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FNE has teamed up with FIPRESCI critics attending the Berlinale to rate the films in the Main Competition, Panorama and Forum giving the films 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 stars. 5 is the best and 1 is the worst. The ratings give an overview of critics opinions from a large number of countries and provide insights to what critics in many different countries think about the programme.

Paul Negoescu, the director of Two Lottery Tickets (2016), inspired by the work of Ion Luca Caragiale, is the Honorary Ambassador of the European Film Festival current edition, continuing a decade old tradition: to allow Romanian filmmakers to testify for the European film. The directors are invited to use their language of preference, the film, and they never disappoint.

"For me, the cinema is a universal language and I’m reluctant to split it geographically, ethnically or nationally. I equally appreciate European, American, Iranian or Japanese films. However, the European film has a special meaning for me, as I relate with its values. In European cinema, the author's vision is above the financial investors’ interests, and when the author has full creative freedom, authentic, unconventional and daring films can arise. Moreover, in times that seem to get more and more divisive, the cinema upholds as a social hard core able to bring us together, and the European film makes no exception." Paul Negoescu

Paul has directed the video spot promoting the current edition, based on his own idea. It illustrates the passion for the European film and, in line with the Festival’s new direction, it alludes to the film’s capacity to prompt not just emotion, but also debate. Unsurprisingly, stirring debate is the very essence of European cinema. https://youtu.be/HZKhFLLYOyg

The Honorary Ambassadors of EFF previous editions are: Anca Damian (2016), Tudor Giurgiu (2015), Adrian Sitaru (2014), Cătălin Mitulescu (2012), Radu Muntean (2011), Radu Jude (2010), Marian Crişan (2009), Cristian Mungiu (2008), Corneliu Porumboiu (2007) and Cristi Puiu (2006). Each of them provided an original approach in promoting the Festival, by drafting the script and undertaking the direction, thus contributing to the sentimental video chronology of the latest 10 editions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oujLOJkq2E

The director and screenwriter, Paul Negoescu, marked his directorial debut through A Month in Thailand (2012) and won several international awards for his comedy Two Lottery Tickets (2016).

The European Film Festival takes place in Bucharest (May, 4 to 11), Iasi (May, 12 to 14), Tirgu Mures (May, 19 to 21), Gura Humorului (May, 19 to 21) and Timisoara (May, 26 to 28). Immediately after, The Other Side of Hope, distributed by Independența Film, will enter the cinemas in Romania.

The European Film Festival is organized by the Romanian Cultural Institute, under the aegis of EUNIC Romania, in conjunction with the European Commission Representation in Romania, with the support of embassies and cultural centres of European countries, the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant, the French Institute - Cinema Elvire Popesco, the Filmmakers Union in Romania and the European Parliament Information Office in Romania.

Partners and media partners:  Primăria Municipiului Iași; Primăria Gura Humorului; Primăria Municipiului Tîrgu Mureș; Asociația K’Arte Tîrgu Mureș; Primăria Municipiului Timișoara; Universitatea de Vest Timișoara - Facultatea de Litere, Istorie și Teologie; Centrul Cultural Gura Humorului; Casa de Cultură a Municipiului Iași "Mihai Ursachi"; Casa de Cultură a Municipiului Timișoara; Filarmonica Banatul; CinED; Macondo; SNSPA, PEN Club România; aarc.ro, Agerpres, Blog de Cinema, Bookblog, București FM, Cărturești, Cațavencii, CineFAN, Cinemagia, CinePub; Citatepedia; Dilema Veche; DOR; Dor de Ducă; Eskape; FilmNewEurope; Gratuitor; HotNews; Hyperliteratura; Igloo; LiterNet; Movie News; Modernism; MUBI; News.ro; Observator Cultural; Radio România; Radio Cultural; România Pozitivă; Șapte Seri; TVR; TANĂNANA; Webcultura; zeppelin.

Contact:
Alex Trăilă, EFF Artistic director, tel. +4 0747 28 98 93, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Anca Hrab, EFF Coordinator – Romanian Cultural Institute, tel. +4 0722 59 15 61, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For the 17th Year Running, Wiesbaden is the Place To Be for Eastern Europe Enthusiasts and Cinema Fans Alike

In less than one week, goEast will transform the Hessen state capital of Wiesbaden for the 17th year and counting into a cinematic paradise for Eastern Europe enthusiasts, film fans and all those who care deeply for culture in general. goEast - Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, hosted by Deutsches Filminstitut and taking place this year from Wednesday, April 26th, to Tuesday, May 2nd, is presenting more than 100 films from 29 different countries, including six world, one international and 22 German premieres, three talent development projects and a rich supporting program featuring exhibitions, panel discussions, workshops, lectures, film talks and parties.

goEast is welcoming more than 200 special guests and filmmakers from Germany and abroad, including Polish director and 2017 Silver Bear winner Agnieszka Holland, Serbian film icon Mirjana Karanović, the grande dame of Hungarian auteur cinema Márta Mészáros, German actor Ulrich Matthes and legendary German producer Artur "Atze" Brauner.

