BUDAPEST: The scripts submitted to the new Hungarian National Film Fund (MNF, www.filmalap.hu) in its first round have been described as “disappointing” by MNF chief Agnes Havas and Hungary’s Film Commissioner Andy Vajna.
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the end of November, the most successful Hungarian film among the premieres of
2011 reached about 20.000 viewers in the cinemas. The film Vad Magyarország
(Wild Hungary) is a 50 minutes long nature film premiered in April, its success
is mainly due to the schools that took their pupils to the screenings. It’s
unprecedented that a nature film shot for television reaches the top rank at
the national box office, but this year almost totally lacked the premieres of
commercial Hungarian movies.
Hungarian National Film Fund (MNF, www.filmalap.hu) discussed its first
experiences with film professionals on an open debate in Budapest, on 13th
December 2011. The new support body, that took the duties of the Hungarian
Motion Picture Foundation (www.mmka.hu, being
under closure for half a year), made its call for grants at the end of
19 December 2011 - SPI TV Ltd. UK, an SPI International Group company
announced today the closure of a contract with the Bulgarian
Direct-To-Home platform, Satellite BG operating from one of the most
popular ASTRA orbital positions, namely ASTRA 23.5 East, also used by
the Czech and Slovak CS Link, Skylink, the Czech T-Mobile TV and the Dutch Canal Digitaal.
Satellite BG will launch the SPI channel bouquet called Filmbox Package consisting of eight unique HD channels: Filmbox HD, Filmbox Action HD, Fightbox HD, Docubox HD, Fashionbox HD, Erox HD, Eroxx HD and Eroxxx HD. The bouquet will enrich the existing HD offer available to Satellite BG customers in Bulgaria.
cooperation with the SPI International Group will allow us to provide
our customers with completely new channels in HD technology and possibly
3D in the future. The Filmbox Package offers a variety of attractive
programming bringing our viewers fresh movie channels, documentaries,
lifestyle and erotic content. We are also very excited to be the first
European operator to launch Fightbox HD, which presents 32 different
contact sports including MMA, Muai Thai, Karate and Sumo" - said Stefan
Bonev, Satellite BG Chief Operating Officer.
is the sixth country (after Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia,
Hungary and Romania) in Central and Eastern Europe in the SPI
International Group's portfolio of key markets in this region. We are
proud to become a business partner of such an important and innovative
media platform developing its project so rapidly" - stated Loni Farhi,
the SPI International Group President. "This contract plays an important
role in our dynamic geographical expansion in Europe" - Mr. Farhi
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satellite operations. Its package includes more than 60 Standard and 20
High Definition channels. Satellite BG offers exclusive content, value
added services, high quality of service and good customer relationships.
About SPI International Group
International Group with offices in New York, London, Amsterdam,
Madrid, Warsaw, Tel Aviv, Istanbul, Prague, Bratislava and Budapest is a
leading film and television content provider operating in the area of
theatrical, DVD and VOD distribution as well as production and
distribution of Pay-TV channels. SPI International offers 32 film and
thematic channels in Europe only. With more than 2,000 movies, TV
series and thousands of hours of other programming presented in the
company's extremely diverse portfolio, SPI International owes its
success to strong alliances with such respected film and television
industry partners as Focus Features, The Weinstein Company, Summit
Entertainment, Studio Canal, Pathé, Lakeshore Entertainment, Wild Bunch,
Beta Film, Fremantle Media and many others.
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Documentary and Fiction Feature Projects
Between November 25 - 28, EEFA
Training Network has organized the fourth and last workshop of this year, Legal and Distribution Matters Workshop
in Tallinn, in partnership with PÖFF Black Nights Film Festival.
The teams of the seven documentary
and eight fiction features from European and Non-European countries, have
benefited from the teachings of our experts, lead by Head of Studies Catherine Buresi, Co-director of the Berlinale
European Film Market: Legal Expert Dirk
Poppendieck and Distribution Expert
Marta Lamperova, Content Expert Jacques Laurent,
co-founder of Télévision Du Monde and Capnetwork Belgium, Production Expert Patrice
Vivancos, and Visiting Expert Dorota
Roszkowska, from the Dragon Forum -
International Academy of Document.
The trainers interacted with the
participating producers both in group sessions and in one to one meetings, and
discussed key aspects in the domain of legal and distribution matters
concerning film: what is a contract, what is a co-production,
author rights and copyright, what means to be "owner of rights", where to sell a film, sales
agents, MG, territories, all rights, TV channels (what and how they buy films
and documentaries). Also, at the request of the participating legal and
distribution representatives of the 15 projects, Dr. Dirk Poppendieck held an extra session of Legal
Evenings were dedicated to business activities,
networking and viewings at the PÖFF
Black Nights Film Festival.
