BUCHAREST: Young filmmakers from Poland, Lithuania, Romania and Hungary are among the 12 selected participants of the 14th edition of the Aristoteles documentary workshop, set to take place in Beliș, Cluj from 1 August 2019.
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Call for application
04/07: Call for proposals: Preparatory Action "Cinemas as Innovation Hubs for Local Communities" – European Commission
The Commission is launching a 2M € call for proposals to create innovative cultural hubs around cinema theatres, notably in areas where there is limited cinema and cultural infrastructure.
EU Geo-Blocking Regulation
27/06: Digital Single Market: Survey shows Europeans are well aware of rules against unjustified geo-blocking – European Commission
Seven months after new rules against unjustified geo-blocking began to apply, general consumer awareness of the new rules against restrictions for online shopping and cross-border sales is already high.
EU Top Jobs
03/07: EU Top jobs: Class of 2019 biographies – The Parliament Magazine
The European Council discussed and agreed on nominations for the EU's top jobs at the Special European Council on 30 June, 1 and 2 July 2019 in Brussels. The European Council elected Charles Michel as the new President of the European Council and proposed Ursula von der Leyen as candidate for the President of the European Commission.
03/07: The new European Parliament Vice-Presidents – European Parliament
All 14 European Parliament Vice-Presidents were elected in three rounds of voting for a two-and-a-half-year term. Eleven Vice-Presidents were elected in the first ballot, two in the second and the remaining one by a relative majority in the third.
04/07: Full members of the Culture and Education Committee announced – European Parliament
MEPs approved the size of all Parliament’s committees and subcommittees. The Committee on Culture and Education will consist of 31 MEPs.
04/07: EP Quaestors elected, Parliament Bureau complete – European Parliament
The five new Quaestors for the first two and a half years of the 9th legislative term were elected by acclamation in Strasbourg.
02/07: Parliament starts new term with seven political groups – European Parliament
Ever since the results of the European elections have been in, newly-elected MEPs have been organising themselves into political groups, which bring together representatives from different EU countries based on their political affinities. MEPs have formed seven political group.
Creative Europe Media
/07: Creative Europe MEDIA publishes an overview of good gender practices – EAO Newsletter
During the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, the European Commission, represented by Creative Europe MEDIA, launched the first edition of “Women on the Move” day, unveiling a brochure summarising gender-equality good practices followed by the EU’s audiovisual industry and policymakers.
10 July: CULT, JURI, ITRE, IMCO Committees’ constitutive meetings, Brussels15-18 July: Second European Parliament Plenary, Strasbourg16 July: European Parliament vote on Commission Presidency, Strasbourg10-11 September: Finnish Presidency conference - Creation, innovation and promotion – competitiveness of European audiovisual industry, Helsinki25-26 September: EUIPO Observatory PLenary Meeting, AlicanteSeptember/October: Hearings of candidate CommissionersOctober/November: Election of new European Commission1 November: European Commission comes into office
Kids Kino.Lab development programme – call for applications is now open!
You can now submit your project for Kids Kino.Lab workshops!
Kids Kino.Lab 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 Belgium, Czech Republic, Greece and Poland.
Submission deadline: 30th of September.
Former Kids Film.Pro goes international as Kids Kino.Lab
The project started as Kids Film.Pro in 2014 and was limited just to Polish projects. This year’s edition will turn into an international workshop under a new name: Kids Kino.Lab and it includes partnership countries. We are happy to introduce our partners:
Kids Kino.Lab 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).
This years edition of Kids Kino.Lab 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:
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.
New Horizons Studio+, organized by the New Horizons Association and Creative Europe Desk Poland is a training programme for directors and producers developing their first or second feature film. It involves four days of workshops and lectures on various aspects related to the promotion and development of projects.
This year we selected 10 director-producer duets, including 5 projects from Poland and 5 from Austria, Denmark, Romania, Ukraine and Serbia.
This year's lineup of lecturers includes the following outstanding experts: David Pope (London Film Academy), sales agent Hédi Zardi – CEO of Luxbox, Michael Arnon (EAVE) representing Wolf Consultants, Aranka Matits (EAVE) from Featurette and Mathias Noschis from Alphapanda.