MY HAPPY FAMILY (CHEMI BEDNIERI OJAKHI, Germany/France/Georgia, 2017), the latest film from Georgian-German directorial duo Nana & Simon (Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross), will open the festival on Wednesday, April 26th, at Caligari FilmBühne. 

This year, goEast is raising the banner for female filmmakers from Central and Eastern Europe and strong female characters in cinema. As festival director Gaby Babić explained at the press conference today, Thursday, at Caligari FilmBühne: "The blatantly unequal treatment of women in the industry is a topic of discussion within the festival scene as well. On the average, festivals showcase far too little work from women. In the scope of research for our historical programs, it really struck us how for certain phases in cinema history it is almost impossible to find films from female directors. Obviously there were and still are contexts and periods in which it was particularly hard for women to work as directors. In spite of all that, there have always been women making films in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. And today there are a number of women from Eastern Europe in the European auteur cinema scene who are represented at the top of the field. Now we have chosen to devote ourselves to the work of female filmmakers from Central and Eastern Europe in the Symposium and it is no accident that this year's Competition features several debuts from young female directors." 

Claudia Dillmann, director of Deutsches Filminstitut, emphasises: "With this important focus on female filmmaking, goEast demonstrates once again that it takes up important topics and contextualises them. Starting from the founding idea 17 years ago - to give the local and regional audience a deeper understanding for the culture and politics of their neighbours to the East - the festival has long since established itself as a central platform for the film scene of Central and Eastern Europe. Political issues have always played a role in the festival debates as well, and continue to do so. The fact that goEast aims to be political is also evident for instance in the new project accompanying festival section OPPOSE OTHERING!, which pushes back against exclusionary practices. In so doing, goEast continues to evolve non-stop."

Ingmar Jung, State Secretary at the Hessen State Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the Arts: "In 2017, goEast is celebrating its 17th edition. The Hessen state government is very pleased to once again be able to provide financial support for this festival for Central and Eastern European film based in the state capital of Wiesbaden. With its unique program of films, lectures and discussions, as well as its efforts to foster and acknowledge young talent, goEast invites participants and attendees to engage in a cultural exchange that could not be more politically urgent and societally relevant."

Axel Imholz, the new head of the Department of Cultural Affairs of the Hessen State Capital Wiesbaden, expressed his satisfaction at having the opportunity to open one of Wiesbaden's most important cultural events right at the beginning of his tenure: "goEast brings an international festival atmosphere to our city. With a multitude of impressive films in the Competition, German premieres, well known filmmakers and international guests, the festival draws the attention of the world of cinema to Wiesbaden. With exhibitions in 'sam' (Stadtmuseum am Markt) and Museum Wiesbaden and numerous other events in addition to the film programs, it offers a great variety of further cultural attractions. Once again, goEast is creating spaces for encounters and promoting cultural exchange and discourse in Europe - something that is more important than ever in today's climate."

Dr. Helmut Müller, managing director of Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain, commented: "Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain is pleased once again this year to be able to give the 30 participants of the East-West Talent Lab, hailing from ten countries, the opportunity to publically present their works in the categories of short fiction feature, documentary film, experimental film and video art to a jury composed of respected industry professionals. The best pitch will be honoured with the goEast Development Award, funded and presented by Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain since 2014 and endowed with prize money in the amount of 3,500 euros. In addition, this year there is the possibility to attend master classes given by renowned guests, such as director Agnieszka Holland, producer and goEast jury member Max Tuula or director Askold Kurov. And, last but not least, for the first time this year the Lab will be accompanied by a critic blog. All in all, the Lab is a wonderful possibility for participants to share experience and knowledge, to build networks and to gain valuable industry contacts."

Awards Worth a Total of 50,000 Euros

In addition to the Golden Lily for Best Film (worth 10,000 euros), the productions featured in the Competition for Fiction Features and Documentaries, chosen by the goEast selection committee chaired by festival director Gaby Babić, are also competing for the Award of the City of Wiesbaden for Best Director (7,500 euros) and the Award of the Federal Foreign Office for Cultural Diversity (4,000 euros). The winners are chosen by a five-member international jury, consisting this year of Latvian director Laila Pakalniņa (chairwoman), producer Max Tuula (Estonia/Russia), producer Sam Taylor (Great Britain), actor and composer Jakob Diehl (Germany) and director Igor Drljača (Bosnia and Herzegovina/Canada).

