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RIGA: Projects from Estonia, North Macedonia, Georgia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Latvia are among the 25 projects selected for Baltic Sea Docs (BSD), the Co-financing forum of international documentary projects, set to take place in Riga from 3 to 7 September 2019.

The following grants were announced by the Czech Film Fund on 9 August 2019.

TARTU: The 14th edition of Tartu Love Film Festival tARTuFF will screen 11 feature films and four documentaries from 12 to 17 August 2019. The biggest open-air film festival in the Baltics is organised by the Black Nights Film Festival.

Docu Talents from the East 2019 will be presented in Sarajevo

Ten outstanding Central and Eastern European documentary projects in production and post-production will be presented on August 18 during the Sarajevo Film Festival. The most promising projects will receive the Docu Talent Award in cooperation with Current Time TVThe award is accompanied by a financial prize in the amount of 5,000 USD. In Sarajevo, we will also be announcing the Emerging Producers 2020. Hoping to meet you there!

Time to submit your applications for the Ji.hlava Industry Programme

September 15 is the deadline for registrations to Festival Identity, which annually brings to Jihlava dozens of film festival representatives to share and exchange their experience. Until September 15, you can also register for Conference Fascinations – a meeting of experimental documentary film distributors and gallerists, organized in partnership with Kunsthalle Praha. We will be announcing further planned activities of the 2019 Ji.hlava Industry Programme in the coming weeks and early bird Industry accreditations for film professionals will be available from September 1.

Are you finalising film for the autumn? Get to us!

This year’s Ji.hlava will offer nine competitions, which include the Between the Seas section for the best Central and Eastern European Documentaries,  the First Lights for documentary debuts, and the Opus Bonum section featuring the most outstanding world documentary films. In case you are still finishing your film and consider the premiere at the 23rd Ji.hlava IDFF, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. from our programme department.

Best Festival Poster competition

Each year, we present two awards for the best film festival posters: The audience award and the award of the jury composed of representatives of film festivals that participate in the Ji.hlava's Festival Identity meeting. We invite film festivals to send us their posters from the years 2018-2019 by September 15 and have them displayed at the very heart of the festival along with visuals of dozens of other film events from across the world. Find out more about the submission process here.

Meet Ji.hlava IDFF at other festivals 

You can meet members of the Ji.hlava IDFF team at some of the upcoming film festivals. Our programmer, Andrea Slováková, is currently at the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival and will also be attending the Locarno FF (August 11 – 13) and Venice FF (August 28 – 31). More members of our team will be in Sarajevo on August 16 – 20 at the Docu Talents presentations. We will be happy to meet you on these occasions!

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HERCEG NOVI: God Exists, Her Hame Is Petrunija by Teona Strugar Mitevska received the Golden Mimosa for best film at the 33rd Herceg Novi Film Festival– Montenegro Film Festival, which wrapped in Herceg Novi on 7 August 2019.

Tartu Love Film Festival unveils full programme

The Tartu Love Film Festival aka TARTUFF will screen a programme of 11 features and 4 documentaries, mixing international festival circuit favourites from recent years alongside cinematic classics and setting a special focus on music.

The festival’s feature film selection is headed by the Sundance audience award winner Queen of Hearts, the sophomore work by Danish director May el-Toukhy who presents a provocative tale of a woman who puts her career and family under severe pressure when she starts an affair with her teenage stepson.

It is accompanied by another US festival audience award winner - To Dust - that received the honour after its world premiere at Tribecca last year. The story, by writer-director Shawn Snyder and co-writer Jason Begue, follows a heartbroken orthodox Jew who can’t fully come to terms with the loss of his wife, acquiring an unorthodox interest in the decomposition process of her body.

Another critical highlight of the programme is Berlinale’s Generation Crystal Bear winner Stupid Young Heart by Selma Vihunen, the Finnish story about an adolescent couple, where the girl gets accidentally pregnant and tries to accept her responsibilities, while Lenni, the young father-to-be is being lured by the local right-wingers to join their (self-) destructive cause. 

Music - the ultimate expression of love

‘Music is one of the most effective ways of expressing love,’ declared the festival’s Head of Programme, Dagmar Raudam, commenting on one of the notable themes pervading TARTUFF’s programme this year. The festival will hold the world premiere of Jonathan McHugh’s documentary Long Live Rock, a study of the passion for rock music and concerts, as seen through the eyes of the members of bands such as Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Korn, Rob Zombie and the film’s protagonists - the fans.

