CANNES: Slovak and Czech ratings of the interactive TV-event The Verdict by Lars Kraume, which had its world premiere at MIPCOM in Cannes on 17 October 2016, were far above average with high responses on social media platforms. The programme scored sensational ratings at its simultaneous broadcast in several European territories.

Seventeen projects have been selected for the Co-Production Market, which will be taking place on 21-24 November at Industry@Tallinn &; Baltic Event during the Black Nights Film Festival. In other sections, Baltic Event highlights eight Baltic and Nordic projects in the script and pitch workshop POWR Baltic Stories Exchange and 20 projects in the Works in Progress and Screenings sections.

For its 15th jubilee edition, Baltic Event has selected 14 projects from its traditional region of the new EU territories, Scandinavia and Russia, a project from Georgia in collaboration with EAVE, and two projects from the 2016 Focus Country Luxembourg. The Baltic Event team is satisfied to note that not only was the quality of the record number of submissions exceptionally high, but the resultant slate also reflects the topics and emotions current in Europe and in the society in general today. While a number of projects revolve around the sore issue of immigration and controversies surrounding politics and religion, many stories simply deal with the isolation and loneliness of an individual in this ever globalising world. However, many filmmakers choose to approach their work in the key of humour, lending some lightness to the otherwise sombre topics.

While Miss Hanoi, the Czech project, deals with Vietnamese immigrants struggling to adopt Western norms, and Fear Eats the Soul from Sweden focuses on the still sadly occurring racism, East of Swedenfrom Finland and Trust from Poland follow refugees in more immediate danger. Continuing on a serious note, Norwegian As I Fall is a drama about a heroin-addict trying to come to terms with single fatherhood, Lithuanian People We Know Are Confused a cleverly woven multiplot about self-discovery and confidence, Russian Far Frontiers another stifling portrait of a person struggling in a strict and unforgiving environment, and Estonian Scandinavian Silence explores the relationship between siblings in a unique and innovative way. Moving onto the black comedies segment of the slate, What a Country! from Croatia tries to describe the state of mind of the Balkan countries by bringing in two dead presidents, Polish The Clergy teasingly depicts the "behind the scenes" life of the Catholic Church, the lead character of Romanian Emil is forced to face certain truths after being cheap on the funeral rites for his late wife, while Georgian Citizen Saint makes a sculpture of a saint come to life to prove a point and Latvian Insect Night makes a man able to walk on water. The slate is rounded up by two children's films - the adaptation of the beloved children's book Vinski and the Invisibility Powder from Finland, and Ibracadabrafeaturing the little fans of the famed footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Sweden. Focus Country Luxembourg presents the dark thriller Skin Walker and (N)Ostalgia - a hybrid documentary about a struggling Soviet mining settlement.

As always, Baltic Event aims to find balance between established, award-winning directors, this year including Vinko Bresan (Croatia), Martti Helde (Estonia), Tinatin Kajrishvili (Georgia), Simo Halinen and Juha Wuolijoki (Finland), Laila Pakalnina (Latvia), Wojtek Smarzowski and Dariusz Gajewski (Poland), Andrei Gruzsniczki (Romania) and Karzan Kader (Sweden), and up-and-coming talents including Zdeněk Viktora (Czech Republic), Tomas Smulkis (Lithuania), Vicki Thornton and Chris Neuman (Luxembourg), Magnus Meyer Arnesen (Norway), Maxim Dashkin (Russia), and Maria Eriksson (Sweden).

A Eurimages Co-Production Development Award worth 20 000 Euro will be handed out by a jury consisting of Uldis Dimiševskis, Head of Production and Development, National Film Centre of Latvia, Latvia; Suzanne Glansborg, Executive Producer, TV4/Bonnier Broadcasting, Sweden; and Titus Kreyenberg, CEO/Producer, unafilm, Germany. In addition, one project will receive the Screen International Best Pitch Award, offering coverage of the life-cycle of the winning film, and two producers will receive the Cannes Marché du Film Producers’ Network Award for Promising Young Producerwith free accreditations to next year’s edition.

Baltic Event Co-Production Market selection 2016: 

