Warsaw Film Foundation has the pleasure to announce that the Polish Film Institute (PFI) has funded a prize of PLN 20,000 (approx. EUR 4,600) for the best Polish film presented during the Warsaw Screenings. The programme of the 30th Screenings, which will take place on 14-16 October 2016, features selected new Polish films, including Polish majority and minority co-productions. The winner will be chosen by international professionals taking part in the Screenings. The prize will be presented to the winning Polish producer or co-producer by a PFI representative during the closing gala of the Warsaw Film Festival, on Sunday, 16 October 2016.

Here is a complete list of films selected for Warsaw Screenings

    •    Afterimage, directed by Andrzej Wajda / Poland / fiction
    •    Blindness, directed by Ryszard Bugajski / Poland / fiction
    •    Clair Obscur, directed by Yesim Ustaoglu / Turkey, Germany, Poland, France/ fiction
    •    La habitation, directed by Natalia Beristáin, Carlos Bolado, Carlos Carrera, Ernesto Contreras, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Iván Ávila Duenas, Alfonso Pineda Ulloa, and Alejandro Valle /Mexico, Poland/ fiction
    •    Honey Hunters, directed by Krystian Matysek / Poland /documentary
    •    I’m A Killer, directed by Maciej Pieprzyca / Poland / fiction
    •    Memories of Summer, directed by Adam Guziński / Poland / fiction
    •    The Saint, directed by Andrius Blazevicus /Lithuania, Poland/ fiction
    •    Sun, The Sun Blinded Me, directed by Anka Sasnal, Wilhelm Sasnal / Poland, Switzerland / fiction
    •    Park, directed by Sophia Exarchou /Greece, Poland / fiction
    •    Playground, directed by Bartosz M. Kowalski / fiction

Established in 2000, Warsaw Screenings was the first professional event in Poland presenting Polish films to the international distributors, sales agents and festival programmers. Organised two times a year - in summer and in fall - Warsaw Screenings is celebrating its 30th edition during the 12th CentEast Market.


BUCHAREST: Daniel Sandu’s debut feature One Step Behind the Seraphim / Un pas in urma serafimilor, produced by Ada Solomon through HiFilm Productions has been acquired by the French company Indie Sales.

The Bratislava International Film Festival (BIFF) will soon take a look back at this year’s festival season and bring to the Slovak audience films that have climbed high at the most prestigious summits of the cinema world. A vast majority of them will mark a Slovak premiere and in many cases the festival is the sole chance to see them since most of these remarkable motion pictures will not make it to commercial distribution. Like every year, the festival will focus on the starry sky of contemporary European cinema represented by its fixed as well as shooting stars. The 18th edition of the Bratislava IFF will take place from November 11 through 17 in Bratislava municipal cinema theatres and movie clubs.

The Bratislava film festival continues in the tradition of presenting finalists of the LUX Film Prize that has been awarded by the European Parliament since 2007. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the LUX Film Prize has an ambition to support diversity of European culture, make noteworthy cinematic achievements widely available to European audiences and promote individual member states’ cinemas inside as well as outside the Union’s borders. Between October and December, the triplet of finalists will tour more than 50 major European cities including Bratislava. As tradition has it, the winning motion picture will also be available in versions for the sight and hearing impaired.

One of the three filmmakers whose works made the final selection is Leyla Bouzid, a young directress of Tunisian origin who graduated from the prestigious La Fémis in Paris and has continued to operate in the French-speaking environment. Her acclaimed debut, As I Open My Eyes (A peine j’ouvre les yeux, 2015), tackles issues related to cultural changes of her birthplace and her generation’s views of life. Her film is a civil tale of a young female rebel who refuses to be crammed into roles prescribed by society. The story revolves around Farah, an unfettered frontwoman who tours night clubs with her music band. Her life choices inevitably meet with her parents’ lack of understanding as her art clashes with strictures imposed by the rigid political regime. As I Open My Eyes paints a stunningly vivid picture of Tunisian society on the brink of a radical change.

