STRUCTURAL CONSTELLATIONS is an original Master Class in two 4-day Modules for those professionals who are concerned with the major artistic decisions - producers, screenwriters, authors-directors, new media designers, script consultants - of any production and has been elaborated by the widely recognized specialist Matthias Varga von Kibéd.

Dates of the Modules

• 23 to 27 May 2017 in Switzerland
• 13 to 17 November 2017 in Poland

Application deadline: 30 March 2017

Fee

• 1 team (maximum 3 persons): 1’000 Euro for the two modules

• 1 individual participant: 700 Euro for the two modules

The fee includes tuition, accommodation and meals. Travel costs are not included.

Up to 11 participants (in teams or individual) are eligible for a scholarship covering part of the travel costs and full subsistence expenses, provided that they have not already benefited from another scholarship for the same expenses. The scholarships are primarily for participants from low income countries.

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All details about the programme can be found at www.constellations-story.net

and the application form at www.constellations-story.net/applying.html

What you get from STRUCTURAL CONSTELLATIONS

  • The consolidation of your project according to target groups and audience development
  • The techniques and tools of the structural constellation method to apply autonomously with any collaborator in order to develop the same vision of a project and to solve problems/conflicts with any team
  • The reframing of your project with regard to the story / the scenes / the characters
  • The enhancement of the interaction within the development team of your project
  • The enhancement of your creative potential, your story development skills and your positioning / monitoring in the creative process within your team

STRUCTURAL CONSTELLATIONS is proposed by FOCAL, the Norwegian Film Institute, the Swedish Film Institute, the Austrian Film Institute and the Wajda School, with the support of the Polish Film Institute (PISF) and the Swiss Federal Office of Culture.

New Festival Section: goEast Gurus // Competitions, Awards & Juries // OPPOSE OTHERING! // Registering for Accreditation

goEast GURUS

With the new section goEast Gurus, goEast - Festival of Central and Eastern European Film (to take place in Wiesbaden, Germany, from April 26th to May 2nd 2017) is opening up a special platform to filmmakers whose pioneering work has been the object of particular admiration from audiences and festival organizers for years now. Independent of the premiere status of the works in question, goEast Gurus will present cinematic highlights from the international festival circuit, straight from Cannes, Venice, Toronto or beyond. The first edition of this unique section wouldn't be complete without the presence of an important contemporary director: Cristi Puiu. His most recent outing, SIERANEVADA, which was nominated for the Palme d'or, will be screened in goEast Gurus, alongside many other compelling films from treasured auteurs.

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COMPETITIONS, AWARDS AND JURIES

The Competition for Fiction Features and Documentaries promises its share of surprises, discoveries and controversies. Already confirmed for inclusion in the program is the Croatian debut film QUIT STARING AT MY PLATE (NE GLEDAJ MI U PIJAT) by Hana Jušić, in which a young woman (Mia Petričević) attempts to break free from her family after her tyrannical father suffers a stroke. The program also features EXILED (PELNU SANATORIJA), a Latvian-Lithuanian co-production directed by Dāvis Sīmanis. Sīmanis' film is set in Latvia in the last year of the First World War and tells the story, based on historical fact, of a German surgeon who happens upon the sealed-off world-within-a-world inhabited by shell-shocked patients in a hospital. Lead actor Ulrich Matthes is expected to attend the festival.

In addition to vying for the right to take home the Golden Lily for Best Film (endowed with prize money of 10,000 euros), the featured productions, chosen by the goEast selection committee chaired by festival director Gaby Babić, will also be competing for the Award of the City of Wiesbaden for Best Director (7,500 euros) as well as the Award of the Federal Foreign Office for Cultural Diversity (4,000 euros). In all, ten fiction features and six documentary films, together representing the diversity of Central and Eastern European auteur cinema and painting a nuanced emotional portrait of Central and Eastern Europe, are nominated to take part in the competition. The prize winners are determined by a five-member international jury and the awards ceremony at Caligari FilmBühne is the jubilant climax of the festival. A jury representing FIPRESCI also presents the International Film Critics' Award to one fiction feature and one documentary film respectively.

The Open Frame Award, worth 5,000 euros, is awarded in the framework of the Experimental Film and Video Art Competition. The award, endowed by BHF-BANK Foundation, honours the best work from young artists or filmmakers from Central and Eastern Europe or from students from one of Hessen's film or art academies.

