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Today starts International Karlovy Vary Film Festival, which is full of Lithuanian accents: in the competition program, there will be several Lithuanian and co-production films, Lithuania has its representation in the jury and the industry event “Work in progress”. This year the biggest Czech cinema festival, which happens in Karlovy Vary tourist town, will surprise its enthusiastic film lovers crowd from the 28th of June till 6th of July. 

Every year, more and more internationally recognized directors’ works are being selected to the festival programme, among others this year Karolis Kaupinis debut feature film „Nova Lituania“ can also be found in the festival program. It is the premiere of the film, which tells the story about Lithuanian interwar geography professor’s efforts to establish a Lithuanian colony overseas. This movie competes with other eleven European films in “East of the West” debut film competition program.

Also, Lithuania’s name will be heard while naming the “East of the West“ jury members, one of them is producer Dagnė Vildžiūnaitė. 

In the Horizons section of Karlovy Vary Festival Latvian-Lithuanian-Belgian-French feature film “Oleg” (co producer Lukas Trimonis, “InScript“) will be presented. The leading actor in Latvian director’s Juris Kursietis film is Lithuanian actor Valentinas Novopolskij. The international premiere of the film happened in this year’s Cannes film festival.

Latvian director’s Laila Pakalnina film “Spoon” which is co-produced by Lithuanian producer  Dagnė Vildžiūnaitė (“Just a moment“) could be seen the documentary competition program. This Lithuanian, Latvian film analyzes human and its evolution, talks about society and its progress while showing the story of the plastic spoon manufacturing. 

The Lithuanian, Georgian, German joint production film “Otar’s death” (director Ioseb Bliadze, co producer Marija Razgutė, “M-Films“) will be presented in the festival's industry program “Work in progress”. 

The Karlovy Vary Festival is one of the leading film events in Central and Eastern Europe. One of the oldest A class film festival can be compared for its importance with other famous European festivals: Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Moscow, Warsaw. 

The films which participate in The Karlovy Vary Festival and its film industry program are sponsored by Lithuanian film center.

MIDPOINT presents 8 feature film projects at Karlovy Vary IFF 2019

The second edition of Works in Development - Feature Launch, a project showcase and networking event initiative between MIDPOINT and Karlovy Vary IFF, will present 8 exciting feature film projects developed within the current MIDPOINT Feature Launch program

The projects have been carefully refined and further developed during the previous 2 workshops of the program, visiting the 
Trieste FF in Italy in January 2019 and Kaunas, Lithuania in May 2019. 
The third workshop starts in Prague on June 27, 2019, just a few days before the project showcase, and will focus mainly on pitching training.

The Works in Development - Feature Launch presentation, which brings together projects from the Czech Republic, Croatia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine,will take place on Monday, July 1, 2019 at 11 am, at the Čas Cinema and will be moderated by MIDPOINT Feature Launch Pitching Trainer Gabriele Brunnenmeyer.

The best project will receive the KVIFF & MIDPOINT Development Award of 10.000 EUR. 

Selected projects will also receive connecting cottbus Award and Rotterdam Lab Award

The presented projects are: 

A Sensitive Man (Czech Republic) 
Director/Writer Tomas Klein, 

Writer Katerina Traburova, 
Producer Tomas Michalek (MasterFilm) 

Grey Skies (Georgia) 
Director/Writer Konstantine Kalandadze, 

Producer Elene Margvelashvili (Parachute Films) 

Horia (Romania) 
Director/Writer Ana-Maria Comanescu, 

Producer Carla Fotea (microFILM)

How is Katia? (Ukraine) 
Director/Writer Christina Tynkevych, 

Producer Veronika Stepanchuk (Evos Film) 

Rattlesnakes (Serbia) 
Director/Writer Nikola Ljuca, 

Producer Maja Ilic (Biberche) 

Riviera (Greece) 
Director/Writer Orfeas Peretzis, 

Producer Konstantinos Vassilaros (StudioBauhaus)

Traces (Croatia) 
Director/Writer Dubravka Turic, 

Producer Ira Cecic (Kinorama)

Some Birds (Hungary) 
Director Daniel Hever, 

Writer Zsanett Kerstesz, 
Laszlo Dreissiger (Filmfabriq Cinemart) 

You can learn more about the projects and filmmakers from the online Book of Projects available here

All industry guests of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival can book a meeting with our projects for one-on-one meetings. In case you would be interested, do not hesitate, and process your meeting request here.

MIDPOINT Feature Launch 2019 is realized with the support of Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union, the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and the Czech Film Fund. It is presented in cooperation with Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, When East Meets West, Trieste Film Festival, the Lithuanian Film Centre, connecting cottbus, CineMart, Art Department Masterclass and Audiovisual Producers' Association. MIDPOINT operates under the auspices of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

MIDPOINT to lead a discussion panel about new EU directive of the copyright law

In the frame of MIDPOINT Feature Launch activities within the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, a discussion panel “Copyright and Scriptwriting: Getting It Right” will be held. 

