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PRAGUE: The Slovak film The Rift / Trhlina by Slovak box office champ Peter Bebjak opened in the fourth place in the Czech Republic, following its impressive 1.6 m EUR haul in Slovakia.

On Friday, 17 May, the shooting of the feature film Inventory by the director and screenwriter Darko Sinko started. The director's first film tells a story about Boris Robič, who is, as we like to say, an ordinary man. One day after dinner, however, while he is reading in his room, someone shoots at him through the window. The police arrive, and Inspector Andrej opens the investigation. It turns out that Boris has no enemies or conflicts with anyone. There are no suspects, and it seems that no one could possibly be interested in shooting Boris. The police eventually suspend the investigation, convinced that the shooting was a mere coincidence. Boris cannot come to terms with this, though. Riddled with doubt, he starts investigating on his own. While searching for the potential perpetrators, we follow a tragicomic path of a man who discovers that more people hate him than he would ever have thought possible and that the perceptions that he has of his own life are nothing but illusions.

Before the shooting, the director stated the following: "The most important thing that I would like to say about the film is that besides everything else, my goal was to make it entertaining as well. Loneliness, the search for love, fear, paranoia, doubt, and the relativisation of our conceptions about life – they form the thematic core of the film. What I wanted, though, was to elaborate on these "heavy" themes in an amusing and ironic tone."

Besides the main actors – Radoš Bolčina, Mirel Knez and Dejan Spasić the film also features Renato Jenček, Mojca Partljič, Žan Koprivnik, Janez Škof, Davor Janjić, Saša Tabaković, Barbara Vidovič, Veronika Drolc and Mojca Ribič. Sandra Ržen is the production manager, Marko Brdar the director of photography, Adriana Furlan the production designer, Katja Hrobat the costume designer, Lija Ivančič the makeup designer, and Matic Drakulič the editor.

The film is produced by Vlado Bulajić and Lija Pogačnik of the production company December from Ljubljana. Co-produced by RTV Slovenija. The project is financially supported by the Slovenian Film Centre, Viba Film, Creative Europe – MEDIA, and RE-ACT. It was developed at the Scenarnica, First Film First, Midpoint, and APostLab film workshops, and presented at the Connecting Cottbus, When East Meets West, and Sofia Meetings film markets.

The shooting is to be concluded by the end of June 2019 and the film by the spring of 2020.

Darko Sinko has graduated in communication from the Faculty of Social Sciences and in film direction from the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana. As a student, he would shoot videos for various Slovenian theatres. After his graduation, Sinko has mostly been making documentaries. Recently he has focused on live-action films and screenwriting. Apart from being a director, he has often worked as assistant director, cameraman, and editor. He has also produced several documentaries. For several years, he has also been teaching filmmaking and film education. He works as a self-employed cultural worker.

ESTONIA IN THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Industry@Tallinn &; Baltic Event and other Estonia's industry organisations teamed up with The Hollywood Reporter to offer shed some light our current agenda. Tune in to read about incentives, locations, incubators and innovation!

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TALLINN TEAMS UP WITH MIDPOINT TV

Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event continues its collaboration with Prague-based MIDPOINT training platform for film and TV development. Tallinn will be the third and final workshop of MIDPOINT's TV Launch programme, showcasing the projects that have been created at previous chapters of the programme during the April workshop in the Czech Republic and in August at the Sarajevo Film Festival.

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FESTIVAL + INDUSTRY ACCREDITATION

Yes, it's true, it is already possible to get your accreditation for the 23rd edition of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event!

The Festival + Industry@Tallinn &; Baltic Event accreditation is reserved exclusively for film industry professionals and is valid for the festival period, from the 15th of November until the 1st of December, 2019. It allows you to get the most out of Tallinn - take part of all the open lectures, pitchings, the audiovisual conference European Film Forum Tallinn, workshops and events of Industry@Tallinn &; Baltic Event and to see up to 40 films from the programme of Black Nights.

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At the latest call for applications, the Slovenian Film Centre provided support in the total amount of EUR 420,000 to eight minority co-production projects (six live-action features, a documentary feature, and a live-action short).

Three projects come from the Republic of Serbia: Uporabniki (director: Ivan Ikić, Slovenian co-producer: Tramal Films); Bog bodi z nami (director: Slobodan Šijan, Slovenian co-producer: Studio Virc); Razpoka v ledu (director: Maja Miloš, Slovenian co-producer: Zavod SPOK, Tolmin).

Two are from Croatia: Fiume o Morte! (director: Igor Bezinović, Slovenian co-producer: Zavod Nosorogi) and Kazenski strel (director; Rok Biček, Slovenian co-producer: Cvinger film).

Finally, Gym comes from Bosnia and Herzegovina (director: Srdjan Vuletić, Slovenian co-producer: Iridium Film); Homo from North Macedonia (director: Igor Ivanov, Slovenian co-producer: Iridium Film); and Telesce from Italy (director: Laura Samani, Slovenian co-producer: Vertigo).

