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Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Official Selection – Competition
105 Min. / 1:2.39 / Surround 5.1 / Slovenia, North Macedonia, Serbia 2019 / Color
Director Damjan Kozole, actresses Urša Menart and Liza Marijina are available for interviews.
June 13, 2019 – After winning the Best Director Award in 2016 for NIGHTLIFE, Slovenian director Damjan Kozole is coming back to Karlovy Vary International Film Festival with HALF-SISTER (Polsestra). The film will celebrate its world premiere in the Official Selection – Competition.
HALF-SISTER is the story of two estranged half-sisters from the coastal town of Izola. After many years of barely seeing each other, they are forced to share a small apartment in Ljubljana. These two women who want nothing to do with each other deny accepting any similarity between them. Eventually, though, they uncover what they are both refusing to understand.
The film is about people who are incapable of showing affection. It shows that the way we communicate with each other reveals our true desires, fears and frustrations and how arrogant and aggressive behaviour often conceals our own vulnerability. Directing credits of Damjan Kozole include the critically-acclaimed “Spare Parts” (2003) and worldwide released “Slovenian Girl” (2009). “Spare Parts” was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 53th Berlin IFF 2003. He is also a renowned author of many documentary films.
After the successful collaboration on this year’s Berlinale competition title “God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunija”, Slovenian producer Danijel Hočevar (“Slovenian Girl”, “Spare Parts”) again teamed up with co-producer Labina Mitevska as well as with Jelena Mitrović (“Circles”).
For the lead roles in HALF-SISTER Kozole chose Urša Menart (“My Last Year As A Loser”) who cowrote the script together with him and Croatian director Ognjen Sviličić (“Armin”). Her sister is played by Liza Marijina supported by Jurij Drevenšek and Peter Musevski.
HALF-SISTER is produced by Vertigo (Slovenia), Sisters and Brother Mitevski (North Macedonia), Film House Baš Čelik (Serbia), RTV Slovenia in collaboration with FS Viba film and financial support by the Slovenian Film Centre, North Macedonia Film Agency, Film Centre Serbia, Ministry of culture and information of the Republic of Serbia, Creative Europe MEDIA, Eurimages Co-production Development Award, RE ACT Award. The film was developed with the support of Sources 2, CineLink Industry Days – Sarajevo Film Festival and Les Arcs Industry Village – Work in Progress.

Prague International Film Festival – Febiofest introduces new artistic director

Following the successful 26th edition of the Prague International Film Festival – Febiofest, several new features will be put in place by 2020. The first of these is the introduction of a new artistic director, former delegate of the Berlinale International Film Festival Nikolaj Nikitin, who has been focusing on Czech, regional and European filmmaking for more than twenty years, has extensive experience and is connected with all parts of the world of film.

“I’m glad that I can welcome Nikolaj to our team as the new artistic director of Febiofest. His extensive experience as a film expert, interest in new trends in this field and, especially, his international contacts will surely help us to push the festival forward and also enhance its reputation in the world,” says Febiofest director Kamil Spáčil, commenting on the new artistic director, who is now working on preparations for the 27th edition of the Prague International Film Festival – Febiofest.

From 2002 to 2019, Nikolaj Nikitin (1974) was a foreign delegate of Berlinale for Central, Eastern and Northern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus. He co-founded the film quarterly magazine Schnitt in 1995, served for sixteen years as the director of the “Filmplus” film festival in Cologne, and published numerous books focused on film together with Oliver Baumgarten. Nikolaj also worked as the artistic director on the omnibus film “Lost and Found” (2005) and afterwards as the artistic director of the Palic European Film Festival (Serbia) until 2017. He is the spiritual father of the SOFA (School of Film Advancement), an international workshop initiative, where he has been the director since 2013. Nikitin is a member of FIPRESCI, the European Film Academy and LUX Film Prize. He teaches film and cultural management around the world and has been a project scout for the prestigious MIDPOINT education programme since 2019.

