BELGRADE: Five new Serbian feature film projects were presented to potential French coproducers at the first French-Serbian coproduction workshop held at Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée in Paris from 7 to 8 December 2017.
The workshop was organised by Film Center Serbia and CNC - Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée, as a result of the formal agreement signed during the Cannes Film Festival 2017.
The Serbian feature film projects pitched at the workshop were: Desire Lines / Linije želje directed by Dane Komljen and produced by Dart Fillm Production, Guardians of the Formula / Čuvari formule, directed by Dragan Bjelogrlić and produced by Ton Film , Heart of Darkness / Srce tame, directed by Stevan Filipović and produced by Art & Popcorn, Labour Day / Ilijin povratak, directed by Mladen Đorđević and produced by Corona Film & SENSE Production, and Mara, directed by Mirjana Karanović and produced by This and That Films. Each of the Serbian writer/producer/director teams had from nine to 12 individual meetings with potential French coproducers.
The Serbian official team was led by Boban Jevtić, the director of FCS, who told FNE: “Co-operation with France is definitely one of our strategic goals for the years to come. In 2017 two Serbian projects (Stefan Arsenijević’s Strahinja Banović, produced by Art & Popcorn, and Srdan Golubović’s Father, produced by Bas Celik) won grants at the CNC’s Cinéma du Monde fund and recently a French production (Igor Latinović's Trotoari raja) won a minority coproduction grant at our fund. The workshop has clearly reminded us that there are topics which can improve our collaboration quite naturally and organically, and that is something that should be fully nurtured and developed.“
The second edition of the French-Serbian film meetings (Serbian-French Rendez-vous) also took place within the Auteur Film Festival 2017 in Belgrade, a few weeks ago.