  1. As I Fall, producer Gyda Velvin Myklebust, DNF Masters, Norway, director Magnus Meyer Arnesen
  2. Citizen Saint, producer Lasha Khalvashi, Artizm, Georgia, director Tinatin Kajrishvili (in collaboration with EAVE - European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs)
  3. The Clergy, producer Jacek Rzehak, Profil Film, Poland, director Wojtek Smarzowski
  4. East of Sweden, producer Liisa Penttilä-Asikainen, Kaiho Republic, Finland, director Simo Halinen
  5. Emil, producer Oana Giurgiu, Hai Hui Entertainment, Romania, director Andrei Gruzsniczki
  6. Far Frontiers, producer Anna von Dziembowska, Victoria Films, Russia, director Maxim Dashkin
  7. Fear Eats the Soul, producer Emma Åkesdotter Ronge, Anagram Film & TV, Sweden, director Maria Eriksson
  8. Ibracadabra, producer Peter Krupenin, Hob AB, Sweden, director Karzan Kader
  9. Insect Night, producer Laila Pakalnina, Hargla Company, Latvia, director Laila Pakalnina
  10. Miss Hanoi, producer Zdeněk Viktora, Screenplay By s.r.o., Czech Republic, director Zdeněk Viktora
  11. People We Know Are Confused, producer Dagne Vildziunaite, Just A Moment, Lithuania, director Tomas Smulkis
  12. Scandinavian Silence, producer Elina Litvinova, Three Brothers, Estonia, director Martti Helde
  13. Trust, producer Kuba Kosma, Takfilm sp. z o.o., Poland, director Dariusz Gajewskie
  14. Vinski and the Invisibility Powder, producer Juha Wuolijoki, Snapper Films Oy, Finland, director Juha Wuolijoki
  15. What a Country!, producer Ivan Maloča, Interfilm, Croatia, director Vinko Bresan
  16. (N)ostalgia, producer Marion Guth, a_BAHN, Luxembourg, director Vicki Thornton
  17. Skin Walker, producer Jesus Gonzalez, Calach Films, Luxembourg, director Chris Neuman

POWR projects and screenwriters:

  1. For Anna by Toke Westman Steensen, Denmark
  2. Good-Bye Soviet Union by Lauri Randla, Estonia
  3. A Gift from the Moon by Ramin Pourmand, Estonia
  4. Children of Strauss by Carita Forsgren, Finland
  5. Scenes from a Dying Town by Kaisa El Ramly, Finland
  6. Deleted Scenes by Paula Korva, Finland
  7. The Hood by Andrius Lekavicius, Lithuania
  8. Audnvin by Inger Dietrichs, Norway

Supporters and partners of Baltic Event are Creative Europe MEDIA Programme, Eurimages, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Film Institute, Lithuanian Film Centre, National Film Centre of Latvia, Finnish Film Foundation, Film Fund Luxembourg, Film Commission Poland, Swedish Institute, Embassy in Sweden in Estonia, FilmVäst, Danish Cultural Institute in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Nordic Hotel Forum, Tallink Hotels, EAVE, Cannes Marche du Film’s Producers’ Network, Torino Film Lab, Screen International, Film New Europe, Orbital Vox Studios and Apollo Music.

Additional information:
Marge Liiske
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DEADLINE: October 31, 2016

 Starting from the next edition WEMW will launch a new East & West double focus and will bring together over 350 film professionals from more than 30 countries and, in particular, from the 2017 spotlight territories: France and the Baltic Countries(Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania).  Producers from all European territories, Canada, USA and Latin America will be eligible to apply and WEMW will select 20 projects in development with co-production potential either with France, the Baltic Countries or Italy.


  • Projects must be long feature fiction films or documentaries with preferably 15% of the total budget already in place
  • Projects from all Eastern European countries* with coproduction potential either with France or Italy
  • Projects from all Western European countries**, Canada, USA and Latin America with coproduction potential either with the Baltic Countries or Italy
  • Projects from Italy with coproduction potential either with France or the Baltic Countries

All applications must include: complete online application form, treatment in English (max 5-8 pages), financing plan, teaser of the submitted project or previous works 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 following this link
Deadline: October 31, 2016.   

Selected projects will be announced in mid-December and selected producers will be offered up to 4 night accommodation in Trieste.

Along with the EAVE EPW 2017 scholarship, the Flow Postproduction Award and TRL Espresso, all selected projects will compete for two new prizes: the CNC Development Award, a 5.000 EUR grant for the best project, and the EWA – Europe Women’s Audiovisual Award, a cash prize for the best female director.
More information on the submission process and the WEMW programme are available at
* Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine
** Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom
WEMW is organized by the FVG Audiovisual Fund and the Trieste Film Festival in collaboration with EAVE, Maia Workshops, Creative Europe Desk Italy, EURIMAGES, and the support of Creative Europe/MEDIA Programme, MiBACT - Direzione Generale per il Cinema, CEI - Central European Initiative and the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. The 2017 focus is in cooperation and with the support of CNC - Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée, Estonian Film Institute, Lithuanian Film Centre and National Film Centre of Latvia.

The festival will kick off with a film about the Czech Berdych gang, while also focusing on contemporary Turkish cinema. Among the festival’s prominent guests will be Mike Bonanno of The Yes Men and the British producer of Ken Loach’s films, Rebeca O’Brien.

There are only a few days left till the start of the twentieth edition of the largest documentary film event in Central and Eastern Europe. The Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival is dedicated to discovering new filmmaking talents and the so-far unknown film titles and to blurring the line between documentary, fiction and experimental film. From over 3,600 submitted titles, 310 have been shortlisted for this year’s programme: adding almost 80 films to the programme choice, with additional 26 offered as part of the Czech Television Documentaries section. The competition sections will showcase 45 world premieres, as well as 11 international and 2 European premieres. The Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival will take place on Oct 25 – 30, 2016.

