The following grants were announced by the Bulgarian National Film Center on 30 November 2018.
PRAGUE: Long documentaries in the rough-cut stage can apply for the dok.incubator workshop 2019 until 30 January 2019.
Click HERE for the interview with Jindřich Andrš, the director of the documentary The Last Shift of Thomas Hisem, about the eponymous worker’s last day of work before a coal mine is shut down for good.
Feature films supported by the Polish Film Insitute in the 3rd session of 2018
WARSAW: FNE has teamed up with the Brussels based team of the International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) to bring you regular updates on EU cinema policies that impact all industry professionals across Europe. Click here for FNE UNIC EU Cinema Policy Update.
EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD)
28/11 : EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) published in official EU Journal – Official Journal of the European Union
22/11: ‘Technology is not culture’: how platforms can help shape a healthy ecosystem online – Creativity Works!
Online platforms are an integral part of today’s digital economy. They increase the speed at which information is shared and introduce consumers to a wide variety of digital goods and services. But their dominant rise casts concern about the largely unregulated role they play in disseminating creators’ content and raises questions about what steps should be taken to safeguard a fair and competitive online ecosystem. The topic was debated at an event in the European Parliament hosted by MEP Christian Ehler.
EU Copyright Directive
29/11: Authors’ Group comments ahead of the Council IP Working Group - FERA
Ahead of the IP Working Party meeting held on November 30, the Authors’ Group called attention to several aspects of the compromise solution on the proposed Copyright Directive Chapter 3 “Fair remuneration in contracts of authors and performers”, which are of critical importance to the EU creative community.
The first module of the year-long CEE Animation Workshop will take place from November 30th to December 6th in Ljubljana and will focus on content development. Invited tutors who will guide the participants are two experienced script advisors Rita Domonyi and Phil Parker. The group sessions will be led by Ewa Puszczyńska and Ole Wendorff-Østergaard. The workshop will bring together 12 animated projects, including 4 feature films, 4 series, 4 short films, and 5 participants without project.
MEET THE SESSION EXPERTS
Two SCRIPT CONSULTANTS will work individually or in group sessions with the project teams, helping them to formulate the voice of their story in the best possible way in terms of dramatic structure, genre and story arc.
The GROUP LEADERS will be the closest collaborators to the participants. During all three workshops they will moderate the discussions and work inside the groups, but also bring their own feedback and offer their expertise on participant’s projects, drawing from a rich professional experience as leading European producers.
Within the first workshop, internationally renowned SPEAKERS will give an insight into the important issue of script writing and will share their valuable experience in the field.
» MASTERCLASS: Managing Creativity Paul Young | Co-founder of Cartoon Saloon, an IFTA winner and Oscar and Bafta nominee. He produced the animated features The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea, and The Breadwinner. Paul also produced two seasons of Puffin Rock, an original TV series which has been dubbed into over 25 languages.
» MASTERCLASS: The Truth and Myths of Transmedia Storytelling Nuno Bernardo | Nuno is an award-winning and Emmy-nominated writer, producer and director and a bestselling book author. He created and produced Beat Generation, Flatmates, the Kidscreen Award-winner Aisling’s Diary, and the Emmy-nominated TV series Final Punishment, Beat Girl, and Collider. » LECTURE: Polish Quality - How to Develop International Co-productions Agnieszka Kowalewska-Skowron | Co-founder and associate at MOMAKIN, responsible for acquisition of films and TV content for distribution as well as programming for film projects and special events. She worked as advertising consultant, production and set manager for commercials and corporate videos. » LECTURE: TV Programming and Media Psychology Martina Peštaj | Martina is the Head of Children’s and Youth Programme at RTV Slovenija, where she has worked for a number of years as a creator, editor, and scriptwriter. As a Media Psychologist, she manages the Research Laboratory for analysing children’s programmes in different target groups. » CASE STUDY: Chris the Swiss (dir. Anja Kofmel, 2018) Siniša Juričić | Siniša founded Nukleus Film Croatia in 2003, Nukleus Film Slovenia in 2012 and service production company Jaako dobra produkcija (JDP) in 2013. Sinisa´s focus is on producing films and helping talented filmmakers from the CEE to achieve their full international potential.
