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20th FILMFESTIVAL COTTBUS - COMPETITION FILMS AND JURY MEMBERS

On the occasion of the anniversary edition of the 20th FilmFestival Cottbus, this year's feature film competition will include ten German premieres. Among them are new discoveries alongside productions that have already
enthused audiences in Cannes, Locarno, Karlovy Vary and elsewhere. They will compete for the first prize, which is endowed for the first time with 20,000 euros. The short film competition features eleven contributions from
nine nations, including one world premiere and several international and German premieres. For this year's International Festival Jury we were able to win the Brazilian filmmaker Sandra Kogut, the Indian
director Shahant Shah, as well as Fernanda Silva, president of the FESTROIA association, member of the administrative board of CICAE (Confédération Internationale des Cinémas D´Art et D´Essay) and member of the
European Film Academy. Further jury members are the German actress Anjorka Strechel and the Serbian director Vladimir Perišic, whose debut film "Ordinary People" won the prize for the best film and the best actor in
Cottbus in 2009. The members of the Short Film Competition Jury this year are the Israeli filmmaker and director of the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School, Renen Schorr, actor and producer Arben Zharku, as well as Lenky Tyrpakowa, member of the selection committee of the Film Festival Karlovy Vary and also responsible for the programme of the Short Film Festival Prague. There is a wide variety of themes for spectators to discover in the Feature Film Competition: from a weird catlover to the departure from childhood, the search for a new and better life, and the dream of more light in the Kirghiz steppe. The styles used range from breathtaking close-ups to black-and-white landscapes. Young Piroska risks setting off to a new life in ADRIENN PAL. This year's FIPRESCI award-winner in Cannes immerses in the world of the overweight nurse who takes care of the dead in a hospital and suppresses her loneliness by eating. One day she starts searching for her childhood friend and for happier days. Ali, the shepherd in EIN ANDERER HIMMEL (A DIFFERENT HEAVEN), and his son wind up in Moscow - also hoping for a better life. Looking for the woman who abandoned them years ago, they turn into hounded souls who never arrive. Matilda, the day release prisoner in the Romanian debut OUTBOUND, is also dreaming of a new start. She has 24 hours to reorder her life, but the past catches up with her. The film is based on a story by Cristian Mungiu, the director of 4 MONATE, 3 WOCHEN UND 2 TAGE (4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS).
One of the most impressive Russian debuts this year is RÜCKWÄRTSGANG (REVERSE GEAR), directed by Andrey Stempkovsky. Based on the story of a mother and her missing son, the film tentatively relates the societal
impact of war, which permeates families like a cancerous growth. It additionally addresses the situation of guest workers in the CIS, a problem also taken up by the second Russian competition film, EIN ANDERER HIMMEL (A DIFFERENT HEAVEN). One can also discover many things in common in the Serbian productions TILVA ROŠ and WHITE, WHITE WORLD. Both have chosen the mining town of Bor as the location for their entirely different stories. The Estonian director Veiko Öunpuu surprises the viewer in terms of style with his first full-length feature film. In DIE VERSUCHUNG DES HL. TONY (THE TEMPTATION OF ST TONY), he tells of a bizarre journey to the depths of the soul using breathtaking black-and-white landscape images and a lot of black humour. In this year's Short Film Competition, cinematic highlights from Hungary, Poland, Russia, Estonia, and other
countries await the audience. The themes range from the first love to the departure from home or a talisman that brings no luck. Among the German premieres is the Romanian contribution by the dffb graduate Alexandru
Mavrodineanu. MUSIK IM BLUT (MUSIC IN THE BLOOD) is about a musical test with an unexpected outcome. The film won the Best Film Award in Grenoble. The Russian production MEER DER WÜNSCHE by the Georgian
director Shota Gamisonia will celebrate its world premiere in Cottbus. In 27 minutes, the film narrates the longing of two friends for the sea in the style of Beckett with a Russian touch.
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20. FilmFestival Cottbus - Festival des osteuropäischen Films
20. Festival of East European Cinema
02.-07.11.2010

