President of the Commission Ursula von der Leyen to accept the Award
 
During the 35th European Film Awards on 10 December in Reykjavík Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, will accept the newly introduced European Sustainability Award – Prix Film4Climate 2022 on behalf of the European Commission. The award is given to the ambitious and revolutionary programme “European Green Deal”, that was launched by the Commission under von der Leyen’s Presidency.

The European Sustainability Award – Prix Film4Climate aims to award a European institution, company, or film for an “Outstanding European contribution to sustainability in film”. The initiative is a partnership between the European Film Academy and the World Bank Group’s programme for creative communications and climate action, Connect4Climate. The World Bank Group is the largest multilateral financier of climate action in developing countries. Through Connect4Climate, with its network of over 500 partners worldwide, the programme implements creative campaigns, amplifies impactful stories, elevates the voices of young people and mobilizes audiences through specific initiatives, including Film4Climate.Believing that powerful storytelling on both big and small screens can spark meaningful social change, Film4Climate works with filmmakers, producers and organizations to champion climate and environmental action in the film industry through both content and production.
 
The objective of the European Sustainability Award – Prix Film4Climate is to celebrate more than just films that are produced according to the most state-of the art sustainable standards, but to encourage the film industry to drive its influential impact towards a sustainable approach to economy, society and environment, promoting real impact in individuals' lives. The winner will receive a native tree from the country hosting the European Film Awards ceremony, that will be planted locally after the Award ceremony.
 
The Award is being presented by three European teenagers
 
The European Sustainability Award – Prix Film4Climate will be presented to the President of the European Commission by 3 young Europeans, Raluca from Romania, Ahmad from Sweden and Vilhjálmur from Iceland. They represent the younger generation that will be the most impacted by policies, decisions and actions taken today. Two of the presenters, Raluca and Ahmad, are part of the Youth Council that are co-creating the European Film Club, a programme to encourage teenagers to watch more European films. They have been planning sustainability measures within the European Film Club, such as the screening of films focusing on environmental issues such as climate change and the biodiversity crisis. The European Film Club will be launched in 2023 and aims to be a carbon-neutral programme.
 
The first European Film Award bestowed every year on a European film is the Young Audience Award, which is part of the European Film Club. This year’s award was given on 13 November by thousands of young jury members from all over Europe to the film ANIMAL by Cyril Dion. The film addresses the worries of young people about the 6th mass extinction of animal life that is currently taking place in nature, due to the behaviour of humankind.

European Film Academy strongly commits to sustainability
 
The Award ceremonies of the European Film Academy are strongly committed to promoting sustainability. Together with the hosting country Iceland, the Academy strives to reduce the carbon emission impact of all its events in 2022. With the organisation of the award ceremony in Reykjavík, also Iceland will showcase its leading role in sustainability. The event will happen within a sustainable event infrastructure that considers the best practices in terms of resource use, waste management, transportation, and catering for major events.

The European Film Academy is also raising awareness among Academy members and guests traveling to Iceland. The Academy is offering options to attendees who will be flying to offset their carbon emissions by donating an amount based on the estimated carbon offset for a return economy flight to Iceland with an average distance of 3,000 kilometers within Europe, which will support the planting of trees in the European Film Forest located in Iceland. This is coordinated by the Icelandic Forestry Association.
 
The introduction of the Month of European Film is another sustainability measure in the portfolio of the European Film Academy. By enabling European audiences to enjoy films in local cinemas or online in the month prior to the Awards ceremony, the impact of the celebration of European cinema is not limited to a one-location event anymore. The Month of European Film will expand and bring films from Europe closer to all Europeans, disregarding the place where they live and when or how they prefer to see films. Local initiatives with cinemas that are promoting sustainable solutions for the experience of watching films, will be prioritised as partners by the European Film Academy.
 
