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Between 29 November and 2 December 2018, the Bratislava cinemas Lumière and Mladosť will brim with extraordinary films from all around the globe. The Bratislava International Film Festival is here with its attractive programme sections designated to showcase the finest of world cinema. A special status was given to the topic of women in society and cinema, which is reflected in this year’s section Lexicon, as well as in the festival spot and visual identity.

The curators of the section Lexicon: Female gaze, festival programmer Tomáš Hudák and the director of this year’s festival spot Ivana Hucíková, have focused on the status of women in cinema, their portrayal in film, and the uniqueness of a woman’s experience. The topic also served as inspiration for the festival spot. The half-minute video is a montage of films directed mainly by women filmmakers. Their protagonists are women of different colour, appearance, age, and character in various life situations. In the background, we can hear the voice of the musician Katarzia, who’s asking: “Do you think we can’t change anything, because we’re just women?”, a lyric excerpt from the song Dolls Are Killing Each Other,found on her new album Antigona, on which Katarzia (Katarína Kubošiová) cooperated with Pjoni (Jonatán Pastirčák). “The past year has been - not only in the cinema - the year of #MeToo, and that is part of why we’ve decided to reflect on the status of women in society and cinema. We have chosen the topic of female gaze as opposed to the male gaze, identified by the film theorist Laura Mulvey. In the section we give space to women authors, we try to bring attention to the female experience, which is – in film as well as the society – often overlooked, reflect on how women were and are depicted in film and remind that there is no such thing as male and female genres,” say the curators. “It is, however, not just about this one section. Five out of the eight films in the Fiction Competition have been shot by female directors and even other sections will present films disrupting the male gaze hegemony "

One of these is a debut by the Cypriot director, screenwriter and producer Tonie Mishiali Pause (Pafsi, 2018). The story draws us into the monotonous life of a not so happily married Elpida (Greek for hope), a middle-aged woman living in a patriarchal, conservative-oriented society with a despotic husband. Beau travail (1999) is a work of the French director Claire Denis, inspired by Herman Melville’s novel Billy Budd. The story centres around Sergeant Galoup, who is trying to destroy his subordinate Gilles Sentain. Through the main storyline, the director reveals her idea about the life of soldiers. The female gaze is amplified by Denis’ long-time director of photography Agnès Godard, presenting the images of male strength and beauty, but also their weakness. A sexist view of women and their depiction in film is reflected in Diego Galán’s documentary film Barefoot in the Kitchen (Con la pata quebrada, 2013). The Spanish director captures the often funny, but also tearfully stereotypical scenes from selected Spanish films made from 1930s up to now.

The popular section Cinema Now brings an overview of the most remarkable films of the season. Its curators, Nenad Dukid and Tomáš Hudák, have assembled the most interesting movies that have stirred the waters of world’s major festivals. For 20 years, the Bratislava IFF has been supplying the Slovak film public with names, which often become stars of the screen.

Forbidden love in Kenya is a subject-matter developed by the director Wanuri Kahiu and her film Rafiki (2018). Homophobia, coming-out, misunderstanding and refusing love from the people of the same sex, but also joy is what we explore through the story of two daughters of competing politicians. Kena is a smart student whose ambition is to become a nurse, although she could very well aspire to be a doctor. Her best friend Blacksta, a pal from street soccer, games and life in

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general, secretly awaits the day when Kena will become his wife. However, she’s only got eyes for the extravagant Ziki and her dreadlocks. The film was banned in Kenya, but the spectator community of Cannes festival received it warmly.

Fans of Vanessa Paradis can look forward to Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans la coeur, 2018). She portrays the main protagonist Anne, a lesbian producer of gay porn at the end of 1970s in Paris, going through a breakup with her long-time partner. The French director Yann Gonzalez makes her existential crisis even deeper, when a serial killer appears and starts murdering the actors from Anne's films. Sombreness taking turn with relieving humour, dark atmosphere and shots, a mix of genres, neon lights and captivating soundtrack by M83 give the film strength and a sense of mystique.

The daring documentary Putin’s Witnesses (Svideteli Putin, 2018) clarifies the situation which arose at the turn of 1999 and 2000. The new Russian President is Vladimir Putin. One of the members in his closest team is the documentary filmmaker Vitaly Mansky, whose task is to record the President during his office hours. In his outraged film the director offers the viewer first-hand information – his archive footage, authentic images, testimonies and statements shedding light on one of the world's most central policymakers and the early stages of his tyrannical government. The film had its world premiere at the Karlovy Vary IFF, where it won the Best Documentary award.

The Bratislava IFF will also present the awaited biographical film by the director and scriptwriter David Lowery. The Old Man &The Gun (2018) is the last film ever to star Robert Redford. After 60 years of acting, the 82-year-oldstar of the screen decided to round offhis career with the role of a 70-year-old bank robber Forrest Trucker, who has managed to escape from prison 17 times. Now he could finally enjoy retirement, but he cannot seem to resist the temptation and organize another bank robbery.

The Bratislava International Film Festival acts as a platform where the general viewing public, cinephiles as well as film professionals from Slovakia and abroad meet and interact. Ever since its establishment in 1999, it has been developing its identity of a young cinema festival and event aiming to discover new names and future stars of contemporary film.

