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WARSAW: Kino Polska TV is launching a production unit with plans for five feature films already in the works.

25 October / What's cooking?

  • 18 projects attending Baltic Event Co-Production Market 
  • Script Pool Tallinn reveals projects for TV drama series
  • Save the date for European Film Forum Tallinn 2019
  • Music Meets Films focuses on the creativity of composers
  • Take part in Virtual Reality workshop
  • Apply for accreditation on 28 October the latest!
  • Is this the future of photography?


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Just in a few weeks, 18 projects will be presented at the Baltic Event Co-Production Market 2019 during the Industry@Tallinn &; Baltic Event. The market’s 18th edition welcomes both promising debutants as well as industry heavyweights, with stories ranging from raw personal traumas to mind-bending thrillers. This year's event proudly showcases the greatest talents from Central and Eastern Europe, and Scandinavia as well from the focus countries Ireland and Argentina in addition to the projects from Baltic countries.



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This year for the first time the international script competition Script Pool Tallinn also presents projects for TV and drama series in addition to scripts for feature films.

At the Script Pool Tallinn event, six teams consisting of scriptwriters and producers will be at the open pitch on the 26th of November before the international  jury and other decision-makers from the industry including Kamila Zlatušková, Independent TV producer from the Czech Republic, Dominic Schreiber, Global Drama Executive, at leading independent drama producer and distributor, Reel One Entertainment and Benjamin Harris, a writer and producer with over 15 years experience in the industry.



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Save the date -  27 November - for the European Film Forum Tallinn 2019: Industry (R)Evolution: Debating Tech, Distribution, and Future Talent for European Cinema!

The European Film Forum, as a debate and discussion platform on the future evolution of European cinema, will return to Nordic Hotel Forum with executive-level discussions, case studies, and showcases on the most pressing topics for the European film, television, and content industry focusing on topics including: 

  • How does Artificial Intelligence impact Storytelling and Cinema in Europe and beyond?
  • What are the Streaming Wars and what it takes for Independent Cinema to stay relevant?

  • Why you should you engage with European film tech startup (r)evolution?



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Music Meets Film, a part of Industry@Tallinn &; Baltic Event taking place for the 8th time, has announced its programme and focuses on film music composers’ source of creativity this year. The exhaustive programme brings together award-winning British composer Richard Harvey, forensic musicologist Peter Oxendale as well as renown composers Michael J McEvoyTom Player and Mihkel Zilmer.

Music Meets Film, curated by Estonian Music Producer and Music Editor Michael Pärt, welcomes together composers and directors; from music and sound creatives through to producers, agents and the wider music – and film industry. The programme runs from the 25th until the 27th of November, 2019.



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Are you interested in VR and want to know how to use the technology in your audio-visual projects?

Join the “Demystifying Virtual Reality” workshop taking place in collaboration with Film New Europe and Proto Invention Factory on 28-29 November in Tallinn. It is a hands-on workshop for filmmakers and enthusiasts, who are interested in what the future brings to the audiovisual medium. During the two intense days, participants will learn how to apply their creativity and take audience involvement to a completely different level through Virtual Reality.  

The two-day workshop is lead by Rein Zobel (Maru VR), Angel Urbina Vitoria (Iralta VR)Nimrod Shanit and Mitya Sorkin.

NB! Please register for the workshop by 30 October the latest!



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There is only 20 days before the kick-off of Black Night Film Festival and just one month to go before Industry@Tallinn &; Baltic Event! This is your last chance to make the necessary arrangements. To attend the 23rd Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and Industry@Tallinn and Baltic Event, you are welcome to apply for accreditation. Depending on your plans, you can choose the most suitable solution for you:

The last day to apply for accreditation is 28 October, so you'd better hurry!



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Black Nights Film Festival is proud to partner with FotoInMotion, a new tool that will automatically turn still images into immersive short-form videos. But what would be the future tools for digital content creation? FotoInMotion partners will shed some light upon the trends!  


