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ZAGREB: Croatian Film Directors' Guild / Društvo hrvatskih filmskih redatelja has launched the campaign “I'd like to see that, HRT says nyet!”, calling for the Croatian Television (HRT) to broadcast 34 Croatian films.

TALLINN: Christopher Nolan’s new project Tenet is to be shot in Estonia in July 2019 with Allfilm servicing. The film will benefit of the 30% Estonian incentives.

BUCHAREST: Anticipated sci-fi thriller Voyagers directed by Neil Burger and starring Colin Farrell and Lily-Rose Depp is currently shooting in Romania. The project is benefitting from the 35% cash rebates launched in Romania in October 2018, with Icon Films servicing.

TALLINN: Applications for the CEE Animation Workshop, a year-long project development and production skills advancement programme for professionals, can be send until 30 August 2019. The workshop welcomes established producers and creative teams with animated projects of any format (short, TV, features, hybrid) in development.

PORT CETATE: Eight participants from six countries were selected among 119 applications received from 44 countries for the 5th edition of Pustnik Screenwriters Residency. The residency is set to take place at Port Cetate, Romania, from 2 to 10 September 2019.

Polish Film Institute and EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs), one of the leading professional training, project development and networking organizations for audiovisual producers, are happy to announce the continuation of their successful partnership that will again and for the fourth time offer a scholarship for one Polish producer for the EAVE 2020 Producers Workshop

The award of 30.000 PLN, sponsored by the Polish Film Institute towards the costs of the participation in the EAVE 2020 workshops, will be granted to one of the selected projects in development pitched at the Polish Days (July 30 – August 1, 2019), the most important industry event in Poland, held in the framework of the New Horizons International Film Festival (July 25 - August 4, 2019) in Wroclaw.

The award will be presented during the Polish Days awards ceremony on August 1, 2019, by EAVE’s CEO Kristina Trapp. 

Last year`s beneficiary of the PISF/EAVE award has been Agnieszka Dziedzic (Koi Studio), who is now participating to EAVE Producers Workshop 2019.

Beata Rzezniczek (Madants), also participant of EAVE Producers Workshop 2019, is presenting EAVE project OTHER PEOPLE by Aleksandra Terpinska at the Polish Days this year.

Among the list of selected projects for Polish Days:

BIRD TALK by Xawery Zulawski, producer: EAVE graduate Marcin Wierzchoslawski

INTERIOR by Marek Lechki, producer: EAVE graduate Maciej Kubicki

TASTE OF PHO by Mariko Saga, producers: EAVE graduates Karsten Stöter and Mariusz Wlodarski

APPLES by Christos Nikou, producer: EAVE graduate Mariusz Wlodarski

SUNBURNED by Carolina Hellsgard, producer: EAVE graduate Nicole Gerhards

MIRA by Anna Jadowska, producer: EAVE graduate Maria Blicharska.

Recent Polish projects successfully developed at EAVE are THE MUTE by Bartosz Konopka (Best Cinematography at Gdynia IFF 2018), UNITED STATES OF LOVE by Tomasz Wasilewski, which has received a Silver Bear at Berlinale 2016, and THE HERE AFTER by Magnus von Horn, which has been screened in Directors Fortnight in Cannes 2015.

EAVE could not imagine a better platform for this cooperation than the New Horizons International Film Festival, renowned for presenting uncompromising, innovative and original cinema from all over the world. 

Please click here for more information about EAVEPISF and New Horizons IFF.

To submit your project, please visit PISF webpage for the call for applications.

The Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries (BSD) is the most important documentary training and pitching event in the Baltic countries, taking place in Riga, Latvia, from September 3 to 7 and mostly focusing on the projects from a greater Baltic Sea region as well as EU border countries. This year it will celebrate its 23rd edition. BSD is organised by the National Film Centre of Latvia, with financial support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, Creative Europe Media programme, and Riga City Council. 

BSD this year has selected 25 documentary film projects from 20 countries (out of more than 120 submitted), which will be provided with training possibilities to enhance the project presentations prior to the public pitching sessions. The tutors of the BSD this year will be documentary film consultants Tue Steen Müller and Mikael Opstrup (Denmark), Natalia Arshavskaya, head of selections and acquisitions at Current Time TV (USA), Mandy Chang, commissioning editor of BBC Storyville (UK), film director Anna Eborn (Sweden), Alex Szalat, former head of Documentaries at ARTE France & Head of Docs up Fund, and film editor Phil Jandaly (Sweden).