Hosting country Iceland leading in cultural, social and environmental sustainability
 
Iceland itself is a recognised and respected leader in cultural, social and environmental sustainability. The country has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 55% compared to 1990 levels by 2030, becoming climate neutral by 2040, and fossil fuel free by 2050. Its ambitious goals are reinforced by its current energy production, which enables the supply of 100% of renewable energy for electricity and heating needs, mixing hydropower and geothermal energy.
 
In October 2020, the Icelandic Film Centre (IFC) published  the “Icelandic Film Policy from 2020 to 2030”, disclosing important strategic actions set to boost the country’s audiovisual sector. Regarding sustainability and green shooting, the policy document mentions Iceland’s effort to build a brand to attract international film production by systematically developing a year-round film industry based on sustainability values, social responsibility, and equality, to meet the expectations of foreign production. The action started in January 2021, and the responsible parties are the IFC, the film industry, and the Foreign Service.

The ceremony of the European Film Awards – the most renowned and prestigious award for European film – is presented by the European Film Academy and European Film Academy Productions.

This traditional pitching competition for animation presents a total of 33 projects in four categories: feature length, series/TV specials, short and student films. A further 16 animated works appearing in the non-competitive section will endeavour to capture the attention of decision makers from the field of animation. The CEE Animation Forum takes places on 2nd and 3rd November in Plzeň and one day (4th November) will be dedicated to personal meetings using an online app which will be available only to accredited guests.

The juries consist of a wide representation of film professionals from across Europe. Short films will be judged by animation filmmaker and illustrator Alexandre Siqueira (BAP – Animation Studios), writer Milo Cremer Eindhoven (Submarine) and Belgian producer Bastien Martin (Camera, etc). The creativity of students will be evaluated by Oscar short-listed producer and distributor Eleanor Coleman (Indie Sales), talented Hungarian animator Luca Tóth and Ivan Zuber (Laïdak FIlms), who is a graduate of such schools as Gobelins and Animation Sans Frontières. Aiming to ascertain potential success with television viewers will be Estonian producer Kristel Tõldsepp (A Film), Michelle Hoekstra (lemming film) together with Hisko Hulsing, the director of Undone, an animated series for Amazon Prime. Feature-length projects will be attentively observed by two successful producers, Lubica Orechovská (Pubres) and Richard Lutterbeck (TrickStudio Lutterbeck), who will be accompanied by the French distributor, Valentin Rebondy (Cinema Public Films).

The winners will be announced on 3rd November, but the competitors may already fix their eyes on the promising prizes. The best project, as selected by the jury in each category, receives a monetary award to the value of 1,000 Euros. Short films will compete for the new Ciclic prize, with a value of 35,000 Euros. Across all categories, the competing projects can gain a scholarship for the year-round CEE Animation Workshop training programme or a licence for TV Paint, the professional animation programme. Viewers may also share their preferences. The project with the highest tally gained during the online voting shall receive an award of 1,000 Euros. Thanks to close, long-term co-operation with leading European events in the field of animation, the teams will also be able to apply for direct access to Cartoon Movie, Cartoon Forum, Cartoon Springboard, Animarkt Stop Motion Forum, and Kids Kino Industry.

CEE Animation has as a main objective to be a strong voice in the animation industry. One of the group with which we wish to begin a discourse is that of national television broadcasters. Their involvement is essential for the success of international co-productions - especially the formats of series and feature films. To finance their projects, independent producers crucially depend on the support from their national broadcasters and from national and international funds,” explains Marta Jallageas, Managing Director of CEEA Forum. A line-up of representatives of national broadcasters from Central and Eastern Europe will share how CEE national TV broadcasters can and do support independent animated works, how they co-operate with producers from their own country, and with those from other countries.

The organisers have planned an impressive accompanying programme for on-site guests. On 2nd November, from 18:00, it will be possible to view a newly-prepared compilation of short films under the activity of CEE Animation Talents. In the creative zone DEPO2015, they will be able to personally experience the successful Czech animated VR film, Darkening (d. Ondřej Moravec), which was selected for the section of Venice Immersive at the Venice IFF. In this area, there will also be the possibility to view students’ work from the Media Illustration studio of the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art at the University of West Bohemia. Accredited guests also have the opportunity to visit the programme at the partner festival, Juniorfest, which takes place from 4th to 10th November in Plzeň.