Strikingly different is the heroine of one of the most popular motion pictures of this year’s festival season, Toni Erdmann (2016) by German directress Maren Ade who serves her social criticism on the platter of comedy genre with an ample garnish of absurd undertones. In hopes of pursuing career in a supranational corporation, ambitious Ines gives up on her private life while slowly drifting away from home and her loved ones. Throwing a lifesaver is her freewheeling father whose unpredictable alter ego lent the film its name. Having been selected to represent Germany in vying for Best Foreign Language Film at upcoming Oscars, Toni Erdmann pithily caricatures the corporate world, its twisted rules and professional mumbo jumbo. The motion picture will certainly be delightful to watch for all those who have gone or are going through a similar work experience.

The last of the LUX Film Prize nominees is a Swiss-French animated film, My Life as a Courgette (Ma vie de Courgette, 2016), by director Claude Barras. The visually effective stop-motion animation is used here to serve the story of an orphaned boy who is trying to find its place in the sun. With the help of Raymond, a kind-hearted police officer, the child hero with an unusual nickname (Small Pumpkin) learns to trust people around him and eventually wins love of a new family. 

In a separate section entitled Europa, the Bratislava film festival intends to present a selection of the best titles that have premiered over the past year and simultaneously expose the thematic and stylistic diversity of what is commonly labelled as European cinema. The festival-goers can look forward to seeing motion pictures decorated at prestigious film festivals around the globe, especially those that took place in the second half of the year. This selection will include fiction and documentary films that scored success at IFF in Karlovy Vary, Locarno, Venice or Toronto.

It’s Not the Time of My Life (Ernellaék Farkaséknal, 2016) has all the makings to become one of the section’s blockbusters. It was made by Szabolcs Hajdu, one of the shooting stars of the young Hungarian cinema who has become familiar among Slovak cinephiles thanks to his previous films such as White Palms, Bibliothèque Pascal or Mirage. In his latest motion picture, Hajdu who also plays one of the main characters supported, among others, by his wife and two children brilliantly spins an intimate psychological drama focusing on blood, marital and parental relations against the backdrop of a single apartment the camera or the cast never leave for a second. In terms of directorial skill, the film follows in the best footsteps of American independent cinema while psychological miniatures draw it to the orbit of Ingmar Bergman. It snatched the Crystal Globe along with the best male performance award at the Karlovy Vary IFF. Coming to present the film at the Bratislava film festival is a numerous delegation that will include the director and his film and life partner, Orsolya Török- Illyés.

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BRATISLAVA: Jan Hřebejk’s feature film The Teacher/ Učiteľka has been sold by LevelK to more than 50 territories so far. The film is also a domestic hit, released in Slovakia shortly after its screening in the Official Selection Competition of the 51st International Film Festival Karlovy Vary.

Reaching its 20th edition this year, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival aka PÖFF (derived from the festival’s name in Estonian), the only FIAPF-accredited (International Federation of Film Producers Associations) competitive non-specialized film festival in Northern Europe takes place on 11-27 November. Spanning over the two biggest cities of Estonia – the capital Tallinn, and Tartu – and screening at nine locations which include two Apollo multiplex cinemas, cinemas Artis and Sõprus, Kosmos IMAX, the Tallinn Zoo and the Seaplane Harbour. The festival will once again seek to create a memorable celebration of film and culture for Estonian and international film fans and industry representatives alike.
Having been brought to life in 1997 by festival director Mrs Tiina Lokk as a small Nordic film showcase with 25 films in the programme and 4,500 admissions sold, the festival has seen a dramatic rise in terms of numbers over the course of 20 years. The 2015 year edition saw more than 80,000 admissions, 289 feature films from 80 different countries and more than 700 film professionals attending the festival and industry events. In 2014, the festival was recognised by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations as the only competitive non-specialized film festival in Northern Europe, an honour shared by 14 other festivals in the world, such as Cannes’, Berlinale, Venice etc.

