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Submissions for the 21st edition of connecting cottbus,Submissions for the 21st edition of connecting cottbus,the East-West co-production market at the FilmFestivalCottbus on 6—8 November 2019, are now open.

The longest-running networking event for film professionals active in East-West European co-production, connecting cottbus (coco) continues its success rate of completed films, with every fourth project pitched premiering at an A-level festival. Last year, these coco alumni included CRYSTAL SWAN (Belarus/USA/Germany/RussianFederation), THE WILD FIELDS (Ukraine/Switzerland) and PAUSE (Cyprus/Greece), while THE LOAD (Serbia/France/Croatia/Iran/Qatar) has so far screened at over 30 festivals worldwide since its premiere at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 2018.

Director Sergey Dvorstevoy (AYKA) will pitch his new project at coco this year, as recipient of the Special Pitch Award for the winner of the main prize at the FilmFestival Cottbus. This was announced at the traditional Eastern European Brunch during the Berlinale, together with the D-Facto Motion color-grading award for the Georgian project BRIGHTONd4, directed by Levan Koguashvilli, presented at the previous cocoWIP. This year’s edition of coco also sees a new collaboration with Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival to boost the presence of genre projects.

In total, thirteen pitch projects and six works in progresswill be selected and presented at connecting cottbus on 6—8 November 2019. All projects compete for a variety ofsponsored awards, further details will be announced inthe coming months, along with news on the framework programme exploring latest industry topics.

Producers can submit feature film projects indevelopment (fiction only) for the coco PITCH section until 17 July 2019, projects in production or post-productionfor coco WIP until 22 August 2019. For both sections,projects have to originate in or relate to broader Eastern Europe, or be suited for East-West co-production. Selections will be announced in early September.

Producers, sales agents, commission ingeditors and other industry representatives can apply without a project until 7 October 2019.

We look forward to receiving your submissions! Your coco team


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COTTBUS: The 21st edition of connecting cottbus, the longest-running East-West coproduction market, has opened its call for submissions to the event which runs 6-8 November 2019.

ZILINA: The Slovak animation festival Fest Anca, running 27-30 June 2019, has announced its complete lineup of films, with a new section devoted to a panorama of Slovak films added this year.


We would like to remind you that the submission deadlines for Film Industry projects at Karlovy Vary IFF are approaching!


The presentation of the new quality films in post-production or recently finished films from the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East and North Africa. This year, Works in Progress will be held for the 15th time.

The last year’s WiP winner ALL THIS VICTORY (dir. Ahmad Ghossein – Lebanon, France, Germany) was awarded 90 000 EUR in services from our festival partners UPP, Soundsquare and 10 000 EUR cash award from Barrandov Studio.

The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2019.

Find out more and submit your project at our official WiP website.


For the fourth time, Karlovy Vary IFF will select a recipient of the Eurimages Lab Project Award.

The award is intended for the most promising cutting-edge film project which is made outside traditional rules of filmmaking both in terms of dramaturgy and production.

The last year’s ELP winner NORMAL (dir. Adele Tulli – Italy, Sweden) received 50 000 EUR cash award from Eurimages. The finished film had its world premiere at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival. 

The deadline for submissions is May 8, 2019.

Find out more and submit your project at our official ELP website
The presentation of the new documentary films in production, post-production or recently finished from the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East and North Africa.
The event gives a space to directors and producers to present their documentaries to an audience of film industry experts.
The last year’s DiP winner THE PROJECTIONIST (dir. Yuriy Shylov – Ukraine, Germany, Poland) received 5 000 EUR cash award.
The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2019. Find out more and submit your project on our official DiP website.
For the first time ever, KVIFF Eastern Promises platform is happy to become the official second hub for First Cut Lab – an expert workshop for fiction films in editing phase for films from Central & Eastern Europe and the Arab world.
First Cut Lab Karlovy Vary is a programme designed for three long feature fiction films in editing phase: one from Central and Eastern Europe, one from Czech Republic or Slovakia and one from the Middle East. Selected filmmakers will screen their rough cuts in private sessions and receive expert feedbacks on their edits from three top international film professionals (creative producers, festival programmers, sales agents, etc) as well as tailor-made advice from a consultant editor.
The main goal is to foster the artistic potential of the selected rough cuts and, at the same time, to increase the sales, festival and circulation potential of the completed films.
The deadline for submissions is May 13, 2019.
Find out more and submit your project on our official FCL website.
Apply for Industry Accreditation
If you are planning to visit the 54th Karlovy Vary IFF, please note that Industry Accreditation requests close on June 4, 2019. It will not be possible to apply for Industry accreditation after this date, even during the course of the Karlovy Vary IFF.
Industry Days at KVIFF 2019 will be held from Sunday, June 30 to Wednesday, July 3. Hundreds of producers, buyers, distributors, sales agents and film festivals representatives are expected to attend a wide range of industry events on these days.