Cultural property, as an invaluable testimony of history and identity to be preserved in all circumstances, contributes to the creation of a more peaceful, just and cohesive society. However, with alarming frequency, cultural property is targeted in both peace and wartime, often leading to a permanent destruction or loss of cultural heritage, with resulting impoverishment for humanity as a whole. It is stolen from museums, galleries, private collections, religious monuments or archaeological sites and illicitly trafficked via international organised crimes networks. This illegal trade has become a transnational phenomenon, bypassing national borders and local police checkpoints. 

Therefore, in the framework of the Council of Europe Convention on Offences relating to Cultural Property (also known as the “Nicosia Convention”), the Commissioner for Volunteerism and Non-Governmental Organisations of the Republic of Cyprus, in co-operation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, the Council of Europe and the European Union is organising a two-day Conference on 25 and 26 October (Filoxenia Conference Center, “Zenon Kitieus” Meeting Room, in Nicosia), to raise awareness and promote shared efforts at fighting offences relating to cultural property.

The event will be opened by Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, Nikos Christodoulides and Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni (press statements will be delivered at 09:50 am). 

The symposium will also feature findings from a new European study on trafficking of cultural property and links to organised crime, new regulation by the European Commission on the import of cultural goods as well as important ongoing European research and action projects.

Participants will include representatives of governments (crime prevention, culture, tourism, education) and civil society/NGOs from Council of Europe member States and other neighbourhood countries, business representatives as well as representatives of the European Union, UNESCO, UNIDROIT, INGOs and other relevant stakeholders.

The conference will be highly interactive and combine specialists’ points of view with those of more generalist heritage actors. Finally, based on in-depth debates in four thematic working groups, it will consolidate insights and formulate action proposals for working vigorously towards a culture of awareness and responsible handling of cultural property, empowering citizens and governments alike.


The Council of Europe Convention on Offences relating to Cultural Property is open for signature since 19 May 2017 to Council of Europe member states and to any country in the world. The treaty aims to prevent and combat the illicit trafficking and destruction of cultural property, in the framework of the Organisation’s action to fight terrorism and organised crime, fostering international co-operation and partnerships. 

The Convention, which is the only international treaty specifically dealing with the criminalisation of the illicit trafficking of cultural property, establishes a number of criminal offences, including theft; unlawful excavation, importation and exportation; and illegal acquisition and placing on the market. It also criminalises the falsification of documents and the destruction or damage of cultural property when committed intentionally.

Submit your Central and Eastern European feature length and interactive projects to the 19th edition of East Doc Platform, which will take place in Prague, March 7–13, 2020. The deadline is November 8, 2019.

The East Doc Platform is the largest co-production, funding and distribution platform tailor-made for Central and East European documentaries. Every year, we connect filmmakers with key decision makers - producers, broadcasters, distributors and festival programmers from around the world.

Dates: March 713, 2020
Where: Prague, Czech Republic
Application deadline: November 8, 2019
Who can apply: Central and Eastern European filmmakers

If you have any questions, check the FAQ section on our website.


Feature-length projects are invited to the 19th edition of the East Doc Forum, the oldest and largest central pitch in the region. Transmedia and VR projects are presented at East Doc Interactive pitching, an integral part of the Forum.

Since 2001, more than 180 documentary films have been completed with the direct support of the East Doc Forum, including award-winning Over the Limit (dir. Marta Prus), When the War Comes (dir. Jan Gebert), Sofia’s Last Ambulance (dir. Ilian Metev), Ukrainian Sheriffs (dir. Roman Bondarchuk), The Russian Job (dir. Petr Horký), Domino Effect (dir. Elwira Niewiera, Piotr Rosolowski) and Rabbit a la Berlin (dir. Bartek Konopka).

The East Doc Market offers the opportunity to meet with international funders, broadcasters, distributors, sales agents and festival representatives in the frame of pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings.

