The Croatian documentary musical Marija's Own has made it into the East of the West competition at the 46th Karlovy Vary IFF (July 1 - 9, 2011). Two Polish, one Czech and one doc by Audrius Stonys are part of the documentary competition. The festival will also screen Pavel Kostomarov's I Love You, a slate of Czech docs and a special programme dedicated to music.
Two TVP's films: "Heritage" by Andrzej Barański and "Declaration of Immortality" by Marcin Koszałka have been selected for the Karlovy Vary IFF's competitions. The festival will present 179 feature films and will start on July 1.
The brand new Andrzej Barański's film, to be shown in the Main Competition, has been produced by Skorpion Arte and TVP. It is an adaptation of the novel of a young Polish writer - Zbigniew Pasternak. Zbyszek is dispelled of his studies of law and gets back to home in a small village in a remote part of a country. There he is known by a nick name "Prince" that he earned because of the stories his late father - drunkard used to tell about them being the descendants of an old Slavic clan of Vistulans. This assumed princely origin separated Zbyszek from coevals in the past. Now, when he returns home humiliated by his numerous failures, the adversity brings him closer to the surrounding poor souls, so similar to himself. The film's screenings in Karlovy Vary will be its International Premiere.
Produced by TVP1, "Declaration of Immortality" is a portrait of Piotr "Mad" Korczak - a legend among Polish climbers, who initiated the whole range of various techniques of "conquering" the walls, and was the first to begin to consider climbing as a sport. Now Marcin Koszalka - a film director and one of Piotr's former followers - asks him inevitable questions about the impact of age: How does he deal with a passage of time? How does he perceive youth and growing old? How he expects his end will look like? Piotr "Mad" Korczak's insights on the existential nature of physical activity and at the same time on a nature of filmmaking form a pedestal over which spreads a magnificent and breathtaking picture of human ability to climb over the highest tops and to conquer the most difficult mountains.
The film has been recently awarded at the Tampere Short Film Festival, Trento Mountain Film Festival and got the prestigious Silver Hugo Prize for the documentary film in the Hugo TV Awards 2011 in Chicago. It will take part in the Karlovy Vary's Documentary Film Competition.
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FNE together with Europa Cinemas continues its Cinema of the Month series. In recognition of the hard work and excellence of European cinema operators we choose a cinema from each country covered by FNE each month. We look at the challenges and the successes faced by those cinemas with a special series of interviews that offer insights that other operators can benefit from and a platform for the exchange of ideas. This month we focus on Slovakia and Daniela Hyrosova who is the manager of the Mladost Cinema in Bratislava.
For the second edition of the MIDPOINT program, with the first session taking place during Art Film Fest IFF, 16 projects were selected from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Romania, Hungary, Germany, Austria and Myanmar (Burma). In total, 36 young film professionals (writers, directors and producers) will take part in MIDPOINT this year.
4 projects come from Slovakia:Piko, That's the Czechoslovak Drug! (feature film project); writer: Peter Gärtner, producer: Zuzana DušičkováMomo (short film project); writer and director: Teodor Kuhn, producer: Jakub ViktorínTits and the Oracle (short film project); writer and director: Réka Rózsa, producer: Dominika FáberováTry (short film project); writer: Eva Vodičková, producer, director: Sebastian MayrMIDPOINT: Central European Script Center is a joint initiative of film schools in Prague, Bratislava, Lodz, Bucharest and Budapest for the development and dramaturgy of European film projects by graduating students and recent graduates.It offers:Dramaturgy of film projectsPossibility to experience international cooperation in the stage of script developmentInterconnection and networking among scriptwriters, directors and producers, a chance to develop contacts for future cooperationMIDPOINT program consists of 2 workshops:
Workshop 1June, 18 – 25, 2011, Slovakia - Trenčianske Teplice (in collaboration with Art Film Fest IFF)Workshop 2August 27 – September 3, 2011, Czech RepublicThe best projects will be awarded with financial prizes of 1.000 EUR (short film project) and 1.500 EUR (feature film project).