In the Experimental Film and Video Art Competition, the Open Frame Award, worth 5,000 euros, will be awarded. The best film project from the East-West Talent Lab will receive the goEast Development Award, endowed with prize money in the amount of 3,500 euros; for OPPOSE OTHERING!, five directorial duo teams will each receive productions grants worth 4,000 euros. 

An Overview of Further goEast Highlights

The new section goEast Gurus is showing the latest works from directors that have a special connection to the festival, films which have already successfully made the rounds on the international festival circuit, such as Cristi Puiu's SIERANEVADA (Romania, 2016), CLOSE RELATIONS (RODNYE) by Vitaly Mansky (Latvia/Germany/Estonia/Ukraine, 2016) and A GOOD WIFE (DOBRA ŽENA, Serbia/Bosnia and Herzegovina/Croatia, 2016) by Mirjana Karanović.

The goEast Homage honours one of Europe's most successful female directors: Hungary's Mészáros, who has been making movies for more than half a century. Mészáros is slated to attend the festival personally.

The Symposium Reluctant Feminism: Women Filmmakers from Central and Eastern Europe invites attendees to engage in a re-visioning of hitherto puzzling attitudes towards feminism: the focus here is on female directors from the East who took a stand for equal rights for women (and more) in their films, and yet consistently resisted any classification of their work as feminist. 

With ten contemporary fiction features and documentary films, a panel discussion and a film poster exhibition, goEast is placing the Czech Republic's film scene in the spotlight in the section Czech Cinema Now!. 

The Highlights present exquisite cinematic gems that have already delighted cinema audiences in their native countries, including works from Croatia, Montenegro, Poland, Russia, Serbia and Hungary.

Among other exciting events, this year's Specials include the Sunday Matinee with special guest director Agnieszka Holland, who will present her latest film SPOOR (POKOT, Poland/Germany/Czech Republic/Sweden/Slovak Republic, 2017), and the world premiere of MARINA, MABUSE AND MORITURI - 70 YEARS OF POSTWAR GERMAN FILM (Germany, 2017), with producer Artur "Atze" Brauner and his family in attendance.

For the traditional archive presentation, goEast is welcoming the Czech National Film Archive, while the School Film Days will give students the chance to breath in a bit of festival air. Finally, exhibitions, film talks, concerts and parties serve to create further spaces for encounters between filmmakers, industry guests and festivalgoers.

goEast - Festival of Central and Eastern European Film is hosted by Deutsches Filminstitut and supported by numerous partners. The festival is primarily funded by the Hessen State Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the Arts, the State Capital Wiesbaden, Foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future" (EVZ), Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain, the Robert Bosch Stiftung, ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland, BHF-BANK Foundation, the Adolf und Luisa Haeuser-Stiftung für Kunst und Kulturpflege, the Federal Foreign Office, Deutsch-Tschechische Zukunftsfonds, the municipality of Eschborn, the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation and Krušovice. Media partners include among others 3sat, the FAZ and hr-iNFO.

Krakow, 14th April 2017 - This year, the Golden Heynal will be awarded for the fifth time in the youngest competition at Krakow Film Festival - the international music documentary film competition DocFilmMusic. The films, filled with sounds and fascinating stories, will take the viewers on a journey through almost all continents, diverse cultures and almost all music genres.

As Anita Piotrowska, film critic and the co-creator of the programme of Krakow Film Festival points out, "music documentary film becomes more and more inclusive. Music always plays the main role here, but often it is additionally charged - it tends to be a political manifesto, an expression of rebellion against stereotypes, a new look at history or a sign of a complicated ethnic identity. It is increasingly difficult to find an "unadulterated" music documentary film. But this is which, in my opinion, proves its vitality and richness. And this is precisely this diversity - not only of the music itself, but of the contemporary ways of telling stories about it - that we tried to capture while selecting the competition titles."

The films, which have been enjoying the particular attention of the selectors for years, are the ones in which a human being and his often intimate and original story are in the foreground. One of the most expressive portraits of this year's DocFilmMusic selection is "Chavela" (dir. Catherine Gund, Daresha Kyi). It is an intriguing story about the first woman in Latin America to wear trousers, about the legendary Mexican songstress Chavela Vargas, her life filled with loneliness and numerous affairs with influential women of her times, such as Frida Kahlo. A longtime friend and a promoter of Chavela's music was Pedro Almodovar.

Another Latin-American protagonist of a competition film is Sara Baras, one of the greatest dancers and choreographers in the history of flamenco and its living legend. The film "Sara Baras: All Her Voices" (dir. Rafá Moles, Pepe Andreu) tells about her preparations for one of her latest artistic projects, "Voces," which is a tribute to the great masters of flamenco, but also a story about the confrontation between tradition and modernity and about the struggle for one's beliefs.

