The Baltic Event Co-Production
Market presented three awards at the closing ceremony, at the conclusion
of its 10th anniversary edition, which ran from 30 November - 2
December 2011. The Baltic Event (www.be.poff.ee) is
sponsored by MEDIA and the Estonian Film Foundation
(www.efsa.ee).Two Cannes Marché du film Producer's Network
prizes went to up-and-coming producers who will receive free accreditation at
the network in May 2012.
The first, Levan Koguashvili, is a Georgian
director/producer from the company Ori Bu with the 800,000 EUR project Teacher
in Love. Koguashvili was in Tallin as part of
the Co-Production Market's special focus on Georgia. The
second Producer's Network prize was taken by Ferenc Pusztai, who
helms the Budapest based KHM Film (www.khmfilm.com), with the project Godly
Shift directed by Mark Bodzsar.
Pusztai is a former winner of the FNE Visegrad Prix for best
international coproduction for his work as producer of Pal
The Co-Production Market also gave the 3rd Screen
International Best Pitch Award to Finnish producer Ilkka Matila's project
Never Alone. Directed
by Klaus Härö and produced by Matila Röhr Productions
(www.matilarohrnordisk.fi), the film is a historical drama that grabbed the attention of the sales agents, distributors, and other guests of the market.
The biggest buzz at the Baltic Event originated from its Coming Soon section
which offered participants the opportunity to catch up with Estonia's hottest director Ilmar
Raag, whose Estonian French Belgian coproduction One More Croissant is in post
production. The buzz is that Raag
is being courted by both Berlin and Cannes for a possible
competition slot. According to Raag (
who speaks fluent French) his first experience directing outside
Estonia broadened his horizons and was a valuable learning experience. The film is a coproduction between Amiron (www.amiron.ee) and TS Productions in
France together with LA Parti
Another buzz item was Lotte and the Moonstone Secret directed by Janno Poldma
and Heiki Emits which was in the special screening section. The animated family film scored more than 68,000 admissions at the Estonian box office putting it in the top 10 for 2011. It
looks as fi it is going to be just as hot an international seller as the first
Lotte From Gadgetville. The film is produced by Eesti Joonis film (www.joonisfilm.ee) and Rija Films (www.rijafilms.lv). The Estonian Film Foundation, the National Film Centre
of Latvia, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Estonia, the Estonian Cultural Endowment,
Media 2007, the Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia, and the Estonian
Broadcasting Corporation supported the completion of this film.
Baltic Event are EAVE, Cannes Marche du film Producer's
Network, Screen International, Sarajevo FF co-production market, Cinelink,
Square, the Finnish Film Foundation, the Black Nights
Film Festival, Film New Europe.
Supporters of the event are the MEDIA Programme, Estonian Film Foundation,
National Film Center of Latvia, Estonian Cultural Endowment, Estonian Ministry
of Culture, and Nordic Hotel Forum.