MEETINGS ON THE BRIDGE 2011
In its sixth year, the Meetings on the Bridge (MoB), aims at creating a platform, a meeting point for the film industry within the frame of the 30th Istanbul Film Festival. The programme continues to bring together Turkish and European producers, directors, scriptwriters and representatives of institutions to provide the opportunity for Turkish filmmakers to make the first international presentations of their feature film projects, and build a platform for co-productions.
Meetings on the Bridge is introducing the Turkish-German Co-Production Film Development Fund in collaboration with Medienboard Berlin- Brandenburg and Hamburg Schleswig Holstein Funds and the support of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism,with a budget of 150.000 Euro.
In addition, for the first time, Turkish-French Co-production Meetings and meetings with Italian Filmmakers Meetings will take place.
The guests of this year's platform include Eric Garandeau, President of CNC; Marit van den Elshout, Head of Cinemart / Rotterdam Film Festival; Marten Rabarts, Artistic Director of Binger Lab; Claire Launay from ARTE; Mira Staleva from Sofia Film Lab; Roberto Olla, Executive Director - Eurimages; Savina Neirotti, Head of Torino Film Lab; Sonja Heinen, Head of Berlinale Co-production Market; Thibaut Bracq, Head of Paris Project; Katriel Schory, Head of Israel Film Fund; and award winning producers such as Cedomir Kolar (No Man's Land), Ilann Girard (Lebanon, Goodbye Bafana, March of the Penguins); and Stéphane Parthenay (Pyramid and co-producer of Three Monkeys).
Film Development Workshop, 13-14 AprilThe fourth Film Development Workshop, which receive great attention from cinema professionals, organised as part of the 30th Istanbul Film Festival will take place on April 13 and 14 this year.
The producers and directors of the 12 film projects selected from among the 99 projects submitted this year will be having one-to-one meetings with producers, distributors and the representatives of international institutions including Rotterdam Film Festival, Eurimages, ARTE, Cinemart, Binger Lab, Torino Film Lab, and Fortissimo Films. Through these meetings, directors and producers of the elected projects find the opportunity to make the preliminary preparations and spadework for international co-production workshops and markets they will be taking part in. They also get the chance to realize the initial contact with producers and distributors who are interested in their projects and perform their international presentations without leaving the country.
At the end of the meetings, two projects will receive the $10.000 Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism Development support, the 25.000 TL worth Melodika Post-Production Support, and 10.000 Euro CNC Support. For the first time this year, Dutch film institution Binger Lab will award a project with 2.500 Euro worth of Script Development Scholarship.
The award winning project of 2008, Zefir (Zephyr) by Belma Baş was completed in 2010 and it received the Artistic Achievement Award at the 51st Thessaloniki Film Festival and the Rajata Chakoram Award (Silver Crow Pheasant) in the 'Best Debut Film' category at the 15th Kerala International Film Festival. Zephyr continues the festival tour.
The shooting of Sesime Gel (Come to My Voice) by Hüseyin Karabey, that received the 2009 award, will start in October 2011 and the shooting of Babamın Sesi (Voice of My Father) by Orhan Eskiköy - Zeynel Doğan, one of the award winning projects of 2010, will start in May 2011. Another award winning project, Üst Kattaki Terörist (Terrorist Upstairs) by Emre Yeksan, is currently in script writing stage. Ebedi Uykusuz (Last Sleepless) by İlke Yeşilay, which was considered praiseworthy by the jury, received the 10,000 Euro support award of the Balkan Fund at the 51st Thessaloniki Film Festival.
The Film Development Workshop is frequented especially by European producers and distributors who wish to get informed on film projects and meet the filmmakers . This year, 14 film professionals will conduct meetings with the producers and directors of the projects .