Among the decision makers there will be representatives from TV channels, sales and distribution companies – BBC (UK), Current Time TV (USA), NHK (Japan), SVT (Sweden), YLE (Finland), Albanian Television, First Hand Films (Switzerland), Syndicado (Canada), and others. 

The selected projects: 

72 Hours (Belarus, Belgium, France / Playtime Films, Volia Films, SaNoSi Productions.
Producers: Iva Tkalec, Volia Chajkouskaya, Isabel De La Serna, Director: Anna Savchenko)

Art and the Cold War. Esthetic Resistance (Estonia / Maagiline Masin. Producer: Anu Veermäe-Kaldra, Director: Sandra Jõgeva)

Company Of Steel (Ukraine / Directory films LLC. Producer: Igor Savychenko, Director: Yuliia Hontaruk)

The Constitution of the New Era: Man balancer of the Aerial and Aquatic World (Macedonia / OPIUM Film, Bunker Film+. Producers/Directors: Kiril Karakash, Svetislav Podleshanov)

Ever Since I Know Myself (Georgia / FORMO Production. Producer/Director: Maka Gogaladze)

Every Independence Day (Estonia, Belarus / Volia Films, Marx Film. Producers: Volia Chajkouskaya, Max Tuula, Director: Yulia Shatun) 

Fragile Memory (Ukraine, the Netherlands / Burlaka Films, DOXY Films. Producers: Mariia Ponomarova, Harmen Jalvingh, Director: Ihor Ivanko)

How to Save Dead Friend (Russia / DOCS VOSTOK. Producer: Ksenia Gapchenko, Director: Marusya Syroechkovskaya)

The Hunt (Lithuania / Studio Nominum. Producer: Arūnas Matelis, Director: Aistė Stonytė)

The Kind Stranger (Finland / Kinocompany Ltd. Producer: Ari Matikainen, Directors: Sini Hormio, Anu Silfverberg)

Mayday Georgia! (Georgia, UK, Uzbekistan / VISION FABRIKA, Nushi Film. Producers: Tekla Machavariani, Rayhan Demytrie, Directors: Robin Forestier-Walker, Rayhan Demytrie)

Masha, out of the Realm of Memory (France, Lithuania / ZED, MOONMAKERS. Producer: Christine Le Goff, Director: Giedrė Žickytė)

Men On Boat (Denmark / Final Cut for Real. Producer: Anne Köhncke, Director: Carl Olsson

Missing My Body (Georgia / Lokokina Studio. Producer/Director: Alexander Kvatashidze)

No Elephant in the Room (Poland, Romania / SQUARE film studio ltd, Triba Film. Producer: Magdalena Borowiec, Director: Clara Kleininger)

The Price of Meat (Latvia / Rucka Art Foundation. Producer: Ieva Goba, Director: Kaspars Goba)

Prison Unlocked (Latvia / Ego Media. Producer: Guntis Trekteris, Director: Ivars Zviedris)

Rebbellion (Ukraine, Germany, Poland / Phalanstery Films. Producer: Illia Gladshtein, Director: Keren Chernizon)

Riga Palace (Latvia / SKUBA films. Producer: Sandijs Semjonovs, Director: Armands Začs)

Roma (Ukraine, the Netherlands / Moon Man LLC, Tangerine Tree. Producers: Darya Bassel, Viktoriia Khomenko, Willem Baptist, Nienke Korthof, Director: Olga Zhurba)

Roses. Film – Cabaret (Ukraine / DGTL RLGN. Producers: Oleksandra Kravchenko, Oleg Sosnov, Director: Irena Stetsenko) 

Super B (Finland / napafilms oy. Producer: Marianne Mäkelä, Director: Mia Halme)

Tango of Life (Latvia, Italy, Argentina / VFS FILMS, B&B FILM, Nativa Contenidos. Producers: Uldis Cekulis, Raffaele Brunetti, Director: Erica Lifredo, Krista Burāne)

