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!
WORKS IN PROGRESS 2019
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.
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 Panorama, showcasing 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:
(s) = student film
Chloé Forestier, Julie Paturange, Loïck Piton
Ambre Decruyenaere, Cécile Despretz, Camille Sallan
Clothilde Hiron, Lou Maurice De Reparaz, Clarisse Ye
2019 Fest Anča International Festival is financially supported with public funds from the Slovak Audiovisual Fund.
Fest Anča 2019: Call for Entries
WE WANT YOUR FILM!
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.
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.
The 59th Krakow Film Festival will take place on May 26 – June 2, 2019
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