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NICOSIA: South Eastern European Cinema Network (SEE) is launching a contest for short fiction films. Exclusively national productions of a SEE CINEMA member-state (Cyprus, Greece, Serbia, Albania, Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Romania and Bulgaria) can apply.

A look back at the long and impressive career of the Czech documentary filmmaker Helena Třeštíková.

VALENCIA: Cartoon Springboard has opened a call for scholarships for its fifth edition taking place 30 September – 2 October 2019 in Valencia, Spain. Cartoon Springboard is providing a special offer for young filmmakers from low audiovisual production countries.

BRUSSELS: The European Commission is launching a 2 m EUR call for proposals to create innovative cultural hubs around cinema theatres, notably in areas where there is limited cinema and cultural infrastructure.

APPLY NOW FOR SCHOLARSHIP !

The fifth edition of Cartoon Springboard will take place in Valencia, Spain, from 30 September to 2 October 2019. It will be an excellent opportunity for the young talents of European animation schools to improve their animation project by pitching it in front of a panel of experts from the audiovisual world.

Have you graduated within the last 5 years or are you about to graduate this summer/fall (students in their last year)? Let's present your animation project to experts who will help you to improve it
The submission of the projects is now fully running with a deadline coming soon: 25th August 2019. The projects which can be submitted are: TV series, TV specials, feature films, cross-media projects. To submit a project at Cartoon Springboard, you must be a young talent from European animation school and must have graduated within the last 5 years.

No project or not eligible but interested in attending ?
Cartoon Springboard is also open to all professionals who want to improve their knowledge about how to pitch a project. This is also a great opportunity to meet other professionals (producers, broadcasters, games...) from all over Europe.

Special offer for participants from low audiovisual production countries
If you are a citizen of one of the following countries (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria,  Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Portugal, Republic of Serbia, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tunisia & Ukraine), you can apply for a scholarship in order to attend the event (with or without a project).
There is no registration fee, accommodation (3 nights) and travel expenses (up to 200€) are offered to the successful applicants. 

Applicants will have to:
1/ For those who want to pitch their project:
> Submit their project by 25th August at the latest specifying their country of origin (nationality) through our online form (My Cartoon > My Projects > Cartoon Springboard > Submit a new project).
Fill in and send us the scholarship form by Friday 30th August

2/ For those who want to attend without pitching any project:
Fill in and send us the scholarship form by Friday 30th August at the latest, together with a motivation letter and CV.

Note: Should your project be accepted by the Springboard Selection committee (on 30th August), your scholarship request will automatically be validated.

The applications can be sent directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

www.cartoon-media.eu - www.facebook.com/CARTOON.eu

The 5th edition of Pustnik Screenwriters Residency has selected its participants

The 5th edition of Pustnik Screenwriters Residency, which will take place between 2–10 September 2019, at Port Cetate, Romania, has selected its participants from a total of 119 applications received from 44 countries.

The 8 participants, coming from 6 countries, were selected by co-founders Andreea Borțun and Bryn Chainey:

Ori Aharon (Israel/Romania) - OSHER

Phyllis Grae Grande (Philippines) - Everybody Leaves

Tess Martin (USA) - Tracing Rita

Alexandru Mavrodineanu (Romania) - A serious man

Kerstin Neuwirth (Austria) - ABITANTI

Jayisha Patel (UK) - When Ash Falls

Diana Voinea (Romania) - Chronicle of a disappearance 

Jack Wake-Walker (UK) - Scarlett123

During the nine-day retreat they will develop their first or second feature-length screenplays at Port Cultural Cetate, a serene place on the Danube. Besides dedicated writing time, Pustnik also offers participants the opportunity of meeting established European filmmakers who will provide feedback on their projects. The guests confirmed this year are Soudade Kadaan (director), Bianca Oana (producer), Laurence Coriat (screenwriter), Marie Dubas (producer) and Len Rowles (producer). 

Marie Dubas started producing short films in 2008 in several production companies before founding Deuxième Ligne Films in 2014 in Normandy. She is an EAVE 2013 graduate and has taken part in the TorinoFilmLab script & pitch program in 2009 as a script-editor trainee. He production company, Deuxième Ligne aims at focusing on French and international emerging talents. It has co-produced John Trengove's first feature film THE WOUND (South Africa) (Sundance 2016, Berlinale Panorama 2017) and recently finished Teona Mitevska's fifth feature GOD EXISTS, HER NAME IS PETRUNIJA (Macedonia), winner of the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at Berlinale 2019.

Len Rowles runs her own production label Humdinger Films, which has produced BAFTA and Student Oscar-nominated shorts. She is also a part of Protagonist Pictures’ team, an international finance, production and sales company which has a proven track record in outstanding films and commercial successes. Based in the UK, the company handles films from around the world, always maintaining a strong focus on filmmakers with exceptional vision and storytelling skills.

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The residents and invited filmmakers will participate in various activities such as roundtable discussions, masterclasses, and one-on-one talks. Furthermore, a panel of local professionals will also provide an overview of co-production opportunities in Romania. 

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About Pustnik:

Pustnik is the first international screenwriters residency to take place in Romania. It aims to create an environment dedicated to clarity of thought, away from modern pressures. Pustnik is also a growing network of film professionals and a community whose aim is to ease and encourage collaboration across the international cinema industry.

For more information:

www.pustnik.com

www.facebook.com/pustnik

Laura Musat  – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pustnik is organized by TETA

TETA is an NGO founded in June 2006 and its main purpose is developing cultural activities and events to promote an alternative education for all participants enrolled in its projects and at the same time to offer a cultural revival to the communities in which the events take place. TETA is also producing films and theatre performances. 