12th ANIMATED DREAMS ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL TO OPEN WITH WORLD PREMIERE OF MATI KÜTT’S SKY SONG ON 19TH NOVEMBER IN TALLINN, ESTONIA

"Vodka Factory" by Jerzy Śladkowski, a co-production of TVP1, ARTE and SVT got the Golden Dove Prize for the Best Documentary Film at the 53rd DOKLeipzig (October 18 - 24), the one of the most prestigious world festivals of documentary films.

On the occasion of the anniversary edition of the 20th FilmFestival Cottbus, this year's feature film competition will include ten German premieres. Among them are new discoveries alongside productions that have already enthused audiences in Cannes, Locarno, Karlovy Vary and elsewhere.

The EAVE 2010 European Producers Workshop comes to a close with its third and last workshop in Belgrade, Serbia (October 18-25), organized in partnership with Motion Picture Company Art & Popcorn.

During this final workshop, the 50 participants from 28 countries will have the opportunity to meet 74 high-profile European film industry professionals in pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings in order to pitch the 30 projects that have been developed during this year's EAVE training cycle.

In addition to the 30 projects developed during the year at EAVE, 6 projects from Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine will be presented in Belgrade to the EAVE decision makers in one-to-one meetings and in a public pitch. These were selected in a special B2B - Belgrade coproduction market held in the frame of EAVE Workshop.

This year, we are proud to announce that a record number of 53 key industry professionals have confirmed their attendance as decision makers:
Jean-Baptiste Babin / Backup Films (FR), Robert Balinski / Polish Film Institute (PL), Philippe Bober / Coproduction Office (FR), Chris Collins / UK Film Council (UK), Frédéric Corvez / UMedia (FR), Daniel Dale / Independent Film Company (UK), Emelie de Jong / ARTE France (FR), Laszlo Demeter / Duna Television (HU), Jean des Forêts / Petit Film (FR), Ellis Driessen / Fortissimo Films (NL), Katharina Dufner / ZDF - Das kleine Fernsehspiel (DE), Maggie Ellis / Film London (UK), Andrea Ernst / WDR (DE), Hermann Florin / Florin Film- und Fernsehproduktion (DE), Karlo Funk / Estonian Film Foundation (EE), Ilze Gailïte Holmberg / National Film Centre of Latvia (LV), Tarquin Glass / HanWay Films (UK), Paul Gratton / Consultant (CA), Gabor Greiner / Films Boutique (DE), Sophie Haguet / Region Ile-de-France (FR), Sonja Heiner/World Cinema Fund (DE), Jadranka Hrga / Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HR), Jesper Jack / Danish Film Institute (DK), Linda James / Wales Creative IP Fund (UK), Petri Kemppinen / Finnish Film Foundation (FI), Danny Krausz / DOR FILM Produktiongesellschaft m.b.H. (AT), Maren Kroymann / m-appeal (DE), Karolina Lidin / Nordisk Film & TV Fond (NO), Luca Macciocca / RAI SAT (IT), Brigitta Manthey / Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (DE), Miroslav Mogorovic / Soul Food (RS), Anthony Muir / Film i Väst (SE), Amy Nelson / TVF International (UK), Deirbhile Ní Churraighín / TG4 (IE), Miira Paasilinna / The Yellow Affair (SE), Milka Pavlicevic / ZDF/ARTE Theme nights Department (DE), Keith Potter / Film Agency for Wales (UK), Ewa Puszczynska / Opus Film (PL), Nina Refseth / Norwegian Film Institute (NO), Piotr Reisch/SPI International (PL), Michel Reilhac / ARTE France Cinema (FR), Peter Rommel / Rommel Film (DE), Gabriele Röthemeyer / MFG Medien-und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg (DE), Manfred Schmidt / Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (DE), Anna Seifert-Speck / Em Media (UK), Patrick Sobelman / Agat Films & Cie / Ex Nihilo (FR), Georg Steinert / ARTE (FR), Esther van Messel / First Hand Films (CH), Michael Weber / The Match Factory (DE), Monika Weibel / Frenetic Films (CH), Beatrix Wesle / Atrix Films (DE), Sasha Wieser / EastWest Filmdistribution (AT), Peter Zawrel / Vienna Film Fund (AT) and Meinolf Zurhorst / ZDF/ARTE (DE).