Further prizes, with a total value of 23,500 euros, are awarded in the festival's own dedicated projects for the fostering of young talent. In the East-West Talent Lab, the goEast Development Award, endowed with prize money in the amount of 3,500 euros by Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain, goes to the best film project, while in OPPOSE OTHERING! five directorial duos are set to receive productions grants of 4,000 euros per team.

OPPOSE OTHERING!

Brexit, the recent election campaign in the USA, radical Islamism, populism - all of these phenomena make it abundantly clear that the fight for solidarity and equality around the world is far from over. With the support of Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future”, goEast is making a contribution to the cause: The goEast project OPPOSE OTHERING!, along with the section of the same name, is devoted to the examination of various manifestations of othering - a term denoting focussed misanthropy directed at groups and the marginalisation of people of different social, religious or ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations and/or gender identities. The featured films treat solidarity and civil courage and portray individuals who have chosen to take a stand against discrimination. Five young directorial duo teams from Germany and Central and Eastern Europe are currently in the process of completing films that deal with othering, to be premiered at goEast. Ten new filmmaking tandems will participate in a workshop and film program at goEast 2017. Five of the nominated tandems will be awarded production grants in the amount of 4,000 euros each for the realisation of their project ideas. // www.oppose-othering.de

The complete program for the 17th edition of goEast - Festival of Central and Eastern European Film will be announced at the beginning of April.

The first press release for goEast 2017, published in January (originally from 25.1.2017, with a thematic focus on women in film) can be found at here

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 and Krušovice. Media partners include among others 3sat, the FAZ and hr-iNFO.

REGISTERING FOR ACCREDITATION

goEast offers representatives of the reporting press the opportunity to register for professional accreditation free of charge. We would like to extend a very warm invitation to join us in Wiesbaden from April 26th to May 2nd 2017 for the 17th edition of our festival and we look forward to your coverage.

 

The accreditation form and further details are available here

 

The press conference for this year's goEast Film Festival will take place on Thursday April 20th at 11 AM at Caligari FilmBühne in Wiesbaden.

For more information, please contact:

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Piracy
Search engines and creative industries sign anti-piracy agreement in Britain – Intellectual Property Office
Representatives from the creative industries, leading UK search engines, and the IPO developed a Voluntary Code of Practice dedicated to the removal of links to infringing content from the first page of search results.

Portability
15/02: EU Ambassadors endorse agreement: Cross Border Portable Digital Services – Maltese Presidency to the EU website
The new rules, which will allow consumers to access online content services, paid for in their home country, whenever they are visiting another country within the European Union, have been endorsed by EU Ambassadors. This is part of the digital single market strategy, whose goal is to create an internal market for digital content and services.
23/02: MEPs welcome new portability rules – Parliament Magazine

New rules allowing EU citizens with subscriptions for online music, games, films and TV shows to access this content while travelling to another EU country have been welcomed by MEPs.

Events
16/03: European Audiovisual Observatory Advisory Committee Meeting, Strasbourg – more information here 

The Conference organised by the European Audiovisual Observatory will look at the key trends from the audiovisual market and regulations. 
15-16/06: Digital Assembly, Malta – more information here

The 2017 edition of the Digital Assembly will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to debate, take stock and look ahead at how Europe and how its partners around the world are preparing for this digital transformation

 

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.

The Czech Film and Television Academy (CFTA) has revealed the nominations for the 24th Czech Lion Annual Awards. This year the academics could choose from the 71 feature films, animated films and documentary features which had been distributed in the year of 2016. The films can be awarded the statuette of Czech Lion in 15 statutory categories. The most nominations throughout all the categories have been obtained by the films Masaryk (Prominent Patient), Anthropoid and Učitelka (The Teacher). The awarding ceremony will take place in Rudolfinum on 4th March 2017. The gala evening will be newly hosted by Adela Banášová.

The members of CFTA had been voting about the nominations in the film categories for the 24th Czech Lion Annual Awards by the 13th January 2017. The total number of 122 academics had been choosing from 42 feature and animated films and 29 documentary features. The nominees for the Czech Lion awards are dominated by the biographical drama Prominent Patient directed by Julius Ševčík with its 14 nominations. The film Anthropoid directed by Sean Ellis gained 12 nominations. The third highest number of nominations (9) went to the drama called The Teacher by Jan Hřebejk. It is closely followed by the film I, Olga Hepnarova, which got 8 nominations.