Partners of the event are: EAVE- one of the leading professional training, project development and networking organization in Europe, the organizer of the EAVE Producers Workshop and the EAVE Marketing Workshop; London Film Academy, Ale kino+, British Council, Romanian Institute of Culture, Netherlands Embassy in Warsaw and Austrian Cultural Forum.
Media partners include Ale kino+, Film & TV Kamera, Film Pro and Film New Europe.
Below is a full list of selected participants and projects. Heartfelt congratulations to everyone!
Pray for Peace, Train for Wardir. Agnieszka Elbanowska / prod. Bartek Gliński (Poland)
Prime Time dir. Jakub Piątek / prod. Jakub Razowski (Poland)
Other Life dir. Damian Kocur / prod. Magdalena Kamińska (Poland)
The Root Crowndir. Katarzyna Gondek /prod. Paweł Kosuń (Poland)
More dir. Bartłomiej Żmuda / prod. Przemysław Miękinia (Poland)
Swimming Pool (Austria)dir. Filip Antoni Malinowski / prod. Jürgen Karasek
The Quiet Migration (Denmark)dir. Malene Choi Jensen / prod. Maria Møller Kjeldgaard
How is Katia? (Ukraine) dir. Christina Tynkevych / prod. Olha Matat
Summer Nights, Morning Haze (Serbia)dir. Svetislav Dragomirović / prod. Nevena Savić
Horia (Romania)dir. Ana-Maria Comanescu / prod. Carla Fotea
The 54th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, a non-specialized festival with three competitive categories, took place from June 28th to July 6th this year. It was organized by Film Servis Festival Karlovy Vary, a.s., with Jiří Bartoška as president of the festival and Karel Och as an artistic director. The 55th Karlovy Vary IFF will be held from July 3rd to July 11th 2020. On July 6th 2019, the festival’s juries presented awards for the best films at the closing ceremony of the 54th Karlovy Vary IFF.
OFFICIAL SELECTION – COMPETITION
Štěpán Hulík, Czech Republic
Annemarie Jacir, State of Palestine
Sergei Loznitsa, Ukraine
Angeliki Papoulia, Greece
Charles Tesson, France
GRAND PRIX – CRYSTAL GLOBE (25 000 USD)
The financial award is shared equally by the director and producer of the award-winning film.
The Father / Bashtata
Directed by: Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov
Bulgaria, Greece, 2019
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE (15 000 USD)
The financial award is shared equally by the director and producer of the award-winning film.
Lara / Lara
Directed by: Jan-Ole Gerster
BEST DIRECTOR AWARD
Tim Mielants for the film Patrick / De Patrick
BEST ACTRESS AWARD
Corinna Harfouch for her role in the film Lara / Lara
BEST ACTOR AWARD
Milan Ondrík for his role in the film Let There Be Light / Nech je svetlo
Directed by: Marko Škop Slovak Republic,
Czech Republic, 2019
SPECIAL JURY MENTION
The August Virgin / La virgen de agosto
Directed by: Jonás Trueba
Promissing new talent Antonia Giesen for her role in the film The Man of the Future / El hombre del futuro
Directed by: Felipe Ríos Chile,
The full final press release is available here.
AWARD OF INTERNATIONAL FILM CRITICS
Awarded by The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI)
Hugo Emmerzael, Netherlands
Viktor Palák, Czech Republic
Ana Sturm, Slovenia
The award goes to a modest, unpretentious film skilfully opening a number of issues and tackling a range of emotions while maintaining an inspiringly positive worldview.
THE ECUMENICAL JURY AWARD
THE ECUMENICAL JURY
Alyda Faber, Canada
Martin Horálek, Czech Republic
Peter Sheehan, Australia
A well-acted and intelligently directed film of a depressed mother's psychological humiliation of her composermusician son. The interactions of mother and son dramatically and dynamically capture their alienation, and shows signs of movement toward positive resolution.
Ecumenical Jury Commendation
Let There Be Light / Nech je svetlo
Directed by: Marko Škop
Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, 2019
This film is structured around a mesh of wrong-doings that implicate a family, a traditional village community, and its cultural and religious practices. In a stimulating and arresting way, it compels the viewer to reexamine moral responsibilities in a context of complex entanglements of violence.
Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean for the best film from East of the West – Competition section.
