Visegrad Film Forum has announced the names of the first two guests. Renowned filmmakers Jim Stark and Eddy Joseph who have collaborated with world-class directors on dozens of notorious films such as BatmanPink Floyd: The WallCasino Royale or Coffee and Cigarettes will visit Bratislava to share their expertise in informal lectures. After a two-year break, the Visegrad Film Forum will take place as an on-site event on 15-19 March 2022 at the Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava and at the Lumière Cinema in Bratislava.

„Creating a space for aspiring filmmakers and film enthusiasts to peek behind the „film curtain“ – behind the scenes of how a film is made – has always been our goal. The pandemic situation has prevented us from realizing this as a live event in recent years, but we believe that despite the recurring adversity we will prepare the next edition during March 2022 at the best possible quality level and in a safe form for every guest and participant“ says event director Jakub Viktorín.

The producer`s role in independent filmmaking

Producer Jim Stark has helped many iconic independent directors and their films come to light. Early in his career, he worked with director Jim Jarmusch on Down by Law (1986), Mystery Train (1989), Night on Earth (1991), and produced two vignettes from Coffee and Cigarettes (1986). He also collaborated on La Gomera (2019), which was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes, and Foxtrot (2019), which won the Silver Lion at Venice.

The unique atmosphere of the film, enhanced by the sound

Sound engineer Eddy Joseph is the recipient of a BAFTA for sound in the film directed by Alan Parker, Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982), and several nominations for Flight 93 (2006), Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001) and Quantum of Solace (2008). He has more than 70 feature films to his credit, including iconic films such as Batman (1989), Casino Royale (2006) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) among others.

What is the Visegrad Film Forum?

The Visegrad Film Forum is a networking and educational event bringing together film students and professionals from the film industry on an international level. It constitutes a platform for discussion about what goes behind the making of a film and also about current trends in cinema. Over five days, it will offer a rich audiovisual programme of lectures and screenings accompanied by debates with renowned filmmakers.

International participation of partner schools

The Visegrad Film Forum will once again present student projects from partner film schools. The meetings that will follow the screenings will provide a space for students to discuss not only the films, but also the filmmaking conditions and the system of teaching at the selected schools. In addition to the co-organiser, the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, the V4 partner schools will include the Film Academy of Miroslav Ondříček in Písek (FAMO), the Eszterházy Károly University in Eger and the Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School at the University of Silesia in Katowice. Four more partner schools will soon be announced by the organisers.

The Visegrad Film Forum (VFF) will be held in parallel with the FEBIOFEST Bratislava International Film Festival, which will take place from 16-22 March 2022. Accreditations purchased at the VFF will also be valid for events organised within the framework of Febiofest. VFF accreditations can be purchased in advance for a discounted price.

Current pandemic measures

The Visegrad Film Forum will take place as an on-site event in compliance with current pandemic measures, which will be closely monitored by the organisers, and all participants will be informed of their development.

The New Horizons Association (the organiser of the Kids Kino IFF, the Kids Kino Industry co-production forum, and the Kids Kino Lab script development workshops) and the South Norwegian Film Centre (Sornorsk filmsenter) present a new programme: Kids Kino Docs. The first call for projects began on 3rd of January and will run until 7th of February, 2022.

The Kids Kino Docs programme is addressed to filmmakers from Poland and Norway who would like to make documentary films and series for young audiences.

Two calls for projects for the new programme will be organised in 2022. Each of them will result in 6 projects selected to take part in 4 workshop sessions in Poland and Norway and will be developed during the 15 months long programme. Additional plans include shooting sessions, film documentations, and online consultations supervised by the leading tutors, Kirsten Bonnén Rask and Paweł Ziemilski, and international guest experts. 

The programme will provide filmmakers with an opportunity to develop their projects in an international community of documentary film professionals. As part of the process, participants will work on a variety of aspects: improving their ideas, collecting documentation, preparing for filming, filming itself, and, finally, editing.

