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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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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.

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. 

THE INSIDE PICTURES 2017 Programme will open for Applications on February 9th

Developing the Next Generation of Leaders in the European Film Industry

London, 3rd of February 2017: Inside Pictures, the leading film industry business and leadership skills development programme, announces that applications will open for its 2017 programme on 9 February 2017. Now in its fourteenth year, the 2017 programme is open to applicants from around the world who demonstrate a firm commitment to the European film industry.

There are 20 places available for executives and producers with at least five years’ experience in film or an associated creative industry. Successful applicants will be executives from across the value chain who display determination to succeed and who want to lead the EU film industry into the digital future. Apply at www.inside-pictures.com by the 12th of March 2017.

Comprised of three intensive one-week modules and a tailored project, Inside Pictures takes place in London and Los Angeles between June 2017 and January 2018. The scheme develops cutting edge industry business knowledge, management skills, profile and a cross-industry contact network needed for leaders from across the industry to thrive in the global business of film. Seminars, workshops, studio visits and networking events cover all aspects of the international film business - from development through production, financing, worldwide distribution, marketing and exhibition and the latest digital developments. Last years' speakers included Tim Bevan (Working Title), Steve Golin (Anonymous Content), Steve Knibbs (VUE cinemas), Christos Michaels (Lee & Thompson), Hannah Minghella (Columbia Pictures), Bryan Noon (Netflix), Eddie Cunningham (Universal) and many other senior studio and industry executives. A full list of confirmed speakers can be found at www.inside-pictures.com.

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This year the programme particularly is looking to increase the number of participants from Eastern and Southern European countries considered low capacity in terms of their domestic production output. Since the scheme opened to European participants in 2011, it has attracted film professionals from Poland, Hungary, Estonia, Croatia, Czech Republic and Latvia.

Siniša Juričić,, Producer at Nukleus Films (Croatia/Slovenia) and Inside Pictures alumni of 2015, said: “Inside Pictures made me re-think my entire film production knowledge I had accumulated up to the point I embarked on the scheme. For me it was a real success, as the project I brought in as a test case back then is now in full swing and ready to go into production this autumn in China. If I had not stepped into the Inside Pictures world, I would have never been able to make this huge step in my career. This programme arms you with the tools and knowledge no other scheme can provide you with.”

Linda Krukle, Producer at Krukfilms (Latvia) and Inside Pictures Alumni of 2016, said: “I feel incredibly honoured to be a part of this community. During the first module, I regained my confidence and redefined what are my targets are in the film industry, and realised that thanks to the ability to provide content, we’ll have a future no matter where we are from. The Module in Los Angeles gave me a brand-new understanding of business structures, a 360-degree spectrum and an inner belief that whatever model of creating we choose, as long as we do it with passion, it will be awarded sooner or later. The 3rd Module shook me to the core and pushed me to re-evaluate my professional life. It opened up a much bigger perspective of what’s actually possible.”

This year marks the 14th edition of the Inside Pictures programme, and the seventh year it is delivered by the NFTS, one of the world's leading film, games and television schools. The programme is supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund.

Agnieszka Moody, Director of Creative Europe Desk UK, said: “Inside Pictures is one of the flagship programmes that Creative Europe is proud to support, helping to strengthen the European audio-visual sector by providing professionals with skills and networks they need to compete on the global stage. We look forward to another year where successful international partnerships develop and exciting projects take off.”

Dan Simmons, Head of Partnerships, Creative Skillset, said: “We are delighted to be supporting Inside Pictures for another year.  It works with the next generation of industry leaders, opening doors and creating opportunities for them to make their mark on the global industry”

Nik Powell, NFTS Director, said: “We’re delighted to deliver this fourteenth edition of Inside Pictures, which has a fantastic track record in developing leaders in the European Film Industry. The programme has a deserved reputation for the exceptional quality of its content and the high level of participants. We’re grateful for the continued support of Creative Europe and Creative Skillset in making this happen. I’m looking forward to meeting this year’s cohort and seeing the impact they have on the industry.”

 

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The 67th Berlin Film Festival will take place between 9 and 19 February. At this year's festival the Slovenian colours in the official programme will be represented by two minority co-productions.

The short film Into the Blue (19 minutes), a Croatian-Slovenian co-production, will be screened in the competition programme for children and youth (Generation). This is the first short film to have received the financial support of the Slovenian Film Centre as a minority co-production. It was directed by the Croatian directress Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović, while the director of photography Marko Brdar, sound designer Julij Zornik and producer Zoran Dževerdanović, known for his work on the film Idyll by the director Tomaž Gorkič, have made an important Slovenian contribution to the film.

