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LIMASSOL: The 2020 edition of Cyprus Film Days is accepting applications until 6 January 2020.

Munich, 31.10.2019. Beta Film has closed a major territory deal for its high-end crime seriesThe Pleasure Principle  the first international television co-production between Central and Eastern European countries on such a great scale. The 10 x one hour series was acquired by ZDF for ARTE to be aired on the Franco-German channel in 2020.

Directed by multi-awarded Dariusz Jablonski ("Photographer"), The Pleasure Principlepremiered in Poland on CANAL+ and turned out to be a great ratings success. Shot in Warsaw, Prague, and at Odessa’s picturesque Black Sea coast, the series brought together leading talents of the three partnering countries, among them Karel Roden ("The Bourne Supremacy"), Malgorzata Buczkowska ("I Am You"), Stipe Erceg ("The Baader Meinhof Complex"), and Sergey Strelnikow ("Ekaterina").

The Pleasure Principle revolves around the murder of three young women in three different cities. Within days, their bodies are found, each showing the same brutal sings of violence. One thing is clear: they are obviously connected. The three separate police departments from Ukraine, Poland and Czech Republic investigating the case now need to overcome their differences in order to partner up in a cross-border inquiry. Their trail leads to shady businessmen, lawyers for sale, corrupt politicians, professional killers and traces of a common past. But things are seldom what they seem to be…

The Pleasure Principle is produced by Apple Film Production in co-production withCANAL+Poland, Czech TV and Star Media.


On the 26th of November, as a result of the collaboration between PÖFF, Industry@Tallinn &; Baltic Event and the European Film Academy (EFA), film industry professionals will meet with young local designers, creatives, and promising film actors of the future. 

PÖFF BlackWalk, the exclusive gala of young talent, has been launched with the aim to help industry professionals discover young and emerging talent. Festival director Tiina Lokk considers the event highly important.

“PÖFF BlackWalk is the first step in creating a cohesive network of training programs that bring people together from different areas of the film industry. The EFA has around 3000 professional members across Europe - our collaboration means to use this network and channel it into the local education system”.

This year’s project is a development of last year’s PÖFF: Black Catwalk. Laura Kurs, the event’s head organiser confirms that this year’s program is one step closer to what they really want to achieve. “We want to create a sustainable education program for our young film lovers. By working with the EFA, we are able to establish direct contact with film industry professionals and build lasting relationships with them. Hopefully, we will be able to arouse an indelible affection towards film in costume designers, make-up, hair and video artists," she adds.

In this year’s program knowledge and advice is shared by visual artist Peter Hjorth(“Antichrist”, “Melancholia”, “Nymphomaniac: Vol I”), make-up artist Dalia Colli(“Dogman”, “Casanova”), hair artist Daniela Tartari (“Broken Embraces”, “Like Crazy”) and costume designer Stefanie Bieker (“Land of Mine”, “Only Lovers Left Alive”). 

PÖFF BlackWalk’s gala will feature three mini-collections, which are created with the specifics of costume art in mind and which are inspired by the selected films of the young Estonian designers – Annika Kiidron, Liina Liesment and Reila Saarmäe. The fashion show with an emphasis on the film industry is also the culmination of a two-month training program in which young fashion designers, make-up, hair and video artists were lectured and supported by the EFA’s acknowledged creative directors. 

PÖFF BlackWalk’s gala night will take place on 26 November in Noblessner’s Valukoda. In addition to fashion designers and creatives, the event also acknowledges young promising film actors participating in Black Nights Stars programme. The event is part of the Industry@Tallinn &; Baltic Event program for film professionals at the Black Nights Film Festival and the Creative Gate project funded by the European Regional Development Fund. PÖFF BlackWalk is supported by Enterprise Estonia, Toyota and Balmain Hair Couture Estonia.

Fashion show of Black Catwalk from 2018(1)
Fashion show of Black Catwalk from 2018(2)
Fashion show of Black Catwalk from 2018(3)
Fashion show of Black Catwalk from 2018(4)

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While the 21st edition of connecting cottbus (6-8 Nov 2019continues with further matchmaking and networking events, tonight the East-West co-production market at FilmFestival Cottbus announced the award winners out ofitsselection of 13 cocoPITCH and 6 cocoWIP projects.

The coco Best Pitch Awardgoes to the best public presentation of a project during the pitching, voted for by all attending industry participants. The audience chose CARBON by Ion Borș from Moldovaan absurdist road movie set during the armed conflict in Transnistria in the early 1990s. CARBON was presented by the producersSergiu Cumatrenco Jr. (YOUBESC Creative Institute) and Ion Borș (Kantora Film Production), whoreceives a cash prize of €1,500 as well as the Producers Network Award, a free accreditation to the Producers Network at the Marché du Film in Cannes 2020.

