The European broadcasting festival Prix Europa 2011 announces this year’s nominees. The category of feature-length television documentary presents also two successful Czech documentaries Katka, made by Helena Třeštíková, and Coal in the Soul filmed by the directing couple Martin Dušek and Ondřej Provazník. Prix Europa 2011 takes place in October 22 – 29 in Berlin.
Supported by CNC Romania, ARTE/France and MEDIA, Aristoteles Workshop has over the past five years become a unique training programme, offering both a hands-on approach and a continuous tutoring system, and managed to double its status as an established production house as well. Entry deadline: May 31, 2011.
The seventh edition of Docu Talents from the East 2011 announced its final call for submissions, due by 15 May 2011. Docu Talents takes place within the Industry section of the Karlovy Vary IFF (www.kviff.com) and is cosponsored by the Jihlava IDFF (www.dokument-festival.cz).
Croatian producer/director Helena Bulaja explores the life and world of inventor Nikola Tesla in the interactive and animated documentary Mechanical Figures, pitched at the 2010 East European Forum.
IDFA's Jan Vrijman Fund is now looking for proposals for creative documentaries and events that offer a platform for documentaries and filmmakers in and from developing countries. Application deadline: May 15, 2011.
The Robert Bosch Stiftung awarded a total of 210,000 euros to three CEE films, including a Hungarian/German documentary, Roma Rally, and the Romanian/German short film Pepsi directed by Peter Kerek.
Blueberry spirits tells the ghost stories of the small Gypsy family who spend their summers living in forest. Every member of the small community has experienced several scary encounters with the ones from the other world. These meetings change the behavior of the Gypsy family. They often move because of the unwanted visitors. In film the visualized ghost stories do alternate with the events from the main characters' everyday life. It feels in the air that the two worlds are going to meet again.
My father and I get into an old camper and head for Paris where, 23 years ago, he dispersed his mother's ashes in the Luxembourg Garden. Our trip will take two weeks. We're both documentary filmmakers so we've decided to make a film recording the journey. We stop at camper parks or gas stations for the night. We each have a camera to keep the conditions fair and so we're both the directors and protagonists at the same time. My father is 70, I am 44. We discuss various things - family history, difficult past, my father's divorces. Any question is allowed. The journey is a pretext to get to know each other a little better.
Pomeranian Illusions is a multi-plot documentary that follows its protagonists during a very important time of their life. Together the stories of these four people reflect the changes that are coming to a small town Poland and challenge the people and the place they share: Darłowo, formerly known as the German town Rügenwalde, beautifully located on the windy shore of the Baltic Sea in the province of Pomerania.
The protagonists are three film studios: in Russia (Mosfilm), in Poland (WFF nr1) and in Belarus (Belarusfilm) and three film directors: Vyrypayev, Żuławski and Kudinenko who currently work there. These were the three most important film studios in the former Eastern bloc. They were the birthplace for a generation raised in a controlled distribution of culture, socialist economy and permanent oppression. One day, the system collapsed and so did the studios.