CEE Animation is financially supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union, the International Visegrad Fund and organised in co-operation with Eurimages. It is also co-funded by state funds and foundations and professional organisations from Croatia (Hulahop), Czech Republic (APA, Audiovisual Producers´ Association), Poland (SPPA, Polish Animation Producers Association), Slovakia (APAF, Slovak Association of Animated Film Producers) and Slovenia (DSAF, Slovene Animated Film Association).

IMPORTANT LINKS

About the event:
https://ceeanimation.eu/forum/2022-cee-animation-forum/

Press release Official Selection:
https://ceeanimation.eu/news/cee-animation-forum-unveils-official-selection-and-opens-accreditations/

Projects´ descriptions:
https://ceeanimation.eu/forum/2022-cee-animation-forum/selected-projects/ 

Projects from the CEE Animation Workshop selection:
https://ceeanimation.eu/workshops/2022-cee-animation-workshop/selection/

Who is coming:
https://ceeanimation.eu/forum/2022-cee-animation-forum/forum-attendees/

Programme:
https://ceeanimation.eu/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/CEEA_Forum22_programme.pdf

Jury and their short bio:
https://ceeanimation.eu/forum/2022-cee-animation-forum/jury/

Contact for media:
Marta Jallageas | Public Relations | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

As a result of the strong interest, the deadline for submission to the WEMW Co-Production Forum has been extended to November 10, 2022 to allow as many producers as possible to finalise their materials and apply with their project.

All applications must include: complete online application form, treatment in English (max 5-8 pages), financing plan, teaser/visuals/mood board of the submitted project and previous work of the director. 
In order to submit your application and the required materials you need to create your own account and fill in the online form at https://vp.eventival.com/trieste/wemw2023

There is no submission fee and the extended deadline is November 10, 2022, 23.59 CET.  

Business consultations, meetings with masters or representatives of prominent production studios and pitching competitions with prizes allowing winners to make their own movie. ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum – one of the most important events in the animation industry in the world started in Łódź.

ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum is the only industry event in the world that integrates the stop motion community. It is the forum where business relationships and international cooperation are established, whereas young creators have an extraordinary opportunity to present their projects to their idols. This is where movies acclaimed by both critics and the audience begin their journey.

ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum is a place that has become a connection between novice creators and the stars of the animation industry. It is here that many artists took their first steps and now celebrate international success. For example, Michał Łubiński, who presented his short animation "Astra" for the first time in 2017, and now delights critics and festival audiences in Poland and abroad, Agnieszka Kowalewska-Skowron, founder of the forum explains.

ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum 2022 is full of meetings, consultations, talks, panels and workshops. The rich program consists of three main sections: MASTERS, PITCHING and BUSINESS. This year, the Masters section is dominated by discussion panels devoted to the green production of stop motion animation, the market for distribution of animation after the pandemic and the position of women in the animation industry. Among the interviewees, the most famous names in the industry - Birgit Heidsiek, founder of the European Center for Sustainable Development of the Media World; Czech director Michaela Mihalyi or Daria Kashcheeva, whose animation "Daughter" presented at ANIMARKT Pitching in 2016, was nominated for an Oscar.

The BUSINESS section, which facilitates networking meetings with the participation of the most influential people in the industry, have a special spot in the program. Traditionally, there are also industry breakfast meetings, fast forms, 15-minute Match&Meet and Meet Your Partner meetings, which are networking meetings with producers.

Pitching, which is a competition section of ANIMARKT, always evokes the biggest emotions. It provides artists with an opportunity to present their projects to a group of experts from the world animation industry, gain partners and win prizes that will make it easier for creators to produce their movie. This year, 15 short projects will compete for the amount of PLN 60,000 in the form of an in-kind co-production contribution funded by the Audiovisual Technology Center, a professional accreditation for MIFA 2023, prizes funded by APA Lab or Animond as well as Dragonframe 5 software. Radiator IP Sales Distribution will provide advisory services in the field of international distribution for a selected project. For the very first time, the best feature films and TV series that will compete at ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum for qualified for Kids Kino Industry 2023, a professional accreditation for MIFA 2023 in Annecy, an Animond award as well as Dragonframe 5 software.

ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum is co-financed from the funds of the International Visegrad Fund, by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage and co-finances by the Polish Film Institute. Creative Europe Desk Poland is a partner of the event. Main partners of ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum 2022 are EC1 Łódź – the City of Culture and Łódź Film Commission as well as the Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź.

The event is organized by MOMAKIN, a company connecting the world of animated film makers with the international production, distribution and promotion market and specializing in stop motion projects. It supports animation projects at each stage of their creation: from planning and financing to production and distribution. It is involved in educating and professionalizing the film industry.

The Georgian National Film Center announces the winning projects of the short film competition. A commission consisting of film professionals selected 8 projects and authors from 49 projects, among which were members of the editorial team of CinExpress - Levan Tskhovrebadze ("The Fisherman's Burden" - producer: "Cinexpress Productions" LLC, 20,391 EUR / 54 493 GEL) and Giorgi Javakhishvili ("Liberté" - producer: "Cinexpress Productions" LLC, 29,366 EUR / 78 479 GEL).

CinExpress ("CinExpress" - Cinematic Expression) is a union of Georgian cinematographers who founded the online cinema platform cinexpress.ge in 2019, within the framework of which until now the reader has been offered analysis of the films of a number of important filmmakers, translations of theoretical works, analytical articles, essays, interviews and reviews of international film festivals. In January 2022, with the support of the GNFC, they published the first electronic cinema magazine, which is already available to a mass audience free of charge and consists of about 200 pages and includes essays by various authors, translations and interviews

From today, CinExpress also officially becomes a production company (CinExpress Productions) and its creative team will start working on the first film projects next year.

That’s a wrap! Highlights of the Kids Kino Industry 2022 

Four days full of pitching presentations and conference programme, plenty possibilities of networking, accompanying programmes such as Kids Kino Lab, Producers LINK, and Young Talents, is a lot to cover within short amount of time. But new connections and cooperation, ideas and inspirations are worth a few sleepless nights. The Kids Kino Industry international co-production forum took place on 27-30 September in Warsaw and online.

27 pitching presentations and 1:1 meetings

The audience gathered in Kinoteka and in front of their computers had a chance to watch 27 pitchings during two days of project presentations.

14 live-action, 10 animated, 2 mixed-technique, and 1 documentary projects, including 15 films and 12 series at different stages of production were presented in two sections: in development (24) and work in progress (3).

Each pitch was followed by a Q&A session with the Decision Makers.

Among the awarded projects were two Polish projects “Tosia” (Audiovisual Technology Center Award) and “Under the Floor” (CEE Animation Forum Award), Slovak “My World Upside Down” and Latvian “Secrets of the Great Bog” (both with ORKA Production Award), and “Ghoul Friends” from UK (m:brane Award), but there were much more promising projects which made a buzz and gained the recognition from the KKI guests.

The hybrid form of the forum extended the possibilities of having 1:1 meetings. KKI guests could book an online meeting or meet in Kinoteka. This flexible approach paid off with a higher number of confirmed meetings booked through the platform (399 confirmed meetings compared to 321 last year). Not to mention all the spontaneous meetings which were not booked on the platform and are impossible to estimate. 

305 participants on-site and online

Each year Kids Kino Industry brings more and more Decision Makers and attendees. The growing number of participants contributed to the decision of changing the venue from Muranów Cinema to Kinoteka Cinema, which is located in one of the most recognisable buildings in Warsaw – the Palace of Culture and Science.

Among the representatives of the companies who were attending Kids Kino Industry for the first time there were Warner Bros. Discovery, Disney, VRT Ketnet, Wild Bunch, Latvian Television to name a few.