“To mark the festival’s twentieth edition, we have organised both an exhibition on the history of the Jihlava IDFF on the Masaryk Square as well as the Lux Film Prize programme in the Horácké Theatre offering repeats of the most popular film titles. One of the highlights will be the presence of a long-term colleague of Ken Loach, producer Rebbeca O‘Brien, film editing legend Claire Atherton (who collaborated namely with Chantal Akerman) and editor Jacop Quadri. Quadri is also the closest collaborator of Gianfranco Rosi whose Fire at Sea is one of the documentary revelations of this season,” says Marek Hovorka, the Director of Jihlava IDFF, describing the highlights of the festival’s 20th edition.

Czech Joy to introduce the cream of last year’s Czech documentary production

This year’s Czech Joy competition section boasts of 13 titles with various politically and socially charged topics. 11 new Czech docs will see their premiere at the 20th Jihlava IDFF. The festival will be launched on Tuesday, Oct 25 with a unique premiere of Helena’s Law. The feature-length debut by documentarian and actress Petra Nesvačilová takes a sensitive look at the life of accused and sentenced gangsters of the ill-famed Berdych gang. In her film, Nesvačilová teams up with elite detective Helena Kahnová to uncover the overlooked human aspects of those who committed or were instrumental to crimes of various degrees.

Czech Joy will further present the new addition to the Czech Journal cycle entitled The Little Mole & Laozi by Filip Remunda. The film focuses on the visit of the Chinese President in the Czech Republic. Sequences showing Czech protesters are juxtaposed with those of enthusiastic greeters, interlaced with interviews with a Chinese dissident and a Czech teacher and accompanied by quotes by the mystic Laozi and footage of Leonid Brezhnev’s visit to Prague in 1978.

“Rather than in the protests, I was interested in the fact that the Chinese find funny that people here are allowed to protest publicly. I decided to travel to China to get to the bottom of the issue,” says Remunda about his film.

Documentarian Pavel Jurda will introduce his feature-length debut My Name is Hungry Buffalo in which he joins a blind man who is also losing his hearing on his trip to the US to visit a shaman of the Navajo tribe hoping that he will restore Hungry Buffalo’s hearing ability. In her film Love Me, If You Can Dagmar Smržová follows the story of three handicapped men yearning for love life. The film offers a sensitive insight into the intimate life of people with disabilities.

War and military is the sole focus of Adéla Komrzý’s film from the Czech Journal series called Teaching War as well as Barbora Chalupová’s Arms Ready, which using home-made weapons ventures into experiments on the fringes of the law. The documentary essay genre will this year be represented with two films – Martin Ryšavý will introduce his Blind Gulliver where the excursions to Ukraine and Russia are framed by scenes showing the examination of the author’s eyes, and Květoslava Přibylová will present her visual poem on the relationship of men to nature called Traces, Fragments, Roots.

The Czech Joy section will further include films such as Czech Journal: Don't Take My Life (Andrea Culková, 2016), FC Roma (Rozálie Kohoutová, Tomáš Bojar, 2016), The Way the President Departs (Pavel Kačírek, 2016), Love Me If You Can (Dagmar Smržová, 2016), Instructions for Use of Jiří Kolář (Roman Štětina, 2016) and Normal Autistic Film (Miroslav Janek, 2016).

Czech Joy is not only a prestigious selection of new Czech documentary films but also a showcase of the latest trends and various facets of Czech cinema.

Between the Seas – a competition for the Best Documentary Film from Central and Eastern Europe

Between the Seas, a competition section composed of the best documentary films from Central and Eastern Europe will this year offer 14 titles, 7 of which will be presented in their world premiere.  An outstanding Estonian film by Zosia Rodkevich My Friend Boris Nemtsov will also see its Czech premiere at the festival. An intimate portrait of Russian politician Boris Nemtsov known as the face of anti-Putin opposition describes his activities in the recent years. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director organised in conjunction with the Prague branch of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.

Among the festival’s world premieres will be two Slovak films: an improvised time-lapse documentary A Tall Tale by Lucie Nimcová and Sholto Dobie and Czechoslovak co-production film A Hole in the Head by Robert Kirchhoff. In several European countries, it confronts the oblivious present with memories of the survivors of the horrific Roma holocaust.

Many of the competition titles will be personally introduced by their authors: A Tall Tale (Lucie Nimcová, Sholto Dobie, Slovakia, 2016), Among Houses of the Cosmos (Kostana Banović, Netherlands, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2016), Dialogue with Joseph (Elžbieta Josadé, Lithuania, France, 2016), Notorious Deeds (Gabriel Tampea, Romania, 2015), The Dazzling Light of Sunset (Salomé Jashi, Georgie, Germany, 2015) and others.