In the category of the best film the following five films have been nominated: Anthropoid (directed by Sean Ellis), I, Olga Hepnarova(directed by Tomáš Weinreb, Petr Kazda), Prominent Patient (directed by Julius Ševčík), The Teacher (directed by Jan Hřebejk) and Family Film(directed by Olmo Omerzu).The Czech Lion Award for the best documentary feature can be awarded to one of these films – Brother Karel (directed by Krystyna Krauze), FC Roma (directed by Tomáš Bojar and Rozálie Kohoutová), Normal Autistic Film (directed by Miroslav Janek), Helena’s Law(directed by Petra Nesvačilová) and Doomed Beauty(directed by Helena Třeštíková and Jakub Hejna).

The awards in the area of television production will be awarded for the second time, this year in two categories. Altogether four broadcasters recommended their deeds – Czech Television, HBO Europe, TV Nova and TV Prima. In each category, three projects with the highest number of votes from the academics will be revealed in the course of February. The winners in the categories of the best television film or miniseries and best television drama series will be announced during the ceremonial gala evening on 4th March.

The category of the best television documentary or series underwent some changes as it has been joined with the category of the best documentary feature. In the selection of the films in this category there are all the films that have been presented to the public during the year of 2017 either by public projections or by television broadcasting. The presidium of CFTA will also present the award for a Unique Contribution to Czech Film during the ceremonial gala evening.

Apart from the revelation of the nominations, the winners in the non-statutory categories were also announced at the CFTA press conference. The award for the best film poster was presented to Lukáš Veverka, the designer of the poster for the film I, Olga Hepnarova. The director Sean Ellis obtained the award of film fans for his film Anthropoid.

The Czech Lion Award for the best actress in a leading role can be obtained by the following actresses – Michalina Olszanská for the film I, Olga Hepnarova, Lenka Vlasáková for the film We Are Never Alone, Vanda Hybnerová for her role in the film Family Film, Eliška Balzerová for the movie Tiger Theory and Zuzana Mauréry for the film The Teacher. The award for the best actress in a supporting role can go to – Klára Melíšková for the film I, Olga Hepnarova, Simona Stašová for the role in the film The Devil’s Mistress, Arly Jover for the movie Prominent Patient, Daniela Kolářová for the movie The Noonday Witch and Zuzana Kronerová for the role in the film Red Captain.

The Czech Lion Award for the best actor in a leading role will belong to one of the following nominees – Ivan Trojan for the film Angel of the Lord 2, Cillian Murphy for Anthropoid, Karel Roden for the role in the film Masaryk, Karel Roden for We Are Never Alone and Jiří Bartoška
for the role in the movie Tiger Theory. The winner in the category of the best actor in a supporting role will be one of the following actors - Boleslav Polívka for the role in the film Angel of the Lord 2, Jamie Dornan for Anthropoid, Oldřich Kaiser and Hanns Zischler for their acting performances in the film Prominent Patient or Miroslav Hanuš for We Are Never Alone.

At the gala evening the award for the best director will be obtained by one of these nominees – Sean Ellis for the film Anthropoid, Tomáš Weinreb and Petr Kazda for the movie I, Olga Hepnarova, Julius Ševčík for the directing of the film Prominent Patient, Olmo Omerzu for Family Film or Jan Hřebejk for the film The Teacher.

The ceremonial presentation of the 24th Annual Awards of the Czech Film and Television Academy will take place in Rudolfinum in Prague on 4th March 2017. The gala evening will be newly hosted by Adela Banášová. The whole evening will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. by the CT1 channel.

OVERVIEW OF THE NOMINATIONS:

BEST FILM

  • Anthropoid – produced by Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon, Sean Ellis, David Ondříček, Kryštof Mucha
  • I, Olga Hepnarova – produced by Tomáš Weinreb, Petr Kazda, Vojtěch Frič, Marcin Kurek, Sylwester Banaszkiewicz, Marian Urban
  • Prominent Patient – produced by Rudolf Biermann, Julius Ševčík
  • Family Film – produced by Jiří Konečný
  • The Teacher – produced by Zuzana Mistríková, Ľubica Orechovská, Ondřej Zima, Jan Prušinovský

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

  • Brother Karel – directed by Krystyna Krauze – produced by Barbara Ławska, Hana Třeštíková
  • FC Roma – directed by Tomáš Bojar, Rozálie Kohoutová – produced by Pavla Janoušková Kubečková, Tereza Polachová
  • Normal Autistic Film – directed by Miroslav Janek – produced by Jan Macola
  • Helena’s Law – directed by Petra Nesvačilová – produced by Klára Žaloudková
  • Doomed Beauty – directed by Helena Třeštíková, Jakub Hejna – produced by Hana Třeštíková