Another intriguing portrait is "Red Gringo" (dir. Miguel Angel Vidaurre). Dean Reed was one of the biggest international pop celebrities from the period of the Cold War. American artist with openly anti-American beliefs, loved in the Soviet Union and in East Germany. He settled down in East Germany when he was forcibly expelled from Argentina for his left-wing views. It is where he died in unexplained circumstances.  

The documentary film "Revolution of Sound.Tangerine Dream " (dir. Margarete Kreuzer) is a tribute to the great musician, Edgar Froese, the creator and the leader of the cult German music band, the pioneer of the electronic music era. The film reveals previously unreleased footage, showing the members of "Tangerine Dream" during concert tours, photo sessions, meetings with Salvador Dali and David Bowie.

Another competition film is set in contemporary Germany - "When God Sleeps" (dir. Till Schauder). The protagonist, Shahin Najafi, called "the Salman Rushdie of music" is an Iranian artist who, for political reasons, is forced to leave his country and live in hiding because of the fatwaissued against him and the danger resulting from it. In spite of the sense of danger, which accompanies him, he decides to live and create art, giving concerts and taking part in social campaigns. His career is followed in the social media by over million fans.

In the documentary film "Born To Lose - a film about Lorenzo Woodrose" (dir. Palle Demant) we follow a different legend, the Danish musician Lorenzo Woodrose, famous for his psychedelic music band Baby Woodrose. The authors had been documenting the life of the artist for eight years, which makes a portrait, full of ups and downs, of one of the leading representatives of Scandinavian rock music.

The contact with Japanese musicians who perform ... country music can also be considered a psychedelic journey. "Far Western" (dir. James Payne) depicts the phenomenon of the fascination with this American music genre in probably the most distant place on Earth which can be associated with country music.

In "The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev" (dir. Tal Barda, Noam Pinchas) we take a look at the saga of the Alaev family, who emigrated from Israel to Tajikistan in 1990s. At the head of the family - as well as the family music band - there is the charismatic and tyrannical leader, Papa Alaev, and together with him, consecutive generations perform the music, learning how to play the instruments from an early age. 

Reflections on identity, emigration, belonging and religion are the subject matter of the film "Soul Exodus" (dir. Csaba Bereczki), where a group of klezmer musicians from the United States wanders around the world and sings songs which reveal to us their personal stories about their Jewish roots.  

Among the competition films, just like last year, there is one Polish production. The documentary film "Festival" by Tomasz Wolski and Anna Gawlita, a director-producer duo known to the viewers of Krakow Film Festival, among others, for the award-winning films "Doctors," "The Lucky Ones," and "Goldfish," is a collective portrait of musicians and conductors behind the scenes of the preparations for a classical music festival. The sounds of the compositions by Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven are interwoven with emotional dialogues of the musicians.

The list of films qualified for the music documentary competition:

  • "Chavela," dir. Catherine Gund, Daresha Kyi, USA, 90’
  • "Far Western," dir. James Payne, Japan, USA, 82’
  • "Red Gringo," dir. Miguel Angel Vidaurre, Chile, 69’
  • "Festival," dir. Tomasz Wolski, Anna Gawlita, Poland, 85’
  • "When God Sleeps," dir. Till Schauder, USA, Germany, 88’
  • "Sara Baras, All Her Voices," dir. Rafá Moles, Pepe Andreu, Spain, 91’
  • "Revolution of Sound. Tangerine Dream," dir. Margarete Kreuzer, Germany, 90’
  • "Born To Lose-a film about Lorenzo Woodrose," dir. Palle Demant, Denmark, 82’
  • "Soul Exodus," dir. Csaba Bereczki, Hungary, 92’
  • "The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev," dir. Tal Barda, Noam Pinchas, Israel, France, 74’

57th Krakow Film Festival is held from May 28 to June 4, 2017.

Two Riversides Film and Art Festival encourages everyone to submit their films for this year’s edition. We are looking for feature films and documentaries, as well as animations and experimental films. We are accepting applications until May 31st 2017.

The films can be submitted to the main Two Riversides program, namely WORLD UNDER CANVAS (above 60 minutes) and IN THE SHORT RUN (below 60 minutes).

We also have an open call for our SHORT FILMS COMPETITION, which for years has been enjoying popularity among viewers and authors who come to Kazimierz and Janowiec to talk about their – often first – productions. The competition accepts films of a running time up to 35 minutes – features, documentaries, animations, experimental films – produced in 2016 or 2017. Older films may also be accepted, as long as their screening at the Festival will be their first Polish presentation. The competition films will be judged by a Jury assembled by the Festival’s Program Department.