On the other hand, the Macedonian-Slovenian-Belgian co-production When the Day Had No Name, the fourth live-action feature by the Macedonian directress Teona Strugar Mitevska, has been selected for the Panorama programme. This is Mitevska's third qualification for the Berlinale. The Slovenian contributors to the film include the costumes designer Monika Lorber, makeup designer Mojca Gorogranc Petrushevska, and producer Danijel Hočevar.

The documentary feature Family – the second full-length film by the director Rok Biček – will premiere at the Market screenings. Biček's highly successful debut, the live-action feature Class Enemy (2013) that premiered at the Venice Film Festival, was one of the three nominees for the Lux Award given by the European Parliament, while in Slovenia it has been seen by more than 50.000 viewers. Family is an observational documentary film, in which the director follows the protagonist for ten years. Its screening at the Berlin Market will represent the foundation for its successful festival premiere.

The Slovenian actress Maruša Majer is one of the ten young actors to have qualified for the European Shooting Stars, the accompanying programme of the Berlin Festival, organised by the only European organisation for film promotion – European Film Promotion, which the Slovenian Film Centre is also a member of. An intensive programme, which is to take place between 9 and 13 February, has been prepared for the chosen actors. The event will culminate on Monday, 13 February at 19:00, when the award ceremony for the rising stars of 2017 will take place in the Berlinale Palast, the central festival hall.

Numerous other events will accompany the Berlin Festival and Market. Already for the fourteenth year the Berlinale Talent Campus will keep discovering new filmmakers from all over the world. This year the director of photography Lev Predan Kowarski has qualified for the Talent Campus. He worked on the short film Good Luck Orlo! (2016) by the directress Sara Kern, which qualified for the last film festival in Venice, as well as on the feature films Sailing to Paradise (2014) and Juliette and Alfa Romeo (2015) by the director Blaž Završnik. The film critic and journalist Petra Meterc has qualified among the talented critics.

The 2018 Film Guide (covering the Slovenian live‑action features and documentary films) will be presented, while for the fourth year in a row short films will be included in the separate Short film guide, which will be presented at the Short Film Market in Clermont Ferrand on Saturday, 4 February.

The Slovenian Film Centre (SFC) will once again present itself in the Martin Gropius Bau building, home of the Berlin Film Market, where it is going to provide the information about Slovenian films to the festival selectors, buyers and journalists.

In 2017 the Slovenian Film Centre will celebrate already the twelfth year of its joint presentation with the Czechs and Slovaks under the CEC – Central European Cinema trademark. On Saturday, 11 February, all three countries will organise a joint opening reception at the Academie Lounge

Stand number: 137, Central European Cinema
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Market Screening:

The Family by Rok Bićek (SI, AT, 2017), doc, 100min
Market Premiere!
Tuesday, Feb 14, 16:10 CinemaxX 11

Rok Bićek has won awards at various festivals for his distinctive auteur approach to his feature debut Class Enemy, which premiered at the 28th Venice International Film Critics' Week and qualified as a finalist for the 2014 Lux Prize.

The Family follows Matej (14-24 years old) over the course of ten years. As teenager he already has to take care of his mentally challenged parents and older brother. As he became fater himself at the age of twenty, it seemed as if he was able to create a family on his own. However, his behavioural and personality patterns connected to living in a dysfunctial family disurn the young family's peace ...

Festival Screenings:

When the Day Had No Name by Teona Stugar Mitevska (MK, SI, BE, 2017)
FEB 11 / 22:30 / Coloseum 1
FEB 14 / 19:00 / Zoo Palast 1 / PREMIERE
FEB 15 / 10:00 / CinemaxX 7
FEB 16 / 14:30 / Cubix 9
FEB 18 / 20:00 / International

Into the Blue by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović (HR, SI, 2017)
FEB 14 / 11:30 / CinemaxX 3 / PREMIERE
FEB 16 / 17:00 / CinemaxX 1
FEB 18 / 11:00 / CinemaxX 1

European Shooting Strs at the Berlin IFF: Marusa Majer

"She gives a fearless, gritty and throughly soul-bearing quality to her work, that goes under both her and our skins - and refuses to let go. Marusa conveys a female animalism of a rarely seen strength". - Jury's comment.

Marusa brought international attention to herself with her lead role in Janez Burger's features Driving School (2014) and Ivan (expected delivery: March 2017). The last Slovenian awardee before Marusa Majer was Jure Henigman in 2013, while others who promoted the extraordinary talent of Slovenian actors are Marko Mandić, Aleksandra Balmazović and Iva Krajnc.