BEST DIRECTOR

  • Anthropoid – Sean Ellis
  • I, Olga Hepnarova – Tomáš Weinreb, Petr Kazda
  • Prominent Patient – Julius Ševčík
  • Family Film – Olmo Omerzu
  • The Teacher – Jan Hřebejk

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

  • I, Olga Hepnarova – Michalina Olszanská
  • We Are Never Alone – Lenka Vlasáková
  • Family Film – Vanda Hybnerová
  • Tiger Theory – Eliška Balzerová
  • The Teacher – Zuzana Mauréry

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

  • Angel of the Lord 2 – Ivan Trojan
  • Anthropoid – Cillian Murphy
  • Prominent Patient – Karel Roden
  • We Are Never Alone – Karel Roden
  • Tiger Theory – Jiří Bartoška

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

  • I, Olga Hepnarova – Klára Melíšková
  • The Devil’s Mistress – Simona Stašová
  • Prominent Patient – Arly Jover
  • The Noonday Witch – Daniela Kolářová
  • Red Captain – Zuzana Kronerová

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

  • Angel of the Lord 2 – Boleslav Polívka
  • Anthropoid – Jamie Dornan
  • Prominent Patient – Oldřich Kaiser
  • Prominent Patient – Hanns Zischler
  • We Are Never Alone – Miroslav Hanuš

BEST SCREENPLAY

  • Anthropoid – Anthony Frewin, Sean Ellis
  • I, Olga Hepnarova – Tomáš Weinreb, Petr Kazda
  • Prominent Patient – Petr Kolečko, Alex Koenigsmark, Julius Ševčík
  • We Are Never Alone – Petr Václav
  • The Teacher – Petr Jarchovský

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • Anthropoid – Sean Ellis
  • I, Olga Hepnarova – Adam Sikora
  • Prominent Patient – Martin Štrba
  • We Are Never Alone – Štěpán Kučera
  • The Noonday Witch – Alexander Šurkala

BEST FILM EDITING

  • Angel of the Lord 2 – Jan Mattlach
  • Anthropoid – Richard Mettler
  • Prominent Patient – Marek Opatrný
  • The Teacher – Vladimír Barák
  • Doomed Beauty – Jakub Hejna

BEST SOUND

  • Angel of the Lord 2 – Radim Hladík jr.
  • Anthropoid – Yves Marie Omnes
  • The Oddsockeaters – Jan Čeněk, Richard Müller
  • Prominent Patient – Viktor Ekrt, Pavel Rejholec
  • The Noonday Witch – Petr Šoupa, Martin Jílek, Viktor Prášil

BEST MUSIC

  • Anthropoid – Robin Foster
  • The Devil’s Mistress – Ondřej Soukup
  • Prominent Patient – Michal Lorenc, Kryštof Marek
  • Red Captain – Petr Ostrouchov
  • The Teacher – Michal Novinski

BEST STAGE DESIGN

  • Anthropoid – Morgan Kennedy
  • The Devil’s Mistress – Zdeněk Flemming
  • The Oddsockeaters – Galina Miklínová
  • Prominent Patient – Milan Býček
  • The Teacher – Juraj Fábry

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

  • Angel of the Lord 2 – Katarína Hollá
  • Anthropoid – Josef Čechota
  • I, Olga Hepnarova – Aneta Grňáková
  • Prominent Patient – Katarína Štrbová Bieliková
  • The Teacher – Katarína Štrbová Bieliková

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

  • Angel of the Lord 2 – Andrea McDonald
  • Anthropoid – Gabriela Poláková, Linda Eisenhamerová
  • I, Olga Hepnarova – Alina Janerka
  • Prominent Patient – Lukáš Král
  • The Teacher – Anita Hroššová

MAGNESIA AWARD FOR THE BEST STUDENT FILM – non-statutory award

  • 3rd half – Jiří Volek
  • Benny – Michal Hruška
  • Black Cake – Johana Švarcová
  • Kiev Moscow – Anna Lyubynetska
  • Prison – Damián Vondrášek

BEST FILM POSTER – non-statutory award

  • I, Olga Hepnarova – Lukáš Veverka –winner
  • Prominent Patient – Rudolf Biermann, Julius Ševčík
  • The Noonday Witch – Petr Skala
  • The Teacher – Michal Tilsch
  • The Wolf from Royal Vineyard Street – Tereza Kučerová, Jakub Suchý

AWARD OF FILM FANS – non-statutory award

  • Anthropoid – directed by Sean Ellis (winner) 

Czech Lion

The Czech lion is a prestigious film award that has been presented since 1993. The films are assessed based on the voting of the members of the Czech Film and Television Academy. The press conference with the announcement of the nominations for the 24th Czech Lion Annual Awards will be held on 18th January 2017. The ceremonial gala evening will take place on Saturday 4th March 2017 in the Dvořák’s Hall of Rudolfinum and it will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. by the Czech Television CT1 channel.

