multiple award-winning film Consequencesby the screenwriter and director Darko Štante was invited to this programme. After the premiere in Toronto, it continued its successful film festival tour: by the end of June, it was screened at 27 festivals and received five awards. It was also purchased for distribution in the United States, Great Britain and Ireland, Germany, and France, where it is currently being shown in the cinemas.

Stories from the Chestnut Woods is a Slovenian-Italian coproduction. Its development took approximately seven years, and it was produced by the Zavod Nosorogi production house. The film, whose realisation was co-financed by the Slovenian Film Centre, also received financial aid from international funds like Creative Europe – the MEDIA sub-programme and Eurimages. Besides the Italian production house Transmedia Production, the film was also coproduced by RTV Slovenija and Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB). At the last year's Trieste Film Festival, the project received the This is IT Award for the most promising first film in postproduction. Already before the beginning of the festival, the film's international representation was taken over by the agent Cercamon, who also represents the multiple award-winning film Winter Flies by the Slovenian director Olmo Omerzu.

In the context of Industry Centre, nine European countries will be presented this year under the umbrella of the European Film Promotion, including Slovenia with its Slovenian Film Centre, a member of the EFP.

Six projects of TV series, three projects of web series and two development executive participants are very close to conclude with our intense 9-month training within the TV Launch program.

RIGA: Projects from Estonia, North Macedonia, Georgia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Latvia are among the 25 projects selected for Baltic Sea Docs (BSD), the Co-financing forum of international documentary projects, set to take place in Riga from 3 to 7 September 2019.

The following grants were announced by the Czech Film Fund on 9 August 2019.

TARTU: The 14th edition of Tartu Love Film Festival tARTuFF will screen 11 feature films and four documentaries from 12 to 17 August 2019. The biggest open-air film festival in the Baltics is organised by the Black Nights Film Festival.

Docu Talents from the East 2019 will be presented in Sarajevo

Ten outstanding Central and Eastern European documentary projects in production and post-production will be presented on August 18 during the Sarajevo Film Festival. The most promising projects will receive the Docu Talent Award in cooperation with Current Time TVThe award is accompanied by a financial prize in the amount of 5,000 USD. In Sarajevo, we will also be announcing the Emerging Producers 2020. Hoping to meet you there!

Time to submit your applications for the Ji.hlava Industry Programme

September 15 is the deadline for registrations to Festival Identity, which annually brings to Jihlava dozens of film festival representatives to share and exchange their experience. Until September 15, you can also register for Conference Fascinations – a meeting of experimental documentary film distributors and gallerists, organized in partnership with Kunsthalle Praha. We will be announcing further planned activities of the 2019 Ji.hlava Industry Programme in the coming weeks and early bird Industry accreditations for film professionals will be available from September 1.

Are you finalising film for the autumn? Get to us!

This year’s Ji.hlava will offer nine competitions, which include the Between the Seas section for the best Central and Eastern European Documentaries,  the First Lights for documentary debuts, and the Opus Bonum section featuring the most outstanding world documentary films. In case you are still finishing your film and consider the premiere at the 23rd Ji.hlava IDFF, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. from our programme department.

Best Festival Poster competition

Each year, we present two awards for the best film festival posters: The audience award and the award of the jury composed of representatives of film festivals that participate in the Ji.hlava's Festival Identity meeting. We invite film festivals to send us their posters from the years 2018-2019 by September 15 and have them displayed at the very heart of the festival along with visuals of dozens of other film events from across the world. Find out more about the submission process here.

Meet Ji.hlava IDFF at other festivals 

You can meet members of the Ji.hlava IDFF team at some of the upcoming film festivals. Our programmer, Andrea Slováková, is currently at the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival and will also be attending the Locarno FF (August 11 – 13) and Venice FF (August 28 – 31). More members of our team will be in Sarajevo on August 16 – 20 at the Docu Talents presentations. We will be happy to meet you on these occasions!

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