The East Doc Platform is organized by the Institute of Documentary Film in association with One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival.

Find more information including the application form HERE.

We are looking forward to receiving your projects!

DOK Leipzig, an international festival for documentary and animated film which kicks off today sheds light on Lithuanian films. Two films will have its world premieres at the festival: Exemplary Behaviour (lit. Pavyzdingas elgesys), a documentary by Audrius Mickevičius and Nerijus Mileris and One life (lit. Vienas gyvenimas), a short film by Marija Stonytė.

Exemplary Behaviour will be competing at the International Competition Program. Unfortunately, dir. Audrius Mickevičius unexpectedly passed away last year. Respecting the will of the director, the film was finished by a philosopher Nerijus Milerius who will attend the premiere and will meet with festival visitors.  

The film is a co-production between Lithuania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, and Italy. Creative documentary explores ideas of crime, forgiveness and social justice. After surviving the loss of his murdered brother, Mickevičius met with life-sentenced prisoners Rimas and Rolandas. The prisoners live in stagnant time, but don’t lose hope of changing and being released. The change of director’s own attitude from anger to forgiveness becomes a radical journey of the film, sadly interrupted by his fatal illness.

Maria Stonytė’s short documentary One Life will be screened at the International Short Film Program. The film reveals the fragility of life through the story of the butterfly. “This film has no intention to save the world. It will not extend the life of a butterfly for a second, but hopefully give you a chance to reflect on the beauty of life and the inevitable temporality,” says director Stonytė.

Also, director and producer Giedrė Žickytė will be presenting her latest project Irenaat Doc Co-Pro Market. Together with the other 35 projects from 40 countries she will be competing for a cash prize. Irena is a documentary about a famous Lithuanian professor and theatrologist Irena Veisaitė.

Having attracted the largest number of visitors since its inception, the sixth Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF) marked the event’s closing with its Award Ceremony. The festival’s main prize for best feature film was awarded to Lithuanian director Karolis Kaupinis for the visually sophisticated historical drama Nova Lituania. 

Ten films from the Baltic and Nordic countries were screened in the FEATURE FILM COMPETITION programme; Latvia was represented by Laila Pakalniņa's documentary Spoon. The international jury awarded the main prize to the black and white film Nova Lituania, about a unique and seemingly extravagant event in Lithuanian history. ‘The faintest glimmer of utopian possibility lights up the dark days of 1930s Lithuania in this tonally assured historical drama. This is a humanistic and finely crafted feature debut, which impresses both with its maturity and with its timely and poignant political message’, is how the jury explained its choice. The members of the jury were: Paolo Bertolin, member of the selection committee of Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival; Rhidian Davis, curator, writer, and Cultural Programme Manager at the British Film Institute; film director Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė – a member of the artist trio from Lithuania whose  performance was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale; Kristi Porila, a film distributor from Estonia; and Gints Grūbe, a producer, director and screenwriter from Latvia. 

As a reminder that a film can only be made through collaboration, the RIGA IFF Award is an eight-part bronze sculpture of the festival’s symbol – the Riga Rooster designed by Ervins Broks. The winning film’s director also received a monetary award of EUR 2000, sponsored by AAS BALTA insurance company. 

It was yet another Lithuanian film that received Special Recognition by the jury – Animus Animalis (A Story of People, Animals and Things) by Aiste Zegulite – a documentary about taxidermy and the theme of conflict between the human and animal worlds that makes us ask: Can we bring the dead back to life? In acknowledging the film, the jury stated: `we [have] agreed on awarding a special mention to a haunting cinematic object that casts a deep gaze into the eye of the other, projecting a reflection of the human in its obsessions and limitations. As the desire to win mortality and impermanence turns the perishable life of animals into undying objects, the director seduces and questions the viewer with a collection of images ranging from the cruel to the ironic, from the pragmatic to the surreal.’ 