About the Czech Film and Television Academy:

The Czech Film and Television Academy was founded in 1995 and in 2013 it was transformed into a registered association. Its main aim is to support and promote Czech cinematographic art in the Czech Republic as well as abroad and create conditions for the development of Czech film. Since 1993 it has been awarding the most prestigious Czech film award – the Czech Lion Award and nominates Czech films or documentary features for foreign film awards. At the moment the CFTA consists of 277 members.

PR and press:
Nikola Lörinczová, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone: +420 605 560 277

Eliška Míkovcová, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone: +420 606 774 435

 

UNIC Update Cinema Industry

11/02: European cinema exhibition sees further growth in 2016 – Celluloid Junkie

UNIC released its provisional update on admissions and box office revenues across Europe for 2016, which is the first wide-ranging assessment of the performance of the European cinema sector last year. The figures show a positive year for cinema operators in most European territories.

Digital Single Market

2/02: CJ + UNIC Cinema Innovation – Interview with VP European Commission Andrus Ansip and UKCA/UNIC’s Phil Clapp – Celluloid Junkie

Vice President of the European Commission and the current Commissioner for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip and Phil Clapp, Head of the UK Cinema Association and President of UNIC, share their thoughts on cinema and innovation in Europe.

6/02: “Opportunities as well as challenges” by MEP Therese Comodini Cachia (Malta, EPP) on the EU copyright reform – Parliament Magazine

‘A digital single market that works for the cultural and creative industries requires a copyright framework that ensures digital access to creative content as well as fair remuneration’ states MEP Therese Comodini Cachia.

6/02: "An opportunity for both consumers and creators" by MEP Marc Joulaud (France, EPP) – Parliament Magazine

‘Consumers and rights holders both need each other to thrive and make the best of the tremendous opportunities o­ffered by the digital environment’ writes Marc Joulaud.

Portability

7/02: EU negotiators agree on new rules allowing Europeans to travel and enjoy online content services across borders – European Commission website 

The rules will reflect new ways in which Europeans enjoy culture and entertainment services online when they travel around the EU.

Competition 

2/02: Antitrust: Commission opens three investigations into suspected anticompetitive practices in e-commerce – European Commission website

The European Commission has launched three separate investigations to assess if certain online sales practices prevent, in breach of EU antitrust rules, consumers from enjoying cross-border choice and being able to buy consumer electronics, video games and hotel accommodation at competitive prices.

Audiovisual Media Services Directive

6/02: "A prudent approach" by co-rapporteur MEP Petra Kammerevert (Germany, S&D) – Parliament Magazine

‘Our aim is to come up with a legal text that preserves media diversity and freedom of expression, protects consumers and guarantees fair competition between media providers in the distribution of audiovisual media content’ writes Petra Kammerevert.

European Parliament 

3/02: Priorities for Europe: EU leaders set objectives for 2017 – European Parliament website 

In December, former Parliament President Martin Schulz, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Robert Fico, representing the rotating Council presidency, signed the first ever joint declaration setting out the EU’s objectives and top six priorities for 2017, one of which is the Digital Single Market. 

Events

02/03: EUIPO Conference on Copyright Enforcement, Malta 16/03: European Audiovisual Observatory Advisory Committee Meeting, Strasbourg 15-16/06: Digital Assembly, Malta – more information here 

The launch of a new film fund, which will provide in-kind grants for visual and sound post-production to documentaries originating in Central and Eastern Europe, was announced yesterday in Berlin.

The Ji.hlava Film Fund will be open for submissions of mid-length or feature-length documentary and hybrid film projects at the production or post-production stage with expected premiere in fall 2017.

The launch of the Ji.hlava Film Fund extends the wide range of industry activities organised by the Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival (Ji.hlava IDFF), which include the EMERGING PRODUCERS programme, Inspiration Forum, or Docu Talents @kviff.

"We want to support remarkable and creative filmmakers and visual artists who have emerged in the recent years in the region, and help their films to succeed abroad," explains Marek Hovorka, Director of Ji.hlava IDFF.