For the latest updates on the programme of the 20th Bratislava International Film Festival, please visit our official website at www.bratislavaiff.sk/en or our official Facebook account at www.facebook.com/bratislavaiff/.

20th BRATISLAVA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 29 November - 02 December 2018

Kino Lumière, Kino Mladosť Kino MIER Modra, Kino Záhoran Malacky, Artkino METRO Trenčín

Main Organiser: Partners Production

The Bratislava International Film Festival is held with the generous financial support of: Slovak Audiovisual Fund, the Bratislava Self-Governing region

Main partners: Slovenskáelektrizačnáprenosovásústava, Transpetrol


The 17th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival announced its winners on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at its Closing Gala in the Cluj National Theater.

The 15,000 Euro Transilvania Trophy offered by Staropramen went to The Heiresses and was presented by international opera star Angela Gheorghiu. Director Marcelo Martinessi thus adds another award to the Silver Bear he received this winter at the Berlinale. Marcelo Martinessi impressed the jury with his rigor in direction and the captivating rhythm of the narrative, in a 12-film competition that did not make the jury’s decision easy. This is the first Paraguayan film in competition at TIFF.

Director Dagur Kari, casting director and director Stephane Foenkinos, writer Rebecca Lenkiewicz, actor Vlad Ivanov, and director Agnes Kocsis also decided the 5,000 Euro Best Directing Award, which went to Hlynur Pálmason, the director of Winter Brothers, who impressed the jury with his “passionate, beautiful and energetic film.” Three of the actors in Carlos Marques Marcet’s Anchor And Hope, Natalia Tena, Oona Chaplin, and David Verdaguer shared the 1,500 Euro Best Performance Award for “the way in which they complement each other with intelligence and charm, creating moving and humor-filled roles.” The award, offered by Conceptual Lab, was presented by actor Jean-Marc Barr, special guest at TFF and the lead of the festival’s closing film, Luc Besson’s The Big Blue, which is screened Sun evening.

Two courageous films received by the 1,500 Euro Special Jury Award offered by HBO. The jury appreciated Asghar Yousefinejad’s The Home for being “profoundly anchored in reality, with complex morality,” while Anna Kruglova’s Scythe Hitting Stone was considered a revelation, a graduation film that is extremely well structured.

The FIPRESCI Prize, offered by the International Federation of Film Critics for a title in To Be or Not to Be Politically Correct?section went to the dystopian Life Guidance by Ruth Mader.

Gustav Moller’s minimalist The Guilty was appreciated by TIFF film lovers and received the Audience Award offered by Mastercard. Starting November, the film will be distributed in Romanian theaters by Bad Unicorn.

“I would love it if every year we could have Romanian films like Touch Me Not and Charleston in the competition,” declared TIFF Artistic Director Mihai Chirilov, before thanking directors from around the world for coming to TIFF. Over 800 guests, filmmakers, film lovers, journalists, etc., were at the Closing Gala hosted by TIFF President Tudor Giurgiu. Another few tens of thousands followed the ceremony live, through Facebook and YouTube, as well as the red carpet arrivals of stars Fanny Ardant, Jean-Marc Barr, Vlad Ivanov, Florin Piersic, Dorian Boguță, Ana Ularu; directors Cristi Puiu, Adina Pintilie, Andrei Crețulescu, and Tedy Necula; and television personalities Andreea Esca and Amalia Enache.

A guest of honor for this edition, Fanny Ardant shone on the stage of the National Theater as she received the standing ovation of everyone present. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from TIFF’s President and responded with an emotional speech: “When I was a little girl I thought that being an actress meant just the pleasure of being on stage. Only later I understood that the life of an actress means going from dark to light, from cold to warmth, from a turned back to an outstretched hand. So I thank you tonight for giving me light and warmth with this award, for stretching out your arms.’’

The charming Anna Széles’s 50 years of stage and film presence were also honored at TIFF. Actor Florin Piersic, her former partner and co-star, handed her the Lifetime Achievement Award in front of an audience fascinated by their stories and by the abiding love they still have for each other. “I was lucky to have had wonderful directors and partners who stayed in my heart,” declared the actress.

Introduced by Cătălin Ștefănescu as an “extremely delicate character” and “one of the iconic actors of Romanian film,” Dan Nuțu, the founder of Aristoteles Workshop, received the Excellence Award offered by Mercedes-Benz.

Pororoca won the Romanian Days: Best Feature Film Award, consisting of 10,000 de Euro  worth of post-production services offered by Cinelabs Romania. Actress Mădălina Ghenea handed the award to director Constantin Popescu. Ivana Mladenovic’s controversial Soldiers. Story From Ferentari received the 1,000 Euro Romanian Days: Best Debut Feature Award offered by Banca Transilvania “for the courage and dignity exhibited both by the director and by the characters she constructed.” Berlinale winner Touch Me Not received a Special Mention from the Romanian Days jury. “It is very complicated to place a film like this one on the market. Your warmth proves that the market underestimates the emotional intelligence of the audience,” said director Adina Pintilie.