First call for projects: 3rd January – 7th February 2022.
Read more about the programme: https://kidskinoindustry.pl/kids-kino-docs/

Our Tutors:
Kirsten Bonnén Rask has 40+ years of experience as a script consultant, in parallel to being a decision maker, teacher and project developer. Her services span all production types and formats, with multiple best script/film awards. Kirsten has also worked with Lars von Trier, Lone Scherfig and Bille August just to mention some. During the 40+ years she has read and advised on many hundred stories – shorts, series, features, documentaries. Kirsten is also a tutor at Kids Kino Lab programme.
Paweł Ziemilski, graduate of Film Directing at Lodz Film School, DOK PRO at Wajda School and Sociology at Warsaw University. Paweł is a film director, producer and co-owner of MX35 studio. His films ("In Touch", "Urban Cowboys", "Rogalik") received wide publicity at numerous film festivals around the world and won prestigious prizes (IDFA, Thessaloniki IFF, ZagrebDox, Oberhausen ISFF). Paweł is also a lecturer at The Polish National Film School in Łódź where he runs an experimental documentary lab.

Kids Kino Docs is an extension of the Kids Kino Lab script development workshops, where documentary productions were developed alongside feature and film and series projects. The goal of the new programme is to create a space dedicated to documentary films and series for young audiences.

Kids Kino Docs together with KidsKino Industry and Kids Kino Lab are the industry events accompanying Kids Kino IFF. Every year, selected film and series projects for young audiences take part in the Kids Kino Lab script development workshop, to be later presented alongside other projects at the Kids Kino Industry co-production forum. The forum is aimed at creating a space to connect filmmakers and their potential business partners to co-work on a project.

The New Horizons Association is a non-governmental organisation whose main objective is to promote and popularise unconventional ambitious arthouse cinematography through organisation of film festivals (New Horizons IFF, American Film Festival, Kids Kino IFF) and educational programmes (The New Horizons of Film Education) as well as running a cinema in Wrocław (Kino Nowe Horyzonty) and film distribution.

The Kids Kino Docs programme is co-financed by the EEA Financial Mechanism and the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

After the last successful ‘out of the box’ edition, the new generation of WEMW will mix the warm, professional and playful atmosphere of all the previous on-site and online editions. WEMW 2022 will be a hybrid space designed to bridge the distance between real experience and virtual reality, a universe where hybrid connections will mingle with virtual meetings and real emotions.

Get your ONLINE ACCREDITATION and have direct access to an outstanding selection of projects and to a rich series of lectures and panels. Once again our brand-new digital platform will grant easy access to more than 500 decision makers and producers from all over the world and for the first time we will provide a hybrid match-making service to facilitate connections amongst all attendees.

The WEMW Digital Universe will create a unique experience for all our online participants and will offer a wide range of business, networking and entertaining opportunities such as:

  • attending the full WEMW industry programme, including the EAVE, MIDPOINT Institute, ACE Producers lectures and the panels dedicated to our 2022 East & West focus
  • taking part in a full afternoon dedicated to genre production run in collaboration with the Fantastic Film Forum
  • joining our pitching sessions & request one to one meetings with the Co-Production Forum and Shorts selected projects
  • subscribing to the blind dates with our decision makers and to the boosted ‘out of the box’ casual programme
  • meeting sales, commissioning editors and festivals in informal and cosy sessions
  • having instant video chats and interact directly with other attendees whenever, wherever
  • watching a special selection of the Trieste Film Festival screenings;
  • testing your luck with the WEMW lottery and subscribing to the WEMW Quiz Show!

ACCREDITATION FEES & DEADLINES
As for the second consecutive year there will be no possibility to get an accreditation to physically attend our market, we have opted to have one special fee for everyone for the whole duration of the accreditation campaign: 45 EUR.

You will be able to get your accreditation from Wednesday Jan 5 until Tuesday Jan 25 (or until sold out). Please note that due to the limited number of online accreditations, they will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

In order to request your accreditation you need to create your personal account following this link. Once you access your account you simply have to fill in the online form with your personal company info to be published in our industry guide and pay by credit card at the moment of your request.  You will be notified by e-mail about whether your accreditation has been granted or declined. Accreditation is personal and non-transferable.