We will also present some of EAVE's partners from the leading co-production markets in a panel session: Special guests Frank Albers / Robert Bosch Stiftung Co-Production Prize (DE), Gar O`Brien, Cathy O`Connor, Debbie McVey/ Galway Film Fair (IE), Julie Bergeron / Cannes Producers Network / Francophone Coproduction Meetings (FR), Olena Fetisova / Boat Meeting (UA), Tine Fischer / CPH:DOX (DK), Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin / Arc 1950 Coproduction Village Les Arcs European Film Festival (FR), Sonja Heinen / Berlinale Co-Production Market / World Cinema Fund (DE), Jovan Marjanovic /CineLink Sarajevo Film Festival (BA), Savina Neirotti / TorinoFilmLab (IT), Riina Sildos / Baltic Event (EE), Mira Staleva / Sofia Meetings (BG) and Marit van den Elshout / CineMart (NL) will talk about the opportunities these events offer.

In addition, the schedule offers plenary sessions, group work and individual meetings with EAVE experts and guest experts: Linda Beath (IT) - Strategic Planning for Production Companies, Alan Fountain (UK) - Career Development, Laurence Kaye (UK) - Music Rights, Sibylle Kurz (DE) - Pitching, Nikolaj Nikitin (DE) - Festivals & Strategies and Roberto Olla (FR) - Legal Aspects of Distribution.

During a special Media Future Day, Diana Elbaum (BE) and Yves Baudechon (BE) will talk about production, marketing and distribution of the film Les Barons by Nabil Ben Yadir, Michel Reilhac (FR) talks about Media Futures and Alan Fountain (UK) moderates a brainstorming session under the title "Thinking the Future".

EAVE is delighted to give all local film-professionals an opportunity to get a taste of EAVE. They are welcome to attend the plenary sessions.
A special "Mini-EAVE" will be organized, with sessions tailored to the requirements of the local professionals. EAVE expert Sibylle Kurz will give an introduction to pitching and representing your project. EAVE group-leader Jani Thiltges will give an insight into co-producing in Europe. In addition, all the plenary sessions of Workshop 3 are open for the local professionals.
If you are a local film-professional and interested in attending, please contact Miroslav Mogorovic This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

EAVE is grateful for the support for the Workshop 3 2010 from: Motion Picture Company Art & Popcorn, Film in Serbia - Serbian Film Commission, Republic of Serbia - Ministry of Culture.
The first two workshops of 2010 took place in Luxembourg (March 15-22) and Seefeld in Tirol (June 29 - July 7).


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Best wishes,
the EAVE team

The 7th East Silver Market takes place October 25 - 31, 2010 at 14th International Documentary Film Festival Jihlava, 2010.

During the past years, East Silver has become the biggest database of creative and TV documentary films from Central and Eastern Europe. East Silver Market and industry program at Jihlava IDFF serve as a meeting point for key industry professionals. At East Silver Market 2010, more than 200 industry guests will have access to digitized video library with 308 documentary films produced in 2009/2010 (selected from more than 740 submitted films) and another 100 titles from the festival programme. Additional statistics, such as number of included titles sorted by countries, can be found here.

Best films of the East Silver market 2010 will be awarded by international jury the Silver Eye Award which includes prize money (EUR 1 500), distribution support and festival service. Total of 33 films will compete in 3 categories (short, mid-length, feature).