The Romanian Days: Best Short Award, consisting of 1,500 Euro offered by Campari  and 5,000 Euro worth of camera, electric, and grip equipment offered by CutareFilm, went to Bogdan Mureșanu’s The Christmas Gift. Two Special Mentions went to Dorian Boguță’s Sunday “for its sensitive portrayal of men in a group home, in whose stories the jury could glimpse their own” and to Anghel Damian’s Michelangelo “for the moving story about the importance of truth, even when truth hurts.”

The most popular film of this section, Daniel Sandu’s One Step Behind The Seraphim received the 1,500 Euro Romanian Days Audience Award offered by Dacin Sara. This is the first award received by the film; director Iura Luncașu handed it to young actor Ștefan Iancu.

The 500 Euro Shadow Shorts Competition Award offered by PMA went to Fran Casanova’s Something in the Darkness.

Eliza Zdru won the Alex. Leo Șerban Fellowship worth 2,500 Euro, offered in partnership with Conceptual Lab, for the development of her feature-length documentary Learning Teaching. The board reviewing the applications also granted a Special Mention worth 500 Euro Tamás Chirodea-Ambrus (vlogger on the Tomtastic Movie Reviews YouTube channel) for the development of a website for podcasts, shorts, new, reviews, and live streams. Another Special Mention worth 1,000 Euro was awarded for the first time to a young Romanian actor who stood out in a 2017 production: Mircea Postelnicu, for his lead role in  Călin Peter Netzer’s Ana, Mon Amour.


The 20,000 Euro Eurimages Co-production Development Award of the Transilvania Pitch Stop went to Pavle Vučković’s project Frost. Post-production services worth 25,000 Euro, offered by Chainsaw Europe went to TheLast Bus by Nándor Lőrincz and Bálint Nagy. In the Transilvania Pitch Stop Workshop, the CoCo Award  went to Cristian Pascariu’s project October, which is invited to the Connecting Cottbus East West Co-production Market in Germany. The Villa kult Cultural Residency, a five-day residency for script development in Berlin, went to the winner of the To the North by Mihai Mincan. Finally, the Young Francophone Jury Prize, offered by TV5 Monde, Institute Français, and RFI Romania went to The Prayer by Cédric Kahn “for its harmonious visual discourse and absorbing soundtrack and characters.”

“In our road to death we need to support each other a little more,” cautioned the voice of late director Lucian Pintilie during a moving homage screened in the National Theater. TIFF President Tudor Giurgiu dedicated the evening to him.


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The Transilvania International Film Festival is organized by the Association for the Promotion of Romanian Film and the Association for the Transilvania Film Festival.

Support from: Ministry of Culture and National Identity, National Center for Cinematography, Cluj City Hall and Local Council, Romanian Cultural Institute, Cluj County Council, Creative Europe-MEDIA program of the European Union

Presented by: Staropramen

Principal sponsor: Banca Transilvania

Principal partner: Mastercard

Official car: Mercedes-Benz

Sponsors: Orange, HBO, MOL România, Lidl, Nespresso, Tenaris Silcotub,  Avon

Official coffee: Nespresso

Official logistical partner: DHL

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Local media partners: Erdèly Naplò, Făclia, Filmtett, Krónika, Monitorul de Cluj, Radio Cluj, Transilvania Reporter

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Winners of the 58th Krakow Film Festival

Krakow, 2nd June 2018 - The winners of the 58th Krakow Film Festival were announced. The international jury awarded the best documentary, short and animated films, which during the whole festival week were trying to woo the experts and the audience in 7 cinemas in Krakow.

The outright winner of this year's edition of the Krakow Film Festival is an acclaimed film “Over the Limit”, directed by Marta Prus. The film received the Silver Horn for the best feature film in the International Documentary Film Competition and the Silver Hobby-Horse for the director of the best documentary film in the National Competition. The film about the remarkable Russian gymnast Margarita Mamun and the emotional costs of professional sports, received also the award for the best producer of Polish short and documentary films, the Best Cinematography Award and People’s Choice Award.

The winner of the International Documentary Film Competition is Talal Derki's film “Of Fathers and Sons”. The 2014 winner of the Silver Horn once again confronted Krakow audience with the sheer terror of the Syrian war. Four years after the horrifying, successful and widely discussed “Return to Homs” – the opening film of the 54th KFF – the director visited a family of a radicalized ISIS member and followed the process of forming of jihadist fighters. In “Of Fathers and Sons” the camera focuses on little boys who are being prepared the join the ranks of ISIS by their beloved fathers, for whom family is especially important. The film received this year an award for best documentary at Sundance. Jury led by Péter Forgács (Hungary) handed out the prestigious Golden Horn award for “the director's courageous penetration into the world of extremism”. Moreover, the film was also awarded by the International Federation of Film Critics Jury (FIPRESCI).

The Silver Horn for the director of the best medium-length documentary went to Pablo Aparo and Martin Benchimol for their film “The Dread” (Argentina).

The winner of the oldest festival competition - International Short Film Competition - is

Armelle Mercat for her film “Keep Your Hair On, Oliver” (France).

The jury, whose chairman was Iranian director and screenwriter Merhard Oskouei, gave the French director the Golden Dragon award emphasizing that the story presented in the film was only possible to tell through animation.