The jury comprised of members of the Latvian section of FIPRESCI (the International Federation of Film Critics) awarded their prize to Scandinavian Silence, a graphically sophisticated psychological drama by Estonian director Martti Helde about a sister and brother who are haunted by an incident from the distant past. As the jury stated: ‘The refined monochrome imagery and sound nuances of this film reveal a subtly polyphone narrative structure, with the big screen highlighting the evocative resonance effect on the viewer.’ Seducing its audience with excellent cinematography, music, and a powerful screenplay, the film also received the People's Choice award from the festival's main venue, cinema Splendid Palace. 

The RIGA IFF Children's Jury selected the German film Rocca Changes the World as Best Film. The film successfully interweaves dynamic storytelling with socially relevant topics while emphasising the use of social media. Based on Swedish author Astrid Lindgren’s novel Pippi Longstocking, this film is a great example of how to present a classic in a new way. 

The international jury judging the competition section of SHORT RIGA – the festival's programme featuring short films, experimental films, and music videos – awarded the main prize to Regina Pessoa's animated short film Uncle Thomas, Accounting for the Days. The winner received a monetary prize of 1000 EUR along with the Grass snake silver pin made by artist Maija Vītola. This film is also the RIGA IFF European Film Academy Short Film Candidate. ‘This short combines the perfect formula of craft and storytelling with a calculated approach to enagaging the audience. The experience is multiplied through the addition of mental health, leaving the jury undivided in their praise for the film’, stated the panel. 

As part of the SHORT RIGA programme, the Baltic Music Video Competition marked its fifth anniversary this year. ‘It is a bold, amazing, beautiful and unusual world, and as we watch videos within the framework of the festival, we enrich our understanding of the diversity of audiovisual art forms’, comments curator Agnese Logina. Once again, Lithuania took the top spot in this competition with the music video directed by Titas Sūdžius for the song Liūdnos akys by the group Garbanotas. 

21 films participated in the ARTDOCFEST/RIGA world documentary film competition. The panel of judges: Zhanna Nemtsova, journalist at Deutche Welle and daughter of murdered Russian politician Boris Nemtsov; Latvian film critic Ābrams Kleckins; and Ukrainian film director Roman Balayan, awarded the Grand Prix to the Estonian-Latvian documentary co-production Immortalby Ksenia Okhapkina. The film helps illustrate the mechanism that deviously encourages people to voluntarily deny their personality and become a usable resource in the hands of the state. Pauls Bankovskis, the film’s co-screenwriter, accepted the prize at the Award Ceremony. 

The Riga International Film Festival took place from October 17 to 27 at the Splendid Palace, K.Suns, and Kino Bize movie theatres, as well as at the National Library of Latvia and Kaņepe's Culture Centre. A total of 148 films were screened as part of the festival’s eleven programmes, complemented by a variety of lectures, discussions and other events. 

RIGA IFF is supported by the Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia, the National Film Centre, Live Riga, and the Riga City Council.  

PRAGUE: PPF Group, a company whose majority share is held by the wealthiest man in the Czech Republic, has entered into an agreement to acquire Central European Media Enterprises (CME), the company that launched private, commercial television in Central Europe and was the winning plaintiff in an international court case against the Czech Republic.

This year for the first time the international script competition Script Pool Tallinn also presents projects for TV and drama series in addition to scripts for feature films. 

The main goal of Script Pool Tallinn, a part of Industry@Tallinn &; Baltic Event, is to gather talented scriptwriters with producers attached, in order to provide them support enhancing the script and maximising its production and distribution potential. Adding the TV and drama series category to the competition for its 3rd edition can be considered as a reaction to the unavoidable change in the industry, where the series market is taking over and people prefer content by global streaming platforms. This gives an opportunity for local authentic stories to travel without language barriers. 