Accompanying programmes

Parallel to the forum there have been plenty of different programmes for scriptwriters, producers and students.

The final session of Kids Kino Lab script development workshop ended an almost one year journey with 12 teams from Poland, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Norway, and UK. Some of the projects developed at Kids Kino Lab were presented during the pitching presentations at Kids Kino Industry.

For the second time Warsaw was visited by the European producers selected for the Producers LINK programme who came here to meet and learn from each other, and in the future establish new cooperations. The programme is organised by Kids Kino Industry and Cinekid for Professionals with the support from Catalan Films, Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Film Centre of Montenegro, German Children’s Media Foundation – KIDS Regio, Greek Film Center, National Film Centre of Latvia, National Film Institute Hungary, Netherlands Film Fund, Norwegian Film Institute, Slovak Film Institute, and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Poland.

The main goal of the programme is to stimulate the production of top-quality children’s content and pan-European co-productions.

After first residency at Kids Kino Industry, producers selected for the programme will visit Amsterdam to take part in the second session at Cinekid for Professionals.

Organised for the very first time, Young Talents programme, brought to Poland six up-and-coming filmmakers representing the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków (Poland), the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg (Germany), and the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague – FAMU (the Czech Republic).

The aim of the programme is to introduce young filmmakers: producers, directors, scriptwriters to the international film industry and show them how to navigate their careers and how to get the most out of the forum.

KKI in numbers

  • 305 attendees in total (on-site and online)
  • 399 confirmed meetings
  • 27 pitching presentations
  • 9 sessions, masterclasses and workshops during the conference programme

Partners

Kids Kino Industry was co-financed by Creative Europe MEDIA, Polish Film Institute, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland, and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Poland.

Among the partners there are Audiovisual Technology Center in Wrocław (CeTA), ORKA Production,  m:brane, CEE Animation Forum, KIDS Regio, Mazovia Warsaw Film Commission, Łódź Film Commission, Polish Animation Producers Association (SPPA), ATM Virtual, Polish Producers Alliance (KIPA), Cinekid for Professionals, Cineuropa, Film New Europe, Modern Times, Kids Kino Lab.

Next Kids Kino Industry forum will take place in September 2023.

The Czech Republic currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The Czech-In festival was founded on the occasion of the first Czech presidency, in 2009. It is therefore natural for us to recall this important event. The selection of films was inspired by the handover of the Presidency between France and the Czech Republic . The 8th edition will highlight the cultural dialogue between the two countries, looking at joint artistic projects and artists who have created or been inspired by the two countries. Hence, the programme consists mainly of Czech-French co-productions. 

The real prelude to the festival will be a musical film Symfony Bizzare, directed by Michal Kocáb, the leader of the cult Czech band Pražský výběr. It is a full-length recording of their concert in the O2 Arena in Prague.

The festival will also provide an opportunity to discover the films of Christian Paigneau and Joël Farges, two French directors inspired by Czech cinema: the former taking a look at the Czechoslovak New Wave and the latter paying homage to Czech animator Jiří Trnka. The French tightrope walker Tatiana-Mosio Bongonga will present a documentary about her crossing of the Vltava River, filmed as part of the Letní Letná festival. 

The audience will also have the opportunity to see one of the first French-Czech co-productions, the 1957 animated film The Creation of the World by Eduard Hofman. Visual art lovers will be delighted to discover the documentary on the life of the Czech surrealist painter Toyen, who lived and worked in France for 40 years. This film will close the festival on the National Day of the Czech Republic on 28 October at the Auditorium of the Hôtel de Ville de Paris in the presence of the director Andrea Sedláčková.

Ten selected films, mostly unreleased in France, by Václav Fletel and Jakub Voves, Tereza Brdečková, Ondřej Provazník and Martin Dušek, Jana Boková, Václav Kadrnka, Eduard Hofman, Roman Vávra and Bohdan Sláma, will be accompanied by a debate with filmmakers and other guests, with the aim of making contemporary Czech cinema better known to the Parisian public. The Czech-In festival will take place mainly the weekend of the 8th, 13th-16th, 21st-23rd October at the cinema Les 3 Luxembourg in Paris. Several satellite screenings are planned in November at the Czech language departments of INALCO and the Sorbonne. 