Cultural Project co-financed by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund, Romanian Cultural Institute, Romanian Filmmakers’ Union (UCIN)

Partners: French Institute Romania, British Council Romania, CinEd

Media partners: Film New Europe, TV5 Monde Romania, Films in Frame, Sub25, Liternet, The Institute, IQAds, Smark, Aarc.ro, Tananana

Projects selected for 2019 edition of Polish Days

New films of Maciej Pieprzyca, Jan Komasa, Jagoda Szelc, Anna Jadowska and Leszek Dawid at this year’s biggest industry event in Poland. 

The 2019 edition of Polish Days will take place July 30 - August 1 during the 19th New Horizons International Film Festival (July 25 - August 4, 2018).

This year's event will feature 5 completed films, 8 as part of a presentation of works in progress and 10 projects in development. Congratulations to all!

Full list of selected projects:

Completed films:

Bird Talk (Xawery Żuławski) Taste of Pho (Mariko Saga), Corpus Christi (Jan Komasa), Interior (Marek Lechki), Marygoround (Daria Woszek)

Works-in-progress:

Cranley Gardens (Rafał Kapeliński), Najmro (Mateusz Rakowicz), Tonia (Marcin Bortkiewicz), Broad Peak (Leszek Dawid), Escape to the Silver Globe (Kuba Mikurda), Ikar. Legenda Mietka Kosza(Maciej Pieprzyca), Apples (Christos Nikou), Sunburned (Carolina Hellsgård)

Pitchings

Let it Be (Łukasz Grzegorzek), Delicate Balance of Terror (Jagoda Szelc), More (Bartłomiej Żmuda), Other People (Aleksandra Terpińska),  A Time of Gods (Piotr Stasik), Wet Monday (Justyna Mytnik), We Will Be Fine (Sylwester Jakimow), Mira (Anna Jadowska), God of Internet (Joanna Satanowska), The Great Match (Filip Syczyński) 

Over 200 professionals from Poland and abroad have already confirmed their participation, including programmers from numerous international festivals, sales agents, distributors and film producers.

As part of the event, industry representatives from around the world attend closed screenings to learn about the latest Polish films at every stage of production: they watch completed films and fragments at the post-production stage, and they also listen to pitchings about projects in production. Polish Days is an excellent opportunity for producers and filmmakers to promote their projects and to find foreign partners. During the selection process, the organizers choose the most interesting films currently being made in the Polish market. Projects presented in past years included, among others, Dolce Fine Giornata, Monument, Silent Night, Panic Attack!, The Fastest, Spoor or The Last Family. 

Organized since 2013 in cooperation with the Polish Film Institute, Polish Days is the most important industry event at the New Horizons International Film Festival.

Polish Days is co-organized by the Polish Film Institute. Event partners include EAVE, Coloroffon, the Wrocław Film Commission, the Mazovia Warsaw Film Commission, the Łódź Film Commission, the Krakow Film Commission, the Podkarpackie Film Commission, Silesia Film Commission, Warmia - Masuria Film Fund, DI Factory, British Council and Adam Mickiewicz Institute. The Screen International also partners with Polish Days starting this year and will grant its award.

Media partners include Film Pro, Film New Europe and Film & TV Kamera.

EXTENDED DEADLINE TO APPLY!

For all those who woke up late and missed the deadline of the 30th June, good news: there are still a few places available to attend the next 4-day European VoD Meetings in Venice, during the Venice Film Festival. The extended deadline is until July 14th ! There are also a very limited number of scholarships available, thanks to the support of the MEDIA programme, and some rebates available thanks to our partners, such as EAVE with a 200€ rebate for its members.

VOD MARKET DAY

For the first time EuroVoD is organizing a VoD Market Day in Venice on September 3rd on San Servolo Island. A full day centered around the current VoD landscape with, in the morning, conferences on trends, evolution and tech innovation that will open to people. A VoD Market and networking event will take place in the afternoon. Participants to the European VoD Meetings will automatically attend and announcements will be made soon on how to sign up for this unique event. For more information, contact us:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

EUROVOD MEMBERS : GENERAL ASSEMBLY CONVOCATION

Our next General Assembly will take place in Venice, on San Servolo island, on September 6th, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, following the European VoD Meetings. EuroVoD members willing to attend have to confirm their presence to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NEWS FROM THE EUROPEAN AUDIOVISUAL OBSERVATORY

Advisory Committee

EuroVoD is proud and happy to announce to be part of the Advisory Committee for the European Audiovisual Observatory, thus reinforcing our strong partnership to bring more transparency in the VoD sector. The Committee is formed by 38 different European and international professional organizations representing the various branches of the audiovisual industries such as film production, distributors, exhibitors, public and private broadcasters and the press are represented within this body.
Study on Audiovisual Content Streaming
On April 25th in Brussels, Marta Jiménez Pumares presented the study 'Audiovisual Content Streaming: Setting the scene', with up to date facts and figures on the current streaming market.
EUROPEAN PUBLIC POLICIES
European Commission: Horizon Europe
The European Commission has just launched an online consultation to inform the implementation of the next EU research and innovation programme, Horizon Europe. The programme contains 2 clusters of actions: one on Culture, Creativity and inclusive societies and another one on Digital, Industry and Space. The result of the questionnaire will help shaping the first strategic plan for 2021-2014. You can participate in the online consultationhere.
MIP WHITE PAPER
Blockchain in TV and Film
MIPTrends published a comprehensive report called Unblock the Chain: Blockchain in TV and Film Production, Finance and Distribution, to understand how the process can streamline and automate the raising of capital, the collection of rights payments and the waterfall of cash from consumer to distributor back to creators and talent. You can download the full report on their website here.