TheAvanpost Pitch Packaging Awardwas handed out to ATHLETEby co-directors Semih Gülen and Mustafa Emin Büyükcoskun, produced by Arda Çiltepe(Vigo Film)from TurkeyRomanian post-production outfit Avanpost will provide the project with in-kind services up to €15,000, which may include financing strategy consulting, the project look-book as well as production/post-production for a proof of concept. The jury, comprised of Cristian Nicolescu (Avanpost), Jelena Mitrovic (Film House Bas Celik) and Oscar Alonso (Latido Films), said: “We are giving this award to the project ATHLETE because we were deeply moved by the portrait of a female character who makes sacrifices and struggles in a harsh society today, and in particular by the change she experiences after all the endeavours, resonating with all of us.” 

Avanpost CBDO Cristian Nicolescu decided to present an additional award on his company's behalf to the apocalyptic sci-fi project VESPER SEEDS by Kristina Buozytė and Bruno Samper from Lithuania, produced by Asta Liukaityte, Daiva Jovaišiene, Kristina Buozytė of Natrix Natrix.

For the first time this year, the MIDPOINT Consulting Awardwent to three cocoPITCH projects, each receiving an in-depth script consultancy in two parts, which started in Cottbus during the cocoLAB and will be continued in a second follow-up session online. The awarded projects: CONVENIENCE STORE from Russia (dir: Mikhail Borodin, prod: Artem Vassiliev/Metrafilms), focusing on modern slavery in today‘s Russia, NO LAND FOR ME from Israel (dir: Ram Nehari, prod: Yifat Prestelnik/Yifat Prestelnik Films), a coming-of-age story about a teenager growing up in Israel with his immigrant family from the former USSR, and WET MONDAY from Poland (dir: Justyna Mytnik, prod: Marta Gmosińska/Lava Films), a drama with elements of comedy and magical realism about sisterhood, trauma and nightmarish hares.

Sponsored by German post-production studio D-Facto Motion, the D-Facto Motion WIP Award of €35,000 in post-production services plus €5,000 for additional expenses to the work in progress BLINDFOLD by Taras Dron, produced by Valeria Sochyvets (Contemporary Ukrainian Cinema)fromUkraine. The project was selected by an expert jury consisting of Christine Dollhofer (Crossing Europe Film Festival), Valeska Neu (Films Boutique) as well as Robert Wunsch and Philipp Haenel of D-Facto Motion: „Our common choice for the D-Facto Motion WIP Award is a film with international potential that captured us with its unique story and strong female protagonist who is fighting against obstacles to gain her independence.“

Congratulations to all winners!

Set in the unspoilt countryside of Southwest France, the medieval 12-bedroom Chateau de Beduer offers a near-perfect location for productions, both drama and commercial. The unspoilt countryside and nearby medieval market town of Figeac offer boundless opportunities for external filming. Privately owned, no special permissions or licences are required for shoots.

At the 23rd edition of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky will be presented with one of the festival’s two Lifetime Achievement Awards. The festival will also screen two of his films: the Northern European premiere of his latest film Il Peccato (Sin) and House of Fools (2002).

The festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award is an honorary accolade handed out each year to two people, a filmmaker or an audiovisual industry professional who has made a profound artistic or otherwise noteworthy impact on cinema at a regional and global level. Past winners include Liv Ulmann, Aki Kaurismäki, Arvo Pärt, István Szabó, Jörn Donner, Friðrik Þór Friðriksson and many others. 

Andrei Konchalovsky’s career spans over five decades, during which he has directed numerous films and series that have become an undisputed, integral part of film history: from early successes like The Story of Asya Klyachina (1966) and Uncle Vanya (1970), adapted from the famous Chekhov play and regarded as one of the greatest works of Russian cinema of all time, to House of Fools (2002), a Russian-French co-production about an asylum on the Russian-Chechnya border, The Postman’s White Nights (2014) and Paradise (2016), all of which won him awards at the Venice International Film Festival. He has also made popular English-language films such as Runaway Train (1985), which earned three Academy Award® nominations, Maria’s Lovers (1984), Duet for One (1986), Shy People (1986) and Homer and Eddie (1989).

A regular in the programmes of A-category film festivals, Konchalovsky has won the Venice Silver Lion (Best Director) award twice, for both The Postman’s White Nights (2014) and Paradise (2016), and the Grand Special Jury Prize for House of Fools (2002); the Cannes Grand Prize of the Jury for Siberiade (1979); the San Sebastian Golden Shell for Homer and Eddie (1989) and Silver Shell for Uncle Vanya (1970); and the Karlovy Vary Crystal Globe for A Lover’s Romance (1974), to name a few.