12th Fest Anča International Animation Festival has published the list of films that will compete for the main awards this year. More than 1200 short animated films and music videos from all over the world were submitted for the competition this year. The official selection includes 11 screening sections, 4 of them are competitive categories.

This year, the festival will screen a remarkably high number of new Slovak animation. For the first time, Fest Anča has decided to screen not only the Competition of Slovak Films, but also a non-competitive Slovak Panoramashowcasing contemporary local animation in all its forms.

Don’t miss the opportunity to discover the best contemporary animation from 27 June to 30 July 2019 in Žilina. Limited early bird festival passes are still available on Fest Anča’s website.

Here’s the complete listing of films selected for the 12th Fest Anča programme:

Films competing for Anča Award + Anča Student Award

Bloeistraat 11 Nienke Deutz
III Marta Pajek
Don’t Know What Thomas Renoldner
Sweet Sweat (s) Jung Hyun Kim
Solar Walk Réka Bucsi
Days off (s) Filip Blažek
Cat Days Jon Frickey
Dancing Frog KIM Jin-man
For life Roberto CATANI
Fest Nikita Diakur
Mr. Mare Luca Tóth
The Hunt Mateusz Jarmulski
The Fall Boris Labbé
Sounds Good (s) Sander Joon
Wicked Girl Ayce Kartal
Our House (s) Fábián Balogh
Parsley girl Youngmee Roh
The Other (s) Marta Magnuska
Under the Rib Cage Bruno Tondeur
Cold Pudding Settles Love Urszula Palusińska
Still Lives Elli Vuorinen
Hide N Seek Barbora Halířová
Acid rain Tomek Popakul
Slug Life Sophie Koko Gate
Julia (s) Julian Gallese
300 g/m2 (s) Kamila Kučíková
My Little Goat (s) Tomoki Misato

(s) = student film

Video Clips competing for Anča Music Video Award

Vacationer: Magnetism Raman Djafari
Pike tail Anna Kislova
Corps – À corps Yoann Stehr
Sigrid: Focus Moth Studio
Mind Invaders Frederic Siegel
Fjaak: I Could Never Live Without You by my Side Raman Djafari
Kittone! Sivan Kidron
Lasagne Rhythm Antony Barkworth-Knight
A man in the internet Anastasia Vorobeva
Four Years Time Milo Lu
Aphotic Zone Soyun Park
Reach the Sky Daniel Sterlin-Altman
Ruunpe Boris Labbé
A.B.O.P. Katarzyna Kijek
Cadaver Synod Peter Serruys / Mr. Eightyone
Flush It Out (Official Music Video for Likvid & Dan Riley) Marian Vredík a Jana Vredík Hirnerová
Me Ekaterina Zhuzhleva
Nauru Petra Stipetic and Maren Wiese
Glass Onion Alasdair + Jock
Cranberry Pearls Harriet Titlow
40 Point – Vels Trio (feat. Shabaka Hutchings) Steph Hope
Simple Song Matthew Robins
Her Name’s On My Cock Mykyta Lyskov
Odds and Evens Michał Czyż
Housing-Estate Dream Katarína Krajčiová
Fairytale Jakov Burov (Ivanusa)
But one bird sang not Pierre Hébert

Films competing for Anča Kids’ Award

Kuap Nils Hedinger
Sloth Julia Ocker
Quiet Willow Shiyii Xiong
The Man with the Birds Quentin Marcault
Avalanche Veronika Kocourková
Flipped Hend Esmat and Lamiaa Diab
The Kite Martin Smatana
Last Day of Autumn Marjolaine Perreten

Films competing for Anča Slovak Award

300 g/m2 Kamila Kučíkova
Fifi Fatale Mária Kralovič
I am not Playing Anymore Matej Babic
A date Michaela Mihalyi
Poetika Anima Kriss Sagan
Avalanche Veronika Kocourková
Flush It Out (Official Music Video for Likvid & Dan Riley) Marian Vredík a Jana Vredík Hirnerová
The Kite Martin Smatana