Maja Bogojević, Monte Negro
Pavlina Jeleva, Bulgaria
Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi, Italy
Passed by Censor / Görülmüştür
Directed by: Serhat Karaaslan
Turkey, Germany, France, 2018
For the empathetic approach to the exploration of universal topics such as oppressive regimes and censorship, and for playing with the ambiguity of how obsessive creativity may impact social reality.
FEDEORA JURY Special Mention
Aga's House / Shpia e Agës
Directed by: Lendita Zeqiraj Cosovo, Croatia, France, Albania 2018
For daring and nuanced filmmaking which conveys a complex and touching women's story seen through a child's eyes.
EUROPA CINEMAS LABEL AWARD
For the best European film in the Official Selection – Competition and in the East of the West – Competition.
EUROPA CINEMAS LABEL JURY
Maarten Alexander, Belgium
Carinzia Camilleri, Malta
Éva Demeter, Hungary
Denis Samardžić, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Scandinavian Silence / Skandinaavia vaikus
Directed by: Martti Helde
Estonia, France, Belgium, 2019
The Europa Cinemas Label of the 54th Karlovy Vary Film Festival is awarded to a film by a young Estonian director who engages its audience through an exceptional cinematic journey. The story of a troubled sibling relationship unfolds via different variations of silence. The viewer is not only engaged throughout the story by impressive camera work and outstanding music but also by a pure cinematic approach, a powerful script and an original narrative. Therefore, the jury decided unanimously to award the Europa Cinemas Label to the film Scandinavian Silence by director Martti Helde, part of the East of the West Competition. We look forward to see this amazing film reach audiences all over Europe.
Debut director Veronika Janatková speaks about working with ARTE and festival distribution for documentaries.
First Cut Lab, the workshop for fiction feature films in editing phase run by Tatino Films, will enhance its support through a new program addition called First Cut+ with the support of the Access to Market scheme of Creative Europe’s MEDIA program. First Cut+ will promote a portfolio of 16 fiction feature films in post-production from low production capacity countries with a focus on Central & Eastern Europe. First Cut+ is the only brand-new action to receive financial support from the Access to Markets scheme this year.
So far 30 films have been supported through First Cut Lab, mostly from the CEE region. To further assist the films to reach their audiences, First Cut Lab director Matthieu Darras has created First Cut+. The program will provide additional support to First Cut Lab alumni projects as well as from partners MIDPOINT “Feature Launch” and Groupe Ouest’s “LIM” by offering them marketing and promotion consultancy and visibility at the region’s leading industry events KVIFF Eastern Promises and When East Meets West co-production platform.
The feature films in the portfolio will take part in several activities to further increase their competitiveness and marketability; a series of tailor-made individual consultations with industry experts on marketing, promotion, audience design and social media followed by a Work-in-Progress presentation. After this they will be offered one-to-one meetings, to increase opportunities of sales and international circulation. Industry consultants that will be part of the First Cut+ program include for example international publicists Laurin Dietrich and Michael Arnon of WOLF, Alexis Hoffman of BAC Films, and festival strategist Ilaria Gomascara of Pyramide International.
Fitting seamlessly into the already established frame of First Cut Lab’s international hubs Trieste and Karlovy Vary, 8 films - half of the portfolio - will be promoted during the winter session in Trieste in January 2020, and another half during the summer session in Karlovy Vary in July 2020, in addition to the regular First Cut Lab workshops.Through the whole trajectory of selecting projects in very early editing phase and support them all the way to their release and after, makes the complete First Cut Lab and First Cut+ program unique in the film industry. The combined program now provides fundamental support through the whole postproduction process and is the first complete preparation for a Work-In-Progress screening that currently exists. The First Cut+ portfolio will contain the most exciting new names and projects from the CEE region in 2020!The First Cut+ initiative will be officially launched and presented at the Karlovy Vary IFF at 5 p.m. on July 2, 2019 at the Press Room.
BUCHAREST: The Hungarian film I Hope You'll Die Next Time :-) by Mihály Schwechtje recieved the Audience Award at the 23rd edition of the European Film Festival, which took place from 11 to 30 June 2019 in the Romanian towns of Bucharest, Râmnicu Vâlcea, Tîrgu-Mureș and Sibiu, and for the first time in the capital of the Republic of Moldova, Chișinău.
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