Opus Bonum – Best World Documentary Film competition

The Opus Bonum competition section annually presents the most notable international documentary titles. This year the competition’s sole juror, French editor Claire Atherton will pick one title out of a total of 16 films from thirteen countries, six of which will be shown in their world premiere. Among the films competing in the Best World Documentary category in 2016 will be Mike Hoolboom’s We Make Couples, in which the Canadian director combines adopted and his own footage, and a documentary bordering on fiction by Maurits Wouters from Belgium. His film The Road Back shows the way to places and times that have long been considered gone. Both filmmakers will be present to introduce the screenings in person.

Prominent festival guests: Rebecca O’Brien, Claire Atherton, Mike Bonanno, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Jacopo Quadri and Chang Ping

On the occasion of its 20th edition, the greatest celebration of creative and experimental documentary cinema in Central and Eastern Europe will again bring to Jihlava contemporary and eternal filmmaking, social and cultural icons from across the globe. “Like documentary film that doesn’t only cling to the surface, this year’s edition of the Jihlava IDFF will present exceptional figures that are not easily visible,” says Marek Hovorka.

Festival-goers will this year meet face to face with producer Rebecca O‘Brien who has been a long-term collaborator of British director Ken Loach, this year’s winner of Palm d’Or in Cannes for his social drama I, Daniel Blake. Rebecca O’Brien will hold her producer’s masterclass where she will share her experiences working for thirty years with Ken Loach. One of the key aspects discussed during the session will be the thin line between documentary filmmaking and fiction and the specifics of making films with a protagonist who is your friend and a close colleague.  The masterclass will feature the Czech premiere of the new film biography, Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach (2016) to which O’Brien contributed with her producing skills.

Creative filmmaking methods will also be discussed by the legends of Icelandic cinema, directors Fridrik Thor Fridriksson and music director Hilmar Örn Hilmarrson also known under the moniker HÖH and a winner of the European Film Award for his music to Fridriksson’s film Children of Nature in 1991. The 20th Jihlava IDFF will see Hilmarsson’s masterclass in which he will describe differences in making music compositions for documentary and fiction films.

The Jihlava IDFF and the Institute of Documentary Film have jointly invited Mike Bonanno from the American duo of activists known as The Yes Men. Along with Mike’s presence, the audience will be able to enjoy the duo’s latest titles: The Yes Men Fix the World (2009) and The Yes Men Are Revolting (2014). For twenty years, The Yes Men have been mapping out methods thanks to which they succeed in attracting journalist attention and making news with their stories that point out various social issues. Mike Bonanno will share his thoughts and experience during a masterclass co-organised by the Institute of Documentary Film.

An editor’s masterclass will be presented by Italian editor Jacopo Quadri, who contributed with his skills to this year’s Berlinale’s winner, Fire at Sea. “Each element relates to another, being in mutual contrast, or being parallel as if the film was in fact a journey,” says Quadri.

The festival’s notable guests who will sit in one of the jury or present their masterclasses will include names from various filmmaking professions.  Editor Claire Atherton, the sole juror of the world documentary film competition section Opus Bonum, will also hold a masterclass, accompanied with the latest film No Home Movie (2015) made in collaboration with Chantal Akerman. The juries will include Lithuanian independent documentary maker Audris Stonys, editor-in-chief of Cineuropa, Domenico La Porta, Finnish music composer of Japanese origin Maiko Endo and cartoonist and independent curator of the Rotterdam FF, Gurtjan Zuilhof. This year’s traditional role of the family jury that selects winning films in the Fascinations and experimental competition sections will be the Silbersteins from the UK. The nominees of the Czech Joy section will be referred to the jury composed of members of the Czech Vosto5 ensemble.

Masterclasses will also be held by Icelandic director and producer Fridrik Thor Fridriksson and Slovak cinematographer Martin Kollár. The latter will present his feature-length debut 5 October (2016) in which his own brother is engaged as the film’s main protagonist.

For the sixth time in a row, Jihlava IDFF’s Inspiration Forum will feature outstanding figures from various walks of life. This year’s Inspiration Forum’s special guest is American psychologist Philip G. Zimbardo reputed mainly for his well-known prison experiment. The second lecturer of the Inspiration Forum’s 6th edition will be Chinese journalist living in German exile Chang Ping, among others a holder of the Grand Prize at the Human Rights Press Award in Hong Kong in 2014. In his country, Chang Ping was repeatedly persecuted for delving in burning social and political issues such as the Chinese feminist movement, politics and the situation in Tibet; his texts and essays are currently officially banned on the Chinese territory. The Inspiration Forum’s curator is Filip Remunda.

Transparent Landscape: Turkey

The second country (besides Iceland) whose cinema will be introduced at the 20th Jihlava IDFF is Turkey. The 17 films presented in this section deal with coming to terms with the past, the clash of cultures as well as the intellectual reflections on everyday life.