At the end of the workshop, all
participants sustained a two part pitching session: one for documentaries, one
for fiction projects, juried by the panel of EEFA Training Network experts.
After the deliberation, the projects nominated for awards from
EEFA were Georgian documentary project "See
you in Chechnya" by director/producer Alexander
Kvatashidze (founder of Lokokina
production studio), Turkish fiction
project "Circle" - represented by
producer Derya Tarim (founder of Lacivert Film Company), Croatian documentary "Far Encounters" - represented by producer Dijana Mladenovic (founder of Kinematograf
production company), Hungarian fiction project "Lemon Juice and Indigo" - represented by producer Judit Stalter (from LAOKOON
FILMGROUP production company)
"Seaburners"- another Turkish
fiction feature project, represented by producer Yamaç Okur (founder of Bulut Film production company)
The partnership between EU and
non-EU countries has been a very successful one during the whole EEFA training
network year of 2011, bringing together a diversity of cultural projects and
organizers in a collaborative endeavor that will surely prove successful in the
next steps of the development of all projects involved.
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 Azerbaijan.
Alongside our partners, the
initiative is supported this year by Media
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The 6th edition
of NexT International Film Festival will take place in
Bucharest from March 28 to April 1, 2012.
NexT International Film Festival
celebrates innovative and creative filmmaking from all around the world.
Our goal at NexT IFF is to discover and promote today the major talents of
tomorrow's international cinema.
For the first time, the call for
entries is open not only for the competition, but
also for three special off competition programs: NexT
Imaginaria, NexT Dance and NexT
submissions: December 15, 2011
COMPETITIONNexT calls for entries
of narrative films (live action and animation) up to 60 minutes completed
after January 1st, 2010. Documentaries, non-narrative films or video
installations will not be considered for the competition.
Awards for the films selected in the
NexT Trophy - 4000 Euro"Cristian Nemescu" Best Directing Award - 2000 Euro"Andrei Toncu" Best Soundtrack Award - 2000 EuroBest Romanian Film - 1000 Euro
NexT covers accommodation and travel
expenses (%) for the director / sound-designer of the films in
ImaginariaA program to explore parallel universes,
fantasy worlds, alternative history, utopias and dystopias, haunting
visions and dark fears for a night to remember at NexT 2012. An
international off competition program open to sci-fi, fantasy, horror,
extreme action or simply fantastic out-of-the-box films to open your mind
and dare you to dream!Maximum duration of submitted films: 60
minutes.The films must be completed after January 1st
NexT DanceFrom good ol' school musicals to hot pop, from street dance & hip hop
to classical ballet & contemporary choreography, we welcome
international narrative short films that spice up their story with a splash
of music & dance, for a very special night at NexT 2012. Our goal: a
2-hour off competition program to electrify our audience and make them go
home humming and swinging.Maximum duration of submitted films: 60
minutes.The films must be completed after January 1st
NexT KidsA special program for the youngest hearts at NexT 2012, designed to make
them experience smart and fascinating short films: an opportunity for 5 to
12 year olds to discover cinema through creative animations and live action
short films from all around the world. The screenings will be followed by
hands-on special activities related to the films in the program.Maximum duration: 10 minutes.For this section only, there is no
time limit regarding the completion date of the films.
For further details, read the regulations
of NexT International Film Festival 2012.
Download the entry
form of NexT International Film Festival 2012.
DVD PAL screeners must be sent
NexT Cultural Society179 Traian
Besides the competition and the
off competition programs, NexT also presents a series of seminars on
directing, sound-design, production & distribution, script-writing etc.
offered free of charge to the participants.
NexT intends to be a meeting point for
young filmmakers around the world.
Get-together with local filmmakers &
live music every night.
contact: Yvonne Irimescu /
Festival coordinatorPhone: +40 21 252 48 67Mobile phone:
+ 40 721 661 756
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Taking place December 8 - 10, 2011, during the Tbilisi Film Festival, Pitch.Doc will for the third time provide funding opportunities for several creative documentary projects from the region of South Caucasus. Participants from Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia will pitch 6 projects to international industry professionals on December 10.
The Austrian filmmaker Ivette Löcker discusses with us her latest film Night Shifts, mysterious nights, the omnipresence of non-stop operationg surveillance cameras, the intimacy of darkness and the contamination of today's life by light.
