Warsaw Kids Film Forum is delighted to announce the full selection of projects to be presented during the Forum in September. This year we received 58 applicationsfrom 21 different countries from which our selection committee including Tania Pinto da Cunha, Viola Gabrielli, Anna Bielak, Zofia Horszczaruk, Ronald Krushchakand Maciej Jakubczyk have chosen 25 projects to be pitched.
Filmmakers of the selected projects will have the opportunity to present their work in front of the International and Polish Decision Makers which includes distributors, sales agents, TV broadcasters, producers, investors, film institutes and funds.
This year again we have diverse country representation. The selection includes projectsfrom 16 different regions including: Austria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark,Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey and Ukraine.
Sessions during the Forum are divided into two groups: Projects in Development and Worksin Progress.
Presented projects are competing for awards:
Below you will find the full selection of projects to be included in Warsaw Kids Film Forum:
Projects in Development:
23 insults, animated film, Studio KAPI, UkraineAbudiks & Gubidiks, animated tv series, Independent Forces, TurkeyBobo and the Wonders, animated tv series, MINYA FILM AND ANIMATION, Croatia Bumblebee’s flight, film live-action film, Interfilm, CroatiaDr. Donnerwetter, live-action tv series, GotFat Productions, DenmarkDustzone, live-action tv series, Bionaut, Czech RepublicGoalgetter Girls, live-action film, Minifilm KG, AustriaGrimsby, live-action film, Helmet, NorwayI love this, animated tv series, Animoon sp. z o.o., PolandJohann, Sebastian & Bach, animated tv series, GS animation, PolandNapoleon, animated film, GoFat Productions, DenmarkPhilosophy first, animated tv series, Un film a’la patte, FranceSol & Liv, animated film, Letko sp. z o.o., PolandSummer Kingdom, animated TV series, Yarki Studio, UkraineThe Beanie, live-action film, Senca Studio, SloveniaThe Very Hairy Alphabet, animated tv series, Eliza Plocieniak-Alvarez, GermanyThe Voyager – Call of the Vikings, live-action tv series, Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion, GermanyToo old for fairy tales, live-action film, Pokromski Studio, PolandTwice Upon a Time, animated film, To Blink Animation, SerbiaWojtek the smiling soldier bear, animated film, AMARCORD S.R.L., Italy
Works in Progress:
How it grows, animated tv series , Invida, SloveniaJoy Eternal, a Divine Consultants story, animated tv series, Fiilin Good Films Oy, FinlandSummer with Bernard, live-action film, Projector23 GmbH & Co KG, GermanyThe purple pin, animated tv series, YARKI STUDIO, UkraineTriple Trouble, live-action film, Koi Studio, Poland
Warsaw Kids Film Forum is an international co-production forum for films and television series aimed at the children’s market. Our goal is to create a meeting place where European professionals can exchange ideas, experiences and develop new content for children. We want to create a space that will help connecting projects with potential co- producers, distributors, sales agents, broadcasters and film funds.
Warsaw Kids Film Forum will take place from the 25th to 27th of September 2019 in Warsaw.
The winners of KVIFF Eastern Promises
Works in Progress, Eurimages Lab Project, Docs in Progress and Works in Development – Feature Launch + Nespresso Talents
KVIFF Eastern Promises, the festival's Industry section, has the exciting mission of being a bridge between talented filmmakers from the East and their potential Western partners, festivals and audiences. This year, a total of 33 projects were screened on the 4 platforms dedicated to feature films, documentaries and new cinematographic forms in development. The juries announced the winners at the ceremony that closed the festival's industry program in Little Versailles in Karlovy Vary tonight. The winners of the Czech round of Nespresso Talents were announced as well.
Works in Progress Award
Khalil Benkirane, Producer, Head of Grants Programme, Doha Film Institute, Qatar
Aija Berzina, Producer, Tasse Film, Latvia
Virginie Devesa, CEO and Sales, Alpha Violet, France
In this years' Works in Progress, nine projects from countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, and North Africa were presented. The jury chose the film PIGEON’S MILK by director EUGEN MARIAN as the winning project. A prize in the value of 100,000 Euro will be given to the project. The award consists of post-production services in UPP (60,000 Euro), Soundsquare (30,000 Euro), and a cash prize of 10,000 Euro from Barrandov Studio.