“This year’s coup brought Turkey to the front pages of world newspapers; however, the filmmakers did not have enough time for a documentary reflection. That is why we decided to look for filmmakers who sensed the increasing tension before and tried to capture it in their work,” says member of the curatorial team Akile Nazli Kaya to characterize the programme concept of the section of Turkish films.

A remarkable film screened within this section is the feature-length debut Gulîstan, the Land of Roses by Turkish director Zayne Akyol which has met with success at film festivals. In August 2016, it won the prestigious Doc Alliance Selection award.

International and transcontinental migration; this burning issue of today is reflected by Callshop Istanbul (Hind Benchekroun, Sami Mermer, 2015) and How Would You Like to Migrate? (Faith Bilgin, 2012). Specific means of expression used to depict the roots of the current situation in Turkey are employed in I’ve Come and I’m Gone (Metin Akdemir, 2011), Backward Run (Ayçe Kartal, 2013) and Over Time (Gürcan Keltek, 2012).

Werner Herzog and the Witness of Our Times

Besides watching the investigative documentary Zero Days (2016) by Alex Gibney about the cyber-attack engineered by Israel and the USA against Iranian nuclear facilities, the viewers will also be able to follow the everyday life of men who joined the suicide bombers against the government regime in Dugma: The Button (2016) by Norwegian journalist Pål Salahadin Refsdal, the life of Austrian writer Peter Handke in Peter Handke – In the Woods, Might Be Late (Corinna Belz, 2016) and the result of the improvised interactions of a dancer and a cinematographer Duet Tests (Jeremy Moss, 2016).

Two other documentary films, however, belong to the Special Event category which annually presents exceptional cinematic events that guide us through a deep and critical reflection of the meanders of lived life in an unparalleled manner. Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World is a brand new film by German director Werner Herzog that offers a multifaceted look at the tangled landscape of the internet from its birth to the present day. Its antipole can be found in the wartime action-popularization essay Peshmerga by French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy. Rich in information, the film follows the Kurdish fighters in their struggle against the Islamic State in immediate proximity of the enemy line.

Translucent Being: Representative of French New Wave Éric Rohmer

The documentary work of Éric Rohmer is little known, although it plays a key role in the understanding of his feature films. Originally a teacher, later author of school curriculum programmes and editor in chief of the significant film magazine Cahiers du cinéma, Éric Rohmer made dozens of films in his lifetime.

Jihlava IDFF presents four blocks introducing Rohmer’s film portraits of leading artists and personalities, such as Stéphane Mallarmé (1968), Carl Theodor Dreyer (1965) and the pioneer of the art of cinema Luis Lumiére (1968), several Rohmer’s essays on space, life and art such as Nadja in Paris (1964) and Fermière à Montfaucon (1967) as well as his feature-length film Celluloid and Marble (1966) capturing artists reflecting on their relation to cinema.

Viktor Kossakovsky and comp.: Last year’s master classes online for free at

From Monday, October 17, the new edition of the online journal offers a showcase of the master classes of leading filmmakers who attended Jihlava IDFF in the past year as an invitation for the upcoming edition of the festival. They include the art group Flatform, Russian director and Contribution to World Cinema award holder Viktor Kossakovsky, distinctive Norwegian documentarist Thomas A. Østbye, Norwegian producer of documentaries and slow TV programmes Thomas Hellum and Croatian director and FAMU graduate Lordan Zafranovič. Besides master classes, dok.revue further presents a recording of the debate with Russia’s Pussy Riot member Masha Alyokhina.

Activities of the Institute of Documentary Film at 20th Jihlava IDFF

The Institute of Documentary Film will traditionally bring a whole range of activities for film professionals and the public to Jihlava. Newly finished documentaries from Central and Eastern Europe will be introduced at the East Silver market, the best of them will compete for the Silver Eye awards. Documentary filmmakers will work on their projects under the guidance of world experts at the Ex Oriente Film workshop.  The international project KineDok, which screens creative documentaries and organizes discussions with the filmmakers at untraditional venues, invites the viewers to watch Domino Effect.

Ex Oriente Film

The educational programme Ex Oriente Film helps 12 teams of emerging and experienced filmmakers from Central and Eastern Europe with the complex development of their projects. The workshop will be led by a whole range of notable world professionals who will also hold their master classes and lectures. They include acclaimed director and producer Salomé Jashi, whose film The Dazzling Light of Sunset is screened in the Between the Seas competition section, renowned film critic and director of the prestigious Venice-based Critics Week Giona A. Nazzaro and one of Europe’s leading marketing and distribution specialists Peter Jaeger. Another special guest brought to Jihlava as part of the Ex Oriente Film workshop by IDF in collaboration with Jihlava IDFF is Mike Bonanno from the famous activist duo The Yes Men.

