SKOPJE: Honeyland / Medena zemja by Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska has been selected as North Macedonia’s candidate for the 92nd Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award in the best international feature film category. The Oscar nominations will be announced on 13 January 2019 and the ceremony will be held on 9 February 2020.
PRAGUE: German sales agent Beta Cinema has picked up Mahnaz Mohammadi’s debut feature Son Mother / Pesar-Madar. This Iranian/Czech coproduction will have its world premiere in the Discovery section of the Toronto International Film Festival (5-15 September 2019).
Feature films funded Polish Film Institute in the 2nd session of 2019
AMOUNT OF GRANT
IKH Pictures Promotion
1,370,771 EUR / 6 m PLN
Madants Sp. z o.o.
479,770 EUR / 2.1 m PLN
Studio Filmowe Kalejdoskop sp. z o.o.
580,289 EUR / 2,540,000 PLN
456,921 EUR / 2 m PLN
1,370,750 EUR / 6 m PLN
Prawdziwe życie aniołów
Barton Film Sp. z o.o.
114,229 EUR / 500,000 PLN
Manana Sp. z o.o
2,100,000 PLN / 479,770 EUR
Feature film production.
Studio Filmowe Jakimowski
228,447 EUR / 1 m PLN
Canis Majoris. Psy III
Wonder Studio Sp. z o.o.
456,921 EUR / 2 m PLN
TOTAL AMOUNT OF GRANTS: 5.3 m EUR / 23.5 m PLN
BERLIN: Macedonian Honeyland by Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska, and the Latvian/Swiss/Czech coproduction Putin’s Witnesses by Vitaly Mansky are among the 12 titles from the EFA Documentary Selection.
WARSAW: After the successful previous editions, the 3rd edition of Warsaw Kids Film Forum has significantly extended its offer by expanding the programme and the list of attending guests. The Warsaw Kids Film Forum will be held at the Muranow cinema in Warsaw from 25 to 27 September 2019.
After great success of previous editions, we have significantly extended this year’s offer. It involved prolonging the list of attending guests as well as expanding on the programme.
Apart from a compelling pitching offer, thanks to added value in the form of workshops, script and legal consultations, co-pro breakfast, trip around Warsaw and a script master class, this year’s schedule will be quite ambitious. While creating this year’s programme we were focusing on recognizing the needs of all attendees of the Forum.
Warsaw Kids Film Forum is the first and only international forum in Poland devoted entirely to the topic of co-productions of films and TV series for young audience. We believe that the 3rd edition of WKFF will provide you with a great opportunity to explore new and inspiring projects, meet the people behind them and increase your knowledge on a constantly developing market of productions for kids and young audience.
Forum will be held from 25–27 September in Muranow Cinema at Andersa St. 5, Warsaw. INSPIRATION DAY supported by FNE CEI
Day one (Inspiration Day) will be devoted to conferences and workshops. David Kleeman (Dubit,USA) will open the conference by giving an introduction on the latest trends in kids production, both in films and TV. David will elaborate on creating content for children based on modern media user habits of young adults and expand on the most recent market research devoted to creating and making use of video content for young spectators.
The introduction will be followed by a discussion panel on todays and coming future of children’s productions by the panellists: Richard Rowe (DHX), Luca MIlano (RAI Ragazzi), Claire Tavernier (digital media adviser) and Maria Kosareva (Viacom).
Next part of Inspiration Day will be devoted to kid’s productions that have been successful on a local and international scale. Among the presented projects we will look into:
The third and last part of the Inspiration Day consists of an intense workshop: „The Art of Finding & Making a Deal” by Silke Wilfinger from SilkWay Films and Carlos Hertel from Bavaria Media GmbH. The workshop goals are to explain: how to position a film internationally, where & how to pitch a project and do’s and don’ts for negotiating a sales contract. To attend the workshop, please register HERE.
Simultaneously and for the first time at the Forum, we will host a market presentation of „The Black Mill” (last year’s pitching project at Works in Progress section).
Moreover, the participants interested in script writing are welcome to take part in a lecture combined with a practical component run by Philip LaZebnik devoted to script writing and story building.
All the guests who didn’t have the time to go sightseeing during previous editions are invited for a tour around Warsaw organized by Mazovia Film Fund.
The eventful first day will end with a networking cocktail in Kino Muranow.
Next two days will be devoted to pitching sessions of films and TV series for young audience. This year’s selection comprises of 27 titles from 16 countries: Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Canada, Germany, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Italy and Ukraine. The projects are both at an early production stage as well as in late development (Works in Progress).
Filmmakers will be able to present their projects in front of a group of experts from Poland and abroad – distributors, TV representatives, sales agents, financial institutions and private investors. Pitching sessions will be completed by One on one meetings with producers of presented projects.
More information on WKFF programme can be found at: https://warsawkidsff.pl/program-2/
BUCHAREST: The Whistlers / La Gomera by Corneliu Porumboiu has been selected as Romania’s candidate for the 92nd Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award in the best international feature film category. This Romanian/French/German coproduction had its world premiere in the Competition of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
SARAJEVO: Cineplexx will build a multiplex with eight cinema halls totaling 1,400 seats in Sarajevo. Cineplexx Sarajevo will be opened in summer 2020 and will become one of the venues of Sarajevo Film Festival.
VENICE: Venice competitor Czech / Ukrainian / Slovak coproduction The Painted Bird directed by Václav Marhoul has been acquired by French sales company Celluloid Dreams. The film is the first majority Czech coproduction selected for the main competition of Venice Film Festival in 25 years.
PIEŠŤANY: Ten films have been selected for Meeting Point Europe, the main competition of the 14th Cinematik International Film Festival, which will take place in the spa city of Piešťany from 10 to 15 September 2019.
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