In March 2019, the new directive of the copyright law approved by the European Parliament and to be implemented in all countries in the European Union in the next 24 months, the legal framework, upon which European writers operate, will change. Will they be ready? Do supporting organizations and bodies, such as writers’ unions or guilds, exist and function in Eastern Europe? Can these writers make a career internationally and what is the role of a talent agent in this closely intertwined ecosystem? MIDPOINT, as a leading training platform for fiction writers, will guide this pressing discussion with representatives of writers’ guilds, talent agencies, and local professionals.

WHEN AND WHERE: July 2 / 10 am / Hotel Thermal, 
Industry Pool

The panel is open to all guests with industry accreditation.

MIDPOINT graduate in the program of the Karlovy Vary IFF 

MIDPOINT is proud to present its alumni project in the program of the 54rd Karlovy Vary IFF. 
The festival, which runs June 28 - July 6, 2019, will introduce the film from MIDPOINT Intensive CZ 2014 program. 
Michal Hogenauer´s feature debut A Certain Kind of Silence will have the world premiere within the East of the West Competition

A Certain Kind of Silence / MIDPOINT Intensive CZ 2014 
East of the West Competition 
Writer/Director: Michal Hogenauer 
Producer: Petr Oukropec, Negativ 
Czech Republic – Netherlands – Latvia / 2019 / 96 min.

Meet MIDPOINT team in Karlovy Vary IFF
June 30 - July 3, 2019

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Invitation to the 15th Docu Talents from the East

The annual presentation of the most remarkable creative documentary projects from Central and Eastern Europe with planned release between September 2019 and August 2020 will take place on Sunday, August 18 at 3.00 PM during the Cinelink Industry Days at the 25th Sarajevo Film Festival. The most promising of the ten presented projects will receive the Docu Talent Award in cooperation with Current Time TV. The award is accompanied by a financial prize in the amount of 5,000 USD. Join us in Sarajevo for the presentations followed by the Docu cocktail, where the winner will be announced. The programme is traditionally curated by the Ji.hlava IDFF.  

Submit your documentary to the Ji.hlava IDFF by July 31

By July 31 you may still submit rough cuts and films that have so far not had a festival world premiere. We accept feature-length and short films as well as animated and interactive documentaries. Films premiered at Ji.hlava have the chance to be nominated for the European Film Academy Awards, and the winners at the Ji.hlava IDFF are eligible also for Oscar® consideration.

Inspiration Forum – beyond the realm of documentary cinema 

The 23rd Ji.hlava IDFF will again offer a unique experience, which is not common at film festivals around the world. This year, 80 scientists, politicians, artists, activists, religious leaders and journalists will analyze new models of democracy, search for the ways of facing the climageddon, and take a closer look at the global ambitions of China. The Inspiration Forum, which will run on October 24 – 29 will offer a great opportunity to go deeper into the topics tackled by documentary films.

The Ji.hlava Academy opens doors to applications

Until September 15, we welcome your applications to the Ji.hlava Academy – a five-day educational, networking and inspiring platform open to those who are dedicated to expanding the limits of visual style, authorial approach or audience perception. Open to directors, cinematographers, editors, producers and visual artists, but also film and art critics and festival programmers. The third edition of this creative lab will take place as part of the Ji.hlava IDFF on October 24 – 29.

Visual concept of the 23rd Ji.hlava unveiled

This year’s edition of the Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival will revolve around the theme of environmental protection. Visual artist Juraj Horváth, the author of the festival poster that was officially published today, always writes a short poem accompanying the visual design. This year, one of the poem’s lines depicts a “planet turning red-hot”. Marek Hovorka, the Director of the Ji.hlava IDFF adds: “So far, the festival has mainly followed the line of thoughts and filmic expressions. This time, we are adding a third aspect: the environmental footprint.

Possibilities for presentation at the 23rd Ji.hlava IDFF

The 23rd Ji.hlava will again offer a wide range of promotion possibilities. We invite you to use this opportunity to advertise in the festival printed materials, host an event during the festival, or distribute your promotional materials to festival guests. Reach out to documentary film fans and around 1,200 film professionals attending the most important documentary film event in Central and Eastern Europe. Contact us until September 20 and we will prepare a tailor-made offer for you.

Joris Ivens now at DAFilms.com

DAFilms.com presents yet another documentary film classic, Dutch filmmaker Joris Ivens. Recall his works from the golden collection of European cinema. Watch his films from the 1960s following his travels across the world17th Parallel directly from the Vietnam War, A Valparaíso and Le petit chapiteau from Latin America’s Chile, and Rotterdam Europort painting a portrait of a city in his native Netherlands. Set out on a documentary journey with globetrotter Joris Ivens!