Turkish-German Co-Production Film Development Fund
The Istanbul Film Festival - Meetings on the Bridge, in collaboration with Medienboard Berlin- Brandenburg and Hamburg Schleswig Holstein Funds with the support of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, is proud to set up for the first time this year, the Turkish and German Co-production Development Fund. The foundations of the fund had been laid during the Turkish-German Co-Productions Panel conducted within the scope of the Meetings On The Bridge Platform of the 29th Istanbul Film Festival.
Set up for encouraging new co-productions and cultural interaction between the two countries, the fund was formed by these three institutions with a total budget of 150,000 Euro. The fund is open to applications of Turkish-German co-productions, which haven't started shooting yet. The projects receiving funds will be announced on 14 April, following the evaluation by the jury consisting of representatives of the three institutions.
Turkish-French Co-production Meetings and Panel
This year, again for the first time, Turkey-France Co-production Meetings will be organized in cooperation with CNC, Unifrance and the French Embassy, bringing together film professionals from the two countries with the purpose of building a platform for co-productions. Filmmakers from Turkey whose projects were selected will be making their presentations to producers, distributors and representatives of funds and institutions from France.
Apart from project presentations, Turkey-France co-productions will be discussed over case studies at a panel. Open to all film professionals and film buffs, the panel will be held at the French Cultural Center on 12 April. (advance accreditation TL 75 / at the entrance TL 100)
Turkish-Italian Cooperation Meetings
Within the scope of the 30th Istanbul Film Festival, the Italian Trade Commission / Centre and Rome MedFilm Festival / MedFilm Festival from Rome are organizing bilateral / B2B meetings between Italian film producers and Turkish TV channels, film buyers and distributors on 14 April at Lütfi Kırdar Congress Center. The aim of these meetings is to initialize possible cooperation between the film industries of these two countries.
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Meetings On The Bridge continues to offer new opportunities to all filmmakers and support them in all stages of their films.For further information, please contact:onthebridge@iksvorgT: +90 212 334 07 91For media enquiries:
Kino Polska TV S.A., the producer and distributor of Kino Polska Television as well as of the television channels from the FilmBox Group, is planning to debut on the Stock Market. Kino Polska expects to gain between 36 and 40 million PLN from its first public offer. Kino Polska TV has closed the book-building. The final allocation of shares will take place on the 31 March.
With the funds obtained from the public market Kino Polska TV is going to develop its offer, as well as invest in its infrastructure introducing new thematic channels, both based on the Kino Polska formula (Kino Polska HD, Kino Polska Muzyka and Kino Polska Nostalgia), and stations from the FilmBox group. - We can see a vivid interest among our subscribers and operators in the introduction of channels based on a well received and successful Kino Polska Television model. In the near future we are planning to offer Kino Polska HD, a channel that will enable the reception of Kino Polska Television channels in High Definition and Kino Polska Muzyka that will feature the history of Polish popular music. We have already received the initial declarations from the cable and satellite television operators concerning the introduction of the new channels to their offer - says Piotr Reisch,
The President of Kino Polska TV Management Board. In addition, we are currently working on extending our premium services with new television channels from the FilmBox group: FilmBox Action HD, FashionBox HD as well as FightBox HD. - adds Piotr Reisch.
Kino Polska TV goals' are to become the leading player on the market of premium thematic television in Central and Eastern Europe.
The funds obtained from the investors will also enable the company to intensify its work on the digitalization of its film library, it will also enable the company to purchase new licenses that will enrich its offer, as well as to intensify its activity in the field of film production.
In the year 2010 Kino Polska TV generated sales revenues in the amount of 47 million PLN yielding a net profit of 9 million PLN.
NOBLE Securities is the entity offering the Kino Polska TV Company stocks.
