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ZAGREB: Animafest Zagreb is accepting applications from short and feature length animated films for its 29th edition, running 3-8 June 2019.

Submit your feature length, short and interactive projects to the East Doc Platform 2019!
​​​​​​The deadline is approaching – the application form closes on November 12, 2018.

Any Questions is a panel devoted to what you, the attendees, have always wanted to ask a Cinematographer but never had the chance.

Georgia’s Vova Katcharava of 20 Steps Productions joins Bankside Films and Film and Music Entertainment at the American Film Market to announce first pre-sales and new title of How To Sell a War, produced by Mike Downey and Sam Taylor. Renamed How To Fake  a War stars Jay  Pharaoh, Katherine Parkinson and Lily Newmark. First pre-sales to China, Middle East and Switzerland and will screen the very first moving images from the film on the teaser/trailer at the American Film Market from today.

BRATISLAVA: Slovak director/writer/producer Marko Škop is in post-production with his second feature film Let There be Light / Nech je svetlo.

RIGA: Latvian production companies have a bonanza of films in post-production or completed and awaiting release. They include two animated films, both for children and family audiences.

The Czech documentary When the War Comes by Jan Gebert won the Silver Eye Award at the Jihlava IDFF.

WEMW Coproduction Forum
DEADLINE: November 7, 2018

As a result of the strong interest in the co-production forum, the deadline has been extended to November 7 to allow as many producers as possible to submit their project.

The upcoming edition of WEMW (January 20-22, 2019) will launch a new East & West double focus and will bring together over 450 film professionals from more than 35 countries and, in particular, from the 2019 spotlight regionsCentral Eastern Europe (Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine) and Benelux (Belgium, Luxembourg, The Netherlands).
Producers from Europe* and North/Latin America are eligible to apply and WEMW will select 20 projects in development with international co-production potential, preferably either with Central Eastern Europe, Benelux or Italy. Projects can be long feature fiction films or documentaries, with preferably 15% of the total budget already in place.
Selected projects will be announced in mid-December and all selected producers will be offered free WEMW Industry accreditation.

All selected projects will compete for the following awards:

  • 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
  • Asterisk Visual Marketing Award - complete package including the prelaunch poster and dossier design, as well as content and text curation provided by Heretic Asterisk
  • 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
 
 
More information on the submission process are available at www.wemw.it.
 
WEMW is organized by the FVG Audiovisual Fund and the Trieste Film Festival in collaboration with EAVEMaia WorkshopsCreative Europe Desk ItalyEURIMAGES, and the support of Creative Europe/MEDIA ProgrammeMiBAC - Direzione Generale per il CinemaCEI - Central European Initiative and the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia.

DIAGNOSIS, a film about the subconscious of a city, directed by Ewa Podgórska, has been selected to the Competition during one of the biggest and most prestigious documentary film festivals in the world IDFA. The producer of the film is Małgorzata Wabińska (Entertain Pictures).

A full-length documentary DIAGNOSIS directed by Ewa Podgórska has qualified to the IDFA Competition for FIRST APPEARANCE.  The film is a full-length debut of both the Director and the Producer. Also the Cinematographer and Editors make their debut in the film.

DIAGNOSIS is a journey into the depths of subconscious of a city formed by human beings. The inhabitants of the city undergo the sessions on the couch. Unlocked by questions, e.g. what kind of animal is the city? they begin their journey into the depths of their own feelings and emotions towards the place where they live. The city itself is
a starting point but, over time, conversations get more and more intimate. The scenes from life, reminiscences and highly emotional moments interlace with the subjectively perceived shots of the city. They are blending together, complementing and interacting with each other. The fears of the film characters, their desires and unfinished affairs become a common fate.

The making of the film took almost six years. At the stage of project development the film was awarded a honorable mention as part of the Doc Lab Poland programme during the Krakow Film Festival. In 2016 it was presented as one of 12 most remarkable projects from Central and Eastern Europe at the Docu Talents from the East in Karlovy Vary. Last year parts of the movie were presented in the work in progress section of the Festival de Cannes (New Horizons’ Polish Days Goes to Cannes).

The film producer is a Łódź-based company Entertain Pictures. The film is made in co-production with EC 1 Łódź – the City of Culture, and a post-production company Fixafilm. The partners of the film are Atlas Sztuki, Municipal Center of Culture and the Polish Institute in Paris. The film is co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.

Simultanously with the film a musical project THE CITY has been carried out,
a composition inspired by the sounds of a city, blending elements of sound design, chamber and electronic music, as well as musique concrète. The authors of the composition are Marcin Lenarczyk and Bartłomiej Tyciński (one of the founders of the Mitch&Mitch group). The project is funded with support of the City of Łódź.

BIO

Director – Ewa Podgórska // debut

She graduated from the National Film School in Łódź as well as University of Łódź, majoring in film theory (MA Degree). She also graduated from DOK PRO, a documentary program at Wajda School. Her debut, THE CHICKEN AND THE EGG, a 26-miute documentary about difficult relations between a mother and a daughter, had its world premiere on Film de Femmes Festival in Paris. Simultaneously, she has published articles in the most important film magazines in Poland. She is an author of articles about working methods of prominent documentary movies directors.

Producer – Małgorzata Wabińska // debut

She graduated from the National Film School in Łódź (MA Degree – Film & TV Production), a Program for Creative Producers at Wajda School and Marketing Strategies at Warsaw School of Economics (SGH). A graduate of EAVE Marketing program and a one-year program for producers EURODOC. She has experience as a Production Manager, Sound-Postproduction Coordinator and Producer. She was one of the creators of a cross-media project about the first postwar feature films studio in Poland. She’s a member of the Polish Filmmakers Association and the Section of Young Producers in Poland.

Cinematographer – Marek Kozakiewicz // debut

Polish cinematographer based in Warsaw. His fiction and documentary films were shown on festivals all over the world. He graduated in Cinematography at the National Film School in Lodz (PWSFTviT) and in Film Studies at the University of Lodz. He is the director of photography of the film THE UGLIEST CAR that had it’s world premiere at the 2017 IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary and was awarded "The best Polish Film of 2017" on the 57th KRAKÓW FILM FESTIVAL. He also works in theatres as a video artist and light designer. He collaborates with acclaimed theatre and opera directors and designs light and video in the most important theatres in Poland (including the National Theatre in Warsaw).

Editors - Piasek&Wójcik //debut

Bartłomiej Piasek and Piotr Wojcik graduated from Film Editing at the National Film School in Łódź. They have been working as an editing team since 2015. Editors of a dozen fiction short films and documentaries. They were awarded for the editing of the short fiction film ‘Time to go’ at the Koszalin Debut Film Festival 2017. The film was also nominated for Palme d’Or in the short films competition at the Festival de Cannes in 2017. Piotr Wójcik received the Minister of Culture scholarship for outstanding artistic achievements in 2016.

Sound design – Marcin Lenarczyk

A composer, musician, and sound editor, he edited sound in such movies as a documentary KOMUNIA directed by Anna Zamecka, winner of the European Film Award in 2017. The author of a sound installation that was part of the "Hotel Polonia. The Afterlife of Buildings" project, awarded a GOLDEN LION at the 11. International Architecture Exhibition in Venice. Took part in POLISH SOUNDSCAPES, the first sound exhibition of Polish artists dealing with field recording. In 2016 nominated to the Polish Film Academy Award for the best sound to the THE LURE movie.

Driven by Estonia’s 100th anniversary celebrations, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival focuses on 12 countries that are celebrating their centenary this year, offering a rich retrospective with films made between 1958-1977.