MIDPOINT Workshop 1 in Slovakia is organized by CHARACTER: Film Development Association in cooperation with FAMU Prague, CZ. Partner film schools: VSMU Bratislava, SK, PWSFTViT Lodz, PL, SZFE Budapest, HU, UNATC Bucharest, RO.
MIDPOINT is supported by: MEDIA Programme, Slovak Audiovisual Fund, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.
More information at:www.midpoint-center.euwww.character-fda.euwww.famu.czwww.artfilmfest.sk
Toys, a Lithuanian-Belarus documentary planned for completion in March 2012, was selected for the Institute of Documentary Film's 2011 Ex Oriente programme.
Art Film Fest to present the latest international films, awards to Zuzana Kronerová, Emir Kusturica, among others
Winning films from the most prestigious international festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Locarno and Venice; exclusive premieres of long-anticipated pictures; the latest Slovak cinema; Asian blockbusters and tributes to cult figures of the film world - all this and more awaits audiences at the nineteenth annual Art Film Fest, held from June 17 to 25 in Trenčianske Teplice and Trenčín.
For the first time in its history, Art Film Fest will be opened by a Slovak film: young director Zuzana Liová's "The House" (Dom), screened to great acclaim at the Berlinale.
As in previous years, Slovak and international performers will be honoured with the Actor's Mission Award for their extraordinary contributions to screen acting. Each of this year's recipients - Slovak cinematic diva Zuzana Kronerová, Hungarian actor János Bán and Czech actor Zdeněk Svěrák, creator of the legendary mythological figure Jára Cimrman - will personally fix a bronze plaque bearing their name in the Festival Park, joining the illustrious ranks of previous winners such as Franco Nero, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Gina Lollobrigida, Geraldine Chaplin and Omar Sharif.
This year's Golden Camera Award will go to three film professionals for their major contributions to filmmaking: Emir Kusturica, the Serbian director with a considerable cult following, Slovak costume designer Milan Čorba and the Oscar-winning French luminary Jean-Claude Carrière.
The nineteenth edition of Art Film Fest will feature a total of 194 films, consisting of 110 feature-length pictures, three medium-length and eighty-one shorts. Among them are nine of the latest award winners from Cannes, acquired just days after the prestigious festival's end.
Our cinematic programme is divided into seventeen sections, including tributes to our award winners. In the International Competition of Feature Films, fifteen pictures will vie for the Blue Angel, including the festival's opening Slovak film and three new releases fresh from Cannes. The winners will be selected by a five-member international jury, helmed by legendary Slovak director Juraj Jakubisko.
The Blue Angel for Best Short Film will go to one of forty-four pictures from around the world, including three Slovak films, in the International Competition of Short Films.
Film connoisseurs will get to sample delicacies of international cinema in the section Around the World, which introduces the exclusive Slovak premieres of extraordinary discoveries from outside Europe, including "The Tree of Life", winner of this year's Palme d'Or. Starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, this latest work from enigmatic American director Terrence Malick was Cannes' most anticipated film this year.
European Corner looks at what's new in the old world, presenting the most acclaimed new releases from across our continent.
The section will include the Slovak premiere of "In a Better World" (Hævnen), from notable Danish director Susanne Bier, winner of this year's most prestigious international awards - the Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.
Also in its exclusive Slovak premiere, Art Film Fest will feature "Leaving" (Odcházení), the directorial debut of Václav Havel, former Czech and Czechoslovak president.
Visitors will get the chance to witness Kirsten Dunst's remarkable performance in "Melancholia", a film from controversial Danish director Lars von Trier which earned its star the Best Actress Award at this year's Cannes.
European Corner will even include the latest from Spain's renowned Oscar-winning Pedro Almodóvar - "The Skin I Live In" (La piel que habito), a spellbinding, genre-bending tale of a merciless plastic surgeon portrayed by none other than Antonio Banderas.