Swiss director Sophie Huber has chronicled the story of the most influential jazz record labels of all time in her documentary Blue Note Records - Beyond the Notes - that housed some of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century - Thelonius Monk, John Coltrane, Art Blakey and - Miles Davis - also a central figure in another film in the festival’s programme. Academy Award-nominated actor Don Cheadle’s directorial debut Miles Ahead is character-study of the legend during his 5-year hiatus from performing any music due to depression and drug abuse.

A cinephile and reggae-lover, British director Peter Webber has documented the story of the collective formed by pioneering reggae performers in the eponymous Inna De Yard, Jamaica’s equivalent to the Buena Vista Social Club.

Following a screening at Sundance and screening currently in the US and UK, the festival has also selected Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love, the story of songwriter-poet Leonard Cohen and his great love and muse Marianne Ihlen who both passed away in 2016, three months apart from each other.

The three classic titles to be screened also bare a strong relationship to music Velvet Goldmine (1998) centres on characters reminiscent of early 70’s glam rock, while Romeo + Juliet (1996) is a 90’s take on the biggest love story of them all, mixing Shakespeare’s original dialogue with a 90’s rock-infused soundtrack that won the Silver Bear for Leonardo Dicaprio and the Alfred Bauer prize for director Baz Luhrmann at Berlinale in 1997. The selection is rounded off by the animation milestone The Yellow Submarine (1968), inspired by the oeuvre of The Beatles.

About TARTUFF

The 14th edition of the Tartu Love Film Festival aka TARTUFF, organised by the team at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, runs from the 12th until the 17th of August. It is the biggest open-air film festival in the Baltics, that erects a public screen in the Town Hall Square of Tartu for a week, screening up to two films every evening, free of charge to an audience of nearly 2000 people each night. Additionally, the festival screens documentaries in the historic Athena theatre.

Feature films 
(displaying only films that are in English or screened with English subtitles)

Ditte & Louise, Denmark, 2018, director Niclas Bendixen
Euphoria, Sweden, UK, Germany, 2017, director Lisa Langseth
Miles Ahead, USA, 2015, director Don Cheadle
Queen of Hearts, Denmark, Sweden, 2019, director May el-Toukhy
Romeo + Juliet, USA, 1996, director Baz Luhrmann
Stupid Young Heart, Finland, Netherlands, Sweden, 2018, director Selma Vilhunen
Swoon, Sweden, 2019, director Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein
The Journey - A Story of Love, Switzerland, 2018, director Fanny Bräuning
To Dust, USA, 2018, director Shawn Snyder
Velvet Goldmine, USA, 1998, director Todd Haynes
When Mom is Away, Italy, 2019, director Alessandro Genovesi
Yellow Submarine, UK, USA, 1968, director George Dunning

Documentaries
(displaying only films that are in English or screened with English subtitles)

Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes, Switzerland, USA, UK, 2018, director Sophie Huber
Inna de Yard: The Soul of Jamaica, France, 2019, director Peter Webber
Long Live Rock, USA, 2019, director Jonathan McHugh
Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love, USA, 2019, director Nick Broomfield

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Take a closer look at the documentary project A Man Sings After the War / Čovek peva posle rata by Ana Otašević, which was selected for the 17th edition of Ex Oriente Film out of a record number of 107 submitted projects from 40 countries.

European Film Promotion and the Arab Cinema Center Announce the First Arab Critics’ Award for European Films 

EFP (European Film Promotion) has started to discover the Arab world and is now partnering with the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) to launch an Arab Critics’ Award for European Films dedi- cated to European cinema. A jury of 30 of the most prominent and influential Arab film critics, put together by ACC, will select the best European film out of nominations by the European national film institutions – EFP’s member organisations. The award will be announced at the Cairo International Film Festival in November 2019. 

Maher Diab and Alaa Karkouti, co-founders of the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) outline how the initiative evolved: "Since its inception, the Arab Cinema Center strives to exchange knowledge and cultures and promote films between different countries inside and outside the Arab world. We also aim to raise the appreciation of film criticism in the Arab world and highlight its role. In order to do so, we launched the Critics’ Award for Arab Films, and then the Achievement Award for Film Critics, which honours Arab and foreign film critics who influence the Arab film industry, and now as a new step toward this goal, we have created the Arab Critics’ Award for European Films in partnership with European Film Promotion.” 