Selected projects will receive visual post-production services in the value of 11,000 EUR supplied by UPP and sound mixing services by Soundsquare in the amount of 5,000 EUR. The Ji.hlava IDFF will also provide the successful applicants with rough-cut feedbacks and tailored-made festival strategies for selected films, and interconnect the awarded filmmakers with sales agents, distributors, VOD platforms, institutions and universities. The Jihlava-based Center of Documentary Film offers test screenings and research-support for the film director's following projects.

"We are primarily looking for projects with unique authorial style and a focus on contemporary and thought-provoking themes," adds Marek Hovorka.

The deadline for applications is April 30, 2017 and the results of the call will be announced during the Docu Talents @kviff presentation in Karlovy Vary on July 4, 2017. Films will be selected by film professionals nominated by the Ji.hlava IDFF.

"The project comes as a good complement to the Docu Talents @kviff, at which we traditionally present the most remarkable documentary projects from the region," says Jarmila Outratová, Head of Industry at Ji.hlava IDFF.

The eligible countries are Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia and Ukraine.

More information is available here 

Filmmaking in CEE and in Austria: Meeting Tomorrow’s Challenges

Save the date! The upcoming 5th edition of the LET’S CEE Film Festival in Vienna will host its Industry Days on “Filmmaking in CEE and in Austria: Meeting Tomorrow’s Challenges“ from 23rd to 24th March. The new two-day event held in English will impress participants with top speakers and an agenda of practical and relevant topics. The participation is free of charge.

Within the framework of this year’s 5th edition of the LET’S CEE Film Festival and in cooperation with Film New Europe, the leading networking platform for the film industry in the CEE region, a two-day industry event will be held from 23rd to 24th March, featuring high-class presentations, fascinating case studies and cutting-edge panels delivered by top speakers focussing on the field of film funding and coproductions, but also covering issues such as film distribution, film production and innovation and trends.

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The organisers aim to offer the participants a broad agenda of practical, relevant topics and to show them not only the best opportunities of how to get their projects funded and financed in several countries and on EU level, but also to give them an up-to-date overview of what the film industry in Austria and in the CEE region has to offer besides these aspects. Participants will, for example, listen to lectures on how they can improve their chances of getting their feature film or documentary on the screens of a big cinema chain or at an A-Festival, what big film studios nowadays can do for them, how virtual reality is going to change the business in the near future, how to produce a high-class documentary on a par with Hollywood, what a perfect and watertight international coproduction contract looks like and much more. In two top-class panel discussions Austrian and international experts will talk about the future of European film festivals and analyse the prospects of coproductions between western and CEE countries. The closing event of the Industry Days, a Live! Ammunition! Pitching Session hosted by Elliot Grove, Founder and Director of the Raindance FF and the British Independent Film Awards, will give young filmmakers the chance to present their work in front of experienced film professionals.

The highlight of the LET’S CEE Industry Days: Harald E. Trettenbrein, Head of Unit at European Commission EACEA, will deliver a Keynote Address on “Creative Europe MEDIA and How it Can Support European Filmmakers in a Rapidly Changing World“.

Among further speakers and panelists at the networking event are Christof Papousek, CEO of Austria’s biggest Cinema Chain Cineplexx, Stefan Laudyn, Director of the Warsaw FF and Triin Tramberg from the Tallinn Black Nights FF, Walter Köhler, CEO of Terra Mater Factual Studios, Dániel Kresmery from the Korda Studios and Samaya Asgarova from the Azerbaijanfilm Film Studio, Tereza Polachová, Head of Original Production at HBO Europe, Robert Baliński, International Co-Productions Project Manager at the Polish Film Institute, Jelka Stergel from the Slovenian Film Center, Ari Bohrer, Director of Location Austria and Tudor Giurgiu, President of the Romanian Film Promotion and many more.

The detailed programme of the two-day event will be available on 21st February on the new website http://www.letsceefilmfestival.com/lets-cee-industry-days.html. The Event will take place in the Raiffeisen Hall, Stadtpark 9, 1010 Vienna. The participation is free of charge for all accredited guests of the festival (who can visit all screenings and lectures for free, get a discount on master classes etc.). Please send your accreditation request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or register direcly via https://vp.eventival.eu/letscee/2017.

The Industry Days are organised by the LET’S CEE Film Festival in Vienna in cooperation with Film New Europe. The main supporters of the event are the Austrian Film Institute, Film Support Austria (FISA) and Raiffeisen Bank International.

The 5th Edition of the LET’S CEE Film Festival will take place from 21st to 27th March 2017 presenting more than 140 outstanding feature films, documentaries and shorts from Central and Eastern Europe. Most screenings will be followed by Q&A sessions with the respective filmmakers. For more information please visit www.letsceefilmfestival.com. The detailed festival programme incl. screening dates and venues will be available from 1st March 2017.