“Since the very first year of the Script Pool competition, we have wanted it to have two directions - feature film and drama series,” Triin Tramberg, Script Pool competition coordinator comments. “We are more than excited to finally begin with the Script Pool TV drama series competition and especially that we can also show what kind of series Estonia makes,” she adds.

At the Script Pool Tallinn event, six teams consisting of scriptwriters and producers will be at the open pitch on the 26th of November before the international  jury and other decision-makers from the industry including Kamila Zlatušková, Independent TV producer from the Czech Republic, Dominic Schreiber, Global Drama Executive, at leading independent drama producer and distributor, Reel One Entertainment and Benjamin Harris, a writer and producer with over 15 years experience in the industry. The winner of the competition receives a prize of 5000 euros, provided by the leading international sales & distribution company Global Screen GmbH. 

The selected projects for the TV drama category:

  • Produced by Estonian Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated production house Allfim in co-production with Sweden and Germany “The Deep” written by Lauri Lippmaa is a political crime thriller that raises the questions; Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we heading?

  • “The Secret Society of Souptown and the Cucumber Mafia" is an 8-part TV-series sequel to the most successful Estonian family film by the well known Estonian screenwriters Andris Feldmanis and Livia Ulman, who have created several popular Estonian TV-series. Their debut feature film “Teesklejad” (Pretenders, director Vallo Toomla) was released in 2016, having its world premiere at the San Sebastian Film Festival.

  •  "Court of Muses”, developed by Julia Effertz and Luxembourg's Wady Films, is a bold and dark, unapologetic vision of female supremacy that has wandered all the way across the abyss of human nature.

  • "The Holy Family" is a family drama series with a supernatural twist. 17-year-old high school student Ábel might be a new Messiah, but his mysterious wrist wounds are considered suicide attempts by his family. The TV-series is written by Gábor Osváth, who was chosen to be one of the Emerging Producers (2016), and one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in 2015. Yvonne Kerékgyártó is a SXSW Gamechanger award-winner scriptwriter-director of the 2014 feature “Free Entry”. More recently she was the screenwriter of “FOMO”, which had its international premiere at PÖFF.

  • “Crossing place” is a supernatural mystery drama about a writer in search of her boyfriend in an Irish border village and finds folklore seeping into reality. The series is by Gary Duggan, an award-winning playwright & screenwriter. His plays have been produced across Ireland, Europe and in New York.

  • “Different” is a horror anthology of ten loosely interconnected stories that explore the myths of Central Europe through the lives of different entities existing among us. The series wants to show different types of beings or creatures in several time periods struggling with the same dilemmas: is it a gift or a curse to be different? The series is created by Petr Koubek, a FAMU scriptwriting department graduate, who has written TV series for Czech Television Lynč, The Manor House, Národní klenoty and TV Nova Ulice, Dáma a Král and a number of commercials.

Since 2018, Industry@Tallinn has partnered with MIDPOINT, a training and networking platform with the aim to strengthen the creative collaboration between writers, directors and producers in the development process in Central and Eastern Europe. 


Participants at Script Pool Tallinn in 2018

Nilesh Maniyar accepting Script Pool Award in 2017


Read about the projects selected for Script Pool feature films in 2019
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Press accreditation for the 23rd Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and Industry@Tallinn &; Baltic Event is in progress. Please apply by clicking on the link below.


Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival unveils the lineup of the Official Selection - Competition of it’s 23rd edition, adding seven world, five international and one European premiere to the previously announced eight films.

The programme, diverse, both in terms of genre and geography, covers five continents, with films from Northern And Southern America, Asia, Europe and Africa added in the selection. Three of the directors, while making their feature debuts, are seasoned as TV and stage directors. 

Festival director and head of programme, Mrs Tiina Lokk shared her excitement over the selection commenting: ‘From sweeping historical dramas and artsy genre exercises to author drama in its purest form, we can say that this is a selection that really encapsulates what we are after with our selection philosophy - fresh takes on old tropes, creative voices breaking apart from the traditions of their geographical context, mixed with audience and critic-pleasing quality. In the midst of it all, a filmmaker who has been one of my personal heroes since his breakout films in the ’90s.”