Starting from next week you will be able to find a weekly updated list of confirmed attendees on www.wemw.it

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WEMW is organized once again by the FVG Audiovisual Fund in collaboration with the Trieste Film Festival, EAVE, Creative Europe Desk Italy and thanks to the precious and constant support of Creative Europe/MEDIA Programme, MIC -Direzione Generale per il Cinema, CEI – Central European Initiative, Film Center Serbia and the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of dok.incubator, a decade in which the film workshop worked with 159 documentaries and led many of them to awards at the world's top festivals. The latest 8 films developed in 2021 are now ready to be presented at the annual dok.incubator preview which will take place on Sunday, November 21 during IDFA, Amsterdam.

The films selected for the 2021 edition of dok.incubator deal with different themes, show various ways of storytelling and very different countries which the filmmakers come from, including Venezuela, Nordic countries, Spain or Eastern Europe. There is a story of a single mother, searching justice and safety for her kids (film Too Close), a personal documentary of an activist fighting for animal rights (film We Are Animals) or the life journey of a political prisoner and his family (film My Father’s Prison). That makes this year’s films a perfect representation of the diversity of both, documentaries, and today’s world.

The preview showcase takes place on Sunday, November 21 at 5 PM CET at the Netherlands Film Academy Amsterdam (by invitation only). All eight films presented at dok.incubator preview are ready to premiere soon and start their festival lives. Thanks to the success of previous dok.incubator films, the expectations are very high. Over the past 10 years the workshop has helped 12 films to get into Sundance competitions, 30 films were screened at IDFA and 5 were nominated for the European Film Award. "The workshop participants go from working on the cut to thinking through the complex journey of the film, which they've never done before. They're not only looking at the story, but also at the audience, marketing, and distribution. They go so much further, and when the film is finished, it can successfully make its way through the system," adds Andrea Prenghyová, the workshop founder and director.

That is also the case of three dok.incubator films which premiered in 2021 and were selected in this year’s IDFA festival sections. Don’t miss screenings of How to Kill a Cloud (awarded at Locarno festival), Reconciliation (awarded at CPH:DOX) and Intensive Live Unit (awarded at Karlovy Vary IFF).

Selected films for dok.incubator 2021 edition can be found here.

The shooting of the Slovenian part of the feature-length puppet stop motion animation (Un)Desirable Things, directed by Leon Vidmar, has started at the Viba Film Studio. The film crew has 108 days of shooting ahead of it, which is to take place from early January to mid-June 2022. Based on a literary work by the Czech writer Arnošt Goldflam, the screenplay was written by Kaja Jerneja Balog and Maja Križnik. 

In the Slovenian part of the film, we follow the daily routine of the grumpy widower Bogdan. One day, his routine gets interrupted by a sudden gust of wind that carries away his newspaper as he is overcome by nostalgia on his wife’s grave. Zarja, a playful girl from the neighbourhood, watches the event and encourages Bogdan to chase after it. As he hops awkwardly after the newspaper, the wind fills his coat and carries him on a fantastic journey, from which he returns visibly transformed, his face glowing and his steps light and playful.

The narrative, based on elements of magical realism, will be realised in the classic technique of puppet stop motion animation, just like the director’s debut Farewell (2016). The film’s complex production design was developed over eight months by seven production designers, while the puppets were handmade by Patricia Oritz Martínez. 

The Slovenian part of the film is produced by Kolja Saksida from the Zavod ZVVIKS production company from Ljubljana, with Deja Škerjanc as associate producer. Miloš Srdić is the director of photography; Julia Peguet the main animator; Ivana Bošnjak and Leon Vidmar the animators; while the art director is Patricia Ortiz Martínez. The film’s production designers include Mateja Rojc, Simon Hudolin – Salči, Marko Turkuš, Bine Skrt, Jaka Kramberger, Neža Mekota, and Anja Gruden. The main characters of the film will be voiced by the actors Niko Goršič, Maša Derganc Veselko, Blaž Šef, and Asja Kahrimanović Babnik. 

The feature film (Un)Desirable Things is a screen adaptation of the stories by the Czech writer Arnošt Goldflam, produced by four internationally renowned producers: MAUR film (Czechia), Artichoke (Slovakia), Zavod ZVVIKS (Slovenia), and Vivement Lundi! (France). It consists of four stories, filmed in four European countries by four directors: David Súkup (Czechia), Patrik Pašš (Slovakia), Leon Vidmar (Slovenia), and Jean-Claude Rozec (France).