East Silver

The OGV Gallery will host the 13th edition of the East Silver market focusing on international distribution, festival and television releases of new Central and East European documentaries. For the 8th time, members of international juries will select the best films that will receive the Silver Eye awards in three categories. The nominated films were selected from almost 650 documentaries; the profiles of more than 280 of them can be found in the new East Silver online catalogue adjusted for mobile devices and supplemented with photo galleries and trailers.


On Wednesday, October 26, the site-specific screening of the acclaimed documentary Domino Effect about Abkhazia’s sports minister who tries to organize a world championship in domino while maintaining his relationship with the hysteric Russian Natasha will be held as part of the KineDok project in the Church of the Elevation of the Holy Cross at 6 pm. The film is one of the 15 films screened by the international KineDok project at untraditional venues and accompanied by discussions in 7 European countries. In the Czech Republic, KineDok screenings are held at 42 venues. You will find more information at portal at Jihlava IDFF

From October 24 to November 6, the portal presents – in parallel with the festival – the Jihlava Manifesto (1997 – 2016) showcase. The twenty years of the festival’s history introduced through essays screened at the festival will thus also be available online at

It's going to be exciting in November: twelve of the most recent Eastern European films will be shown for the first time in Germany in the competition for the 'Lubina'

Twelve entries from 18 co-production countries will compete for the main prize and the Lubina award sculpture at the FilmFestival Cottbus. The Short Feature Competition will feature ten more premičres, including four international premičres. From 8 to 13 November, the festival will present for the 26th time contemporary Eastern European cinema with about 200 individual entries from 45 countries.

Mature débuts and repeated success - With Rusudan Glurjidze (HOUSE OF OTHERS), Dane Komljen (ALL THE CITIES OF THE NORTH), Jan P. Matuszynski (THE LAST FAMILY), Bogdan Mirica (DOGS) and Nino Basilia (ANNA'S LIFE), not just one but five directors will have their feature film début at this year's competition, testifying to the appeal of young Eastern European cinema. Glurjidze pitched her début in 2012 at connecting cottbus (coco), the co-production market of the FilmFestival Cottbus. She tells the story of a family's difficult new arrival at a house that another family had to leave during the war. The engagement with the past is also the subject of another film that had secured funding at coco as early as in the project stage: THE PROSECUTER THE DEFENDER THE FATHER AND HIS SON by Iglika Triffonova traces an international war crimes trial based on a true story. Also previously established film makers have entered the competition with their latest films. Ivan I. Tverdovskij made it to the final selection again in 2016 with ZOOLOGY. His previous film, CORRECTION CLASS, won three awards in Cottbus two years ago, including the Main Prize for Best Film. Damjan Kozole from Slovenia competes for the Lubina with his film NIGHTLIFE. The director was a member of the DIALOG Award Jury at the 23rd FilmFestival Cottbus.

Topics and trends - Reality, truth and playing with fiction are the subject of many of the entries. HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM! by Ziga Virc illustrates this film trend in an original manner, blurring the boundaries between documentary and fiction. In IT'S NOT THE TIME OF MY LIFE, the successful Hungarian director Szabolcs Hajdu depicts his entire family, in his own four walls. The second Hungarian entry, KILLS ON WHEELS by Attila Till, plays with comic-book elements and brings to the scene a killer commando of wheelchair users. Another film competing for the jury's favour is PLANET SINGLE by Mitja Okorn, a clever romantic comedy that captured the imagination of audiences and film critics alike in its production country Poland.

Prizes - The five members of the International Festival Jury have the task to choose from these twelve entries the winners of the following four prizes: Main Prize for Best Film, endowed with EUR 25,000 and donated by the Gesellschaft zur Wahrnehmung von Film- und Fernsehrechten (GWFF); Special Prize for Best Director, endowed with EUR 7,500 and donated by Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg; Special Prizes for Outstanding Actress and Outstanding Actor, each endowed with EUR 5,000 and donated by the City of Cottbus and Sparkasse Spree-Neiße, respectively.

In the Short Feature Competition, ten entries from nine co-production countries compete for the Main Prize (EUR 1,500) and the Special Prize (EUR 1,000), both donated by Druckzone Cottbus.

The FilmFestival Cottbus receives significant support from the Federal State of Brandenburg, the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH, the City of Cottbus, the German Federal Foreign Office and the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. For further information as well as for broadcast- and print-quality images,
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List of Titles Feature Film Competition




CÂINI | HUNDE | DOGS, BOGDAN MIRICA, Romania, France, Bulgaria, Qatar 2016, 104 MIN



NOCNO ZIVLJENJE | NIGHTLIFE | NIGHTLIFE, DAMJAN KOZOLE, Slovenia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2015, 85 MIN






List of Titles Short Feature Competition




7 OWIEC | 7 SCHAFE | 7 SHEEP, WIKTORIA SZYMANSKA, France, Poland, Mexico, United Kingdom 2015, 21 MIN






The Bratislava International Film Festival is proud to welcome Alex Ross Perry, one of the rising stars of American independent cinema. Not only will Mr. Perry personally present all the feature-length films he has made so far but he will also hold a special masterclass during which he intends to share his ideas and experiences with festival-goers. The 18th edition of the Bratislava IFF will take place from November 11 through 17 in Bratislava municipal cinema theatres and movie clubs.