World Panorama

Imbued Life Ivana Bosnjak, Thomas Johnson
Circuit Delia Hess
Rain Piotr Milczarek
Flood Malte Stein
Spines Elisa Morais, María Álvarez
The deep end Elise Augarten
Applesauce Alexander Gratzer
Li.Le Natia Nikolashvili
Do It Again Hsin Hsuan Yeh
Broken Things Panni Gyulai
The Flood Is Coming Gabriel Böhmer
Life24 Kristjan Holm
Good Intentions Anna Mantzaris
Ooffee Alexandros Vounatsos
Sweet Night Lia Bertels
Where I was born Jungmin Cha
Mitya’s Love Svetlana Filippova
Medium Rare Luca Cioci
Intermission Expedition Wiep Teeuwisse
The calves Bela Bulgakova
Comfort Weronika Banasinska
Grandpa Zozo Jhen, Tena Galovic, Marine Varguy, Yen-Chen Liu, Ellis Kayin Chan
Butterboo Emilie Pigeard
CEVA Paul Muresan
Monster Laura Pop
Deep Love Nikita Liskov
Big Anastasiia Belousova
The Death Vendor Jeon Jinkyu
Adorable Cheng-Hsu Chung
Floreana Lou Morton
Lola the living potato Leonid Shmelkov

Slovak Panorama

Housing-Estate Dream Katarína Krajčiová
Bearserker Bálint Alló
PANTOPOS Eni Brandner
Bored on Retirement Szilard Kardiak
Žabí rauš – Do lesov Slavo Turanec
Save your files Jakub Bondor
Machine Slavo Turanec
Persona Grata Daniela Krajčová
Born Free Norbert Neuschl

World Panorama for Kids

On the same wavelength Radoslava Lacková
Giraffe Julia Ocker
Cloudy Zuzana Čupova/ Fillip Diviak
Koyaa – Slippery Soap Kolja Saksida
Ray’s Great Escape Jie Weng
Fire Veronika Kocourková
Bobo Andrej Rehak
Cat Lake City Antje Heyn
The Witch Anna Němečková
First Step Petra Kožar
Anglerfish Julia Ocker
Saturday’s Apartment JEON Seungbae
Sing Along David Súkup
R.I.S.E Pathfinder Chloe Dumoulin, Clementine Dudreuilh,
Alexandre Fruitet, Megane Nousse, Gabriel Sepulchre.

Contemporary Abstract and Non-narrative Animation

The Dawn of Ape Mirai Mizue
Matter and Motion Max Hattler
Windshriek Frédéric Doazan
Sun Zoom Spark Gina Kamentsky
Orbit Tess Martin
Nada Tara Dougans
Half Asleep Caibei Cai
Paper Trail Jake Fried
Suggestion of least resistance Michelle & Uri Kranot
Edge Steven Subotnick
Erebeta Francois Vogel
Artist and Friend Daniel Wesseik
Selfshe Kamila Müllerová
Tetarape Boris Labbé

Anča in Wonderland

Catus Pocus Merry Wijaya and Yujin Sick
A Cup of Tea in the Rainy Weather Petre Tomadze
Sky City Zhongsu
6:1 Sergei Ryabov
Boilermaker Risto Kütt
29 Aleksandra Brozyna
Mouth(S) Mathieu Girard
Bird Breakfast Owen Roberts
After Matouš Valchář
Top 5 Animation Containers Ben Wheele
Bulba Olga Kalagate
.MP4 François Grumelin-Sohn
Opening Night Margaret Bialis
St. Constantine and Methodius – Anime Opening ( E P I C ) Lucia Gazdíková
Journey to the Magic Waterfall Bogna Kowalczyk
Whispering Onion Akari Hiraoka
Dacha, Aliens, Cucumbers Ekaterina Mikheeva
Symbiosis Paul Raillard
Hideouser and Hideouser Aria Covamonas
The Last Coffee on Earth Oktawian Jurczykowski
Love of Mud Petra Stipetic
The Last Man on Earth Sat Alone in a Room Junyi Xiao
Night session Petre Tomadze
Shy & Ketchup Teresa Romo
Bored on Retirement Szilard Kardiak
Story Antonio Iandolo