Silver Dragons are the awards given to the best short films representing all three competition genres. The Silver Dragon for the best documentary film went to Michał Hytroś for his film “The Sisters” (Poland). The film received also the special mention in the National Competition. The best animated film is “Obon” [dir. André Hörmann, Samo (Anna Bergmann)]. Silver Dragon for the best short fiction went to Emmanuelle Fleytoux for her film “Release the Dogs (France/Belgium). The Krakow Film Festival also gave this film the nomination for the European Film Award in the short film category (PRIX EFA KRAKOW 2018 for the best European film).

The best music documentary and the winner of the Golden Heynal award, chosen by the Jury led by Marcin Borchardt (Polska), is an American-Japanese documentaryRyuichi Sakamoto: Coda” (dir. Stephen Nomura Schible). In this moving documentary a story about the roots of music turns into a film meditation, which talks about the human fight with inhibitions. The protagonist, an Academy Award winner for his original score for the film “The Last Emperor”, this time shows his other faces: as a music experimenter, an activist fighting against environmental degradation and a man struggling with serious illness. The film received also the Student Jury award.

The Golden Hobby-Horse in the National Competition went to “Unconditional Love” by Rafał Łysak (Poland). The Jury appreciated the film for a story about an intimate reality of people from different generations, which escapes a stereotypical judgment. If we watch the world so closely it can actually be tolerant as love is unconditional”.

The best Polish animation is “III” by Marta Pajek (Poland). It is the second Silver Hobby-Horse in the artist's career. After two years Pajek came back to the idea of an impossible figure, which this time in a sensual and full of eroticism way portrays relations between men and women.

The award for the best Polish short fiction was handed out "for an accurate, comedic attempt to encapsulate the madness of the contemporary world" to Maciej Kawalski for his film “Atlas” (Poland).

The special mention went to the last year's winner Damian Kocur for his film “1410”.

For the fourth time the Krakow Film Festival, being among Europe's most important film festivals, recommends feature documentary films for the European Film Award. This year the official recommendation was given to “White Mama” (Zosya Rodkevich, Evgeniya Ostanina).

For the third time an important part of the Krakow Film Festival was DOC LAB POLAND section, which belonged to the KFF Industry - a programme of events devoted to the film industry. Awards for documentaries in development and in postproduction were handed out.

The 59th Krakow Film Festival will take place May 26th - June 2nd, 2019.

Transilvania Pitch Stop: last chance to submit projects 

One week left to submit your project for the third edition of the Transilvania Pitch Stop co-production platform, which will be held on 7 - 8 June 2019, in Cluj-Napoca. The program is open to feature-length fiction film projects of 1st and 2nd time filmmakers coming from Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Serbia, Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, Greece, Turkey and Georgia. The projects can be in different stages of development with preferably 15% of the budget secured. (please check regulation here)

A jury of international professionals will hand the Eurimages Co-production Development Award valued at 20.000 euro. Another 5.000 euro award in cash will be offered by Transilvania International Film Festival.

Deadline: 31st of March, 2019.

Selected projects will be announced no later then May 1st, 2019 and the director and producer will be invited to join the industry event in Cluj on the 7th and 8th of June 2019.

Submit your project

The 2019 industry program of Transilvania IFF also includes 

Transilvania Talent Lab (TTL), a workshop dedicated to professionals involved in the management of cinemas, organized in partnership with Europa Cinemas; 
LIM - Less is More
, the European platform for project development of limited budget feature films initiated by Le Groupe Ouest;

First Films First, an intensive professional training program aimed at supporting young Southeast European film directors to develop their first feature-length fiction film, initiated by Goethe-Institut Young Directors´ Academy South-Eastern Europe;
Closed Screenings program dedicated to industry representatives and special screenings of the newest Romanian films, debates and masterclasses, lining-up experts in audience development, and script writing, film directors.
This year Transilvania IFF will also host the prestigiouse European Film Forum on June 7th. 

More details on www.tiff.ro.
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"Bohemian Rhapsody" Sound Team
confirmed for FEST 2019 industry program

FEST 2019, from June 24th to July 1st, in Espinho, Portugal

John Warhurst, Tim Cavagin and Nina Hartstone are the new confirmations on FEST’s 2019’s Training Ground. Specialized in the field of sound, together they compose the Academy Award-winning sound team for “Bohemian Rhapsody”.

During FEST they will be presenting a Masterclass using the case study of “Bohemian Rhapsody” strategies and work process, focusing, mainly, on the solutions they’ve created to overcome the challenges created by the production. How to make Freddie Mercury's voice sound genuine, the brain-surgery editing precision required or the custom sounds they had to record (concert crowds, people clapping, piano keys thumping) will be some of the main topics reviewed and dissected by the experts.

Hosting this very special session we will have Eddy Joseph, Sound editor of films such as"Quantum of Solace" , "United 93", "Cold Mountain", "Corpse Bride" and many more

John Warhurst was the supervising music director in the film that earned him the first Oscar win of his career. Warhurst also received a BAFTA for his work on the 2018 film but he was no stranger to this award, having won another in 2013 for his work on “Les Misérables”. Some of his major works also include “Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” (2007) and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" (2017). 