The competition has been part of Two Riversides since its second edition. For film directors it is a chance to make an appearance on the big screen, and to win financial prizes. The Main Award is 5000 zł, 2nd place – 3000 zł, 3rd place – 2000 zł. 

Details concerning the requirements for particular sections are defined in the FILM SUBMISSION REGULATIONS.

To make the application process easier, films in all sections can be submitted using the FilmFreeway internet platform: www.filmfreeway.com/festival/tworiversides. Simply create an account for your film, upload a viewing copy and submit it to our Festival – submission fee is only five dollars. You can only submit one film directed by a given artist. If you have questions, please email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Also this year there will be THE AUDIENCE POLL – the participating films are those from the “World Under Canvas” section. Feature-length film premieres from other sections may be included in the poll. Two Riversides audience will vote for the best productions. The final list of films participating in the poll will be announced on our our website no later than a week before the beginning of the Festival.

11th Film and Art Festival Two Riversides will take place on July 29th – August 6th 2017 in Kazimierz Dolny and Janowiec nad Wisłą.

“It is sensational at Pippi’s! We can do what is not allowed at home, “ enthuses one of the friends of the famous red headed rebellious girl Pippi Longstocking. If you’d like to be reminded of how sensational it is at Pippi’s or what sort of dirty tricks she and he friends can perform, visit this year’s 57th Zlín Film Festival. And there is more! In addition to the film adaptations of the books of the Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren the organizers of the festival are bringing another 30 Swedish feature films for children and youth to Zlín.

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The main impulse for choosing this Scandinavian country was an important anniversary in the field of film making for children and youth. In 2017, 110 years passes since the birth of internationally recognized children’s literature author Astrid Lindgren. Who would not be familiar with the incredible expeditions of Pippi Longstocking, the adventurous story of Ronja, the Robber’s daughter or the thrilling investigation of the little detective Kalle Blomkvist? Film adaptations of these and other novels will be brought to you during the festival in a special section dedicated to this famous author.

Sweden is among the countries known to be very productive in the field of film making for children and youth and to be awarded success for this production even at international festivals. Two other mini-sections of the Zlín Film Festival will include thematically and temporally diverse selection of films for children and youth. One of the most famous ones is an early work of world-renowned director Lasse Hallström My Life as a Dog (1985). This melancholic view at the childhood of a little boy Ingemar, his first love, family sorrows and happy moments of a small Swedish village life even brought him an Oscar award nomination. Charms of the Swedish countryside and landscape will be shown in films like Hugo and Josephine (1967), a summer story of friendship of two children, as well as in an emotional film Elina (2002) describing a tough situation of the Finnish minority in Sweden in the 50s.

In the youth section, we will be reminded of a debut of Lukas Moodysson Show Me Love (1998), acclaimed by the critics, about two completely different girls and their relationship which disturbs the atmosphere of the society around them. A talented director and a screenplay writer Josef Fares will share his experience from the wartime Lebanon and subsequently from his new home in Sweden in his drama Zozo (2005) on Monday. Drama Sebbe (2010) collected a number of festival awards, including the Zlin Film Festival Golden slipper for the best film for youth, it is a story of a fifteen year old outsider seeking a getaway from a difficult family social situation and constant bullying at school. Your spirits can be lifted by watching a bitter-sweet comedy Simple Simon (2010) starring Bill Skarsgård as a young man suffering from Asperger's syndrome.

“Child in Films by the Classics“ is a festival section dedicated to the experienced audience and film enthusiasts. In this section we should not forget to mention one of the most acclaimed directors of the world cinema Ingmar Bergman and his three hours longm partly autobiographical saga from the early 20th century Fanny and Alexander (1982) which earned him his first Oscar award. Sunday’s Children (1992), a film by Bergman’s son Daniel Bergman, shows the audience how well the director managed to turn his fathers‘ literary childhood memories into a movie. An exceptional film style by Roy Andersson will be presented in his debut A Swedish Love Story (1970), a love story of a fifteen year old Pär and a thirteen year old Annika.

In the selection for the Days of Swedish Cinema we can not leave aside animated films for children, especially two names. Per Åhlin, director, illustrator and animator whose two feature films will be screened during the festival - Thundering Fatty (1974), a combination of live action and animation and a story of an adventure of living toys and The Journey to Melonia (1989), an adventurous fantasy film loosely inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Åhlin‘s filmography also includes cooperation on medium-length animations for the youngest viewers The Little Ghost Laban (2007) and The Little Anna and her Tall Uncle (2012). These films will be presented in Zlín by one of the Swedish animation directors Alicja Jaworski- Björk who will sit on the animation film jury.