» PANEL: Creating and Producing Immersive Experience Marc Bertrand | Marc joined the French Animation Studio as a producer in 1998 and has since produced more than 100 films, including such notable successes as the award-winning series Science Please! (2001), Noël Noël (2003), or two Oscar nomination with Sunday (2011) and Vaysha the Blind (2016). Uri Kranot | Uri’s work has expanded beyond the traditional: his art straddles experimental genres and unfamiliar mediums. He has been honoured with the top industry awards, including the Lumen and Fipresci Prize, the Oscar Academy shortlist and the Danish Statens Kunstfond award for the performing arts. He is also the creative director of ANIDOX with Michelle Kranot.
» DISCUSSION PANEL: Co-producing Animation in the Balkan's Region Vanja Andrijević, Bonobo studio, Croatia | Tina Smrekar, Finta studio, Slovenia | Ana Nedeljković and Nikola Majdak, Serbia | Mladen Đukić, Aeon Production, Bosnia and Herzegovina | Danijela Radulovic, Film Centre of Montenegro
The selected PROJECTS and PARTICIPANTS for the CEE Animation Workshop 2018/2019 are:
PARTICIPANTS WITHOUT PROJECT:
The week will also feature special events around outreach - including networking opportunities, screenings of participants´ short films, a visit of the Slovenian ZVVIKS Studio (Koyaa, TV series) and last but not least various events organized by Animateka – International Animated Film Festival (December 3 – 9, 2019).
The CEE Animation Workshop will continue with the second module from March 20th to 26th in Budapest (HU) and will concern production and financing. The last session taking place from May 3rd to 9th will be organized alongside the CEE Animation Forum (formerly VAF Třeboň) and will focus on accessing the market.
The Slovenian Film Centre, in cooperation with the Slovenian Tourist Board, is successfully presenting the Slovenian film locations at the internationally recognised film location promotion market FOCUS 2018 in London, which is taking place on 4 and 5 December. The purpose of these sorts of promotional events is to endorse Slovenia as a film destination and create a platform for the establishment of connections and acquaintances among filmmakers and producers in particular. For Slovenia, this is the first presentation at FOCUS.
The Slovenian Film Centre carries out the activities of a Film Commission in Slovenia and therefore also provides support for foreign film productions shot there. As we have already reported, a delegation of Slovenian film producers, accompanied by the Director of the Slovenian Film Centre Nataša Bučar, is attending the market as well. The presentation in London was also attended by the Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia, His Excellency Tadej Rupel, M.Sc., and by the head of the Slovenian Tourist Board for Great Britain and Ireland Mladen Ljubišič.
All of the guests agree that these sorts of promotions are welcome and desirable, and everyone attending is enthusiastic about the possibilities of filming in Slovenia, which offers a variety of film locations due to its idyllic nature and picturesqueness. Slovenia has also implemented a 25-percent cash rebate measure for foreign productions, which, in accordance with the model of most European countries, provides an even further incentive for foreign producers to shoot in the Slovenian territory. All the well-preserved historical sites, the number of scenic locations in the immediate vicinity, and the fact that it is possible to shoot in the mountains as well as by the sea in a single day belong among the key factors that qualify Slovenia as one of the most exclusive film locations.
The Slovenian Film Centre is also a member of the the EUFCN - European Film Commissions Network, which aims to use these sorts of events in order to continuously encourage the long-term economic effects of international collaborations in the field of filmmaking and promotion.
WARSAW: Mug by Poland's Małgorzata Szumowska and For Some Inexplicable Reason by Hungary's Gábor Reisz are among the ten films available online for free in 45 European countries within the third edition of Arte Kino Festival from 1 to 31 December 2018.
PRAGUE: Four projects from the Czech Republic and Hungary have been selected for the MIDPOINT Shorts 2019 programme.
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