“Our choice went for a film in which we felt the director created a unique realm filled with a prophetic dimension. With strong cinematic language, this first-time filmmaker offers a visual and harmonious world through a story with resonance, announcing a unique voice from a country we do not see much cinema from.”
Docs in Progress Award
Pierre-Alexis Chevit, Doc Corner & Doc Day industry program, Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes, France
Lejla Dedić, Program Producer, Al Jazeera Balkans, Bosnia and Herzegovina Patricia Drati, Creative producer and Film Development Consultant, Denmark
This year saw a strong selection of 8 documentaries from Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the former Soviet Union, North Africa, and the Middle East. The Docs in Progress prize went to the winning project THE SILHOUETTES by Afsaneh Salari, Jewel Maranan and Giles Gardner, along with a cash prize in the amount of 5,000 Euro.
The selection was extremely tight and it took us two hours to decide, as we went through each project thoroughly. The highly current subject of migration is one that we all are familiar with - we discover new angles and uniqueness, while breaking away from an imposed destiny, facing the past in order to continue to the present and on to the future. The ability to talk about your own nation despite the fact that you are making the film in a different country. The director has a clear vision, style and sensibility. She is capable and willing to invite us to a world that we can all understand and feel.
Works in Development - Feature Launch Award
Hugo Rosák, Head of Industry Office, KVIFF, Czech Republic
Danijel Hocevar, producer, Head of Studies MIDPOINT Feature Launch, Slovenia
Katriel Schory, producer, MIDPOINT Feature Launch Expert, Israel
On this award, KVIFF has partnered with the Midpoint script and project development program as well as When East Meets West co-production market and Trieste Film Festival. Together they showcased eight projects from Central and Eastern Europe that have gone through development within the Feature Launch 2019 program. The jury decided to award the 10,000 Euro cash prize for further development to Hungarian project SOME BIRDS by director Daniel Hever, writer Zsanett Kertesz and producer Laszlo Dreissiger.
“For a story about two characters that are trying to find a place in the world creating a special bond which transcends generations.”
Eurimages Lab Project Award
Majlinda Tafa, Albanian National Center of Cinematography, Representative at Eurimages, Albania
Tereza Nvotová, Film Director, Slovakia / Czech Republic
Frank Peijnenburg, Head of Screen NL Netherlands Film Fund, Netherlands
From the 8 projects screened this year at the Eurimages Lab Project, the prize in the value of 50,000 Euro went to the winning project BOTTLED SONGS by directors Kevin B. Lee and Chloé Galibert-Laîné. KVIFF is the first of four international film festivals of the festival season to be awarding the Eurimages prize - a prize dedicated to films that surpass traditional film frameworks and language and are based on international cooperation.
“A courageous desktop documentary raising questions of privacy and identity by exploring online propaganda of the Islamic State.”
Nespresso Talents CZ
Darina Křivánková, Journalist, Reflex, Czech Republic
Michaela Pavlátová, Animation Department, FAMU, Czech Republic
Karel Kovář alias Kovy, YouTuber, Czech Republic
The topic of this year's Nespresso Talents - a competition for vertically shot movies by young talents – was “We Are What We Eat”. The jury awarded the prize of 3,000 Euro to Nina Ovsová and Adela Križovenská, the creative duo behind the animated story called “Tell Me Your Flavour”. Second place went to another animated film “Hunger” by Jáchym Bouzek, and also to David Bukva for “We Are What We Eat”.
Karel Kovář: “It was pretty tough to choose only 3 finalists from such a diverse group, and the competition managed to attract very original submissions playing with the vertical format.”
Michaela Pavlátová: “The awarded films seduced us not only by their high formal level, but mainly their humor, playfulness and originality used to describe the topic of food. Personally, I was pleased by the proportion and quality of the animated submissions.