BELGRADE: The Croatian documentary On Behalf of the Republic of Croatia by Goran Dević won the Best Short Film award at the 12th Bel Docs festival, which concluded on 15 May 2018.

WARSAW: The New Horizons IFF and the Polish Film Institute present five Polish films at the Cannes Market.

PRAGUE: The Baltic Event Co-Production Market has signed on as the newest partner of the MIDPOINT TV Launch programme.

On May 16th, the EuroVoD members gathered for the General Assembly to discuss achievements from the past year as well as the challenges for the year to come.

The association presented a report on its activity in 2018, which has been an important year with a shift in strategy, with a focus now on training, networking, lobbying and fostering the competitiveness of the European VoD sector. Following this new trajectory, EuroVoD expanded and welcomed 11 new members in 2018, as well as 6 new members since the beginning of 2019, bringing the total number of members to 19 core members and 5 associate members (among which the latest newcomers: Zoo Digital, UK and MinersINC, India), coming from 18 countries and covering all the territories worldwide (34 territories from national and international platforms, and 4 global services), and presenting an average of 76% European films in the common catalogues of the members of the association.

The Board of Directors also reported on the successful first edition of the European VoD Meetings, supported by the Creative Europe MEDIA programme, whose next editions will take place in Venice (2-5 September 2019) and in Sofia (18-21 March 2020). The first edition of the training gathered 89 executive professionals representing 69 companies coming from 24 countries, mainly European, but also from India, Colombia, Greenland, Mexico and US. The deadline for the application to the Venice workshop is June 30th, which is a 4-days residential professional training programme taking place during the Venice Film Festival on the private island of San Servolo.

            The General assembly was also an opportunity to strengthen the cooperation among the members through the development of common projects, sharing of resources, benchmarking and fostering a knowledge economy in the independent VoD sector, facilitating a collaborative management between VoD platforms and pooling resources to increase the competitiveness of the sector.

           The discussion of EuroVoD acting as an inclusive point of reference for the European public institutions' VoD services funding schemes was also addressed, as well as the growing cooperation with the European Audiovisual Observatory for the implementation of LUMIERE VOD, launched April 16th this year.

           During the General Assembly has also been elected the new Board of Directors in charge for one year:

Estelle Bringer / Administrator - Filmoline (FR) filmotv.fr

MIDPOINT TV Launch 2020 hosted by Baltic Event

MIDPOINT’s leading TV and web series oriented program TV Launch gained a new partner for the 2020 edition. The third workshop of the program, which includes the “Season Finale” industry platform, and showcases the graduating projects, will be held in Tallinn, during the Baltic Event co-production market

The whole program will start with the first workshop in April 2020 in the Czech Republic and then continue with the second workshop in August 2020 in Sarajevo within the Sarajevo Film Festival and CineLink Drama market

The application process for TV Launch 2020 will be open in October 2019, the deadline for application is set for January 31, 2020.

Click here for more information about the partnership. 

MIDPOINT Feature Launch 2020: Lenka Tyrpakova, Nikolaj Nikitin and Andrei Tanasescu scouting for projects!

MIDPOINT is happy to announce a new artistic collaboration in the frame of MIDPOINT Feature Launch program - a year-long development program for Central and Eastern Europe’s fresh film talents (first and second feature films) and aspiring script consultants. 
Feature Launch has entrusted three experienced experts with scouting for promising projects to apply! 

Welcome on board, Lenka Tyrpakova (Karlovy Vary International Film Festivalprogrammer), Nikolaj Nikitin (SOFA | School of Film Advancement/CEO) and Andrei Tanasescu (Toronto International Film Festival programmer). 

Call for Feature Launch 2020 will be open mid-June! 
The scouting for projects starts right now since we already know when the call for application will be open. 

The deadline for film projects is set for September 13, 2019
the deadline for script consultant trainees applications is 
September 27, 2019

Click here to get more information about the workshop.

MIDPOINT Shorts: program reshape

MIDPOINT is reshaping its short-film oriented program MIDPOINT Shorts. The first workshop of the program will take place in Prague (Czech Republic) in September 2019. 
The whole program will then conclude with the second workshop in January 2020 in Trieste – with the brand-new project showcase within the prestigious When East Meets West Co-production Market.

The call for applications will be open mid-June
the deadline for application is set for July 26, 2019
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MIDPOINT Intensive SK 2019

MIDPOINT announces another Intensive program, this time dedicated to the Slovak film professionals, who are developing their feature film. 
The program is open to creative teams of writers and producers. The workshop is organized in a collaboration with the Slovak Film Institute and will take place in Bratislava in September 2019.

The call for application is open and the deadline is set for August 16, 2019. 

Click here for more information.