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Press and Industry Contact:

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Festival Director LET’S CEE Film Festival
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Author: Miriam Ryndová

For the sixth time, the Institute of Documentary Film (IDF) is organizing the East Doc Platform in Prague. The public is welcome to join Open Program (held in English). Most of the events take place at the Cervantes Institute (Na Rybníčku 6, Prague 2).
Free entry.
More info: dokweb.net.

LECTURE: NOTES ON PITCHING TRAILERS
6 March | 5.30 – 7 pm | Cervantes Institute, Cinema Hall
Mikael Opstrup and Iikka Vehkalahti share their personal views and experience with various aspects of pitching trailers. How to choose the right approach and present the essence of the film, your ability as a filmmaker and to involve the audience/ decision makers emotionally?

LECTURE: MY INSIGHT INTO DOCUMENTARY CO-PRODUCTIONS
7 March | 10 – 11.30 am | Cervantes Institute, Cinema Hall
Producer Helle Faber (Made In Copenhagen, Denmark) will offer an insight into the current documentary co-production landscape. Through the examples from her projects and career, she will reflect on various challenges and pitfalls of creative co-producing across Europe.

MASTERCLASS: LEONARD RETEL HELMRICH – CAMERA MOVEMENTS AS A MAIN NARRATIVE
7 March | 6 – 9 pm | Cervantes Institute, Cinema Hall
Acclaimed Dutch-Indonesian filmmaker Leonard Retel Helmrich will introduce his directorial approach and remarkably intimate visual style that he calls Single Shot Cinema. Illustrated by various clips from his multi-awarded films, this talk will shed a light on his unique way of portraying the microcosmos, poetry and complexity of the characters and stories he has been following.

LECTURE: FILM OPENING - HOW TO TICKLE THE SELECTION COMMITTEE'S ATTENTION
8 March | 10 – 11.30 am | Cervantes Institute, Cinema Hall
Lecture by renowned Italian film critic, writer and General Delegate of the Venice Critics’ Week, Giona A. Nazzaro, will reflect on the importance of the eloquent and well-thought-out opening in documentary film. What makes the festival curators and selectors wanting to stay with your film longer than the first 5-10 minutes?

LECTURE: DESIGN, DEVELOPMENT AND FINANCING OF TRANSMEDIA PROJECTS
8 March |  12.30 – 1.30 pm | Cervantes Institute, Cinema Hall
Arnau Gifreu Castells, professor at ERAM (University of Girona) and research affiliate at the Open Documentary Lab (MIT), will introduce the strategy, platforms and financing plans applied to 3 transmedia non-fiction projects: Cyborg Project (2015), Bugarach. How to Survive the Apocalypse (2017) and The Negotiators (ongoing).

LECTURE: USER-CENTRED DESIGN METHODOLOGIES IN STORYTELLING
8 March |  2.30 – 3.30 pm | Cervantes Institute, Cinema Hall
For creators coming from linear storytelling (film, journalism, documentary etc.) the main challenge when working on an interactive narrative, is to decide on a platform and an interactive architecture. Sandra Gaudenzi, University of Westminster and Digital Cultures Research Centre (UWE, UK) unveils her findings and suggests a few tricks to best design our interactive stories.

LECTURE: INTERACTING WITH SPACE: LOCATION-BASED DOCUMENTARY
8 March | 4 – 5.30 pm | Cervantes Institute, Cinema Hall
Location has been used as an organizational strategy for information at least since the ancient Greeks with their memory palaces. What does our latest generation of location-aware technologies, in particular augmented reality, bring to this tradition, and how might we think about its implications for documentary practice? By William Uricchio, Professor of Comparative Media Studies at MIT, Principle Investigator of the MIT Open Documentary Lab.

LECTURE: STORIES TOLD DIGITALLY
9 March | 10 – 11 am | Cervantes Institute, Cinema Hall
Bruno Choiniére, head of the creative web department at Akufen  will explain the work-flow, design process, obstacles and mistakes which were solved creatively  within his  most recent and notable creations including the Dada Data (Arte, SRG, SSR) interactive documentary and The Wanted 18 (ONF, Arte) interactive graphic novel.

MASTERCLASS: JOE BINI - PERSONAL REMARKS ON DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING THROUGH THE EYES OF AN EDITOR
9 March | 11.30 am – 1 pm | Cervantes Institute, Cinema Hall
Veteran documentary and fiction editor Joe Bini, will highlight the crucial role of editing in documentaries and the primacy of using image and metaphor over words. Drawing on his professional experience and cooperation with directors like Werner Herzog, Nick Broomfield, Andrea Arnold and others, he will focus on the key moments and decisions that make the story coherent while allowing the film to function as an art form able to speak for itself.