"Andrzej Wajda - Known and Unknown" (Andrzej Wajda - Bekannt
& Unbekannt) - the retrospective of the Polish Master and the celebrations of the 10th
anniversary of the Wajda School begin in Berlin on 2 December.
retrospective "Andrzej Wajda - Known and Unknown" will be feature as
many as 28 movies of the Master. They will include : "Generation",
"Everything for Sale", "Canal", "Korczak",
"Samson", "Promised Land", "Katyn", "Hunting
Flies", "Ashes", "Ashes and Diamonds", "Innocent
Sorcerers", "Landscape After Battle", "Layer Cake",
"The Maids of Wilko", "Man of Marble", "Man of
Iron", "Without Anesthesia", "Lotna", "Wedding",
"Birch Wood", "Love in Germany", "Holy Week",
"Nastasya", "Revenge", "Pan Tadeusz", "Danton",
"Sweet Rush" and "Rring With A Crowned Eagle". Apart from
these we will also see the documentary by Marcel Łoziński entitled "The
Katyn Forest", which was inspired by Andrzej Wajda. The
detailed programme can be found here.
In this retrospective, the Berlin audiences will also have the
opportunity to learn more about the activities of Wajda as co-founder (together
with Wojciech Marczewski) of the film school in Warsaw which has been
supporting new generations of filmmakers for the past 10 years. As part of the
celebrations of the 10th anniversary of the Wajda School, we will have a chance
to see a selection of the best feature films, documentaries, and short films
that came from the School.
of the retrospective will be actor Jerzy Radziwiłowicz and directors who are
graduates of the Wajda School - Piotr Bernaś, Marcin Sauter and Thierry
Paladino. The presence of Piotr Bernaś is also related to the nomination of his
documentary "Paparazzi" to the European Film Academy Award. This year
the awards ceremony will be held on December 3rd in Berlin.
for the 10th anniversary of the Wajda School:
December 4, at 8pm, Hackesche Höfe Cinema / guest Piotr
dir. Piotr Bernaś
Look", dir. Adam Palenta
Bride", dir. Lesław Dobrucki
"The Inner Road",
dir. Dorota Lamparska
December 5 at
7.30pm, Arsenal Kino / guest Piotr Bernaś:
"Paparazzi", dir. Piotr Bernaś
December 10, at
7.30pm, Arsenal Kino /
guests Marcin Sauter, Thierry Paladino:
Wajda: Let's Shoot!", dir. Maciej Cuske, Thierry Paladino, Marcin
Sauter, Piotr Stasik
the Fence", dir. Marcin Sauter
"Silence I", dir. Maciej Cuske, Robert Gliński, Edyta
Wróblewska, Tomasz Wolski, Bartek Konopka, Marcin Bortkiewicz
dir. Kryspin Pluta
December 11, at 6pm, Hackesche Höfe Cinema:
For the Taking", dir. Bartek Konopka
dir. Piotr Subbotko
It Like to Be My Mother", dir. Norah McGettigan
December 11, at
8pm, Hackesche Höfe
"At the Datcha", dir. Thierry Paladino
From Calabria", dir. Marcin Sauter
December 18, at
7pm, Arsenal Cinema:
"Three For the Taking", dir. Bartek Konopka
“Andrzej Wajda –
Known & Unknown” is the project of the Polish Institute in Berlin under the auspices of the European
Film Academy, in collaboration with the "Arsenal" Institute of Film
and Video Arts (Institut für Film und Videokunst), the Wajda School Foundation
and the Wajda Studio,
the Zeughauskino cinema (at the German Historical Museum), the Hackesche Höfe
cinema, the Film Museum in Potsdam, with the financial support of the Polish
Film Institute, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Adam
Mickiewicz Institute, the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation and the
National Film Archive
WAJDA SCHOOL | WAJDA STUDIO
more than a film
school | more than a film studio
“From script to screen”
– this was the main idea when Andrzej Wajda and Wojciech Marczewski founded
the film school in 2001 in Warsaw,
Since 2011 they have also started the production company - Wajda Studio, which
aims to support projects with strong artistic vision.
We offer a unique combination of production
and education for film professionals at international level.
In our filmography we
have more than 50 documentaries and short fictions, more than 200 students
shorts. We have had screenings and awards at the festivals such as Berlinale, San Sebastian, Karlovy Vary,
Hot Docs, IDFA and DokLeipzig.
mission is to search for new talents among debutants. We are looking for
author- driven feature, documentary and short film projects which bring up
contemporary issues. We focus on development stage and support our
directors with artistic supervision from the best Polish and European
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