22nd Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) will be held from June 15 to 24, 2019 in Shanghai, China. A record number of Latvian films and co-productions will participate in different SIFF programs and, accordingly, will have their Asian premieres at this A-category festival.

Latvian/Estonian/Lithuanian documentary Bridges Of Time (2018, dir. Kristīne Briede, Audrius Stonys) will be screened at the Documentary Film Competition. The producer Uldis Cekulis (VFS FILMS) will be present at the festival for interviews and Q&A.

Bridges Of Time Treiler:

After premiering at Berlinale/Generation Kplus earlier this spring, the Latvian/Estonian co-production Lotte and the Lost Dragons (2019, dir. Janno Poldma, Heiki Ernits) is nominated in the Animation Competition of Golden Goblet Award at SIFF.

Lotte and the Lost Dragons Treiler:

Latvian family film Bille (2018, dir. Ināra Kolmane) has been officially selected as part of the film programming of The Belt and Road Film Week. It will compete for three awards - Media Choice Award for Film, Media Choice Award for Filmmaker, and Audience Choice Award. The two leading actors Elīna Vāne and Rūta Kronberga will be present at the festival for interviews and Q&A.

Bille Treiler:

The brand new Latvian animation feature Away (2019, dir. Gints Zilbalodis) has been selected for the International Panorama. The director Gints Zilbalodis, travelling directly after premiering the Away at Animafest Zagreb and Annecy International Animated Film Festival, will be present at SIFF for interviews and Q&A.

Away Treiler:

Participating at the International Panorama section is also the historical drama The Mover (2018, dir. Davis Sīmanis)  - the award-winning Latvian feature film offering a gripping account of Žanis Lipke, a blue-collar worker honoured as one of the 'Righteous Among the Nations' for his heroic deeds during the war.

The Mover Treiler:

The National Film Centre of Latvia is in partnership with SIFF within the The Road and Belt program since 2017. This year at SIFF the film researcher and the director of the Film Centre Dita Rietuma will deliver a special presentation on the Latvian film industry.

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Six Croatian titles at Valletta Film Festival


Two Croatian feature and four short films are in the competition line-up at the 5th edition of the Valletta Film Festival running from June 14 to June 23. 

Tamara Babun to be on Executive Committee of International Federation of Film Producers Associations


Croatian producer Tamara Babun has been invited to join the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF, Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films) for a two-year mandate. 

PRAGUE: The Prague International Film Festival – Febiofest has named former Berlinale programmer Nikolaj Nikitin as its new artistic director. Nikitin also began working with the Cottbus Film Festival and MIDPOINT this year, and is the founder and head of SOFA.

Apply with your script to Script Pool Tallinn competition

The second year in a row, MIDPOINT is partnering up with Industry@Tallin &Baltic Event exquisite Script Pool Tallinn, an international script competition for film, TV and drama series scripts. 

The aim of Script Pool Tallinn is gathering talented screenwriters with producers attached, in order to provide them support enhancing the script and maximizing its potential in different mediums. Feature-length films and TV series from the whole world are eligible. 

Script Pool consists of different workshops and public pitch over the participants’ stay in Tallinn within the Industry @Tallin &Baltic Event (November 25 – 29, 2019)

Only the teams of screenwriter and producer can apply with a full treatment of the project, bearing in mind that after pre-selection the last draft of the script has to be ready for the next selection round. 

Script Pool Award 
Main Prize of 5.000 EUR would be given out by Global Screen Award, to be used for further development of the project. Deadline for applications is September 2, 2019
the final selection of the projects will be announced by October 15, 2019, at the latest. 

Do not hesitate and check the submission details here and apply here.

VALLETTA: Central and East European films comprise half of the 12-film line-up in the international feature film competition of the Valletta Film Festival, which opens on 14 June 2019 in the capital of Malta. The competition sections are dedicated to Cinema of Small Nations.

SOFIA: The Bulgarian company JelFilm teams up with Armenia’s Parallels Film Production and Germany’s Clever Production on the feature film Remission. The project, which was on hold, has now restarted production.