The Slovenian co-producer is RTV Slovenija, and the project has already been supported by Creative Europe MEDIA, the Czech Film Fund, the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, the Slovenian Film Centre, Bretagne Cinéma, TVR Tempo, the Czech Television, Viba Film Studio Ljubljana, and Eurimages.

ONLINE INDUSTRY PANEL DISCUSSION SCANDI 2022 

Date: online 25. 1. 2022 - during the SCANDI festival in Slovakia and Czech republic 

Time: 3:30pm – 6:00pm 

Info:  The discussion will be divided into three parts, each part will last about 45 minutes and will be held in  English language. 

Topic: Production, co-production, distribution, festival representation and education in the field of  Scandinavian cinema, reflected on BEST PRACTISE of the film Margrete, Queen of the North.  Defining, researching and discussing how it is possible that Scandinavian cinema has such a strong  reach, high standard and such a solid film ecosystem.  

  1. part – Production of Scandinavian films, their politics, meaning, effectiveness and CASE  STUDY of the film Margrete, Queen of the North and festival representation of Scandinavian movies 
    Panelists: Birgitte Skov, Lea Aevars, Ivan Hronec, Dominik Hronec 
    Time: 3:30pm – 4:15pm 
  1. part – Models of Scandinavian, Slovak and Czech cinemas – BEST PRACTISE of  Scandinavian cinema in the field of audiovisual education and festival representation
    Panelists: Petter Mattsson, Pavel Bednařík, Ivan Hronec, Dominik Hronec 
    Time: 4:20h – 5:05h 
  1. part – What is it that Scandinavian cinema, despite its quantitative and geographical  smallness, has an important place not only in the history but also in the present of world  cinema? How is it possible that they have such a well-established system approach at all  levels?  
    Panelists: Wendy Mitchell, Martin Kudláč, Ivan Hronec, Dominik Hronec 
    Time: 5:10pm – 5:55pm

Panelists: 
Wendy Mitchell – Nordic correspondent for Screen International and Nordic festival delegate for San  Sebastian International Film Festival 
Lea Aevars - festival director RVK Feminist Film Festival, Iceland  
Birgitte Skov – producer of the film MARGRETE, QUEEN OF THE NORTH  Petter Mattsson – International Department, Swedish Film Institute  
Pavel Bednařík – director, Association for Film and Audiovisual Education in the Czech Republic  Martin Kudláč - Freelance Film Journalist, Cineuropa 
Ivan Hronec – moderator, CEO, Film Europe  
Dominik Hronec – moderator, Creative Director, Film Europe

The ‘new generation’ of When East Meets West kicks off in less than two weeks, on January 24, with a unique hybrid format that for the first time will combine digital connections and real emotions.

After revealing the Co-Production Forum project selection, WEMW is happy to finally unveil the complete line-up of the four sections targeting films in post-production stage: Last Stop Trieste, This is IT, First Cut+ and First Cut Lab Trieste.

Now in its eight edition, Last Stop Trieste, the fine cut section run together with the Trieste Film Festival, will present 6 creative documentaries that were previously selected in one of the partner platforms: Ex Oriente Film, Docu Rough Cut Boutique, Balkan Discoveries, Baltic Sea Docs, ZagrebDox Pro. All films will be in the running for the HBO Europe Award (cash prize of 1.000 EUR), Flow Digital Cinema Award, and the First Hand Fund Distribution Award (“1.000 bucks for the project that promises to make its audience laugh, cry, fall in love and learn something”). 

For the fifth edition, When East Meets West and Trieste Film Festival will renew the partnership with Milano Film Network for the section exclusively dedicated to feature films produced or co-produced by Italian producers. For the first time the final line-up will also feature two titles coming from the WEMW 2022 spotlight territories. This is IT will present in total 10 films - 7 fiction and 3 documentaries - ready for festival premiere/international distribution, all of them competing for the prestigious Laser Film Award.

For the third consecutive year, WEMW is proud to host the international works in progress section First Cut+ and to introduce to more than 80 sales and festival programmers registered to the market, 8 promising titles from Belgium, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Ukraine.