More information on the awarded projects:
Pigeon's Milk (Moloko Ptitsy)
Countries: Russia, Moldova
Directed by: Eugen Maryan
Scriptwriter: Eugen Maryan
Producer: Roman Borisevich, Alexander Kushaev, Anna Shalashina
Camera: Nikolay Zheludovich
Runtime: 80 min
Shortly before Easter, in search of a better life, ANDRIAN (16) is planning to escape to Europe with his gypsy friend. He has five days to prepare. The teenage boy has a tough time pondering over the future separation with his MOTHER (36) and his new classmate ANNA (16). Anna makes no secret of the fact that she likes a local thug SERJIU (22), whom Andrian works for. Andrian suspects that his mother is having an affair with Serjiu’s father. He decides to seek revenge against the people who have taken away the two women he loves. He secretly kills their dog, then botches Serjiu’s important deal and becomes closer to Anna. His revenge, however, doesn't quite go as planned and his escape runs the risk of failing.
The Silhouettes (Saayeha)
Countries: Iran, Philippines
Directed by: Afsaneh Salari
Scriptwriter: Afsaneh Salari, Jewel Maranan, Giles Gardner
Producer: Afsaneh Salari, Jewel Maranan
Camera: Afsaneh Salari Music: Shida Shahabi
Release date: 01/12/2019
Taghi, an engineering student in Iran is finishing his studies. At first glance, he’s a young man with a promising future ahead of him. However, he carries the burden of a history that is older than him. When the USSR invaded Afghanistan in 1982, Taghi’s parents fled to Iran together with 1.5 million Afghans.
Taghi’s parents feel he is lucky not to have experienced war. For Taghi, however, safety is no trade-off for freedom and a bright future, as Afghans in Iran are only allowed manual-labour jobs. Taghi crafts a plan to go and pursue his dream in Afghanistan — the motherland he never knew — while facing strong opposition from his parents. As wars continue in Afghanistan, what future awaits him and in which land?
Some Birds (Valami Madarak)
Directed by: Dániel Hevér
Producer: László Dreissiger
Release date: 2021
Aging, lonesome Béla (78) is moved to a nursing home against his will by his estranged son, where he must spend his days with an impulsive teenage girl Zoé (17), who is sentenced to do social work at the home. They both struggle with their families: Béla wants to prove to his son that he is capable of living independently. Zoé’s fear of becoming like her promiscuous and deeply unhappy mother is so strong that she keeps rejecting the boy she likes. When Béla decides to get out of the home, Zoé embarks on a journey with him through the bureaucracy of the Hungarian health care system to prove that he is selfsufficient. The time they share and the experiences they encounter turns them into allies, enabling them to confide in each other. Although Béla fails to achieve his goal, the trust and warmth they gain from this friendship enables them both to accept reality and find the strength to face their fears.
Bottled Songs (Bottled Songs)
Countries: Germany, France, USA, Finland
Directed by: Kevin B. Lee, Chloé Galibert-Laîné
Scriptwriter: Kevin B Lee, Chloé Galibert-Laîné
Producer: Kevin B Lee, Chloé Galibert-Laîné
Camera: Kevin B Lee, Chloé Galibert-Laîné
Release date: 01/06/2020
Runtime: 100 min
Film synopsis Bottled Songs is a desktop documentary exploring the online propaganda of the Islamic State. Through intimate video letters shared directly from their screens, researchers Chloé and Kevin reveal how their initial viewings have left them bewildered about the role of mainstream media in producing everyday states of terror. Further investigation leads them to develop creative methods of coping with extremist media while exploring the complex dynamics of filmmaking, gender and power behind their production and circulation. Through an encounter with a professional research group, they find more methods to withstand the psychic violence of contemporary media and possibilities to produce images to counter the persistent spread of online terrorism.