Alicja Jaworski- Björk, of course, will not be the only Swedish guest at the 57th Zlín Film Festival. For example, director Catti Edfeldt, an extraordinary woman of many film professions, will become one of the main jury members. She will be presenting other Swedish film, especially the ones in the Astrid Lindgren section since she worked as an assistent director on Ronja, the Robber’s daughter, or starred in the film and the series The Bullerbyn Children.

Polish The Last Family and Lithuanian Woman and the Glacierwin in Vilnius

Polish Jan P. Matuszyński's feature debut film The Last Family and documentary Woman and the Glacier by Lithuanian director Audrius Stonys won the main competition programmes last night in Vilnius Film Festival Kino Pavasaris. Bulgarian social drama Glory and the new film by Ukrainian documentarian Sergei Loznitsa Austerlitz are also among the winners.

Matuszyński's film recreates the real-life story of Zdzisław Beksiński, a legendary Polish surrealist painter. The film was praised for its exceptional camerawork and the unique, disturbing portrait of the troubled family.

Stonys made history as the first Lithuanian director to ever win for the best film in any of Kino Pavasaris competitions. Woman and the Glacier focuses on Lithuanian scientist Aušra Revutaitė living in isolation in the 3,500 metres high mountains in Central Asia, researching the climate change.

The festival was a success for Stonys, the prominent Lithuanian documentarian, now working on an upcoming film Baltic New Wave, together with Latvian director Kristine Briede. Their new film focused on Baltic documentary filmmakers from the Soviet times was chosen as one of the winners in Meeting Point - Vilnius industry screenings. It will be shown in Cannes industry screenings this May.

Among this year's winners of Kino Pavasaris is Ukrainian Sergei Loznitsa with his new documentary Austerlitz, which shows tourists visiting former concentration camps. “Why do they go there? What are they looking for?” asks the director.

Bulgarian directors Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov are awarded for their work on the film Glory, depicting corruption in Bulgaria. The film also got a special award by the CICAE jury.

Vilnius Film Festival traditionally hosts two main competition programmes. New Europe – New Names includes upcoming directors from Central and Eastern Europe. Only the first or second feature films of the directors take part in the contest. Another competition programme is Baltic Gaze. It includes films from countries that border the Baltic Sea.

The winner of Short Film Competition was Close Ties by a Polish director Zofia Kowalewska.

The closing ceremony of the biggest and oldest film festival in Lithuania was held this Thursday at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic. This year, the festival screened more than 130 feature films and 70 short films. The festival counted more than 100,000 cinemagoers in 5 biggest cities in Lithuania.


COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS

NEW EUROPE – NEW NAMES COMPETITION WINNERS

Best Film:
The Last Family / Ostatnia rodzina (Poland)
Directed by Jan P. Matuszyński

Best Director:
Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov for Glory / Slava (Bulgaria, Greece)

Best Actress:
Mia Petričević for Quit Staring at My Plate / Ne gledaj mi u pijat (Croatia, Denmark)
Directed by Hana Jušić

Best Actor:
Marius Repšys for The Saint / Šventasis (Lithuania, Poland)
Directed by Andrius Blaževičius

The CICAE Award:
Glory / Slava (Bulgaria, Greece)
Directed by Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov


BALTIC GAZE COMPETITION WINNERS

Best Film:
Woman and the Glacier / Moteris ir ledynas (Lithuania)
Directed by Audrius Stonys

Best Director:
Sergei Loznitsa for Austerlitz (Germany)

Best Actress:
Lene Cecilia Sparrok for Sami Blood (Sweden, Denmark, Norway)
Directed by Amanda Kernell

Best Actor:
Petr Skvortsov for The Student (Russia)
Directed by Kirill Serebrennikov


SHORT FILM COMPETITION WINNERS AND AUDIENCE AWARDS

Best Short Film:
Close Ties (Poland)
Directed by Zofia Kowalewska

Short Film Special Mention:
Half a Man (Croatia, France)
Directed by Kristina Kumrić

Audience Award – Best Feature Film:
Perfect Strangers (Italy)
Directed by Paolo Genovese

Audience Award – Best Short Film:
Running Lights / Kaukai (Lithuania, India, Finland)
Directed by Gediminas Šiaulys

Student Film Award:
Vegetation Walk / Pasivaikščiojimas augalų pasaulyje (Lithuania, Switzerland, Luxembourg)
Directed by Anouk Chambaz and Julija Paškevičiūtė


MEETING POINT – VILNIUS INDUSTRY SCREENINGS WINNERS
20 minutes of each ot the winning film projects will be shown at Cannes Marche du Film industry screenings:

Baltic New Wave (Lithuania, Estonia)
Directed by Audrius Stonys and Kristine Briede

To Be Continued (Latvia)
Directed by Ivars Sileckis

A Long Day (Slovakia)
Produced by Katarina Tomkov

Headlong (Ukraine)
Directed by Marina Stepanska


Here you can find information about any of Kino Pavasaris films: http://kinopavasaris.lt/en/programa

Let us know if you have any other requests.