A director, writer and occasional actor, Alex Ross Perry is a 32-year-old independent filmmaker who has become known for making small and seemingly inconspicuous films on a shoestring budget that tend to attract cinemagoers who appreciate tight writing. In his motion pictures, critics have detected inspirations by Woody Allen, Noah Baumbach, Roman Polanski or Philip Roth. So far, he scored greatest success with Listen Up Philip (2014) that took Special Jury Prize from the Locarno IFF and Queen of Earth (2015) that gave Elisabeth Moss, a star from the Mad Men series, her best big screen role to date.

Perry made his debut in 2009 by adapting Impolex, a namesake novel by Thomas Pynchon. A comedy with absurd elements tells a story of an American soldier that has been charged with a task to locate and retrieve Nazi V-2 missiles at the end of World War II. His roaming through the forest becomes ever more frustrating, mostly on account of the peculiar characters he keeps meeting on his way.

His first true international success came with The Color Wheel (2011), a screwball comedy full of quick dialogue and black humour. The story revolves around a guy who escorts his sister (played by Perry and Carlen Altman who also co-wrote the script) to her ex-boyfriend’s place to help her collect her things. What starts out as run-of-the-mill sibling banter leads to discussing family traumas and problems of coming to terms with the past.

Listen Up Philip (2014) was Perry’s first major project, which catapulted him to the limelight after premiering at the prestigious Sundance film festival and earning practically unanimous critical acclaim. It stars talented Jason Schwartzman who plays a narcissistic and misanthropic writer who impatiently awaits publication of his second novel. Meanwhile, he wanders through the streets of New York, arguing with anybody who crosses his path and desperately trying to find some peace of mind until his literary idol comes to the rescue.

So far, Perry’s last film is Queen of Earth, a claustrophobic drama à la Roman Polanski that is pretty much the opposite of his previous film. It takes place in the course of one week in a lake house where Catherine (Elisabeth Moss) comes to visit her girlfriend (Katherine Waterston) in order to get over a break-up with her lover and a death of her father. What ensues is the two women’s escalating struggle for dominance that gradually steers Catherine toward madness.

Despite the success he has had, Alex Ross Perry remains faithful to making modestly- budgeted films largely outside the system. During the upcoming edition of the Bratislava IFF, festival-goers may look forward to meeting Mr. Perry in person and asking him all sorts of questions, for instance what artistic freedom means to him, why he still shoots on conventional film stock or why he is interested in characters that are going through a crisis.

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VILNIUS: Short film I‘m Not from Here by Maite Alberdi and Giedrė Žickytė is nominated in the Best European Short Film category of the European Film Awards after receiving the Krakow Short Film Nomination.

We would like to share with you the news that the international Call for Entries for the 8th edition of the Festival of Migrant Film is open until 15stDecember 2016!

International filmmakers, video artists and activists are invited to submit their films and video works of any genre, length or year of production for consideration to the Festival programming team. If you would like to submit your film/video work, you can do so by using the online application system available on the Festival web page:

The Festival of Migrant Film is organized by non-governmental organization Slovene Philanthropy with the purpose to commemorate the World Refugee Day (20th June) and raise awareness of local audience about matters and issues related to migration, asylum/refugees and intercultural dialogue. FMF 2016 will take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from 15th to 20th June 2017.

You can find additional information about the Festival and the Call for Entries on the official Festival web page ( and/or by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

The FMF Team 

The European Film Academy and EFA Productions presented this year’s short film nominations with the film I‘M NOT FROM HERE (by Maite Alberdi and Giedrė Žickytė) in the nominationlist.

In June, at the 56th Krakow Film Festival, comprised of Ewa Puszczyńska (Chairwoman, Poland), Benjamin Cleary (Ireland), Aleksandra Maciuszek (Poland), Nancy Phelps (Belgium), and Enrico Vannucci (Italy), decided to give the Krakow Short Film Nomination for the European Film Awards 2016 to I’M NOT FROM HERE.

“Meand Maite met each other by invitation from CPH DOX:LAB (Denmark). It was like a blind date and we had to make a film together. We found we both were interested in the past and in collective mysteries of memory, especially the premise of forgetting. We wanted to explorehow pastcan determineourselves, even when we are not able to remember what happened yesterday. While researching, welearntthat in the first stages of Alzheimer’s, a person is likely to remember early childhood most clearly—in many cases, almost as if it is the present. We were thinking what this experience would be for an immigrant afflicted by the disease and decided to search foran Europeanimmigrant in Chile, That’s how we started. ” – says Giedrė Žickytė.

