The first Romanian production ever to receive more than one million dollars gross is Cristina Jacob’s ‘Oh, Ramona!’ after the third week in the Romanian cinemas, according to figures released by cinemagia.ro this Monday.
‘Oh, Ramona!’ teen comedy also keeps a top position in the Romanian box office after the third weekend on Romanian screens, with no less than 36,635 spectators in the February, 25 - March 3 week, added to the record number of admissions recorded since the film release.
The 225,951 spectators who went to cinema for the English language comedy brought $ 1,031,211 to the movie directed by Cristina Jacob, becoming the first autochthone production that can be precisely said it exceeded one million USD gross from proceeds.
It is the first time since 2002 when a Romanian movie surpasses the threshold of 200,000 spectators.
‘Oh, Ramona!’ is the screen adaptation of Andrei Ciobanu’s book, which writer-director Cristina Jacob chose as her upcoming comedy project. The pic follows Andrei’s evolution from teenager to adult, as he experiences two alternating love stories, candidly and tongue placed firmly in cheek: first – the innocent, unrequited love, second – an intense, wild romp, and both leaving him unable to choose between them.
As envisioned and shot by the director, the Romanian story in the autobiographical fiction book ‘Suck it, Ramona!’ by Andrei Ciobanu, who co-wrote the script with Alex Coteț and Cristina Jacob, has thus become a film that hews to no cultural limits, that cuts across geographic and linguistic borders, and that speaks to a generation experiencing the unique twists and turns of its teenage years as citizens of the world.
The director went with an international cast of talented actors: Bogdan Iancu, Aggy K. Adams, Holly Horne, Basil Eidenbenz, Leonardo Boudreau, Andromeda Godfrey, Melanie Ebanks, sharing the screen with Smiley, Feli, Andrei Ciobanu, Cristina Ich, Laura Giurcanu, Gina Pistol, Gabriel Jugaru, Howard Dell and Alex Coteț.
Jacob Bros released ’Oh, Ramona!’ on the 15th of February 2019. The pic is produced by Zazu Film.
Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EykqSLTbYaU
All three festivals are now open for film submissions, accepting them via the platform filmfreeway.com. PÖFF Shorts also accepts films at shortfilmdepot.com.
Black Nights had over 2400 feature-length film submissions in 2018, while over 4000 shorts and animations were submitted to PÖFF Shorts.
The programme of Black Nights will consist of three international competition programmes – Official Selection, First Feature Competition and Baltic Film Competition - and various non-competitive sections for festival circuit highlights, a retrospective focus programme of Arabian cinema, experimental films, documentaries, genre cinema, sports films and much more. The sub-festivals similarly boast a rich palette of different sections, including international competition programmes.
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival is the only FIAPF-accredited competitive non-specialised film festival in Northern Europe. It has become a regional gateway for international cinema and film projects, bringing author cinema to local film fans and helping films start/continue their festival run and find distribution. Each year the festival is visited by a growing number of journalists, festival representatives, producers, distributors, sales agents and filmmakers – together nearly 1200 accredited guests - and covered by the world’s leading film and trade magazines such as Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Screen International and Cineuropa.
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BORDEAUX: The Czech/Slovak/Slovenian/Polish coproduction Of Unwanted Things and People directed by David Súkup, Ivana Laučíková, Leon Vidmar and Agata Gorządek won the Eurimages Co-production Development Award at the 21st Cartoon Movie. The pitching event took place in Bordeaux, France, from 5 to 7 March 2019.
LJUBLJANA: The 5th edition of the EU Audiovisual Authors’ Workshop in Ljubljana (4-5 March 2019) looked into the potential implementation of the proposed Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market and the opportunities and challenges faced by audiovisual authors in getting fair value for the exploitation of their work.
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival aka PÖFF and its sub-festivals announce dates for its 23rd edition.The main festival and the youth and children’s strand Just Film will run from the 15th of November until the 1st of December and the international short film and animation festival PÖFF Shorts will take place from the 19th until the 27th of November.
PRAGUE: Nine films will vie in the New Europe Competition of the 26th Prague International Film Festival – Febiofest, set to take place from 21 to 29 March 2019.
Greta Stocklassa is currently making Kiruna 2.0, a film about the relocation of a Swedish mining town. Being half-Swedish, Stocklassa is opening another opportunity for Czech documentary film to get closer to Europe, something more and more often attempted by young Czech filmmakers.
Beldocs Industry 2019 is funded by European Union, through Creative Europe MEDIA, Access to Market call. Last 10 days to apply different section of Beldocs Industry, deadline is 10th of March. Projects in development, work in progress, rough cut from Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine, are eligible to apply. Projects should be either main production or co-production of countries listed above.
Here are the open calls for project in development workshops and presentation of projects in production, of the Beldocs Industry 2019 which will be held in Belgrade 9-13 May.
Beldocs in Progress http://beldocs.rs/en/beldocs-in-progress-international-call-for-applications/
Beldocs in Progress (BIP) International – a platform to present international documentary projects from Western Balkans and Post-Soviet Media countries to international industry.
Beldocs Academy http://beldocs.rs/en/beldocs-academy-programme/
Beldocs announce open call for the authors and/or producers of feature documentary films in early stage of production to submit their projects for 3 full day course with international tutors.
Documentaries for Kids & Youth Development Workshop http://beldocs.rs/en/beldocs-documentaries-for-kids-youth-development-workshop/
Beldocs and EDN are looking for fresh, innovative and edgy projects in development with intentions about telling real life stories to younger target audience.
Also, interesting discussions on hot topics, lecturers, One on One meetings with international film professionals will be organized as a part of Beldocs Market, which is going to be held in the same time.
Beldocs Industry 2019 will be held in the scope of Beldocs International Documentary Film Festival in Belgrade.
As you know the MEDIA programme actively supports the training of professionals from new member countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Portugal, Romania, Republic of Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tunisia & Ukraine).
To this end, CARTOON encourages applications for scholarships to its CARTOON MASTERS. The next Cartoon Business will be held in Tampere (Finland) from 23rd to 25th April 2019.CARTOON will cover hotel (3 nights from 23rd to 26th April) and meals, and refund up to a maximum of 200 EUR for transportation expenses.
Cartoon Business is a top-level seminar focusing on the new generation models of financing and revenues brought about by the changes in the production and distribution markets. See the programme here and consult the list of international speakers.
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