Anča in Mordor

Only one dream money in the world Mikio Saito
Fallen Klaus Schuster
Do Corpses Dream of Electric Roses Darko Vukic
Beetroot Marijan Loncar Bondo
Supersad(opus)_01 Faiyaz Jafri
Re:print 12. Davorin Marc
Buffer Zone Blues Franz Milec
Machine Gun Mama Justine Klaiber and Marwan Abdalla Eissa
Robot show Saeed Amin Javaheri
Tailor Of Destinies Tode Risto Blazevski
Euphorbia Jessica Wheeler
An old man with green tea leaf hands Mikio Saito
Babalon Temple Mauri Lehtonen
Awkward Silence Gašper Kunšič
Pattern Cognition Thorsten Fleisch
Four Riders Dominik Turan

Extremely Short Section of Extremely Short Films

Out of Touch Arash Akhgari
Business Meeting Guy Charnaux
Consequences Rajesh RS
Desert Boy Adrian Grgurev
Clonilly Izabella Retkowska
Congratulations! Lidia Lidia
The Freak Grant Kolton
Reviver Shalev Ben Elya & Renen Adar
Three Messages From the Mind of a Believer of Nothing Lee and Eliška Oz
Cybercrime Yu Feng
4AM Diana Jordan
The Choice Sepehr Shokri
Date Night Zhaoyi Liu
What Remains Catherine Kennedy
Unknown Saeed Amin Javaheri
Dolphin Saeed Amin Javaheri
Replication Saeed Amin Javaheri
Space Saeed Amin Javaheri
Endless experience Anastasia Vorobeva
Dream Drum Dream Ileana Andrea Gomez Gavinoser
Transformation, A Story By Kelly Gavinoser Ileana Andrea Gomez Gavinoser
Black hole Rutger van de Wiel
The Rise Of Polaris Vladimira Milanova
Ride Richard O’Connor
Wolves at Night Fernanda Resende Serradourada
Safe space Ekaterina Zhuzhleva
No Peace in the Studio Žoel Kastelic
A Magical Evening Arseni Okruashvili
Jim Zipper Alexandre Roy
Grey Studio Çağıl Harmandar
Boom & Bust (Vicious Cycles #1) Wobbe F. Koning
Spawn (Vicious Cycles #2) Wobbe F. Koning
An Address to a President Nэno Bэlchэv
Monsters Walking Diego Porral Soldevilla
Moon Miriama Trnavská
The Postcard Device
Backwards Amigo Total
Things You Can Do With Extendable Arms Luca Paulli
Antic Mirage Emma Van den Bergh
Circus Pavel Endrle & Martin Hahn
Master painter Bah Bizon Uli Seis
Best friends Odinokov Andrei
Medium Rare Juan Martín González
Hair Wars Bui Luu Quynh Nguyen
Procrastination Nata Metlukh
The Old Snake Fell Asleep On The Grass Dominica Harrison
Ciciri Boris Labbé
Hallucinations Stognieva Alina
Voracious Lucas Ansart, Miriam Lazrak, Arthur Sevestre,

Chloé Forestier, Julie Paturange, Loïck Piton

High Noon Lucie Andouche, Thomas Appleman, Luc Armanet,

Ambre Decruyenaere, Cécile Despretz, Camille Sallan

Give me a french fessée Lucas Ansart, Camille Sallan, Laura Passalacqua, Loïck Piton
Delta Salomé Rouaud-nicod, Noémie Bevierre, Elodie Ferrer,

Clothilde Hiron, Lou Maurice De Reparaz, Clarisse Ye

Délice Etienne Faivre, Louis-alexandre Lucotte, Manu Mohnblatt, Marie Deboissy
Cold Warmness Helena Friedmannová
Love Bomb Łukasz Pallado
Tobias Tatu Júnia Consani
BORK Martin Berta
Machine Gun Mama Justine Klaiber and Marwan Abdalla Eissa
Fernand Léger. Beauty is Everywhere Fong Nicolas

2019 Fest Anča International Festival is financially supported with public funds from the Slovak Audiovisual Fund.

Fest Anča 2019: Call for Entries


Fest Anča International Animation Festival has launched a call for entries for its 2019 edition. Animated short films, student films, music videos and films for children are among the competition categories.

Fest Anča will take place in Žilina, Slovakia between June 27 and 30, 2019. Only digital copies submitted before February 28, 2019 will be considered for the festival.

Submissions are free and winners are awarded cash prizes. Find out more at our website. Submit your film via our online submission system.