Nina Hartstone is a supervising dialogue/ADR editor that has worked previously with Warhurst in films such as “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life” (2003), “Bidget Jone’s Baby” (2016).

Tim Cavagin is a re-recording mixer that tops off the trio. Some of his previous works include “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (2015), “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” (2017) and “Baby Driver” (2017), the latter one resulting in an Academy Award nomination for Best Achievement in Sound Mixing. 

Join us at FEST 2019, from June 24th to July 1st, in Espinho, Portugal.

The 6-day lineup of FEST industry events features: 
Directors’ Hub (debates, case-studies, roundtables focusing around the director’s role),
Industry Meetings (one-on-one meetings between attending industry professionals), 
Networking Dinners (informal networking between event participants at the dinner table).
Training Ground (30+ masterclasses & workshops by the top film industry professionals), 
Pitching Forum (competition with development support and co-production opportunities),
Filmmakers’ Corner (an open stage for filmmakers to showcase and promote their work).

Secure your accreditation for 6 days of films, industry and networking events with our FEST Pro Badge for 100€

FEST - PRO Accreditation »

Already confirmed at this year’s talent-packed Industry Program are Toni Grisoni, Paul Miller, Gareth WilleyJonathan Morris and Scandar Copti.

FEST is a film forum that offers a wide variety of industry activities, while also promoting and encouraging a strong networking possibilities.

The Industry Meetings, are a platform for one-to-one meetings between industry experts.

Following the same core principle, FEST organizes Networking Dinners, that create an opportunity for networking between film professionals and guest speakers while savouring a delicious meal of Portuguese food and wine, with an ocean sunset view. The Networking Dinners require separate registration and are limited to the first 150 festival participants.

Both the Industry Meetings and the Networking Dinners offer a chance to build the basis for collaborations, partnerships, or new relationships, between film professionals. 

FEST is focused on industry activities - with 800+ accredited attendees coming from over 40 countries, FEST is a unique networking platform for leading film professionals to gather and create meaningful exchange of knowledge and contacts in the presence of internationally renowned industry members. 

Some of our Previous Speakers:

Asghar Farhadi - Director, A Separation, The Salesman | Béla Tarr - Director, Sátántango, Werckmeister Harmonies | Fernando Trueba - Director, Belle Époque, The Girl of Your Dreams | Melissa Leo - Actress, The Fighter, Frozen River | Joe Walker - Editor, Arrival, 12 Years a Slave  | Ed Lachman - DOP, Erin Brockovich, The Virgin Suicides | Allan Starski - Art Director, Schindler’s List, The Pianist | Christopher Hampton - Screenwriter, Dangerous Liaisons, Atonement | Roman Coppola - Producer/Screenwriter, Isle of Dogs, Moonrise Kingdom | Iain Smith - Producer, Children of Men, Mad Max: Fury Road | Finola Dwyer - Producer, Brooklyn, An Education | Stephen Warbeck - Composer, Shakespeare in Love, Billy Elliot | David Mcmillan - Sound Mixer, Apollo 13, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom | Tom Stern - DOP, The Hunger Games, Gran Torino | Eugenio Caballero - Art Director, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Impossible | Martin Walsh - Editor, V for Vendetta, Chicago
Ashgar Farhadi
The Salesman, A Separation

I feel at home here, I met people who really like film. Thank you so much for inviting me.
Melissa Leo
The Fighter, Frozen River

This festival is doing what is needed to help independent filmmakers gain entry to the world of film.

Attend FEST to discover the most promising voices in world cinema, as well as connect and collaborate with leading film professionals from around the globe.

Choose your accreditation »


BRUSSELS: More than 100 European organisations of authors, representing hundreds of thousands of voters (writers, screenwriters, filmmakers, composers and songwriters) have sent an open letter to the European Parliament urging it to support the successful adoption of the Copyright Directive.

Apply now for Ex Oriente Film 2019 and get a tailor made training for the development of your film with the help of more than 25 world renowed film professionals!

You can submit your work until April 19th, 2019, with our online APPLICATION FORM. Applying is free of charge and is only available in English.

Open to: Creative feature-length documentary projects in development and early production

Please, see the Ex Oriente Film 2019 Guidelines and the list of eligible countries.

Ex Oriente Film 2019 workshop lead tutors will be producer and consultant Iikka Vehkalahti (Finland), Head of Studies of the European Documentary Network Mikael Opstrup (Denmark), director and script editor Ivana Pauerová Miloševičová (Czech Republic) and director and producer Filip Remunda (Czech Republic).

1st Session: Find Your Way – Vision, Space and Storytelling

June 20th – June 25th, 2019 (Banská Štiavnica, Slovak Republic)

2nd Session: Production and Story Development
October 24th – October 29th 2019 (Jihlava, Czech Republic, within Ji.hlava IDFF)

3rd Session: Market, here I am!
March 2020 (Prague, Czech Republic, within East Doc Platform and One World IHRDFF)

The Ex Oriente Film programme leads into co-production session East Doc Forum, where workshop participants will present their projects to Europe and North American decision makers such as independent producers, distributors, buyers, film fund representatives, broadcasters, as well as festival representatives. In addition to automatic inclusion in the East Doc Forum workshop, participants will have the opportunity to gain a wide range of scholarships and prizes in the form of direct financial support, co-production agreements, access to leading European markets and partner trainings.