Alongside the works in progress sections dedicated to films seeking international distribution and festival premiere, WEMW will co-organize the eighth edition of First Cut Lab Trieste, a consultancy programme designed for 3 feature films in editing phase from the focus countries of WEMW. The selected teams will be offered a creative framework to help them open up new perspectives and explore the full artistic potential of their films.

Last but not least, the ‘new generation’ of WEMW is also happy to announce the 5 companies selected for the first edition of the Slate Market & EAVE Consultancies programme, and the 44 participants from 27 different countries  - selected out of 112 applications -  who will be part of the 5 brand-new WEMW Inspirational Labs run in collaboration with CEE Animation Workshop, ESoDoc, Eurovod and MIDPOINT Institute, and meant to stimulate producers to differentiate their business models, discover new formats and explore new markets.

WEMW is moreover proud to highlight the massive presence of projects and professionals coming from the East & West 2022 country focusRussia & Canada, Ireland, UK, USA

Over and above the professionals, projects and works in progress selected in the different sections of the WEMW programme, the successful partnership with ROSKINOBritish Film InstituteTelefilm CanadaSODECCMPAOntario Creates and Screen Ireland, will allow a delegation from each country to join physically and virtually the WEMW Universe.

All documentaries and fiction feature films that will be presented at Last Stop Trieste, This is IT, First Cut+, First Cut Lab Trieste and the companies participating in the Slate Market are:

LAST STOP TRIESTE

ATONAL GLOW
director: Alexander Koridze
producer: Alexander Koridze
country: Georgia

BOTTLEMEN
director: Nemanja Vojinović
producers: Marija Stojnić, Nemanja Vojinović
countries: Serbia, Slovenia

DIARY OF A BRIDE OF CHRIST
director: Marta Smerechynska
producer: Natalia Libet
country: Ukraine

FRAGILE MEMORY 
director: Igor Ivanko
producers: Igor Ivanko, Maria Ponomarova, Alexandra Bratyshchenko
countries: Ukraine, Slovakia

THE BODY
director: Petra Seliškar
producers: Tamara Babun, Petra Seliškar
countries: Slovenia, Croatia, North Macedonia, France

TOO CLOSE
director: Botond Pusok
producer: Irina Malcea
country: Romania

This is ITA STEADY JOB
directors: Gianluca Matarrese, Mattia Colombo
producer: Giovanni Donfrancesco
countries: Italy, France

AFTER THE BRIDGE
directors: Davide Rizzo, Marzia Toscano
producers: Adam Selo, Olga Torrico, Christie Molia
countries: Italy, France

AN INVISIBLE ENEMY
directors: Riccardo Campagna, Federico Savonitto
producer: Federico Savonitto
country: Italy

BIRTH YEAR
director: Mikhail Mestetskiy
producers: Sergey Kornikhin, Simon Zakruzhniy
country: Russia

FALLING
director: Samuel Perriard
producers: Martin Rattini, Sarah Born
countries: Svizzera, Italy

IT'S RAINING             
director: Mino Capuano
producers: Girolamo Capuano, Andrea Rosasco
country: Italy

MARGINI
director: Niccolò Falsetti
producers: Alessandro Amato, Luigi Chimienti, Manetti bros 
country: Italy

THE MAN WITHOUT GUILT
director: Ivan Gergolet
producers: Miha Černec, Igor Prinčić, Boris T. Matić
countries: Slovenia, Italia, Croatia 

THE STORE
director: Amy-Ro Sköld
producers: Francesca Portalupi, Lovisa Charlier
countries: Sweden, Italy

WHITE ROAD
director: Ella Menzheeva
producers: Elena Glikman, Victoria Lupik
countries: Russia

FIRST CUT+A LOVE STORY
director: Mathieu Volpe
producer: Arnaud Dufeys
company: Replica Films
country: Belgium

CAMPER
directors: Łukasz Suchocki & Maciej Dydyński
producers: Łukasz Suchocki & Maciej Dydyński
company: Splotfilm
country: Poland

FUCKING BORNHOLM
director: Anna Kazejak 
producer: Marta Lewandowska
company: Friends With Benefits Studio
country: Poland