EFP’s Managing Director Sonja Heinen comments on the new initiative: “We are delighted to take our cooperation with the ACC – which started with annual meetings between Arabian pro- ducers and EFP’s Producers on the Move in Cannes – a step further. The award helps us to pro- mote and intensify the buzz for European films in the Arab world. We hope that it will help us cultivate a true and sustainable interest in European cinema in the region. We would also like to thank the Cairo International Film Festival for giving us the platform to present the award and inviting the winner as part of their European programme.” 

About the Arab Cinema Center 

Organized by MAD Solutions, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) is now celebrating the fifth year since its inception in 2015. A non-profit organization registered in Amsterdam, the ACC is an international promotional platform for Arab cinema as it provides the filmmaking industry with a professional window to connect with their counterparts from all over the world through a number of its organised events. The ACC also provides networking opportunities with repre- sentatives of companies and institutions specialized in co-production and international distribu- tion, among others.

For more information please visit: www.acc.film 

About EFP 

EFP (European Film Promotion) is an international network of film promotion institutes from 37 countries from throughout Europe, each representing their national films and talent abroad. Under the EFP flag, these organisations come together to promote the diversity and spirit of European cinema and talent at key film festivals and markets, in particular outside of Europe. EFP is financially supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union and by its member organisations. The Hamburg-based office is backed by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, the Film Fund Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein and the Ministry of Culture of the City of Hamburg.

For more information please visit www.efp-online.com

EFP Press contact: Doris Bandhold, Press & Communication: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. phone: +49 40 398 40 3-16 

Polish Days – the most important industry event of New Horizons IFF, co-organized by the Polish Film Institute and The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage has just ended.

Over 250 guests from Poland and abroad watched, at special closed screenings, the latest Polish projects in all stages of production, including completed films and fragments of films in postproduction as well as took part in presentations of projects in development . The best projects were awarded.

Inaugural Screen International Award, which includes the coverage of the life-cycle of the winning project in the Works-in-Progress showcase, went to Broad Peak directed by Leszek Dawid (production: East Studio).  Screen International will follow the winning film throughout its production and release phases.

Polish Film Institute scholarship worth 30.000 PLN for the producer of the best project in development was awarded to Natalia Grzegorzek from Koskino for Skull Echo directed by Julia Marcell. The award founded by Polish Film Institute covers the cost of the participation in the EAVE Producers Workshop 2020.

Delicate Balance of Terror directed by Jagoda Szelc (production: NUR) won ColorOffOn Film Postproduction Award, which is covering 50% of postproduction costs (worth up to 30.000 PLN, excluding VFX costs).

Congratulations to all the filmmakers!

Polish Days, which took place July 30 - August 1 during the 19th New Horizons International Film Festival (July 25 - August 4, 2019), is co-organized by the Polish Film Institute and The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Event partners include EAVE, the Screen International, 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.

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

Wondering what to do with your awesome new film, short film or animation? Why not take it to A-class and submit to Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival or one of its sub-festivals? Only 9 days left to make it to the 23rd edition, running from the 15th of November until the 1st of December, 2019.

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WILD BUNCH ACQUIRES RIGHTS FOR YUNG 

Remember the wild cinematographic blast called YUNG from our last year's First Feature Competition programme? Director Henning Gronkowski and his team and Wild Bunch announced recently that the company will be distributing the film as an uncensored director's cut to selected cinemas in Germany this year, while the global distribution rights went to Elle Driver.

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TARTUFF UNVEILS PROGRAMME

Black Nights' summer off-season event, the Tartu Love Film Festival has announced the programme of its 14th edition that mixes some recent festival favourites with three cinematic classics and holds special attention on music.

The biggest open-air film festival runs from the 12th until the 17th of August in Tartu, Southern Estonia.

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GET YOUR ACCREDITATION

The Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and Industry@Tallinn &; Baltic Event accreditation is available at a discount price - 125 EUR - until the 16th of September.

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, pitch sessions, the audiovisual conference European Film Forum Tallinn, numerous 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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