The third workshop of Feature Launch 2019 has successfully finished today in Karlovy Vary. Eighteen participants with eight exciting projects and two script consultant trainees attended the final workshop, which was held from June 28 till July 3, 2019 in the Czech Republic – starting in Prague and finishing within Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
Eight promising projects of feature films were pitched on Monday, July 1 during Works in Development – Feature Launch – a project showcase and networking event.
Three awards altogether were given out to Feature Launch 2019 participants:
KVIFF & MIDPOINT Development Award The main award of 10.000 EUR was received by Hungarian project Some Birds, Daniel Hever's feature debut, written by Zsanett Kertesz and produced by Laszlo Dreissiger.
The jury consisting of Hugo Rosak (Head of Industry at KVIFF), Danijel Hocevar (producer, Feature Launch Head of Studies) and Katriel Schory(producer, Feature Launch Expert) has awarded the project “for a story about two characters that are trying to find a place in the world creating a special bond which transcends generations.”
This joint financial award of the Karlovy Vary IFF and MIDPOINT is aimed to support emerging talents mainly from Central and Eastern Europe and help to further develop their feature film project.
connecting cottbus Award The graduate project Rattlesnakes, presented by producer Maja Ilic and director Nikola Ljuca, was granted the opportunity to attend the connecting cottbus co-production market in November 2019 in Germany.
Rotterdam Lab Scholarship Award Elene Margvelashvili, the producer of the Georgian project Grey Skies, was chosen to participate in the professional training program for producers, Rotterdam Lab, which will take place within International Film Festival Rotterdam in January 2020.
Huge congratulations to all the winners and all graduated participants of MIDPOINT Feature Launch 2019!
To follow up on Feature Launch as a year-long program, partner co-production market When East Meets West invites all the participating producers to Trieste, Italy in January 2020, offering them one more chance to meet with their potential artistic and financing partners during the Feature Launch Spotlight.
MIDPOINT Feature Launch 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.
WHEN EAST MEETS WEST summer news
2020 East & West Focus
First Cut + and MIDPOINT Shorts
A breath of fresh air to start your summer!
WEMW is planning several new events and partnerships for the next 2020 edition to be held in Trieste on January 19/21, 2020.
After the successful 2019 edition, WEMW 2020 will have a new exciting East & West focus on Hungary, Romania, Moldova & Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Starting from early September producers from all over Europe and North/Latin America will be able to apply to the WEMW Co-production Forum and WEMW will select 20 projects in development with international co-production potential, preferably with one of the 2020 territories on focus.
The WEMW 2020 programme will expand and will host the winter session of First Cut +, a program extension of First Cut Lab, the editing workshop for films from Central & Eastern Europe run by Tatino Films and in partnership with WEMW and Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. First Cut + is a carefully curated portfolio of 16 films which will be thoroughly supported on their way towards the market & audiences and is comprised of First Cut Lab alumni as well as alumni from partner programs Less is More (LIM) and MIDPOINT Feature Launch. The creative teams will benefit from tailor-made modules for enhancing their promotion & audience engagement strategies, together with works-in-progress screenings for selected industry people. 8 projects will participate in First Cut+ in Trieste and another 8 projects in the summer session in Karlovy Vary in July 2020. First Cut+ is the only brand-new action to receive financial support from the Access to Markets’ scheme of the Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme. The initiative will be officially launched and presented at the Karlovy Vary IFF at 5 p.m. on July 2, 2019.
Last but not least, WEMW will start looking for the best shorts in development from the next generation of European filmmakers. After the successful cooperation with Feature Launch, a unique platform for emerging talents from Central and Eastern Europe developing their 1st or 2nd feature, WEMW and MIDPOINT will consolidate their cooperation with a reshaped programme exclusively for short films in development. MIDPOINT Shorts will select 4 teams of writers, directors, and producers and will offer intensive script and project development during two residential workshops. The whole program will conclude in Trieste with a project showcase in front of many decision makers within WEMW.
The deadline for submissions is July 26, 2019 and more detailed info about the MIDPOINT Shorts 2019-2020 here.
This is just the beginning of a series of new initiatives with which the 10th anniversary of WEMW will be celebrated in 2020! Stay tuned and after the summer break the complete programme will be unveiled!