LUCKY GIRL
director: Marysia Nikitiuk
producers : Yanina Sokolova and Julia Sinkevych
company : Yanina Sokolova Production
country : Ukraine

MAMMALIA
director: Sebastian Mihăilescu
producers: Diana Păroiu & Ada Solomon
company: microFILM
country: Romania
co-producers: Ewa Puszczyńska (Extreme Emotions, Poland), Nina Frese (Pandora Film, Germany)

MEN OF DEEDS
director: Paul Negoescu
producer: Anamaria Antoci
company: Tangaj Production
country: Romania

SUMMER TO COME
director: György Mór Kárpáti
producer: Viktória Petrányi
company: Proton Cinema
country: Hungary
co-producer: Café Film (Hungary)

WHITE PLASTIC SKY
directors: Tibor Bánóczki and Sarolta Szabó
producers: József Fülöp and Orsolya Sipos
company: SALTO Films
country: Hungary
producer: Juraj  Krasnohorsky
company: Artichoke
country: Slovakia
co-producer: Viktória Petrányi (Proton Cinema)

SLATE MARKETA

chtung Panda!

producer: Jamila Wenske
country: Germany

Éclipse Film
producer: Julianna Ugrin
country: Hungary

Just a moment
producer: Dagne Vildziunaite
country: Lithuania

Kinocompany
producer: Ari Matikainen
country: Finland

Tico Film Company
producer: Sarah Pennacchi
country: Italy

FIRST CUT LAB TRIESTE

BIRTH YEAR
director: Mikhail Mestetskiy
producers: Sergey Kornikhin, Simon Zakruzhniy
country: Russia 

INVASIONS 
director: Sophie Jarvis
producer: Sara Blake 
Co-producers: Magali Gillon-Krizaj (Reign Films, Canada), Tyler Hagan (Experimental Forest Films, Canada), Michela Pini & Olga Lamontanara (Cinédokké, Switzerland)
countries of production: Canada, Switzerland

WHITE ROAD
director: Ella Menzheeva
producers: Elena Glikman, Victoria Lupik
countries: Russia    

HOW IS KATIA? Tells the story of a single mother, working hard as a paramedic to provide a better life and a home for her young daughter. A sudden turn of events makes Anna question her moral compass in a society where everyone has lost their own.

“I have always been deeply moved by stories with strong moral questions at their core - stories that push their characters to make complicated compromising choices. These stories help me better understand myself,” notes director Tynkevych.

The script was co-written by Christina Tynkevych and Serhiy Kastornykh. The main role is played by emerging actress Anastasia Karpenko. Anastasia has starred in numerous films, TV Series and short films in Ukraine.

HOW IS KATIA? is produced by Olha Matat and Vlad Dudko through Ukrainian production company Evos Film, supported by the Ukrainian State Film Agency for the production of the film. In 2021, How is Katia? won the proMOTION programme by the Ukrainian Institute, that aims to support the international promotion of Ukrainian films.

Christina Tynkevych graduated from the University of Arts and the University of Westminster (London, UK). Her first short documentary ‘Kraina’ was long-listed for the Oscars in 2017, it was followed by ‘Solatium’ (feature short) and ‘Generation 91’ (feature documentary), which went on to screen at festivals both in Europe and America.

HOW IS KATIA? participated in a number of markets and workshops including Midpoint Feature Launch, Thessaloniki Agora Co-Pro and WiP, EAVE, New Horizons Studio+ etc.

HOW IS KATIA? will premiere in 2022.

Production Information
Evos Film (Ukraine)
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Credits
Director: Christina Tynkevych
Writer: Christina Tynkevych, Serhiy Kastornykh
Producer: Olha Matat, Vlad Dudko
DoP: Vladislav Voronin
Production Designer: Vlad Dudko
Sound Designer: Serhii Stepansky
Editor: Alex Shamin, Oleksand Chorny
Color: Vladislav Voronin

BUDAPEST: FNE spoke to Oksana Sarkisova, Director of Hungary’s Verzió Film Festival, which took place with screenings in Budapest 9-14 November in cinemas, and with its Industry section online 15-21 November 2021.

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