Internationally successful documentary films, such as Over the Limit, Brothers, The Domino Effect, Blind Loves, At the Edge of Russia, Rabbit a la Berlin, Village Without Women and Bakhmaro, were developed within Ex Oriente Film workshop. Among the tutors of previous editions were Christian Frei, Sean McAllister, Mila Turajlic, Mike Bonanno, Vitaly Mansky, Dounia Sichov, Cintia Gil and Joe Bini.

Have you recently finished your documentary film? Apply for East Silver 2019 documentary market specialized in Eastern and Central European documentary film. Online application form is here. Submission deadline for films produced in 2018 is March 31, 2019. Films produced in 2019 can be submitted until May 31, 2019. The deadline for projects in rough cut stage is July 31, 2019

APPLY NOW for Ex Oriente Film 2019 and get a tailor made training for the development of your film with the help of more than 25 world esteemed film professionals!

A Europe Fit for the next generation of creators

European Authors’ open letter in support of the Copyright Directive

Dear Member of the European Parliament,

The undersigned organisations of authors – representing hundreds of thousands of voters who are writers, screenwriters, filmmakers, composers and songwriters – urge you to seize this once in a decade opportunity and support the successful adoption of the Copyright Directive.

Since the last European elections, the European Commission, the European Parliament and Member States concluded that the European Union needed to modernise copyright in the Digital Age. Included in this debate was a conviction of the need to strengthen Europe’s authors by addressing the systemic weak bargaining position in negotiating contracts, and promoting fair remuneration.

Authors are at the very origin of the copyright value chain for Europe’s cultural and creative industries, which produce EUR 509 billion in value added to GDP, provide 7.5 % of the EU’s work force and significantly contribute to the EU economy in terms of employment, investment, growth, innovation and competitiveness on a global scale. Yet for the vast majority of authors, their careers are barely sustainable and poorly remunerated. The Parliament has played a decisive role in insisting that the Copyright Directive address this anomaly and has significantly improved the various provisions in the Directive which will benefit authors, and which we have supported.

Throwing the Directive away now would not only reverse the European Parliament’s work to support authors but also be an unprecedented setback for all creators in Europe. Abandoning the Directive now would be a major victory for the major international players who ignore the damage caused to the creative industries by their dominant position and refuse the harmonisation and inclusion of basic standards of transparency and fairness in EU copyright legislation.

This Directive concerns the future of Europe’s cultures. The European Parliament played a key role in the negotiations ensuring future generations’ access to freedom of expression.

Please - adopt the Directive and send a strong signal to the future generations who want to write, compose, create so that they can be fairly remunerated.

Sincerely yours,

  1. ACE, Spanish Writers’ Association, Spain - Manuel Rico Rego - President
  2. ADA, Austrian Directors Association, Austria - Jacob Groll and Jenny Gand – Co-chair
  3. ALMA, The Spanish Writers Guild, Spain – Alberto Macias – President
  4. AMA, Autores de Musica Asociados, Spain - Javier de Juan – President
  5. ANAC — Associazione Nazionale dei Autori Cinematografici, Italy - Francesco Ranieri Martinotti - President
  6. APR – ASSOCIAÇÃO PORTUGUESA DE REALIZADORES, Portugal – Filipa Reis - President
  7. ARRF – Association des Réalisateurs et Réalisatrices de Films, Belgium – André Buytaers, Administrator
  8. ARF/FDS – Swiss Filmmakers Association, Switzerland – Barbara Miller - President
  9. Asociace spisovatelů, The Czech Writers Association, Czech Republic - Ondřej Lipár - Chairman
  10. Association of Catalan Language Writers, Catalonia-Spain - Bel Olid Báez – President
  11. Association des Auteurs de l'Audiovisuel (ASA), Belgium, Frédéric Castadot – President
  12. Associazione dell'Autorialità Cinetelevisiva, 100autori, Italy – Stefano Sardo - President
  13. BAFTRS - Bulgarian Association of the Film, Theater and Radio Scriptwriters, Bulgaria, President - Prof. Dr. Stanislav


  1. BAM!, Dutch Songwriters Society, Netherlands - Pieter Perquin – Chair
  2. BASCA, British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors - United Kingdom - Crispin Hunt – Chair
  3. Bundesverband Regie e. V., Germany – Susann Reck, Marie Noelle, Axel Schill Bettina Schoeller-Bouju & Cornelia