The Transition (Russia, UK / Baikal Cinema, Roast Beef Productions. Producer: Gayane Petrosyan, Mike Lerner, Director: Gayane Petrosyan)

Unpaved (Poland / Salton Sea Films. Producers: Malgorzata Koziol, Mikael Lypinski Director: Mikael Lypinski)

For the first time BSD is introducing awards with an aim to contribute to the successful completion of the projects. One project will be awarded with an online mentoring by editor Phil Jandaly for one year, and another will have an opportunity to use post-production facilities from BBrental.eu (Riga, Latvia) (in the amount of 3000 Euros). Projects will be selected by the tutors and decision makers based on the workshops and pitches.

Even though BSD was established more than 20 years ago in Denmark, it will be the 15th year since it is taking place in Riga, Latvia. From the 2019th edition BSD has a new project manager, film critic and researcher Zane Balčus, who has an extensive experience in management and curatorial areas in different organizations in the field of cinema. Before taking the position at the BSD, Balčus was a managing director of Riga Film Museum, she has been a programmer of the International Film Forum Arsenāls, project coordinator of the National Film Festival. She is a co-author of several books on Latvian cinema, a freelance film critic writing on cinema for various publications in Latvia, as well as a correspondent to Film New Europe.

During the week of the BSD, a film programme of the latest documentaries will be presented at cinema K.Suns in Riga, and several regional towns. 

More information about the event: http://balticseadocs.lv/industry/

The 25th Sibiu International Festival Astra Film, which will take place from 15 to 21 October, has announced relevant film industry personalities as the 13 members of the Jury for its 5 competition sections: International, Central and Eastern Europe, Romania, Shorts, and Docschool. The jurors will choose the winners out of 55 titles in competition from 30 countries, selected from over 3,000 submissions from 93 countries. Prizes amount to a total cash value of over 25,000 euros.

The legendary Ally Derks, founder and director for 30 years of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the first international festival in its genre, is for the first time in the Astra Film Festival Jury. She is joined by Haruka Hama, Coordinator of the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival (YIDFF), Japan; Michael Stewart, Director of the London Open City Documentary Film Festival, Professor at the University College London, UK; Cristi Puiu, Film Director, Romania; Marin Martschewski, Director, former Professor at Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin and at Béla Tarr Film School in Sarajevo; Alexandru Solomon, Film Director, Founding Director of One World Romania Film Festival (OWR); Dina Iordanova, Film Professor at the University of St. Andrews, UK; Cristian Tudor Popescu, Film Critic, Cinematography and Media PhD, Romania; Simon Kilmurry, Executive Director of the International Documentary Association (IDA), USA; Adina Popescu, Writer, Documentary filmmaker, Romania; Ruben Vermeersch, Film Director, Belgium; Liviu Tipurita, Film Director, United Kingdom; and Vintilă Mihăilescu, Writer, Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Romania.

Directors, producers, film critics, festival directors, professors, writers - the 13 elected members of the Jury represent all facets of the non-fiction film industry. Each brings a unique, fresh perspective and criteria to the final selections, as well as their dedication and experience in the industry. The winners of the competition sections will be announced on Saturday, October 20th.

"As a member of the jury, what you notice first is whether the movie gets your attention. You have to be patient, because sometime it can take a while until the story unfolds and reveals its true colours. Then, you notice the truth seized by the film, of course only if it indeed captured the truth. Any documentary film begins in the director's mind, with one of his obsessions. With something people cannot let go of. There is a certain thing, a story, a scene that still comes to your mind, and the movie is born to remove that obsession. I mean, it does not come from the outside, it comes from within." Michael Stewart, anthropologist, professor at City University of London, writer and documentary filmmaker, who has created the London Open City Documentary Film Festival inspired by Astra Film Festival Sibiu.

“We are honoured to announce the team of professionals who will judge the films at the Festival. For a quarter of a century, Astra Film Festival has been a landmark of the European cinema, a promoter of non-fiction productions and a constant supporter of the Romanian cinematography. The fact that more and more films are submitted each year shows that both the selective vision for the competition sections, and the Jury's effort towards objectivity throughout the editions, have created together an undeniable value. The Astra Film Festival Awards are considered a true international recognition for the genre authors," said Dumitru Budrala, founding director of the Astra Film Festival.