CZECH DOCS… COMING SOON
9 March | 2 – 3.15 pm | Cervantes Institute, Cinema Hall
Five upcoming Czech documentary features will be presented by producer-director teams to representatives of prestigious international film festivals and sales agents.

PANEL: HOW TO ENTER THE AUSTRIAN MARKET?
9 March | 4 – 5 pm | Cervantes Institute, Cinema Hall
Visitors will learn about the possibility how to co-produce with Austrian independent produces, funds and broadcasters, and how to get into the Austrian cinemas and what are the news in the field  of digital distribution. It will go through successful case-studies  but also the mistakes. Presented by: Peter JaegerJaeger CreativeFlorian Brüning Mischief Films, Wolfgang Widerhofer Geyerhalter FilmEd Moschitz ORF.

LECTURE: LATEST TRENDS IN 360° VIDEO AND VIRTUAL REALITY
9 March | 5.30 – 6.30 pm | Cervantes Institute, Cinema Hall
A talk by Adam Široký and Jindřich Trapl from XLAB, that will explain both historical and recent evolution of VR and take you through the process of creating a 360 content - from pressing the record button on a camera - through processing and editing - to presentation. It will show you current hardware and software options and demonstrate the whole workflow on the 360 °cameras and VR headsets.

KINEDOK SCREENING, Q&A WITH DIRECTOR + DRINK 
9 March | 9 – 12 pm | DUP36, Charvátova 39| 10, Praha 1
Moonwalk with Grandpa (David Alræk, Norway, 2016, 46’)
David’s grandfather Kåre has always been a fearless adventurer, an inventor, a collector of memories and also David’s childhood hero. When Kåre is diagnosed with dementia, David fears the memories of their life together will be lost. But Grandpa Kåre is not ready to seal his fate, and inspires David to keep on looking for new adventures and memories to keep. A warm and humorous film, a playful reflection on how new memories emerge as others disappear, shot over a period of 9 years.

LECTURE: HOW TO RELEASE A HARD-HITTING FEATURE DOC - FOCUS ON INNOVATIVE DISTRIBUTION STRATEGIES
10 March | 10 – 11.15 am | Cervantes Institute, Cinema Hall
New and emerging directors who want to make a feature doc face three obstacles – they have no track record in this area, releasing a film costs money and documentaries are a minority interest. The aim of this lecture is to help you find ways round these obstacles.  How you should think about distribution from the beginning, how you should build alliances to achieve your aims and how you can reach your audiences. There will be some home truths, good advice and examples how others have made it work. By Christopher Hird, a leading figure in UK independent documentary making.

LECTURE: HOW TO CO-PRODUCE INTERACTIVE WITH USA AND AUSTRALIA
10 March | 11.45 am – 12.45 pm | Cervantes Institute, Cinema Hall
John MacFarlane, a film, interactive and television producer at POV Digital will introduce partnership with the New York Times, which produced bold new interactive video content about race and ethnicity. He will also uncover the Australian interactive and cross­platform documentary land, including his project The Block: Stories From A Meeting Place, which won a Walkley, Australia's top journalism award, the SXSW Interactive winner Goa Hippy Tribe, and numerous others.

DOC TANK: PUBLIC PRESENTATION
10 March | 2 – 3.45 pm | Cervantes Institute, Cinema Hall
Come and see the best from Doc Tank. Five upcoming transmedia projects will be presented by producer-director teams to the public and small board of decision makers.

PANEL: SUPPORTING WOMEN FILMMAKERS
10 March | 4.30 – 6 pm | Cervantes Institute, Cinema Hall
This panel will focus on opportunities and support for women filmmakers, plus provide an overview of the status of women in the international film landscape, including recommendations for the future (presented by The European Women’s Audiovisual network). Visitors will learn practical information and advice regarding support and opportunities for women filmmakers presented by panelists: Mridu ChandraTribeca Film Institute, Judith Helfand, Chicken and Egg Pictures, Leena Pasanen DOK Leipzig, Ulla SimonenMADE and Alexia Muiños, European Women's Audiovisual Network.

EAST EUROPEAN FORUM – PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS
11 March | 9.30 am – 1.30 pm | Komedie Theatre
20 feature-length documentaries in development and production from Central and Eastern Europe are pitched to international industry professionals and potential funders. 

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