 

The opening of the 24th edition of the International Film Festival Prague – Febiofest will take place at the Art Nouveau Municipal House on Thursday, March 23rd. The festival will open with the Czech premiere of the new film by Polish director Agnieszka Holland, Spoor, in which one of the key roles is played by Czech actor Miroslav Krobot. Another special guest at Febiofest will be American cult director Abel Ferrara, who will receive the festival’s Kristián Award for Contribution to World Cinema. The Chairman of the Jury will be the legendary Czech director Juraj Herz, whose works were part of the Czech New Wave and who was made famous by The Cremator and Oil Lamps.

Spoor, a dark detective story set in rural Poland, will be presented at the gala opening in person by the director Agnieszka Holland, screenwriter Štěpán Hulík and others. The picture’s world premiere is taking place at the Berlinale, which selected Holland’s previous film in its main competition. Febiofest is working with the Berlinale for the third year on the Culinary Cinema section, which combines cinema and culinary experiences and will this year take place from March 24th to 26th. Alongside the documentary Noma: My Perfect Storm, which is about the famous Danish restaurant, the programme will feature two other films. Advance ticket sales for this unique section have already begun via the Ticketportal network. 

                                                                                                       

Among the special guests at Febiofest will be cult American director and Bronx native Abel Ferrara, who has been based in Italy in recent years. At the gala opening he will receive the Kristián Award for Contribution to World Cinema. He is famous for provocative pictures, neo-noir genre films set in New York and working with major studios and star actors such as Harvey Keitel, Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi and Gérard Depardieu, whom he cast in the central role in the controversial picture Welcome to New York centred on a sex scandal involving a French politician. Febiofest is presenting a special selection of his films, including the documentary Searching for Padre Pio, the essential Abel Ferrara work Bad Lieutenant, with Harvey Keitel in the main role, and Pasolini, his tribute to an Italian great with a dark past starring Willem Defoe as the director.

This year’s the festival’s programme includes seven films by the previously announced international guest Peter Suschitzky, one of the most famous contemporary cinematographers who will this year also accept the Kristián Award for Contribution to World Cinema. The selection includes the horror film Tale of Tales, starring Salma Hayek and Vincent Cassel, and Naked Lunch and Eastern Promises from director David Cronenberg, with whom Suschitzky has been making films since the late 1980s.

Overseen by programme directors Anna Kopecká and Michal Hogenauer, this year’s Febiofest includes a number of new sections. The Central Park section focuses on mainstream films and distribution premieres, including the British film Sing Street about a generational revolt in mid-1980s Ireland by director John Carney, known for the Oscar-winning Once, and Polina, which explores adolescence, ballet and dance and was made by the famous French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj, a guest at last year’s Febiofest. The same section features the Slovak-Czech-Hungarian drama Little Harbour by Iveta Grofová, which is being shown in the Generation Kplus section at this year’s Berlinale. For fans of genre cinema the new Night Circus section of midnight movies offers a mix of bizarre comedies, action and gory films, among them Prevenge directed by the well-known UK comedian Alice Lowe. Music lovers can look forward to Hi-Fi Docs, a section devoted to documentaries from across various genres and styles that includes Oasis: Supersonic, which explores the private lives of the band, the film The Man from Mo'Wax, centred on the British music label, and a portrait of the life of rock icon Janis Joplin in Janis. This year the Panorama section will be focused on current trends in festival films. Viewers can look forward to Angela Schanelec’s latest film The Dreamed Path, which was screened at several festivals including Toronto, and Locarno winner The Human Surge, the engrossing feature debut of Argentinean director Eduard Williams, who will personally introduce the film at Febiofest.

Also new in the programme is the Masters section, which presents the latest works by world-renowned directors. Great filmmakers who have shaped and continue to influence contemporary cinema will be represented by two-time Oscar winner Ang Lee's Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, exploring the reality of a dramatic battle in Iraq, and Werner Herzog’s environmental thriller Salt and Fire. The programming of this year’s Febiofest also aims to delight viewers with a fondness for a certain region, be it Asia, the Balkans or Scandinavia, while the New Europe main competition, showcasing 10 promising European debuts, also remains. Roughly 150 films will be screened within the programme.