Kino Polska TV S.A. is responsible for the production and distribution of Kino Polska Television (winner of the "Telekamery Tele Tygodnia 2011" award for the best film channel, two times winner of the prestigious Hot Bird TV Award, in 2005 and 2010, as well as the winner of the Polish Film Institute Award). Our television has for many years been in the forefront of the thematic channel ratings in Poland. What is more, the company produces and distributes the FilmBox theme channels. The Premium film channels offer consisting of FilmBox HD, FilmBox Family, FilmBox Extra is, next to HBO and Canal +, one of the best in Poland. Kino Polska and the other channels from the FilmBox group are distributed by the biggest and most important operators in Poland and across Europe.
At present, Kino Polska S.A. produces channels for the Czech, Slovakian, Hungarian, Romanian and Spanish markets. In the near future we will start broadcasting new theme channels produced by the company in other European markets. These will include, among others, FilmBox Action HD, FashionBox HD, and FightBox HD.
Another Kino Polska TV S.A. activity is film production. In the year 2009 Kino Polska Television produced a short film, Hanoi-Warsaw (Hanoi-Warszawa), directed by Katarzyna Klimkiewicz, which was awarded by the EFA (European Film Academy). Another film co-produced by Kino Polska, A Simple Story about Love (Prosta Historia o Miłości), has received high recognition among journalists and film critics (the Grand Prix of the Independent Cinema Competition at the 35th edition of the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia). Moreover, its director, Arkadiusz Jakubik, has been proclaimed the most outstanding newcomer of the year in film directing.
The Kino Polska Television Publishing House, which was established in 2008, continues the mission of the station. By releasing DVDs with the Polish film-makers' masterpieces, it popularizes Polish cinematography. The Publishing House promotes domestic culture not only in Poland, but also abroad. This activity has been acknowledged with an Award of the Polish Film Institute (PISF).
Kino Polska TV S.A. is also the owner of a majority share in Stopklatka S.A. - a film portal which has been awarded by the Polish Film Institute for its contribution
in the development of Polish cinematography. In July 2010, Stopklatka SA had its debut on the New Connect market.
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Aristoteles Workshop invites you to apply! Join us directly on www.aworkshop.org! Please find attached our call for entries for this summer.
The application deadline: May 31, 2011.
"Mountain Rescue Team" - the TVP1 series directed by Marcin Wrona has been nominated for the prestigious Golden Nymph Prize in four categories of the forthcoming Monte-Carlo TV Festival. Natalia Rybicka and Dorota Landowska got nominated in the Best Actress category, Tomasz Schuchardt and Przemysław Bluszcz - in the Best Actor category, while the producers were distinguished in the Best International and the Best European Producer categories. The 51st edition of the Monte - Carlo TV Festival will take place between June 6 - 10, 2011.
The protagonists are three film studios: in Russia (Mosfilm), in Poland (WFF nr1) and in Belarus (Belarusfilm) and three film directors: Vyrypayev, Żuławski and Kudinenko who currently work there. These were the three most important film studios in the former Eastern bloc. They were the birthplace for a generation raised in a controlled distribution of culture, socialist economy and permanent oppression. One day, the system collapsed and so did the studios.
The 8th East Silver, a documentary market specialized in Central and East European documentary films, is now open for submissions! Submit your film to the biggest internationally recognized database of creative feature and television documentary films from Central and Eastern Europe.
25th February 2011
EEFA TRAINING NETWORK DOCUMENTARY PROJECTS SELECTION
EAST EUROPEAN FILM ALLIANCE, a consortium of eleven Eastern European film organizations is announcing the selected documentary projects for this year’s training programme:
1. See you in Chechnia - Georgia - Lokokina Studio – with EEFA scholarship
2. How Much is Morality? - Ukraina - New Kyiv Production – with EEFA scholarship
3. Lost in Transition - Croatia - Kinematograph
4. In the Mirror - Bulgaria - KOTA + 1
5. Russian - French Family of Ivanovs - Lithuania/ Russia - Studja Ju
6. Grandparents' Tour - Estonia/ Ukraine - Red Fox
7. Hyjacked! - Romania - Hatch Films and Sub-cult-ura
Congratulations to everybody involved in the projects!