But that's not all - audiences can look forward to new releases by directors like Tom Tykwer, Ken Loach, Bent Hamer, Jerzy Skolimowski, Wim Wenders, Béla Tarr and Saverio Costanzo.
Even more fascinating titles will be featured in programme sections such as Love and Anarchy, Eastern Promises, Dangerous Kids, Focus: Quebec Screen and Late Night Show.
Slovak Season will present seven feature- and medium-length films, and Slovak Season Special will screen thirty-three shorts representing three Slovak film schools.
Art Film Fest 2011 will also include several activities and workshops focused on film and the film industry, geared towards film professionals as well as festival visitors and the wider public. June 23 and 24 will witness the first incarnation of the FORUM on the Promotion of Upcoming Slovak Films, an event aimed at supporting the promotion, co-production, festival participation and sale of Slovak films on the international market. FORUM consists of lectures by renowned international experts and a panel of upcoming Slovak feature films.
Following up its successful introduction last year, Art Film Fest will present the second edition of MIDPOINT, an international script development programme joining five European film academies - Bratislava's VŠMU, Prague's FAMU, and the film schools of Łodź, Budapest and Bucharest. In addition to MIDPOINT's events for professionals, the programme has also invited world-renowned screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière to Trenčianske Teplice.
This year's Art Film Fest has much to offer music fans as well. On Sunday of the festival's first weekend, Trenčín's main square will get down and boogie with "Disco King" Michal David, while Trenčianske Teplice's Festival Café will feature nightly concerts moderated by versatile musician Oskar Rózsa.
Festival screenings will be held in Trenčianske Teplice at the Tatra Banka Cinema Tent, the Prameň Jojcinema and the Spa Hall, as well as in Trenčín's two Cinemax auditoriums and STV Artkino Metro.
Art Film Fest 2011 - the 19th Trenčianske Teplice/Trenčín International Film Festival is made possible by the financial support of the Audiovisual Fund.Organizers: ART FILM, n.o., FORZA, a.s. Co-organizers: The Town of Trenčianske Teplice, Trenčianske Teplice Health SpaGeneral Sponsors: Omnia Holding SE, AquaCity PopradMain Sponsors: Tatra banka, Slovnaft, VUJE, OHL ŽSOfficial Transport Provider: Lancia Logistics Sponsor: DHL Free student cinepasses provided by: Prvá stavebná sporiteľňa (First Housing-Construction Savings Bank)Sponsors: TIPOS, Ernst & Young, AVI studio, Penzión Baske, Cinemax, SantovkaOfficial Suppliers: Pilsner Urquell, HUBERT J.E., Hotel Pax - the festival spa hotel, A Briliant, Philips, Esterle&Esterle, MF team, LampART, Lenovo, Stredná odborná škola polygrafická (Vocational School of Printing)
Main Media Sponsors: Slovenská televízia, televízia JOJ, Rádio FM, Pravda, zoznam.sk
Media Sponsors: Central Europe Television, Kino CS, Muzika CS, Doku CS, Rádio Europa 2, Rádio Hit FM, .týždeň, Eurotelevízia, Pardon, OK!, Kinečko, Kam do mesta, Focus, Boomerang Media, SITA, moviemania.sk, BlueSky, Televízia Trenčianske Teplice, Film New Europe, euroAWK, WillmarkPartners: The City of Trenčín, the Trenčín Self-governing Region, the Embassy of Israel in Slovakia, the European Commission Representation in Slovakia, the Embassy of the USA in Bratislava, the Office of the Embassy of Sweden in Bratislava, Sodec Quebec, the Slovak Film Institute, Cinecitta, the Italian Cultural Institute in Bratislava, Omnia, RONA, Celtima SK, jazykovepobyty.sk, Hotel Flóra, versity
18th International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima (18th - 24th of November 2011, Krakow, Poland) is starting to call for entries to the two short film competitions: ETIUDA COMPETITION (deadline is on 17th September 2011) - international film competition for student etudes made at film and fine art schools, and ANIMA COMPETITION (deadline is on 31st August 2011) - international competition for professional, independent and student animation.