Applications to join the jury, chaired by Juraj Herz, can be made via the festival’s website until February 28th. Anybody over the age of 15, regardless of educational background, profession or interests, is eligible to become a juror. People can sign up to take part in the “You’re the Filmmaker” competition until February 15th, run in cooperation with Nestlé Czech Republic. The maker of the winning short film on the subject My Day with Kofila will take home CZK 50,000. The main centre of the International Film Festival Prague – Febiofest will be the CineStar Praha – Anděl multiplex cinema. The IFF Prague Febiofest runs from March 23rd to 31st. Festival films will later be shown in 13 cities and towns throughout the Czech Republic, concluding in Zlín on 23 April.

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Films from Central and Eastern Europe as well as the Baltic region will be screened in the New Europe – New Names, Baltic Gaze and Short Films competition programmes of the 22nd edition of Vilnius Film Festival Kino Pavasaris.

The selected films touch on important issues such as child abuse and the refugee crisis, the latter being addressed in a variety of genres, from horror thriller to documentary.

NEW EUROPE – NEW NAMES COMPETITION

First held in 2008, this is the oldest competition programme at VIFF. Its goal is to present new filmmakers from Central and Eastern Europe.

One of the most awaited entries in this programme is The Saint, directed by Lithuanian Andrius Blaževičius. The film satirizes and realistically depicts life in post-soviet Lithuania while subtly ridiculing its senselessness. The dark comedy has already been screened at various international festivals, including Warsaw and Busan.

Glory (Bulgaria) is Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov’s second feature film. Their first – The Lesson (2014) – also competed at Kino Pavasaris, earning the Best Actress award for Margita Gosheva. The actress will return to Vilnius as the lead in Glory.

Hungarian director Attila Till also previously visited Kino Pavasaris, having been awarded for his short film Beast. This year, the director will present Kills on Wheels, an action filled drama about wheelchair-bound hitmen.

Bogdan Mirica’s Dogs is an exceptional crime drama that premiered and was awarded at Cannes. The film comes from Romania, this year’s festival partner country.

Also competing are two films from Poland – Jan P. Matuszynski’s debut The Last Family and Kuba Czekaj’s The Erlprince.

New Europe – New Names will also include entries from Estonia (Pretenders by Vallo Toomla), Croatia (Quit Staring at My Plate by Hana Jušić), Serbia (The Black Pin by Ivan Marinović) and Slovakia (Filthy by Tereza Nvotová).

BALTIC GAZE COMPETITION

Filmmakers from countries in the Baltic region will compete in Baltic Gaze competition. One of them is Estonian Kadri Kousaar with Mother, a dark comedy that has already been awarded at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.

Another entry in the programme is Woman and the Glacier, a new documentary from Audrius Stonys. The beautifully shot film follows a Lithuanian scientist who studies climate change in complete solitude.

In the documentary Close Relations, Vitaly Mansky visits family members in Ukraine, revealing what rifts the country’s conflict with Russia has caused between his relatives.

Sergei Loznitsa’s Austerlitz is an inventive examination of Holocaust tourism. The Ukrainian director observes people visiting former concentration camps, their behaviour shocking and disconcerting at times. The film was edited by Danielius Kokanauskis, who also worked on Estonian and Lithuanian co-production Pretenders, directed by Vallo Toomla and competing in the same programme.

German director Chris Kraus also touches on the Holocaust and explores various complicated experiences in his romantic comedy The Bloom of Yesterday.

Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov's The Student, which premiered at Cannes, follows a teenager’s religious awakening.

SHORT FILMS COMPETITION

The short films competing in this programme will explore a variety of genres and cinematic forms. For example, Hungarian director Tamás Kőszegi’s The Copyist was shot using only a photocopier, challenging the actors to express themselves in innovative ways.

Another Hungarian entry, Kristóf Deák’s Sing, has also been nominated for an Oscar. This short film focuses on the dark secrets behind an award-winning choir’s fame and was inspired by true events.

Four Lithuanian short films have earned a spot in this programme: Watchkeeping by Karolis Kaupinis, The Mother’s Day by Kamilė Milašiūtė, After Death, Before Hell by Tomas Ramanauskas and Running Lights by Gediminas Šiaulys.

This year, the winning short films will be decided by a jury of directors competing in the New Europe – New Names programme. Audiences will have the opportunity to see all short films during a special night screening.

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The 22nd Vilnius International Film Festival Kino Pavasaris will continue from March 23 to April 6. Having attracted 113,000 filmgoers last year, it is the largest cinema event in Lithuania and a vital meeting place for filmmakers from Central Europe, Eastern Europe and the Baltics. Please contact us if you or your colleagues wish to attend the festival.
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