The schedule for the documentaries training programme is the following: Scriptwriting in Zagreb (3-7 March) in parallel with ZagrebDox, Management of Film Production in Kiev and Legal and Distribution Matters in Tallinn, and on the online platform, in between.
The first training will benefit of the presence of the following experts: Catherine Buresi – Head of Studies, Jacques Laurent – Content Expert, Dorota Roszkowska – Visiting Expert, and others.
The list above represents only the first half of the EEFA selected projects for this year, the fiction projects will be announced next week. The trainings for these will be held in Sofia, Kiev and Tallinn and also on the online platform.
The EEFA Consortium is coordinated by the RFS (Romanian Film Sector, Romania) 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 by Media Mundus.
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The 13th One World - International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival takes place March 8 - 17, 2011, with over 100 documentaries divided into several sections. Several new programmes have been introduced this year, such as New Media for Social Change, NonComm featuring social ads, and an industry section organized by One World and Documentary Campus, with support of IDF.
Prague, Februrary 22, 2011 – The jury for the Berlin-based national daily Der Tagesspiegel has awarded Erika Hníková's documentary Matchmaking Mayor its Readers' Prize. The prize, reserved for the best film in the Forum section, is worth 3,000 Euros.The ten-member jury, consisting of the Berlin newspaper's readers, chose the Czech-Slovak documentary from 31 films and explained its decision like this:“The prize goes this year to Erika Hníková for her film Matchmaking Mayor, which made us laugh and think and provoked lively discussion. A film capable of polarizing without ever having set out to do so. Its affectionate blend of discretion and intimacy in observing the eccentricities of the post-socialist era creates a complex portrait of single people uninterested in reproduction. A type of passive resistance; whether you laugh at it or with it is left up to you.” In addition to being available for the Berlinale's main prizes, all the movies in the official program are eligible to win one or more of the 19 independent prizes bestowed by juries that were not selected by the festival. This is the second time a Czech entry has received an award at the Berlinale. In 2010, Jan Hřebejek's Kawasaki's Rose was awarded by not one but two juries: the Ecumenical Jury and the Jury of the International Confederation of Art House Cinemas (C.I.C.A.E.).
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One World, Many Ways – New Directions in Human Rights Documentaries
Who are the right broadcasters for Human Rights docs?Peter Hamilton, creator of the hit website www.documentarytelevision.com will give us his top Human Rights broadcasters list. Meet key committed Human Rights broadcasters…including Mette Hoffmann Meyer - Commissioning Editor Danish DRTV and Claire Aguilar Vice President of Programming for the Independent Television Network (ITVS) based in San Francisco. What happened in Cairo? A very special guest and activist filmmaker from Egypt will fill us in, and show us his own images from the heart of a revolution. The Age of Wikileaks!Vaughan Smith from Frontline Club and a cast of video journalists who are either reporting on or directly involved in Wikileaks talk about the website’s impact on Human Rights and journalism. Filmmakers Boot camp!Keith Lawrence from the LA’s Mary Pickford Institute is all set to run two intense one day Filmmakers Boot camps. The goal - make a powerful broadcast quality documentary at a fraction of the cost. This workshop is not a “how to make a film” workshop, it’s geared towards helping us think outside the box! AND….Interviews with star One World guest filmmakers Mark Henderson, Schuchen Tan, Carol Dysinger, Frank Piasecki Poulsen and others. Panels on docs in the Czech Republic, Filmmakers Rights, The art of the Interview, Story verses Finance, and low budget HD. Meet Andrea Prenghyova, Michael Allder, Chris Schmidt, Marian Williams, Barbara Orton, Lilla Hurst…and many more. The programme is online now! How much? €50 for the entire event! (catering excluded). Where? Hotel Grand Majestic Plaza, Truhlárská 16, 110 00 Prague 1. When? 11-13th March Register online at www.documentary-campus.com or on location.
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