The Official Selection - competition has been run in its present form since the festival received it’s ‘A-category’ status from FIAPF in 2014. Since then the programme has been a competition programme without any geographic restrictions, screening world, international or European premieres of established filmmakers that the festival’s programming team wishes to highlight for its audience, film critics and the international film industry.

The programme will be overseen by an international jury of film industry professionals, that will be announced in November. They will hand out the following prizes: Grand Prix for the Best Film (grant of 10 000 euros from the City of Tallinn, shared by the Director and Producer); Best Director (grant of 5000 euros); Best Script; Best Actress; Best Actor; Best Cinematographer (grant of 1000 euros from Angel Films); Best Music.

The first screenings of the Official Selection will run between the 20th and 29th of November


Dead Volume 
Director and actor Kauê Telloli’s second film is a psychological drama that gradually builds tension as it unfolds the motifs and secrets of its protagonists. Taking place over a short span of time, a young teacher tries to solve the strange case of a mute student, while being accused by the parents of mishandling her duties. The film will have its world premiere in Tallinn.

Drowsy City
A young man works as a slaughterman living in an abandoned building in the heart of a bustling city. One day, three strange gangsters come to hide in his building, forcing the man to feed and accommodate them and their unexpected guest. Shooting in a naturalistic style without any censorship of violence, director Dung Luong Dinh walks a different path altogether with his second feature film. His previous film Father and Son screened at numerous festivals all over the world, including a special screening at Black Nights in 2017. Drowsy City will have its world premiere in Tallinn.

In the Strange Pursuit of Laura Durand
As his second feature film director Dimitris Bavellas presents the world premiere of a comedic feel-good road movie about two friends living in a small apartment secluded from society put on the road with a mission to find their platonic love interest Laura Durand, a pornstar of the 90’s, who mysteriously disappeared a couple of years ago. Bavellas’ first film Runaway Day screened at Sarajevo IFF, Edinburgh IFF and over 30 other festivals around the world.                                                                                                      
Having been told to keep secrets about his mother’s affair with a married man, his sister’s abortion and the fact that his father is a priest, 15-year-old Kalel thinks being diagnosed with HIV will be just another secret that he has to keep. After years of research and interviews, what started out as a mere tale of secrets and scandal became an examination of youth culture, particularly young people in peril, and a society that cares so little about them for director Jun Robles. His previous films have won awards at some of the major Asian festivals and ceremonies like Tokyo, Kerala and the Asian Film Awards, and have screened at well-known festivals in other parts of the world such as Toronto IFF and New York IFF. Kalel, 15 will have its world premiere in Tallinn.

Twin brothers Candido and Braulio are growing up near the border of Haiti in the Dominican Republic, with one of them helping their grandfather to sell coal in the border market of Malpaso and the other leading a lonely existence since he needs to stay home secluded due to his albinism. Their world is turned upside down by a tragic life-event. Presenting the world premiere of his third feature in Tallinn, director Héctor Valdez’s previous film Melocotones, was a Yellow Robin nominee at the IFFR-Curaçao, screened at the Montreal World Film Festival and won the Film of the Festival award at the Raindance FF.

Man From Beirut
Director and co-writer Christoph Gampl presents the world premiere of his second feature film, a stylised crossover on the border of genre and arthouse set in a ‘neo-noir’ Berlin. Raising questions about cultural, national and moral identity, the story centres on a blind Lebanese contract killer Momo, who suddenly grows a conscience refusing to kill a young girl. Despite shooting on a low budget, Gampl managed to attract well-known actors Susanne Wuest (Goodnight MommySunset) and Blerim Destani (Get LowThe Captain) to his project. His first film Antman (2002) screened at the Berlinale. He was the associate producer of A Thought of Ecstasy, the German-US production that had its world premiere in the Official Selection of Black Nights in 2017.