WEMW 2020 will be organized once again by the FVG Audiovisual Fund in collaboration with the Trieste Film Festival and thanks to the precious and constant support of Creative Europe/MEDIA Programme, Direzione Centrale per il Cinema – MiBAC, CEI – Central European Initiative and Film Center Serbia.
More information will be soon available at www.wemw.it and on our Facebook page.
KARLOVY VARY: FNE spoke to MEP Helga Trüpel Vice President of the Committee on Culture and Education about the future of European culture after the recent EU elections and the importance of the LUX Prix for cultural diversity in Europe.
GENEVA: Ten projects from CEE countries received coproduction support at the 155th meeting of the Board of Management of the Council of Europe's Eurimages Fund, held in Geneva from 24 to 28 June 2019. In all, 6.2 m EUR was distributed to 17 fiction films, two documentaries and four animated projects.
WARSAW: Warsaw Kids Film Forum, an international co-production forum for films and television series aimed at the children’s market, have selected 25 projects to be pitched at the third edition, taking place 25-27 September 2019.
Once again this year, the European Parliament is supporting European cinema by way of the LUX Prize. The 2019 edition of the Competition officially kicked off in March and, following much deliberation on the part of the Selection Panel, the ten films which make up the Official Selection have just been unveiled at the 54th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
A highly varied initial shortlist of films was considered for the debates and was consequently discussed by the 21 European film professionals who carefully suggested, watched and selected them. A selection of refreshing and eye-opening European works, including first features, fiction films and documentaries, directed by both male and female directors, hailing from every country on the Continent, were discussed, evaluated and compared by the selection-panel members.
The official line-up was revealed today at Karlovy Vary, 30 June, by European Parliament´s Vice-Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education Helga Trüpel, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Budgetary Control Martina Dlabajová, LUX Prize coordinator Doris Pack, and Benedikt Erlingsson, director of 2018 LUX Prize winner - Woman at War.
The 2019 LUX Prize Official Selection (in alphabetical order)
Clergy (Kler) - Wojciech Smarzowski (Poland)
Cold Case Hammarskjöld - Mads Brügger (Denmark/Norway/Sweden/Belgium/United Kingdom/Germany) God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya (Gospod postoi, imeto i´e Petrunya) - Teona Strugar Mitevska (North Macedonia/Belgium/Slovenia/ France/Croatia)
Her Job (I Doulia tis) – Nikos Labôt (Greece/France/Serbia)
Honeyland (Medena zemja) - Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov (North Macedonia)
Invisibles (Les invisibles) – Louis-Julien Petit (France)
Ray & Liz – Richard Billingham (United Kingdom)
System Crasher (Systemsprenger) – Nora Fingscheidt (Germany)
The Man Who Surprised Everyone (Tchelovek, kotorij udivil vsekh)– Natasha Merkulova, Aleksey Chupov (Russian Federation/Estonia/France) The Realm (El reino) – Rodrigo Sorogoyen (Spain/France)
This year’s highlights in the selection include a total of four female directors (Teona Strugar Mitevska, Tamara Kotevska, Nora Fingscheidt and Natasha Merkulova), two documentaries (Cold Case Hammarskjöld and Honeyland), a sensational presence of small countries (not one but two films from North Macedonia) and European co-productions (half of the selection are co-productions).
The 2018 LUX Prize Audience Mention goes to Woman at War
On the same event, the 2018 LUX Prize Audience Mention was announced. The 2018 LUX Prize Official Competition film that received the highest number of votes from audiences across Europe was Woman at War. This year, the lucky voter randomly selected from among all the participants and invited to the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival to announce the Audience Mention award is Hungarian-born, Sweden-based Barbara Majsa, a freelance journalist, editor, film critic, and also the managing editor at Cinema Scandinavia who awarded the price to director Benedikt Erlingsson.
The LUX Prize Competition and the LUX Film Days From the aforementioned 10 films in the Official Selection, 3 films will take part in the LUX Prize Competition, which will be selected and announced at the Giornate degli Autori press conference in Rome on 23 of July 2019. These films will compete to be the winner of the 2019 LUX Prize and will become the core of the LUX Film Days.