Best wishes from Vilnius!

Attention documentary directors and producers! 
 
If you are working on:
-    feature length creative documentary project
-    thematically bound to Central and Eastern Europe
-    that is in development or early production stage
 
APPLY for the EX ORIENTE FILM workshop!
 
We focus on helping you to:
→ Develop the subject, narrative and the visual style of your project
→ Create a production, financing and distribution plan
→ Find international partners
→ Promote your film through pitching, networking, marketing
→ Explore alternative platforms and funding strategies
  
3 different locations & 3 one-week workshops & 3 areas of focus 
  • 1st Session: Split, Croatia – 26th June – 1st July 2017: „Focus and Inspiration“
  • 2nd Session: Jihlava, Czech Republic – 23rd - 28th October 2017: „Story Packaging“
  • 3rd Session: Prague, Czech Republic – March 2018: „Market Opens“
Apply HERE by May 4th 2017
 
Participants: The workshop is open for 12 documentary projects represented by director-producer teams primarily from Central and Eastern Europe (incl. EU acceding and candidate countries, Post-Soviet states and Russia) and/ or for creative documentary projects dealing with stories from Central and Eastern Europe.
Participation fee: The participation fee is 1,800€ per selected project (includes accommodation, coffee breaks and lunches during all the three workshop sessions for 2 pers.).
 
Scholarship: Selected participants may apply for a scholarship to cover part of the participation fee associated with the workshop. Applicants must prove that there is no access to scholarships in their own country.
 
Practical requirements: Directors and producers can only participate with their own creative documentary projects. It is required that ALL workshop sessions be attended by both the director and the producer. Participants must be proficient in English.
 
 
We look forward to receiving your applications!
 
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Did you recently finish your documentary film? Apply for East Silver 2017, documentary market specialized in Eastern and Central European documentary film.

More details and online entry form is here (application is free of charge).

Deadline for East Silver: June 30, 2017

Digital Single Market
23/03: Digital Single Market: watching TV shows when travelling – EPP website

The European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee made yet another step in achieving the Digital Single Market. The Committee approved a deal with the Council on a regulation on the cross-border portability of online content services in the internal market. 

Copyright
29/03: GS Media and Its Implications for the Construction of the Right of Communication to the Public within EU Copyright Architecture – Common Market Law Review
This article assesses the implications of the GS Media decision in respect of linking, and - more generally - the construction of the right of communication to the public.
1/04: Conference report: Online platforms and intermediaries in copyright law – The IPKat
The conference on “Online Platforms and Intermediaries in Copyright Law” hosted by Ansgar Ohly and Matthias Leistner at the LMU Munich on 23 and 24 March 2017 shed light on several issues and challenges concerning current trends and developments in copyright law and intermediaries’ liability. 

Media Literacy
28/03: New study published by the European Audiovisual Observatory on Media Literacy in Europe – EAO
“Mapping of media literacy practices and actions in EU-28” is focused on projects relating to media services delivered on electronic communication networks, both linear and non-linear, and on information services where pertinent, whereas press, radio and off-line media are excluded from the report’s scope. Considering the existence of specific studies on actions related to school curricula, the European Commission has asked to include only media literacy actions that have taken place outside schools.

Events
19- 22/06 CineEurope - more information here
16/04: Deadline European Commission's public consultation on Creative Europe MEDIA – more information here
21/05: European Audiovisual Observatory Conference, Cannes
22/05: European Film Forum, Cannes

25 film projects from 21 countries will be presented this Wednesday, at the 8th international film industry event Meeting Point – Vilnius.

The projects were selected from more than 50 applications from the Baltic States as well as Central and Eastern Europe countries: Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Georgia, Ukraine, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria and others.

In the 8th edition of Meeting Point – Vilnius filmmakers will present their projects in two categories: Coming Soon from Baltics and Coming Soon New Talents.

The best film projects will be picked for the industry screening at Cannes Marche du Film. 20 minutes excerpts of selected winners will be shown in "Vilnius IFF Goes to Cannes" session at this year’s Cannes film festival.

The winners will be selected by the international Jury which consists of Marie-Pierre Valle (Head of Acquisitions of Wild Bunch), Nikolaj Nikitin (Berlinale delegate for Eastern and Central Europe) and Guillaume de Seille (Arizona films (France) producer).