MIDPOINT is happy to announce another industry partnership within the Balkan region – with the Film Centre Montenegro. This new coalition comes as a natural step in strengthening the cooperation within the CEE region.

The opening activity of new cooperation with Film Centre Montenegro will be a special program MIDPOINT Intensive Montenegro, dedicated to Montenegrin filmmakers. 

Sehad Cekic, Director of Film Centre Montenegro, says: "I hope that MIDPOINT Intensive Montenegro will bring new quality to our film sector, improve projects that are being prepared, incorporate them into European frameworks, and help in our goal to raise the standards. From the perspective of rapidly changing film community, we see MIDPOINT as a true partner in our efforts to become the protagonists and partners on the international scene." 

In October 2019, the intensive workshop focused both on script and project development will be organized in Montenegro capital, Podgorica. The workshop, conducted by two internationally renowned tutors, will be open to Montenegrin creative teams of filmmakers (scriptwriter, director, and producer) with their feature fiction film projects. 

Deadline for applications is July 26, 2019! 
Click here to learn more information about the program. 

MIDPOINT Intensive Montenegro is realized with the support of Film Centre Montenegro. MIDPOINT operates under the auspices of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

Organizer of the 54th Karlovy Vary IFF 2019: Film Servis Festival Karlovy Vary, a.s.

Organizers of the 54th Karlovy Vary IFF thank to all partners which help to organize the festival.

KARLOVY VARY FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS JULIANNE MOORE AND BART FREUNDLICH The 54th annual Karlovy Vary International Film Festival presents the latest film by actress Julianne Moore and screenwriter/director Bart Freundlich, After the Wedding (2019), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. At KVIFF, Oscar-winner Julianne Moore will accept a Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema.

Julianne Moore and Bart Freundlich are an excellent example of the artistic combination of two outstanding individuals. Their personal and cinematic partnership was born during the filming of Freundlich’s directorial debut The Myth of Fingerprints (1997). Ever since then, Moore has regularly appeared in her husband’s films. In World Traveler (2001), she and Bill Crudup played two people who meet under unusual circumstances, and several years later she and David Duchovny portrayed a couple in the comedy drama Trust the Man (2005). In After the Wedding, a drama about an encounter that reveals hidden secrets, Moore plays one of the lead roles and is also one of the producers of the film.

Julianne Moore began her acting career in television and broke into the world of cinema with a minor role in the 1993 thriller The Fugitive. Soon after she was appeared in Robert Altman’s film Short Cuts (1993). The film garnered world-wide critical acclaim and in 1994 the Golden Globes awarded the entire cast with a special ensemble Golden Globe award. Moore began to receive offers for commercial projects such as Nine Months (1995), The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), Hannibal (2001), Children of Men (2006), and both parts of The Huger Games: Mockingjay (2014–15). In addition, she also appeared in many award-winning roles and was able to show off her creativity and range through films such as The Big Lebowski (1998), Magnolia (1999), Far from Heaven (2002, Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival), The Hours (2003, Silver Bear at the Berlinale), The Kids Are All Right (2010), and Maps to the Stars (2014, Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival).

Moore’s first nomination for an Oscar and a Golden Globe came with Boogie Nights (1997). She has been nominated for a total of five Oscars: besides Boogie Nights, other nominations came for The End of the Affair (1999), Far from Heaven, The Hours, and Still Alice (2014). This last film, in which she portrayed a woman suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, finally won her this prestigious award. She has also won three Golden Globes – for Short Cuts, for her portrayal as Alaska governor Sarah Palin in the television film Game Change (2012), and as the main character in Still Alice. In all, she has been nominated for the Golden Globe on six different occasions.

Besides the aforementioned films, Bart Freundlich has also directed the action thriller Catch the Kid (2004), the romantic comedy The Rebound (2009, screenplay by Freundlich), and he has also directed several episodes of the cult television series Californication and the fantasy series Believe. As part of its homage to these two outstanding cinematic personalities, the Karlovy Vary Film Festival will be screening both After the Wedding and The Myth of Fingerprints.

More information here.