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COTTBUS: A total of 13 projects in development and six works-in-progress from 15 countries have been selected for the 20th edition of the East-West co-production market connecting cottbus, that will be held during the FilmFestival Cottbus on 8-9 November 2018.

VALENCIENNES: Applicants from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and the Ukraine can apply for a scholarship at the 4th edition of Cartoon Springboard, that will take place in Valenciennes (France) from 4 to 6 December 2018.

East-West co-production market connecting cottbus, held during the FilmFestival Cottbus, celebrates its 20th anniversary with a solid line-up of 13 projects in development as well as 6 works in progress.

The fourth edition of Cartoon Springboard will take place in Valenciennes, France, from 4 to 6 December 2018. It will be an excellent opportunity for the young talents of European animation schools to improve their animation project by pitching it in front of a panel of experts from the audiovisual world.

Warsaw-based New Europe Film Sales - the company behind the international success of such films as Grimur Hakonarsson’s Rams, Carla Simon’s Summer 1993, Hlynur Palmason’s Winter Brothers and Tomasz Wasilewski’s United States of Love - starts an annual talent initiative in its home town. The event will introduce talents from Poland and abroad to a leading film executives.

PRAGUE: Winter Flies by Olmo Omerzu has been voted by the members of the Czech Film and Television Academy (CFTA) as Czech Republic’s official entry for the US Academy Awards in the Foreign Language Film category.

PRAGUE: Winter Flies by Olmo Omerzu has been voted by the members of the Czech Film and Television Academy (CFTA) as Czech Republic’s official entry for the US Academy Awards in the Foreign Language Film category.

Starting from September 2018 Zdeněk Blaha is the new manager of the East Doc Platform and he also remains the manager of another event organised by the Institute of Documentary Film (IDF), East Silver.

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (aka PÖFF) has been appointed as a consulting organisation for the 12th Asia Pacific Screen Awards to suggest nominees for the best Asian screen talents and films. 

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards appoints an international selection committee to choose around 40 nominees from the presented candidates. The selected films and filmmakers will be presented as official nominees during the award ceremony that will take place on on 29th of November, 2018

PÖFF is the only consulting member that is not geographically located in Asia or the Pacific. The other consulting members are Jocelyne Saab (Lebanon), Jeannette Paulson Hereniko (Pacific), Aijaz Gul (Pacific).

On the selection, Tiina Lokk, director of PÖFF said ‘We are extremely honored to represent the European perspective on Asian and Pacific cinema. Asian films have been incredibly successful at Black Nights throughout the years. Eight of the festival’s 14 Grand Prixs have gone to films from the region. Last year alone the best film in our Official Selection, Night Accident (2017) was made in Kyrgyzstan, while the best director award went to South Korea’s Ju-hyoung Lee for Excavator (2017). We hope that this will further our ties with the region, its industry and their cinematic output, which our audiences, juries and programmers alike have come to admire.’

About APSA
The Asia Pacific Screen Awards, based in Brisbane, Australia, honours cinematic excellence from 70 countries and areas in the region, and recognises filmmaking that best reflects its cultural origins. APSA is an international cultural programme supported by Brisbane City Council and managed by Brisbane Marketing, and is endorsed by foundation partners UNESCO and FIAPF-International Federation of Film Producers Associations. The award ceremony is an exclusive presentation unique to Brisbane and is streamed globally via live webcast.

During its first decade, APSA has seen more than 2500 films in competition. In 2017, the 41 nominated films represented the stories of 25 countries and areas in the Asia Pacific region.

The European VoD Meetings took place from 3 to 6 September in Venice. It was the 1st edition of a necessary and much-awaited professional training course dedicated to European Cinema VoD platforms, distributors and aggregators, as well as tech providers and right holders interested in the digital distribution of their catalogue.

The European VoD Meetings were organized by EuroVoD, in partnership with the International Venice Film Festival and Venice Production Bridge, gathering 48 participants from 35 different companies, including 24 VoD platforms from 18 European countries.

The European VOD Meetings were a tremendous opportunity for the European network of EuroVoD members and a large number of companies working in the VoD sector, to share useful and constructive moments of benchmarking and networking.

The workshops on technology, digital marketing, audience development and branding, as well as the conferences on online piracy, heritage films and European policies regarding VoD provided a platform for all – on the emblematic and unique island of San Servolo - to build together a decisive segment of tomorrow’s audiovisual sector.

Under the presidency of Jean-Yves Bloch and management of Silvia Cibien, the expert guests invited to the debates were Cristian Mungiu, Nicola Mazzanti, Cristian Grece from the European Audiovisual Observatory, Reiner Rother (Deutsche Kinemathek), Wendy Bernfeld (Rights Stuff), Chris Le Maitre (Audio-Visual Antipiracy Alliance), Thierry Chevillard (Blue Efficience), Marzena Rembowki (Netflix), Gabriele Bertolli (European Commission, Creative Europe), Laetitia Facon (CNC), Christine Eloy (Europa Distribution), Gianluca. Guzzo (MyMovies), Nikolaj Mathies Knudsen (Gruvi), Jaume Ripoll (Filmin), and were moderated by Michael Gubbins. The VoD Meetings also provided the opportunity to bring together the technical directors of UniversCiné, Kinow, EYZ Media, Filmdoo & Fassoo, thus allowing identifying the best practises and accurately analysing the key challenges of the sector.

EuroVoD will continue these discussions in Berlin, from 6 to 9 February, with, we strongly hope, just as much interest from the participants and the industry.

Applications for the second module of this 1st edition are already open online, on the EuroVoD website, until December 10th.