The protagonist of the film isJosebe, a Basque woman who lives in a nursing home in Chile. Days slip by imperceptibly at this closed institution. Because of dementia,Josebedoes not have an easygoing personality; she is stubborn and seldom manages to establish contact with other residents. Although the woman has lived in Chile for several decades, she still recalls her happy youth spent in the Basque town of Renteria. I’m Not From Here is a poignant documentary about old age and a desperate attempt at hanging on to the memories which are still very vivid.

The film is the result of Lithuanian filmcentrecollaboration with Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival‘s program CPH:LAB. Each year twenty filmmakers from ten Eu­ropean and ten non-European countries are carefully invited to take part. The program is focused on training / project development, pitching events at international co-production markets and subsequent production. Lithuanian filmcentrebecame the partner of theprogrammeand joined a number of Film Institutes and Centres co-operating with CPH:LAB in 2012.

“Maite and Giedre are such a wonderful team, and we could not be more thrilled to see that their joint efforts to create this little gem of a film have now been rewarded in Nyon. Being there at the world premiere was simply an incredible experience: To feel that the audience really connected with the film in the same way we do. Congratulations to the talented team, ” – says Mille Haynes, Head of CPH:LAB.

Awards: The film was premiered at the „Visions du Réel“ international documentary film festival (Switzerland) in the official competition where it won Sesterced’orFondationGoblet (Best short film) award. Other awards: Sheffield Doc/Fest (Great Britain)  - Best short film award; Krakow Film Festival (Poland) - Prix EFAKrakawfor the Best European  Film,  Message to Man (Russia) – Best short film award; Budapest International Documentary Film Festival  (Hungary) – Best short film award, Documenta Madrid (Spain) – audience award,Concortofilm festival (Italy)– second prize, Huesca Film Festival (USA) – special prize.

All the nominated films will soon be submitted to the more than 3,000 EFA Members to elect the winner. The European Short Film 2016 will then be presented at the European Film Awards Ceremony on Saturday, 10 December, in Wroclaw, European Capital of Culture 2016.

The The New York Times Opinion section Op-Docs presents Screening Series with I‘M NOT FROM HERE in the program. See the filmhere.


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FERA 2016
General Assembly Statement: cautious support for Digital Single Market copyright proposals
Brussels, October 11 2016

Members of the Federation of European Film Directors (FERA) gathered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on October 7th through 9th for its annual General Assembly kindly hosted by the Dutch Directors Guild (DDG) and sponsored by VEVAM, EYE Film Museum, the Netherlands Film Fund and Film Commission, the City of Amsterdam and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision.

FERA delegates welcomed the recent statement by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker that « artists and creators are our crown jewels » as a key step towards acknowledging the central role that Audiovisual Directors have to play in growing the Digital Single Market, and in promoting European cultural diversity. The Assembly further welcomed Juncker's statement « I want [...] authors to be paid fairly for their work, whether it is made in studios or living rooms » as a significant step forward in a rebalancing of the copyright regime in Europe towards fairer terms for authors like audiovisual directors, who are at the origin of all audiovisual works.

FERA members also gave a cautious welcome to the Commission's recently published proposal for a Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market, particularly its provisions for enhanced transparency through a mandatory reporting obligation in contracts, as well as contract adjustment and dispute resolution mechanisms.

However, delegates again expressed their concern that the current regime of unfair contracts and distribution terms means that directors are effectively 'ripped off twice' – first at the point when, as freelancers, they are forced into signing initial contracts on unfair terms. And then again, when their rights are sold on without fair compensation. Delegates reasserted FERA's view that the way to deal with the imbalance is first, by improving the contractual protection of freelance authors through collective bargaining agreements ; and secondly, through an unwaivable right to proportionate remuneration for the use of their works, particularly in the online environment.

FERA members commended the Commission’s approach to the promotion of European audiovisual works online in its proposal amending the Audiovisual Media Services Directive, and look forward to further discussions in the European Parliament and Council to ensure that the Digital Single Market proposals provide the European audiovisual sector with a sustainable environment.

Nonetheless, they also underlined the danger of the European Commission response to the digital shift in the audiovisual field focused on EU consumers’ cross-border access to content online. This approach threatens the future of European audiovisual creation and the very investment and distribution framework of our sector : territoriality structures the public funding of works, but also the licensing practices to distribute them and bring them to a variety of European audiences, and giving rise to investment in new European films, TV series, documentaries.

FERA Chair Dan Clifton commented « fair remuneration for authors needs fair contracts. As Europe's Film Directors, we call on the European Parliament and Council to strengthen the Commission's proposals, to turn the promise of fair remuneration for authors into a practical reality. Strengthening author's copyright will strengthen Europe's creative economy, in a virtuous circle that will lead to more works, more economic growth, and greater cultural diversity. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with other members of the Authors' Group and audiovisual stakeholders to ensure these key changes are implemented. »
Download FERA's 2016 General Assembly statement here.

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