Submit your rough cuts to East Silver 2019

Submit your documentaries in rough cut stage, produced/co-produced in the region of Central and Eastern Europe, to the largest internationally recognized database of creative feature and television documentary films from Central and Eastern Europe. The East Silver Market takes place during the 23rd Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival (Oct 24 – 29, 2019). Silver Eye Awards in two categories will be handed to the winners at the festival. Do not miss the chance to submit your film! The deadline is July 31.

East-West co-production market connecting cottbus, held during FilmFestival Cottbus in November 2019, is currently open for submissions. We present 13 projects in development and 6 works in progress, all competing for a number of awards.

Our cocoPITCH section is dedicated to projects in development. The coco Best Pitch Award is voted for by our industry audience and includes a cash prize towards development as well as a free accreditation to the Cannes Producers Network.

Courtesy of our partners MIDPOINT, the renowned training platform for script and project development, comes the MIDPOINT Consulting Award, consisting of in-depth script consultancy with MIDPOINT experts for three of our selected projects.

We are also happy to welcome back our partner AVANPOST and their new film production brand AVANGUARD. The production arm of the renowned Romanian post-production facility Avanpost will offer the AVANGUARD Pitch Packaging Award, including financing strategy consulting, the project lookbook as well as the post-production for a proof of concept.

For our cocoWIP section presenting works in progress, we are once again teaming up with major German post-production studio D-FACTO MOTION, who will sponsor the D-Facto Motion WIP Award of €35,000 in-kind services plus €5,000 granted for additional expenses.

Producers can submit their feature fiction film projects in development for cocoPITCH until 17 July 2019, and projects in production or post-production for cocoWIP until 22 August 2019. The project must be connected to Eastern Europe in subject or production context.

Producers, sales agents, commissioning editors and other industry representatives active in East-West European co-production can apply without a project by 7 October 2019.  

This year’s edition of connecting cottbus takes place on 6-8 November 2019.

We look forward to receiving your projects!

Your coco team


Three films from East Silver Caravan are screening at Estonia's Parnu Film Festival.

SAVE THE DATE!  The call for applications for the 4th edition of Kids Film.Pro is approaching.

Kids Film.Pro it's an international development programme for film projects and TV series for young audience. It is dedicated to script writers and producers who are interested in developing their film (live action, animation or documentary) or a TV series from a concept to a highly advanced script stage and initial production assumptions. For submissions we invite filmmakers from BelgiumCzech RepublicGreece and Poland.


New Partners of the Kids Film.Pro

The project started in 2014 and this year’s edition will turn into an international workshop edition including partnership countries. We are happy to announce our new partners:

  •  International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino!, Poznań, Poland
  •  JE.F Festival, Antwerp, Belgium
  •  Zlin Film Festival, Zlin, Czech Republic
  •  Athens International Children’s Film Festival supported by Faliro House, Athenes, Greece

Kids Film.Pro/Kino Dzieci.Pro works with 12 teams (scriptwriter and producer) including 4 series and 8 feature films on participants ideas. Our goal is to develop the script form short synopsis (budget, financing and promotion plan).


4th edition of Kids Film.Pro will consist of 4 stationary workshop sessions and at least 3 on-line sessions. The workshops will be conducted in English only on the following months:

  •  December 2019, Poznań, International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino!
  •  March 2020, Antwerp, JE.F Festival
  •  May 2020, Zlin, Zlin Film Festival
  • August 2020, Athens, Athens International Children’s Film Festival supported by Faliro House

Selected projects will be presented at the Warsaw Kids Film Forum 2020 – an international co-production forum, which is an industry part of Kids Film Festival.

Our experts


Kirsten Bonnen Rask – feature films script Tutor.

Kirsten is an experienced script consultant in all formats – shorts, features, TV series, and documentaries for adults as well as for children. 


 Armin Prediger – series script Tutor.

Armin has worked in the film industry for 25 years, 18 of those as a writer, head writer and script editor in live-action and animation.


Ronald Kruschak – producer’s Tutor.

Germany-based producer, writer and tutor/lecturer with a track record of twenty years of filmmaking focusing on Family Entertainment.


Philip LaZebnik – feature films script Tutor.

Philip is a screenwriter, writer of plays and a screenwriting consultant. Originally associated with Disney Studios and Dream Works. His screenwriting credits include Mulan and Pocahontas for Disney, and The Prince of Egypt and The Road to El Dorado for DreamWorks, among many others.

Project executed with the support of Creative Europe - MEDIA Programme of the European Union and Polish Film Institute.

Dear colleagues,

Please find attached the press release of the 54th Karlovy Vary IFF.

The press release is available for downloading here

You can download videos from the festival here.

Best wishes,

KVIFF Press Department

KARLOVY VARY: Slovakia is sending films to the main competition section and the prestigious East of the West competition at the 59th Karlovy Vary IFF, which opens on 28 June 2019.

ŁÓDŹ: The fourth Animarkt Stop Motion Forum 2019 is accepting applications for its 2019 pitching session through 24 August 2019.

PRAGUE: The international script and project development programme MIDPOINT has announced calls for MIDPOINT Shorts and Feature Launch.