Konchalovsky has also earned considerable acclaim on the small screen, having directed landmark epics such as The Odyssey (1997), for which he won an Emmy award for best director, and The Lion in Winter (2003), which received a Golden Globe award for costume design alongside multiple Emmy® awards and nominations. He has also directed numerous opera and theatrical productions across Europe and the United States.

Black Nights Film Festival has screened several of Konchalovsky’s films in past editions: House of Fools in 2002, Gloss in 2007 and The Postman’s White Nights in 2014. At the 23rd edition, the festival we will be screening two of his films. On the 25th of November, PÖFF will screen House of Fools with Konchalovsky and lead actor Julia Visotskaya in attendance. The following day, on the 26th of November, Konchalovsky will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the gala screening of his latest film, Il Peccato (Sin). It will be the film’s Northern European premiere.

Il Peccato (Sin), a Russian-Italian co-production, is a portrait of the Renaissance artist Michelangelo Buonarroti which follows him through the agonies and ecstasy of his own creative genius as two rival noble factions compete for his loyalty. The film was entirely shot in Italy over the course of fourteen weeks. The film is produced by Andrei Konchalovsky Studios and Jean Vigo Italia with Rai Cinema. The Renaissance maestro is played by Alberto Testone (Pasolini: The Hidden Truth; Suburra).

Festival director and head of programme Mrs Tiina Lokk commented: “When I was a student, Andrei Konchalovsky’s sophomore film, The Story of Asya Klyachina, was among the first films that I can clearly remember leaving a profound artistic imprint in my memory - so fresh in form and style of shooting, part of a new cinematic wave of naturalism, after a long period of artistic stagnation and the depiction of unnatural Soviet heroes on screen. It truly shook up my world and I have followed his oeuvre ever since! I hope it is safe to say that if some directors are essentially ‘Russian,’ he is more of a ‘World’ director - a creative chameleon of sorts whose artistic form is ever-changing, while his true essence remains the same.”

She went on to add: “We are excited to be the second festival after Rome to screen his latest film Il Peccato (Sin)! An intriguing piece of work, truly worthy of the label ‘arthouse blockbuster’! I can sense some similarities between him and the protagonist Michelangelo - the endless, almost uncontrollable drive to create, whatever the material or personal cost, whatever the obstacles!”

Bio of Andrei Konchalovsky

Director, screenwriter and producer Andrei Konchalovsky has enjoyed equally distinguished careers directing on both stage and screen. His best-known film credits range from Uncle Vanya (1970), adapted from the famous Chekhov play and regarded as one of the greatest works of Russian cinema of all time, to House of Fools (2002) a Russian-French co-production about an asylum on the Russian-Chechnya border. He has also made popular English-language films such as Runaway Train (1985), which earned three Academy Award® nominations, Maria’s Lovers (1984), Duet for One (1986), Shy People (1987) and Homer and Eddie (1989).

He has also earned acclaim on the small screen for landmark epics such as The Odyssey (1997), for which he won an Emmy® award for best director and Lion in Winter (2003) which received a Golden Globe® award for costume design alongside multiple Emmy® awards and nominations.

Born in Moscow, Andrei Konchalovsky studied music in his youth, becoming a skilled pianist, before enrolling in the cinema program at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK), where he studied under Mikhail Romm. His feature film debut, The First Teacher (1965) was based on the eponymous book by Chingiz Aitmatov, set in modern-day Kyrgyzstan in the decades following the Russian Civil War. His subsequent films include The Story of Asya Klyachina (1966), which was held back from release until 1988 due to government censorship and eventually received a Nika Award (Russia’s version of the Academy Awards) for best picture; A Nest of Gentlefolk (1969), A Lover’s Romance (1984) and Siberiade (1979), an epic film in four parts depicting life in Siberia across much of the 20th century which won the Grand Prix at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival and brought Konchalovsky to the attention of international producers. This led him to such mainstream Hollywood projects as Tango & Cash (1989) and Homer and Eddie (1989).

Konchalovsky has directed numerous opera and theatrical productions across Europe and the United States, including the 2006 production of King Lear at Theatre Na Woli, Poland, Miss Julie at the Malaya Bronnaya Theatre, Moscow and Chekhov’s The Seagull which played at the Mossovet Theatre in Moscow,  the Odéon Theatre in Paris and various venues in Italy. Other productions include War and Peace at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Oedipus at Colonus in Italy, and Queen of Spades and Eugene Onegin at La Scala in Italy, the latter which was also staged in Paris.

Early in his career, Konchalovsky used a double surname and was credited as Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky. He later adopted his mother's maiden name to distinguish himself from his younger brother, Nikita Mikhalkov, also an accomplished director. Indeed, the entire family is artistic: his great-grandfather, grandfather and mother were celebrated poets, and his father a noted playwright.