The Flying Circus
Set in Kosovo on the verge of war, the Dodona Theatre, the last remaining public institution functioning, is closed down by Serbian authorities. The theatre’s play “The Flying Circus”, inspired by Monty Python, is invited to neighbouring Albania for a theatre festival. Travelling to Albania at this time is a great danger, so the actors decide not to go. Having learned the news that Michael Palin of Monty Python will be in Albania to film his documentary at the same time, the actors decide to try their luck of fulfilling their dream to meet their idol. 

Director Fatos Berisha is a film, television and theatre director, whose eventful career includes the co-founding of the Dodona Theatre in Exile during the Kosovo war, while he was a refugee in Macedonia. He directed a play for children with Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave acting as a guest star,  that was performed for Kosovar children at refugee camps in Macedonia.

Fiela’ Child
Southern Africa, 1865. A mixed-race woman living in the arid Karoo takes in a lost white child and raises him as her own. Nine years later, the boy is removed and forced to live in the Knysna Forest with a family of woodcutters who claim that he is theirs. Separated by law and geography, Fiela and Benjamin spend a decade trying to find each other while simultaneously coming to terms with their individual identities. Presenting the film’s international premiere in Tallinn, director Bret Michael Innes previous film Sink screened and won awards at several festivals all over the world, including Kerala IFF, Stockholm IFF and Mexico IFF.

Golden Voices
Victor and Raya Frenkel were the golden voices of Soviet film dubbing for decades, working on all the classics that passed the Iron Curtain from the West. In 1990, with the collapse of Soviet Union, the Frenkels decided to emigrate to Israel, just like hundreds of thousands of Soviet Jews at the time. As there’s no need in Israel for Russian speaking dubbing artists their attempts to use their talent will cause bizarre and unexpected events, leading to amusing, painful, and absurd experiences, while nostalgically looking back at some of the most memorable chapters in the history of cinema. Director Evgeny Ruman has made four feature films previously, with The Man in the Wall (2015) screening at several international film festivals, Rotterdam IFF among them.

Guided by her grandfather's WWII-era diary, the emotionally struggling teenager, Sora, searches for a mysterious trove in the wilderness of her hometown, as another party generates an interest in the artefacts. Meanwhile, a mysterious mute and backwards-walking homeless man wanders into town who might become the catalyst to put her shattered relationship with her father back together. Born in Northern India, director Anshul Chauhan has pursued a career as an animator in Tokyo, while also making live-action films on the side, finishing his first feature Bad Poetry Tokyo in 2017. Kontora is his second feature film.

Told with emotional lavishness and infusing some theatrical expressionism with that of film, second-time director Álvaro Curiel de Icaza presents the story of Belén, a street artist and professional beggar who encounters Ernesto, an ambitious foreign actor and stage director desperately looking for an opportunity in Mexico City. Ernesto is soon drawn into the world of Belén, who is controlled by a quasi mobster David Torrico who runs a professional network of street beggars. De Icaza’s first film Acorazado (2010) won him awards at festivals like Morelia IFF and Lleida Latin-American FF. Marionette recently won the FIPRESCI prize at the Guadalajara IFF.

UK Director Gerard Johnson presents the international premiere of his psychological thriller of a man trying to get his life back into order by getting physically into shape. This leads to him getting together with an intimidating, yet effective gym teacher Terry, who will play a bigger role in Simon’s life than he could ever foresee or desire. Director Gerard Johnson has won two awards at Sitges for previous films Hyena(2014) and Tony (2009), while also screening at festivals like Tribeca, Edinburgh IFF and Les Arc EFF.

The Coldest Game
During the Cold War, the U.S. Secret Service abducts a brilliant mathematician to have him play a chess match against a Soviet grandmaster. However, the international tournament in the Warsaw Palace of Culture and Science turns out to be a mere cover for a spy game in which saving humankind from a nuclear apocalypse is at stake. Having worked previously as a TV series director, cinematographer and scriptwriter, director Łukasz Kośmicki presents his crafty feature debut, with Bill Pullmann playing the protagonist.