In order to support the European film industry and help the most significant European (co-)productions to circulate beyond their national market, the European Parliament LUX Film Prize subtitles the 3 competing films into the 24 official languages of the European Union and screens them in all 28 EU countries during the LUX Film Days. In doing so, the European Parliament supports cultural diversity as it brings films to audiences across Europe and encourages debate on the issues they raise.
The 2019 LUX Prize winner will be awarded on 27 November . The winning film will also be made available for the visually- and hearing-impaired, and actively promoted by the European Parliament.
About the 10 films...
2019 LUX Film Prize Official Selection
Clergy by Wojciech Smarzowski An unanimous objection to the historically influential and nowadays increasingly unquestioned role of the Catholic Church in Poland. Three priests and an archbishop are the particular focus of the story, and different “sins”, as per the Catholic teachings, are explored through each of them. Cold Case Hammarskjöld by Mads Brügger A provocative investigation into the 1961 death of Swedish UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld. A film that reminds us how feature filmmaking can be a consciousness-raising force and that, as a bonus, is also hilarious, charming and deeply humanist.
God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunija by Teona Strugar Mitevska A powerful cinematic work, which tells the story of a woman that finds herself in a position only men can access to at a religious ceremony, and which makes a significant contribution to the feminist struggle, the most acute social issue of our times, which has yet to gain momentum in the Balkans. Her Job by Nikos Labôt A strong drama on the aftermath of the Greek financial crisis and the need for female empowerment in a dislocated and wounded society. A film that shows that survival can only be achieved through self-liberation. Honeyland by Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov A visually spectacular piece of cinéma vérité represents an extraordinary journey from a personal to a local to a global level by following one beekeeper in rural Macedonia, in the midst of the contemporary awareness of the significance of bees for the global environment. Invisibles by Louis-Julien Petit A story about the struggle of a group of homeless women and the social workers who care for them after their reception centre is closed. A look at a topical issue from a certain closeness, full of laughter, tears and emotion. Ray & Liz by Richard Billingham A story about bullying, domestic abuse and alcoholism that flits back and forth in time. An austere, autobiographical movie full of an overpowering sense of how a bad relationship, or a domineering parent, can create misery. System Crasher by Nora Fingscheidt Under the unofficial denomination for children who won’t fit into any existing structure, the very relevant social drama follows the wild and energetic journey of a 9-year-old girl through all possible stations of German Child Proctective Services. The Man Who Surprised Everyone by Natasha Merkulova and Aleksey Chupov A story that merges folklore and local humour with contemporary politics that intends to convey a parable about ordinary Russians and their relationship with death, edging into the field of contemporary LGBT rights in Russia. The Realm by Rodrigo Sorogoyen A forceful and adrenaline-charged thriller that grapples with Spain’s hottest topic in the recent years, corruption among the political class through the fall of a successful politician, and his fiefdom, that looked destined to last forever.
Visit us: www.luxprize.eu
Warsaw Kids Film Forum is delighted to announce the full selection of projects to be presented during the Forum in September. This year we received 58 applications from 21 different countries from which our selection committee including Tania Pinto da Cunha,Viola Gabrielli, Zofia Horszczaruk, Ronald Krushchak and Maciej Jakubczyk have chosen 25 projects to be pitched.
Filmmakers of the selected projects will have the opportunity to present their work in front of the International and Polish Decision Makers which includes distributors, sales agents, TV broadcasters, producers, investors, film institutes and funds.
This year again we have diverse country representation. The selection includes projects from 16 different regions including: Austria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey,and Ukraine.
Sessions during the Forum are divided into two groups: Projects in Development and Works in Progress.
KARLOVY VARY: This year for the sixth time FNE teamed up with KVIFF and critics attending the festival to rate the films in the Main Competition, the East of the West competition and the Czech section of the official Karlovy Vary International Film Festival programme by international critics attending the Festival.
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