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For the fourth year of their successful collaboration in the series of talks around the them of « The circulation and promotion of Scandinavian films », Europa Distribution and New Nordic Films will this year take a closer look at the film value chain, and more specifically at how essential each link is for the success of the film, and at how the different parts of the chain can work best together.

We will follow the wonderful voyage of Danish hit Queen of Hearts:  How was she born?  How was she raised?  And how is she finally touching the hearts of so many people around the globe? 

These are some of the questions that will be explored in Haugesund on Wednesday August 21st , (10.15-11.45am), with the help of the following experts:

May el-Thouky - Director and Co-writer, Denmark
Maren Louise Kähene - Co-writer, Denmark
Silje Nikoline Glimsdal - International Sales Agent, TrustNordisk, Denmark
Aiste Racaityte - Distributor and Festival, Kino Pavasaris, Lithuania
Frances Harvey - Distributor, Thunderbird Releasing, UK

The session will be moderated by Wendy Mitchell, journalist and film festival consultant, United Kingdom.

Europa Distribution will continue discussing with its members and other professionals and experts about the specific challenges of releasing and promoting independent films in Europe with its next workshops and panels in San Sebastian, Rome and Amsterdam.  Articles on all these events will be published on Europa Distribution’s socials and blog: http://www.europa-distribution.org/blog/
Stay tuned! 

NOTE FOR THE EDITORSEuropa Distribution is the association of independent film distributors. With around 120 leading independent distributors representing 30 countries in Europe and beyond, it serves as the voice of the sector, and acts as a network and a think tank. Since 2006, Europa Distribution has been creating new bridges for its members to share knowledge and mutualise experience. Through dedicated brainstorming and training sessions, open panels, informal gatherings, the Association’s aim is enhancing the circulation of information and ideas and to improve the curation, promotion and distribution of independent films. 

CONTACT: For more information about the presence of Europa Distribution at New Nordic Films in Haugesund, contact:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WARSAW: Polish Pay TV platform nc+ will become the distributor of the catalogue of Kino Świat, by purchasing a 70% stake in the biggest film distributor in Poland.

Emerging Producers 2019 were announced, with Taiwan as guest country

SARAJEVO: The projects Kix by Bálint Révész and Dávid Mikulán (Hungarian/German/Croatian coproduction) and Frem by Viera Čákányová (Czech Republic) are both winners of Docu Talent Awards 2019. The awards were announced during the 25th Sarajevo Film Festival, on 18 August 2019.

PRAGUE: One Czech animated film and one Polish documentary are among the 2019 Student Academy Awards finalists. The winners of the student Oscars will be announced in Los Angeles on 17 October 2019.

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.