2010 marked the release of Andrei Konchalovsky’s much-anticipated The Nutcracker in 3D, a cinematic adaptation of the traditional fairytale. This musical CGI spectacular featured Elle Fanning in a central role, as well as Nathan Lane, Richard E. Grant and John Turturro in the principal roles. Lyrics were provided by Academy Award® winning lyricist Sir Tim Rice. In the same year, Konchalovsky featured in Hitler in Hollywood, a mockumentary thriller about the making of a bio-doc about Micheline Presle, which evolves into a thrilling investigation of the long-hidden truth behind European cinema – Hollywood's unsuspected plot against the European motion picture industry. The film won the FIPRESCI Prize at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, where it was nominated for a Crystal Globe.

In 2012, Konchalovsky directed, wrote and produced The Battle for Ukraine, which provided an in-depth analysis of Ukraine’s persisting struggle to escape the close embrace of its neighbour, Russia. This extensive project took almost three years to make and involved an array of Ukrainian, Russian and American historians, politicians and journalists, as well as former Presidents Aleksander Kwasniewski of Poland, Rudolf Schuster of Slovakia and Eduard Shevardnadze of Georgia; Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan, former Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin, and businessman Boris Berezovsky.

Konchalovsky’s next project saw him serving as co-producer on a story previously untold on film. Filmmaker Margy Kinmonth invites The Prince of Wales to take a journey through history, celebrating the creative side of his family and revealing an extraordinary treasure trove of artworks created by past and present royal hands. Set against the spectacular landscapes of the Royal Estates and containing insights into works by members of the royal family throughout the centuries. This includes the watercolours of the Prince of Wales’. Royal Paintbox (2013) explores a colourful palette of intimate family memory and observation.

Konchalovsky returned to the director’s chair with The Postman’s White Nights (2014), which won the Silver Lion at the 71st Venice Film Festival. A blend of drama and documentary, the film tells the true story of Aleksey Tryapitsyn, who plays himself, a postman in a remote Russian village on the shores of Lake Kenozero. In 2016, Konchalovsky won his second Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival with Paradise, with the famous Russian actress Yulia Vysotskaya leading the cast in the role of Olga, alongside Christian Clauss and Philippe Duquesne. The film offers an unprecedented look at the Holocaust through the collective eyes of a Russian aristocrat, a member of the French Resistance and a senior German officer, whose lives intertwine in the dramatic circumstances of the war.

On 28 August 2017, after a long period of preparation, Konchalovsky began production on his latest project, Il Peccato (Sin), dedicated to the great Renaissance artist Michelangelo. The film had its world premiere at the Rome Film Festival and will have its Northern European premiere at the 23rd Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, where the director will receive the festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Konchalovsky is now in production for the film Dear Comrades, based on the true story of a 1962 workers’ demonstration in Soviet Novocherkassk.

Tallinn Black Nights film festival runs from the 15th of November until the 1st of December.


The film stills and presskits of the programme can be found HERE. 

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Today, 8 November 2019, is the last day to apply for East Doc Platform.

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European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)

29/10: The Observatory launches two major studies on how SMEs and young Europeans perceive IP - EUIPO

The two EU-wide studies focus on the perceptions of IP among European citizens and are the second editions of the IP SME Scoreboard and Youth Scoreboard series, which were first released by the EUIPO in 2016.

EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027

24/10: Prime Minister Rinne and President-elect of the Commission von der Leyen discuss the finalisation of the EU’s next financial framework –

On 24 October, Prime Minister Antti Rinne and President-elect of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen met in Helsinki to discuss the finalisation of the next multiannual financial framework (MFF), i.e. the EU’s long-term budget (2021–2027), and the priorities of the next European Commission.

EU Copyright Directive

/10: Poland seeks annulment of Article 17 of the DSM Directive – EAO Newsletter

On 12 August 2019, Poland’s application to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) seeking annulment of a provision in the recently adopted Directive 2019/790 on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (DSM Directive) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The DSM Directive was adopted on 17 April 2019 and Poland’s action was brought on 24 May 2019. The application seeks annulment of two provisions under Article 17 of the DSM Directive concerning the liability of “online content-sharing service providers” for content uploaded by users.


24/10: Get multinationals to disclose where they pay taxes, MEPs tell member states – European Parliament

MEPs adopted a resolution urging member states to work on long-overdue rules obliging multinationals to disclose what taxes they pay in each country.

European elections

29/10: Final turnout data for 2019 European elections announced – European Parliament

The official and final turnout of the 2019 European Elections is set at 50.66% (up 8.06 pp on 2014), following the publication all 28 final national turnout data.


6-7 November: IMCO Committee meeting, Brussels

6-7 November: JURI Committee meeting, Brussels

11-12 November: ITRE Committee meeting, Brussels  

21-22 November: Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council, Brussels  

1 December: European Commission comes into office (TBC)