Entry forms and regulations to the competitions you will find at: http://www.etiudaandanima.com/.
The second workshop of EEFA Training Network 2011, Script Development Workshop for Fiction Projects, is taking place in Sofia between 9th and 13th June 2011 for eight fiction feature film projects from all over Europe and not only.
Ms. Catherine Buresi as Head of Studies of EEFA Training Network 2011 and script experts Christian Routh and Miguel Machalski, Ms. Irina Kanusheva, the President of Bulgarian National Film Center and several other well-established experts will discuss with the participants in their areas of choice regarding fiction feature film script development.
The participants will examine concrete details about their projects with the trainers, in two study groups lead by script experts Miguel Machalski and Christian Routh, but also in individual meetings. Two excellent local productions will be featured as case studies: Stephan Komendarev's award-winning "The World Is Big and Salvation Is Around the Corner", and Iglika Triffonova's "Investigation". Evenings are dedicated to the screening of the participants' current works.
Following up in the EEFA Training Network 2011 in October is Management of Film Production Workshop in Kyiv, during Molodist International Film Festival, also with Head of Studies Catherine Buresi and other production experts to be announced. This workshop will gather all the participant projects in the EEFA Training Network of 2011, documentaries and fiction.
East European Film Alliance is a consortium of eleven countries coordinated by the Romanian Film Sector and has for 2011 the following partners: HAVC (Croatian Audiovisual Center)- Croatia, IFF Molodist (Kyiv International Film Festival Molodist) - Ukraine, ALTFilm (ALTFilm) - Moldova, ASA (Ankara Cinema Association) - Turkey, BNFC (Bulgarian National Film Center ) and GEOPOLY (Geopoly Film) - Bulgaria, IFF Moscow (Moscow International Film Festival) - Russia, PÖFF Tallinn (PÖFF - Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival ) - Estonia, LNFC - National Film Centre of Latvia, Georgian National Film Center - Georgia and State Film Fund from Ministry of Culture and Tourism Azerbaidjan.
Alongside our partners, the initiative is supported this year by Media Mundus.
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I am working with Christopher and Steve at UnionDocs, the Brooklyn, NY based nonprofit media arts organization. We are currently doing outreach to help spread the call for the next round of fellowships in our Collaborative Program, which has completed two years of successful operations, screening work at premiere venues such as MoMA's Documentary Fortnight 2010, the Harvard Film Archive, the Visible Evidence Conference 2011(upcoming), and Direktorenhaus, Berlin, among others. We expect a very competitive group of applicants, representing some of the most exciting emerging talents in documentary.
Do you know about the Collaborative? If not here's a quick description:
Through the UnionDocs Collaborative Program (UDC), now in its third year, UnionDocs builds a team of talented emerging documentary artists and guides their progress as they participate in seminars on the history and theory of nonfiction media, attend masterclasses with visiting artists, and work together to develop a final, thematically driven non-fiction media project for exhibition.
While the UDC may have many parallels to parts of a masters program, it is designed to offer an alternative, affordable approach to learning and production that focuses on collaboration and peer exchange, rather than set, teacher-led courses and inter-artist competition. The UDC does not grant degrees or certificates; instead, the completion of an excellent collaborative project is the goal.
Next year's fellows will focus on Looking at Los Sures, a three year investigation into the South Williamsburg neighborhood, which UnionDocs has been part of since 2005. This cross-platform project will create a participatory, locative map for stories and ideas piloting Zeega, an open-source HTML5 platform, being incubated by UnionDocs, metaLAB (at) Harvard, the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and The Sensory Ethnography Lab. With this project UnionDocs revisits a lost film about the neighborhood from 1984 and creates a constellation of companion documentaries and interactive projects that annotate, challenge, update and spiral off from the original.
We will be selecting 12 artists, with an application deadline of June 24, 2011 for residents and July 22, 2011 for non-residents.
More info here: http://www.uniondocs.org
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