Silver Eye winners will be announced at the 7th East Silver Market during the Opening ceremony of the XIV. Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival in October 26, 2010.

Industry programme

In addition to the market East Silver forms industry section of the festival together with the Institute of Documentary Film.

One of the programme events for filmmakers are co-production meetings in form of thematically oriented days focused on certain countries. Guests from Austria, Poland and Slovakia will discuss co-production possibilities and situation of documentary film in their countries. Every day will consist of informal co-production breakfast and series of lectures and case studies given by producers, sales agents and funding representatives.

Part of the programme is open also for festival visitors. In relation to thematically oriented days, four well-known documentary filmmakers will host special inspiring sessions: Nikolaus Geyerhalter and Michael Glawogger (Austria), Paweł Łoziński (Poland) and Pavel Kostomarov (Russia).

Industry guests have an opportunity to see newly finished films or projects in post-production in form of series of industry screenings. Also several titles from Silver Eye nominations will be screened at industry screenings. To see the industry screenings schedule, please visit our website.

EAST SILVER is organized by the Institute of Documentary Film

EAST SILVER is supported by:

MEDIA Programme - www.mediadeskcz.eu

Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic - www.mkcr.cz

State Fund for the Support and Development of Czech Cinematography - www.mkcr.cz

International Visegrad Fund - www.visegradfund.org

Slovak Audiovisual Fund - www.avf.sk

Polish Film Institute - www.pisf.pl

Austrian Cultural Forum Prague - www.bmeia.gv.at/cz/kultura/praze/kulturni-forum.html

The movie ''Hair'' continues its successful route in film festivals throughout the world. ''Hair''- directed by Tayfun Pirselimoglou and co-producted by the director, the production company GRAAL and the Greek producer Nikos Moustakas- received in Antalya' s recent film festival the award for best photography.

Yesterday, at XXXVII International Conference and Exhibition PIKE 2010, Kino Polska Television, one of the channel owned by SPI International,
has honored the former Polish President Lech Walesa, giving him an exclusive edition of films collection
of the greatest Polish directors released by Kino Polska Television Publishing House.

Collector's edition prepared by Kino Polska Television Publishing House was given to Lech Walesa in recognition of his merits for the creation of democracy in Poland.
Former President thanked Kino Polska Television for the gift. Among the exclusive editions handed to the President
were masterpieces such as films by Piotr Szulkin, Jerzy Skolimowski, Tadeusz Konwicki, Agnieszka Holland, Filip Bajon and others.

Kino Polska Television Publishing House was established in 2008 to continue the mission of Kino Polska Television on the DVD market.
Kino Polska Television has been operating for 7 years as the only TV channel in Poland and in the world, exclusively dedicated to popularization of Polish cinema.

With the aim of increasing the awareness of European films and talent in Italy, European Film Promotion (EFP) will be bringing three SHOOTING STARS 2010 to the International Rome Film Festival (October 28 - November 5) for the first time. Following the showcase at the Berlin International Film Festival, the selected three emerging actors will present their recent films at Italy's glittering cinematographic feast. The Italian SHOOTING STAR Michele Riondino will be seen in Ten Winters by Valerio Mieli, Zrinka Cvitesić from Croatia will be in Rome with her film On The Path by Jasmila Zbanić and Pihla Viitala from Finland will be attending with Bad Family by Aleksi Salmenperä. The presentation of SHOOTING STARS in Rome is being supported financially by the MEDIA Programme of the EU. "We believe in the future of emerging actors. That's why Rome opens a big window onto bright new hopes each year", says Roberto Cicutto, director of The Business Street at the International Rome Film Festival.

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EDN Online Pitching call for art documentary projects
EDN - European Documentary Network is calling for art documentary projects for their second EDN Online Pitching Session happening on December 9, 2010. This new thematic pitching format is based on an online video-conference, where three documentary projects are introduced. Deadline is November 11, 2010.