Grünberg, Executive Board

  1. CC Composers Club e.V., Germany - John Groves – President
  2. Croatian Film Directors' Guild, Croatia – Danilo Šerbedžija, President
  3. The Danish Composers’ Society, Denmark - Bent Sørensen – President
  4. The Danish Authors Society, Denmark - Morten Visby - Chairman
  5. The Danish Writers Guild, Denmark - Anders Busk – Kommunikationskonsulent
  6. Danske Filminstruktører/Danish Film Directors, Denmark – Christina Rosendahl, President
  7. Deutscher Komponistenverband, Germany - Dr. Enjott Schneider- President
  8. DGCY – Directors Guild of Cyprus, Cyprus – Daina Papadaki, President
  9. The Directors Guild of Slovenia – Slovenia - Urša Menart
  10. Directors UK, United Kingdom – Andrew Chowns, CEO & Steve Smith, Chair
  11. DJBFA, Composers and songwriters, Denmark - Susi Hyldgaard chairman and Anna Lidell vice chairman
  12. Drehbuchverband Austria, Austrian Screenwriter Association, Austria - Christian Neubacher
  13. DSR – Directors Guild of Slovenia, Slovenia – Urša Menart, Chair
  14. DSR Screenwriters, Slovenia - Matevž Luzar
  15. Dutch Directors Guild, The Netherlands – Martijn Winkler - Chairman
  16. Dutch Writers Guild, The Netherlands, Maria Vlaar - Chair
  17. ECSA, European Composer & Songwriter Alliance, Alfons Karabuda - President
  18. ESPEK – Association of Greek Film Directors-Producers, Greece – Elina Psykou - President
  19. Estonian Filmmakers Union, Estonia – Alvar Kõue - Chairman
  20. EWC European Writers' Council, Gunnar Ardelius - President
  21. FAGA, Foro de Asociaciones de Quionistas audiovisuals, Ana Hormaechea, President
  22. FEMA, Federación Espanola de Músicos Asociados, Spain - Iván García-Pelayo - International Affairs Reprensentative
  23. FERA – Federation of European Film and TV Directors – Dan Clifton - Chair
  24. FLAC, Fédération Luxembourgeoise des auteurs et compositeurs, Luxembourg - Roby Steinmetzer – President
  25. Flemish Writers' Association (Vlaamse Auteurs Vereniging, VAV), Belgium - Natalie Ariën - coordinator
  26. Film Directors Guild of Azerbaijan, Azerbaijan – Huseyn Mehdiyev - Chairman
  27. The Finnish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild, Finland - Ms Sonia Meltt - Executive Director
  28. The Finnish Music Creators FMC, Finland - Kaija Kärkinen - Chair of the Board
  29. Galician Language Writers Association, Galicia-Spain - Cesáreo Sánchez Iglesias -President
  30. The German Writers' Union, Germany, Lena Falkenhagen - Chairwoman.
  31. La Guilde Française des Scénaristes, France, Denis Goulette - Executive Officer
  32. Greek Directors’ Guild, Greece – Haris Papadopoulos - Chairman
  33. Groupe 25 Images, France – Claire De La Rochefoucauld & Arnaud Selignac - Presidents
  34. Hellenic Authors' Society, Greece - Yiorgos Chouliaras - President
  35. Hrvatsko društvo skladatelja, Croatian Composers Society, Croatia - Ante Pecotić – President
  36. The Icelandic Dramatists Union, FLH (Félag leikskálda og handritshöfunda), Margrét Örnólfsdóttir, Chairman
  37. IMAGO -- International Federation of Cinematographers – Paul René Roestad - President
  38. The Irish Writers' Union, Ireland, Lissa Oliver & Phil Mac Giolla Bháin, Co-Chairpersons
  39. Israel Directors Guild, Israel – Limor Pinhasov, Chairwoman
  40. LARS – Luxembourgish Association of Film Directors and Scriptwriters, Luxembourg – Claude Lahr, President
  41. Latvian Filmmakers Union, Latvia – Ieva Romanova - Chair
  42. Lithuanian Filmmakers Union, Lithuania – Arūnas Matelis - President
  43. Magyar Zeneszerzők Egyesülete, Hungarian Composers' Union, Hungary - Máté Hollós – President
  44. Musimagen - Asociation of Audiovisual composers of Spain, Darío Palomo – President
  45. National Society of Greek Authors, Greece, Eleni Kekropoulou, Vice-President
  46. Netwerk Scenarioschrijvers, the Netherlands, Pieter Bart Korthuis -Chairman
  47. NFF – Norwegian Film Makers Association, Norway – Sverre Pedersen - President
  48. NFR – Norske Filmregissører, Norway – Marianne Kleven, Chair
  49. Nieuw Geneco, Nieuw Genootschap Nederlandse Componisten, Netherland - Felix Rottenberg – Chair, Esther

Gottschalk – Director

  1. NOPA – The Norwegian Society of Composers and Lyricists, Norway, Ingrid Kindem - Chair
  2. Norsk Komponistforeningen, Norwegian Society of Composers, Norway, Jørgen Karlstrøm - Chairman of the Board
  3. ÖGZM, Österreichische Gesellschaft für zeitgenössische Musik – Austria, Dr. Morgana Petrik – Präsident
  4. ÖKB - Österreichischer Komponistenbund, Austria - Alexander Kukelka – President
  5. PDM – Producers and Directors of Montenegro – Montenegro – Ivan Djurovic, President
  6. Portuguese Society of Authors (SPA), Portugal, José Jorge Letria - President.
  7. Rättighetsbolaget/Rights Manager of the Swedish Union for Performing Arts and Film, Sweden – Anna Carlson,