Competition awards for Fest Anča 2019 are:

- Anča Award (EUR 800) for the best short animated film

- Anča Student Award (EUR 400) for the best short animated student film

- Anča Music Video Award (EUR 400) for the best animated music video

- Anča Kids’ Award (EUR 400) for the best short animated film for children

- Anča Slovak Award (EUR 700) for the best Slovak short animated film

Fest Anča International Animation Festival – the only Slovak multimedia festival focused on animated film – is based in a former train station that has been transformed into a vibrant cultural center.

The festival aims to showcase contemporary, progressive animated films, and commemorate the cream of the genre. The long-term vision is to approximate well-known international festivals by uniquely showcasing this art form in Slovakia.

The festival features an international competition of animated short films and music videos, as well as non-competitive screening sections. Attendees can additionally enjoy presentations, exhibitions, workshops, film screenings for children, and numerous accompanying events.

The lively and inspiring summertime festival atmosphere is supported by a camp site, twilight screenings, live music concerts, and a tasty range of refreshments.


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RIGA: Latvian director Laila Pakalnina receives a two week retrospective of her documentary films at the Paris Pompidou Centre, running through 17 May 2019.

WARSAW: HBO Europe’s Polish original drama series Blinded by the Lights has been made available to US subscribers of pay TV channel.

Karel Vachek is in post-production with his film novel Communism.

Short but sweet

Can you tell a complex story in less than 30 minutes? The films showcased in the short films competition prove that it is possible. Documentaries, animations and features are all fascinating stories from around the world, presenting different genre conventions: from love stories through dark comedies to suspense filled thrillers.

Documentary films: a trip to the inside of a family and other extraordinary places

The ten short documentaries that havebeen invited to the competition are both intimate portraits of heroesas well as films showing the problems of the modern world. Thefrighteningphenomenon, widespread in the environment of computergame lovers, is the topic of “Swatted”, whose heroes sendspecial SWAT units to their friends from the Internet for fun, justso that they can watch a live stream of brutal police operations.

Connected, dir. Aleksandra Maciejczyk

Short documents, however, are primarily intimate, family stories. In the film ”Dandelion Mum”the director follows the struggle of her mother with cancer, while in the ”Greykey” a daughter tries to revive memories of her father – a black participant in the war in Spain who goes to the concentration camp at Mauthausen. The family of Syrian immigrants living in a Dutch town is the hero of the documentary ”Like them“, and the film “Milady” presents the experiences of people adopted in their youth by foster families. Norwegian teenagers from the movie ”Viva Løten!“ also have to overcome a difficult past. The complex relationship between two people is shown in the documentary ”When the Dragon came“. The heroes got married very young, have eight children and live together, but somehow they are apart. Wiola and Krzysztof from the film “Connected” are the complete opposite -Krzysztof’s illness and their feelings make them almost inseparable.

Animated films: playing with the audience

– One of the questions we ask ourselves during the selection is the question about the audience: will viewers open to animated worlds dictated by the subversive anti-logic of sleep, desire, experiment? Our choice is based on the idea of a balance between traditional narrative films, inviting “beginner” viewers of animation to recognize the aesthetics and codes of the medium of animated film, and forms aimed at mixing genres, games with perception or film narration – says Olga Bobrowska, the selector of the Krakow Festival film.

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Crème de la crème of international cinema

Sundance, SXSW, IDFA – the winners of the most important film festivals in the world are coming to cinema screens in Krakow as part of a speciel „Festival award winners” section. The KFF audience will have a chance to see twelve film productions that have already been recognized by international juries.

– You do not need to get on an airplane or train, just need to go to any of the films from the section “Festival award winners” to embark extremely exciting journey that will take you into two directions. One will transfer you to the most important festivals in the world, and the other to distant film lands. It is a lot of fun to check what has delighted other viewers and jurors in the last 12 months and let yourself be seduced by excellent, award-winning cinema – says Magdalena Walo, coordinator of the “Festival award winners” section.

Los Reyes, reż. Bettina Perut, Iván Osnovikoff

Two loveable dogs, Chola and Football are the heroes of the documentary “Los Reyes”, awarded at the IDFA festival. Quadrupeds living in the skate park are random listeners of conversations of young people, who are wat too familiar with drugs, quarrels with their parents or threats of being thrown out of the house.

The motels in the suburbs can also be involuntary witnesses of not always legal business dealings. They are hiding places for murderers, pit stops for lost travelers and hide-aways for surreptitious lovers. In the “Vacancy” awarded in Jihlava, viewers will get to know their real inhabitants – people who dream less and less of an American dream.

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The 59th Krakow Film Festival will take place on May 26 – June 2, 2019

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