The festival is part of the official programme of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU, with the support of the City of Paris, which has awarded it the Label Paris Europe, and under the high patronage of the Government of the Czech Republic and the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to France, His Excellency Michal Fleischmann with his wife Kateřina Lojdová.

The full programme is available on the website: http://czech-in-film-festival.fr/page-festival-2022/

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The European Film Forum Scanorama presented its expanded short film competition Glimpses of Europe. The programme, which has replaced a regional short film competition New Baltic Cinema in its 13th edition, is to showcase new film talents from all over Europe.

This year, the organisers received twice as many entries as in previous years, from which 16 short films from 10 European countries were selected. The selection will be screened in three separate programmes at this year's Scanorama on 17-19 November. The films will be reviewed by an international jury, which will choose and announce the best overall film and the best Lithuanian film. The authors of the selected films will compete for cash prizes totalling €8,000. The winners will be announced on 19 November.

Born in 2008 as the Baltic short film competition New Baltic Cinema and having expanded to the whole Baltic Sea region in 2019, this year's event has changed its name to Glimpses of Europe and welcomes Scanorama's 20th anniversary with an ambitious goal of becoming a major player in the European short film scene. This year, the competition welcomed entries by young filmmakers from all around Europe.

“The competition has maintained its key objectives to reflect the trends of young cinema, seek out new talent and provide it with a platform. By expanding the geography of the competition, we sought to offer European filmmakers a strong space for artistic exploration and dialogue, helping them lay down the first contours of their own universes,” says Gražina Arlickaitė, Scanorama’s founder and artistic director.

This year's Glimpses of Europe jury will be headed by Cédric Succivalli, Italian film critic and programmer, in charge of the Giornate degli Autore parallel programme at the prestigious Venice Film Festival. He will be assisted by Otto Suuronen, short film distribution coordinator at the Finnish Film Foundation, and Christof Wehmeier, Head of International Relations at the Icelandic Film Centre.

“Short film is an alternative territory for the creative and thought processes, which frees up artistic exploration and experimentation. We wish to provide the new voices in European film with this new space of opportunities that encourages one to open up towards newer and greater professional challenges,” says Cédric Succivalli.

Films selected for this year’s Glimpses of Europe:

  1. Spiral, dir. Salla Sorri, Eva-Maria Koskinen, Finland
  2. The Devil, dir. Jan Bujnowski, Poland
  3. Vague, dir. Joni Tuominen, Finland
  4. Invisible Border, dir. Mark Siegfried Gerstorfer, Austria
  5. Hollywood, dir. Tia Kouvo, Sweden
  6. Exterior Day, dir. Giulia Magno, Italy
  7. Curiosa, dir. Tessa Moult-Milewska, United Kingdom
  8. Blue Hour, dir. Stacey Rushchak, Poland
  9. Memoir of a Veering Storm, dir. Sofia Georgovassili, Greece
  10. Tramway, dir. Bartosz Reetz, Poland
  11. Task, dir. Deyan Rumen Angelov, Bulgaria
  12. #LIKE4LIKE, dir. Serhii Mysak, Ukraine
  13. Dance, dir. Danielius Minkevičius, Lithuania
  14. Through Gloom, dir. Arnas Balčiūnas, Lithuania
  15. Before Pandemic and War, There were bed bugs and love, dir. Nuruzzaman Khan, Lithuania
  16. Caprice, dir. Beatričė Bukantytė, Rastko Novaković, Lithuania

The jury will award:

a cash prize of €5,000 by the LATGA Association for the best film in the overall programme
a cash prize of €3,000 by the Lithuanian Film Centre for the best film by a Lithuanian director

This year's edition of the European Film Forum Scanorama will be held on 10-20 November in Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, and Šiauliai.

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