  1. Sanasto – Finnish Literary Copyright Society, Finland - Anne Salomaa - Executive Director
  2. Scenario, Switzerland - Jacqueline Surchat - Coordinator
  3. SCGI, Screen Composers Guild of Ireland, Ireland - Sarah Glennane – CEO
  4. SDGI –Screen Directors Guild of Ireland, Ireland-Maurice Sweeney - Chairman
  5. Screenwriters Circle of the Polish Filmmakers Association, Poland, Maciej Karpinski - President
  6. Scriptwriters Guild of Greece, Greece - Alexander Kakavas – President
  7. SFP – Stowarzyszenie Filmowców Polskich/Polish Filmmakers Association, Poland – Jacek Bromski, President
  8. SKAP - The Swedish Society of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, Sweden - Alfons Karabuda – Chair
  9. SKL – Samtök kvikmyndaleikstjóra/Film Directors Guild of Iceland, Iceland – Dagur Kári Pétursson, Chairman
  10. SNAC, Syndicat National des auteurs et des compositeurs, France - Pierre-André Athané – President
  11. Society of Authors (SoA), United Kingdom, Nicola Solomon - Chief Executive
  12. The Society of Finnish Composers, Finland - Antti Auvinen - Chairman of the Board
  13. The Society of Slovene Composers, Slovenia, Nenad First – President
  14. Society of Swedish Authors in Finland, Finland - Peter Sandström – President
  15. SPID - Croatian screenwriters and playwrights guild, (Croatian screenwriters and playwrights guild), Croatia, Zinka

Kiseljak - President

  1. SRF – Société des Réalisateurs de Films, France – Marie Amachoukeli, Bertrand Bonello, Christophe Ruggia, Co-


  1. Suomen elokuvaohjaajaliitto SELO ry, Finland – Sakari Kirjavainen, Chair
  2. The Swedish Association of Educational Writers, Sweden - Wiwi Ahlberg, Chair-person
  3. Swedish Film Directors, Sweden – Maria Eriksson-Hecht & Göran Du Rees - Presidents
  4. The Swedish Writers' Union, Sweden - Grethe Rottböll – President
  5. Teaterförbundet – The Swedish Union for Performing Arts and Film, Sweden – Simon Norrthon, President
  6. Tónskáldafélag Íslands - Icelandic Composers' Society, Þórunn Gréta Sigurðardóttir - Chairperson
  7. UCMF, Union des Compositeurs de Musiques de Films, France, Béatrice Thiriet - Présidente
  8. UNAC, Union Nationale des Auteurs et Compositeurs, France - Olivier Delevingne – President
  9. U.N.C.L.A, Unione Nazionale Compositori Librettisti Autori, Italy, Giuseppe Amendola - Secretary General
  10. Unie van Regisseurs vzw – Belgium/Flanders – Jin Berghmans, CEO
  11. Verband Deutscher Drehbuchautoren e.V., Screenwriter’s Guild of Germany, Germany - Sebastian Andrae, Prof.

Peter Henning - Executive Board Members

  1. Vlaamse Scenaristengilde / Flemish Screenwriters Guild, Belgium - Michel Sabbe & Dirk Nielandt
  2. WGGB, Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, UK – Ellie Peers - General Secretary, Gail Renard - Chair
  3. Writers’ Guild of Ireland, Ireland - Thomas McLaughlin – Chairman
  4. The Writers’ Guild of Norway, Norway, Monica Boracco - Chair
  5. Writers Guild of Sweden, Sweden, Pia Gradvall – Chair
  6. The Writers’ Union of Iceland - Iceland, Ragnheidur Tryggvadottir - Executive Manager
  7. The Writers’ Union of Romania, Romania, Razvan Voncu - Director for International Programs
  8. Zwiazek Polskich Autorow, Kompozytorow, Poland – Marek Hojda- Vice-President
  9. Zwiazek Kompozytorow Polskich, The Polish Composers’ Union, Poland - Mieczyslaw Kominek Ph.D. - the President

The 2019 edition of Vilnius IFF Kino Pavasaris began with a show of support for Kirill Serebrennikov, whose romantic and rebellious film “Summer” opened the festival. Attendees illuminated the opening ceremony in solidarity with the director, who remains under house arrest in Moscow amid unfounded accusations.

In his latest feature, Serebrennikov follows young musicians as they search for an escape in the Soviet underground rock scene of the 1980s. The film explores what it means to strive for artistic freedom while oppressed by restrictions.

The crowd at the opening ceremony showed support for Serebrennikov by raising up their phone lights. During the event, experimental music from the band Whale Sounds and a performance by the dance troupe Low Air reflected this year’s festival motto “Don’t rush. Imagine”.

Starting March 21, Vilnius IFF will screen 170 films in 19 Lithuanian cities, inviting viewers to escape their hectic routines.

Find the complete festival programme here https://kinopavasaris.lt/en/programa

Here are the photos from the opening ceremony and party: https://kinopavasaris.myqnapcloud.com:4443/share.cgi?ssid=00W2g3e, when using please credit Audrius Solominas, Gediminas Gražys, Robertas Daskevičiaus and Tautvydas Stukas