Dead Volume (Volume Morto), 2019, Brazil, director: Kauê Telloli | World premiere
Drowsy City, 2019, Vietnam, director: Dung Luong Dinh | World premiere
Fiela’s Child (Fiela se Kind), 2019, South Africa, director: Brett Michael Innes | International premiere
Golden Voices, 2019, Israel, director: Evgeny Ruman | International premiere
In the Strange Pursuit of Laura Durand, 2019, Greece director: Dimitris Bavellas | World premiere
Kalel,15, 2019, Philippines, director: Jun Robles Jana | World premiere
Kontora, 2019, Japan, director: Anshul Chauhan | European premiere
Malpaso, 2019, Dominican Republic, director: Héctor M. Valdez | World premiere
Man From Beirut, 2019, Germany, director: Christoph Gampl | World premiere
Marionette (Marioneta), 2019, Mexico, director: Álvaro Curiel de Icaza | International premiere
Muscle, 2019, UK, director: Gerard Johnson | International premiere
The Coldest Game, 2019, Poland, director: Łukasz Kośmicki | International premiere
The Flying Circus (Cirku Fluturues), 2019, Albania / Kosovo, director: Fatos Berisha | World premiere

Previously announced films

Coming Home Again, 2019, USA / South Korea, director:  Wayne Wang | European premiere
Girl With No Mouth, 2019, Turkey, director: Can Evrenol | European premiere
Gutterbee, 2019, Denmark, director: Ulrich Thomsen | European premiere
Gypsy Queen, 2019 Germany / Austria, director: Hüseyin Tabak | International premiere
Lost Lotus, 2019, China / Netherlands, director LIU Shu | World premiere
Monster, 2019, Ireland, director: Tom Sullivan | World premiere
Through Black Glass, 2019, Russia, director: Konstantin Lopushansky | International premiere
When the Moon Was Full, 2019, Iran, director: Narges Abyar | International premiere

The previous announcement with the first eight films can be found HERE.

The film stills and presskits of the programme can be found HERE

Official Selection awards of 2018 can be seen HERE.

Festival TEASER.


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WEMW Co-production Forum 
DEADLINE: October 31, 2019

The upcoming edition of WEMW (January 19-21, 2020) will launch the new East & West focus and will bring together over 500 film professionals from more than 40 countries, in particular from the 2020 spotlight countries: Hungary, Moldova, Romania & Austria, Germany, Switzerland. 

- Producers from Europe*, North and Latin America are eligible to apply  
- Projects must be long feature fiction films or documentaries in development with preferably 10% of the total budget already in place
- Projects must have international co-production potential, preferably with one of the 2020 spotlight countries (Hungary, Moldova, Romania & Austria, Germany, Switzerland) or Italy

All applications must include: complete online application form, treatment in English (max 5-8 pages), financing plan, teaser/visuals/mood board of the submitted project and previous works of the director.
In order to submit your application and the required materials you need to create your own account and fill in the online form following this link. Deadline: October 31, 2019.

Selected projects will be announced after mid-December and selected producers/directors will have the chance to pitch their project in front of all WEMW attending professionals and have two day pre-scheduled meetings. There is no submission fee and selected teams will be offered lunches and free WEMW Industry accreditation.


  • Film Center Serbia Development Award - cash prize
  • EAVE scholarship - for the EAVE European Producers Workshop 
  • Flow Postproduction Award - 15.000 EUR prize in post-production facilities
  • EWA Network Best Woman Director Award - cash prize for the best female director
  • Producers Network Prize - free accreditation to the Cannes Marche du Film Producer’s Network
  • Pop Up Film Residence Award - a 3-week residency with the guidance of international mentors

* Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom

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