Sibiu International Festival Astra Film was launched in 1993 as a groundbreaking project in the Central and Eastern Europe. Its contribution to establishing a framework for the development of documentary cinema in the whole region, and in Romania in particular, has been consequential. It has constantly attracted industry’s attention to the art of non-fiction film by supporting the development of the genre and opening new horizons for the documentarists. Astra Film Festival 2018 is organized by Astra Film, CNM Astra and Astra Film Foundation, with the support of the County Council of Sibiu, the Ministry of Culture and National Identity, and the Romanian Film Center. The event is cofinanced by Sibiu City Council through the Sibiu City Hall and by the European Union through its Creative Media Program.

Astra Film Festival is held under the High Patronage of the President of Romania.

New Europe Film Sales launches a talent initiative

Warsaw-based New Europe Film Sales - the company behind the international success of such films as Grimur Hakonarsson’s Rams, Carla Simon’s Summer 1993, Hlynur Palmason’s Winter Brothers and Tomasz Wasilewski’s United States of Love - starts an annual talent initiative in its home town. The event will introduce talents from Poland and abroad to a leading film executives.

New Europe Warsaw Sessions (24-27 Sep) is an exclusive, closed workshop set in an original location outside Warsaw where six talents, hand-picked by New Europe’s team will mix with top film decision-makers. The participants, mentors and experts were chosen with a focus on filmmakers with success in the foreign-language space, who have the potential to make the step into an English language film as well as experts that could guide them through this process.

This year’s participating talents are Jan P. Matuszyński (Poland, The Last Family), Agnieszka Smoczyńska (Poland, The Lure, Fugue), Paweł Maślona (Poland, Panic Attack), Laura Moss (USA, Fry Day), Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson (Iceland, Under the Tree) and Jeppe Ronde (Denmark, Bridgend). They will be mentored by Mike Goodridge (UK, Screen International, Protagonist, Macao FF) and Julia Godzinskaya (UK, Rooks Nest, The Witch). The experts coming to Warsaw for the workshop are Dylan Leiner (USA, Sony Pictures Classics), Baltasar Kormakur (Iceland, director, Everest, 2 Guns, 101 Reykjavik), Sibila Diaz-Plaja (UK, Focus Features), Ben Giladi (UK, AI-Film), Julia Oh (UK, Film4), Vanja Kaludjercic (UK, Mubi) and Kim Magnusson (Denmark, M&M Productions).

“We are very happy to create this new platform. It’s a great opportunity for decision makers to meet new talents and spend time together in a creative environment through a series of relaxed masterclasses and meals and get to know each other in a safe, intimate environment away from big festivals and markets.” says New Europe’s CEO Jan Naszewski

Dylan Leiner, Senior Executive Vice President, Acquisitions & Production at Sony Pictures Classics added “Two years ago, Jan Naszewski was our guest at the first Bloom/Spiegel Partnership, a small filmmaker workshop in NY that grew out of a decade of The Marcie Bloom Fellowship in Film. Jan came away saying he wanted to spearhead a similar event in Poland and two years laterI’m excited to be joining this group that Jan has put together to introduce new filmmaking talent. I feel strongly that as our media landscape gets more consolidated and moves faster, these  kinds of initiatives that promote more personal interaction between talent and the industry in a slow moving environment are more important than ever. And it’s in these arenas that often long lasting relationships are formed.”

Mike Goodridge, artistic director of International Film Festival & Awards Macao added ““I am very excited to participate in this new workshop concept where six film-makers can interact with the industry in a candid and meaningful discussions. And where the select industry participants can be inspired by these brilliant young directors. I feel it will become a fixture on the annual calendar."

Institutions supporting the event as partners are The Polish Film Institute, Mazovia/Warsaw Film Commission and Adam Mickewicz Institute. Private partners include Chimney Poland, Film Produkcja, Platige Image, Gigant Films, Forum Film, while other supporters are Monolith Film and Gutek Film.

New Europe has recently set up a new production company NEM Corp together with Ewa Puszczyńska (producer of Ida and Cold War) and Klaudia Śmieja (producer of Claire Denis' High Life and A.Holland's upcoming $8.5m Gareth Jones).