Coming Soon from Baltics 

Lithuanian director Audrius Stonys together with Latvian director Kristine Briede will present documentary project Baltic New Wave. It puts spotlight on the unique phenomenon in the history of cinema: the Baltic school of poetic documentary. Established in 1960s by filmmakers from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia it broke the dogmatic propaganda documentary tradition of the Soviet Union. Baltic New Wave's documentaries were completely different: humane, meaningful and poetic.

Lithuanian director Eglė Vertelytė and producer Lukas Trimonis will present a feature film Miracle co-produced with Bulgaria and Poland. This tragicomic drama depicts a middle aged Lithuanian woman, who struggles to keep her pig farm. A handsome American businessman arrives pledging to save the struggling enterprise and turns the woman's life upside-down.

Up and coming director Aistė Žegulytė, together with a promising producer Giedrė Burokaitė will pitch their first full-length documentary film project People, Animals and Things on the art of taxidermy. 

Coming Soon New Talents

Ashes in the Snow is among the most awaited films in 2017 in Lithuanian cinema's as well as worldwide. The story is based on "Between Shades of Grey"the New York Times best-seller by Rūta Šepetys. Directed by Marius Markevičius (director of The Other Dream Team, producer of producer of Like Crazy), produced by Žilvinas Naujokas (producer of Tadas Blinda. Pradžia). The World War II drama focuses on Stalin's brutal dismantling of the Baltic region in 1941. An aspiring artist and her family are deported to Siberia. In a seemingly hopeless place, love is the only means of survival. The film stars Brittish actress Bel Powley (The Diary of a Teenage Girl).

Feature documentary Ultra,distributed by HBO Europe, directed by Balazs Simonyifocuses on runners from around the world participating in the Spartathlon, one of the most challenging of races. A historic distance of 246 kilometres from Athens to Sparta takes 36 hours to finish. Runners from Hungary, Germany and France, and also the director himself, have their own personal reasons for joining the run. None of them knows if they will ever be able to finish. The film is in co-production between Hungary and Greece. 

Industry Screenings

9 films will be shown in the Industry Screenings session on April 4-6 in Forum Cinemas Vingis. Among them is a feature documentary About Stops, Runs and Bananasby an award winning Lithuanian director Arūnas Matelis. The creator of Before Flying Back to Earth (the winner of Silver Wolf in Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival, 2005was negotiating for 7 years to get a permission to shoot inside the prestigious Giro d‘Italia bicycle race. Now he is able to tell an unexpected story of the unspoken side of cycling sport – cyclists who sacrifice their careers to help teammates. They are called water carriers, domestics, Sancho Panchas of professional cycling. The film allows the viewer to jump into the magnificent world of the race seen through the window of the medical team.

Lithuanian and German co-production film Hello, Dear Granny! produced by Ieva Norvilienė (Tremora), directed by Jūratė Samulionytė and Vilma Samulionytėdocuments a journey oftwo sisters from Lithuania – filmmaker and photographer – diving into their German grandmother’s history.

The Man Slayer. The Virgin. The Shadowemploys a theme from the Scandinavian and Estonian folklore. The time frame of the story is from the early morning of a wedding day until the early morning of the following day. The characters are driven by force majeure – the local customs and rituals which were common a hundred years ago. The film is directed by Estonian Sulev Keedus, produced by Estonian Kaie-Ene-Raak and Lithuanian Rasa Miškinytė.

B2B Doc – Belarussian documentary projects

This year Meeting Point – Vilnius starts a partnership with Belarusian documentary filmmakers who will pitch 5 film projects during B2B Doc presentations.

Ekaterina Markavets will present her film Towards the Miracle about Sasha Avdevich, a social media phenomenon in Belarus. He became paraplegic after a motorcycling accident but now he is the most famous wheelchair user in Belarus.

Alexander Mihalkovich's film Babushka. Lost in Translation tells a story about an elderly Ukrainian woman who has been living in Crimea for the last 15 years. Both the director and producer Volia Chajkouskaya will attend Meeting Point – Vilnius.

Maksim Shved's film The Art of Cencorship takes on two artists who came up with a bold idea to make street art the national brand of Belarus and promote it worldwide.

Ordinary film (directed by Liubov Ziamtsova, produced by Volia Chajkouskayais a love drama of two totally different women who love one man.

Mein Deutschland by Alexander Svishchenkov depicts Andrei Schimanski, an ethnic German, tormented by the past.

Established in 2010, Meeting Point – Vilnius is a growing international film industry event, attracting around 300 film professionals from Lithuania, Baltic countries and all around the Europe. Coming Soon screenings are an important part of the event. Previously, films such as The Gambler, Summer of Sangaile or Mellow Mud were succesfully pitched after the Coming Soon sessions in Vilnius.