At the 76th Venice International Film Festival, Czech Cinema is represented by 4 films in Official Selection. Václav Marhoul’s The Painted Bird was selected for the main competition Venezia 76, animeted short SH_T HAPPENS by Dávid Štumpf and Michaela Mihályi will compete in Orizzonti, Gustav Machatý's digitally restored Extase will be screened as a pre-opening film in Venice Classics, and Dutch-Lithuanian-Czech State Funeral by Sergei Loznitsa will premiere Out of Competition.
SARAJEVO: Take Me Somewhere Nice by Ena Sendijarevic, a coproduction between the Netherlands and Bosnia and Herzegovina, was awarded the Heart of Sarajevo for best feature film at the 25th Sarajevo Film Festival. The festival was held from 16 to 23 August 2019 under the patronage of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
TALLINN: A committee led by the Estonian Film Institute has selected Truth and Justice by Tanel Toom as Estonia’s candidate for the 92nd Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ award in the best international feature film category. The Estonian/Latvian coproduction Immortal by Ksenia Okhapkina won the Grand Prix for Best Documentary at the Karlovy Vary IFF and thus received the right to be submitted for consideration for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
Institute of Documentary Film's KineDok screens at untraditional venues not only in the Czech Republic, but also in six other European countries.
A special committee led by Estonian Film Institute (EFI) has voted for submitting a national epic Truth and Justice, adapted and directed by Tanel Toom, as the candidate for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film. In addition, for the first time, Estonia is also represented by a documentary feature due to the automatic submission right given by the Karlovy Vary festival win for Ksenia Okhapkina’s Immortal.
RIGA: The 3rd edition of Baltic Film Days will be held in Tallinn (Kino Artis) and Vilnius (Forum Cinemas Vingis) on 21-22 August, and in Riga (Splendid Palace) on 22-23 August 2019. This year, Baltic Film Days will honour the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way. The events will be accompanied by meetings with filmmakers and debates.
Daugther by Daria Kashcheeva continues in her fantastic year of festival success. Fifteen-minutes-long animated short has been selected for Short Cuts at TIFF 2019. Toronto also gives floor to The Painted Bird – after the World Premiere in Venezia 76, the film will be screened as the North American Premiere in Special Presentations. In addition, The Sleepers will be introduced in Primetime, and Dutch-Lithuanian-Czech co-production documentary State Funeral in Wavelengths.
BERLIN: Thirteen films from the CEE are among the 46 titles which made it on the 2019 EFA Feature Film Selection list and are recommended for a nomination for the European Film Awards 2019.
6th Kids Kino International Film Festival, operating until now under the name: The Kids Film Festival will be held from 21-29 September 2019. The format of Kids Kino IFF remains the same. We will present films from around the world: shorts, features, animations, live action, documentaries and TV series to kids from 4-12 years of age. The festival takes place in 20 cities at the same time, screening films from the main competition. Warsaw screenings, in addition, are extended to a full programme comprising of 150 titles. Aside from the part solely dedicated to films, there are meetings, creative workshops and screenings with live music organized during the festival. Adults may take part in lectures and workshops on education and upbringing, whereas professionals can attend Warsaw Kids Film Forum, an industry part of Kids Kino IFF.
Renaming the festival means renaming the projects involved. These are:
Warsaw Kids Film Forum / from 2020 under the name Kids Kino Industry – an international industry event devoted to films and television series aimed at children’s market. More info at: www.warsawkidsff.pl;
Kids Film.Pro, from 2019/2020 edition under the name Kids Kino.Lab – an international development programme for film projects and TV series for young audience devoted to script writers and producers. More info at: www.kidskinolab.pl.
6th Kids Kino International Film Festival is organised by New Horizons Association. More info at: www.kinodzieci.pl/english-info/.
More info: kinodzieci.pl
TBILISI: Film director, screenwriter, journalist and actress Nino Kirtadze, the new representative of Georgia in Eurimages, spoke with Film New Europe about the importance of Eurimages support for Georgian coproductions and about her own projects.
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