Concurrently with PÖFF, three independent sub-festivals take place: animation film festival Animated Dreams (16-20 Nov), children and youth film festival Just Film (11-20 Nov) and international short film festival Sleepwalkers (12-16 Nov).
The festival has a full-fledged audiovisual summit Industry@Tallinn run in cooperation with the Baltic Event co-production market, which returns for the 5th year on 17-24 November. Some highlights include the annual conference of Europa International, a joint body of leading European film distributors (17-20 November), the European Film Forum Tallinn 2016 conference on the digital single market initiative held in co-operation with the European Commission, Storytek – the launch of a new bootcamp for intellectual property creators, and much more.
Three competition programmes. Awards

The 2016 edition will see three competition programmes – the International Main Competition, the International First Features and the Estonian Film Competition – all compiled by the festival’s international programme team and all evaluated by international juries.
The oldest of the three competitions is the Black Nights Film Festival International Main Competition, which includes the latest movies from already recognized international directors. Furthermore, for the first time in the festival’s history, all the films screened during the main competition are world or international premieres. Those movies will be made public on 18 Octoberand the tickets are sold from 21 October
In addition, the international jury issues the following awards to the best of the main competition:

• Grand Prix for the Best Film (grant of 10,000 euros, shared by the director and the producer)
• Best Director (grant of 5,000 euros)
• Best Cinematography
• Best Script
• Best Actor
• Best Actress
• Best Music
Last year, a new programme – the First Feature Competition – was introduced and instantly attracted international attention and recognition. The programme shows full-length movies from rising talents, chosen carefully by the festival’s international team. Selected movies hold a certain character of original ideas and strong cinematographic vision. Yet again, all the films screened are world or international premieres. The competition movies are announced on 11 October and the tickets are sold from 14 October.
The international jury issues the following awards to the best of the First Feature Competition:

• Award for the Best First Feature (grant of 5,000 euros, shared by the director and the producer)
• Two Special Jury Prizes
The third programme is the Estonian Film Award, presented by festival's partner Postimees, where the international jury chooses the best Estonian movie from amongst the nominated films of the ongoing year giving it the award for the Best Estonian Feature (grant of 3,200 euros, shared by the director and the producer).
Additional awards for full-length films

• Lifetime Achievement Award
• Audience Award
• Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) Award
• International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Award
• Cross Religion award presented by the spiritual leaders of the largest congregations in Estonia
• Bruno O’Ya Award for the Best Young Estonian Film Actor
Non-competitive programmes and special screenings

As in the previous years, in addition to PÖFF’s main programme there is a wide selection of special screenings and non-competitive programmes like the Fashion Cinema, Doc@PÖFF, the Gourmet Cinema, the Midnight Shivers, sports movies in cooperation with the Estonian Olympic Committee, the Panorama programme which gives an overview of the masterpieces of the previous year trends in the world of cinema, and a selection of the most experimental and unique movies in the programme Forum. Altogether, PÖFF shows about 250 full-length films from more than 70 countries.
Two films in the programme of Doc@PÖFF will see the return of directors that have grown very popular among the festival’s audience. Sergei Loznitsa will be presenting his fresh documentary Austerlitz that opened with favorable reviews at the Venice Film Festival this year depicting tourists visiting two of Germany’s  former concentration camps. His feature film My Joy (2010) was enjoyed by PÖFF’s audiences at jury alike as it was awarded with the Grand Prix.
Aother audience favourite who will visit the festival this year is Vitalyi Manskyi, who was awarded the Best Director award and the Special Jury Prize in 2015 for his documentary Under the Sun, a poetic study of life in North-Korea. The director presents his latest film Close relations that documents the life of Ukrainians under the difficult political circumstances.
Japanese horror movie maestro Hideo Nakata to visit the Black Nights Film Festival

Every year, four to five special screenings take place during PÖFF, which the programme team wishes to highlight for various reasons. The selection is done on the basis of cultural uniqueness and a special connection with the festival or Estonia in general. This year, one of those films is the Japanese erotic drama White Lily, which is presented by its director Hideo Nakata. The Japanese director is renowned in the horror genre for films such as Ringu, Ringu 2 and Dark Water, but has also made successful detours to other genres.

White Lily belongs to the reboot project of the Japanese distribution company Nikkatsu’s series Roman Porno, an extremely popular erotic movies series which saw a successful run from the beginning of the 1970s to the end of the 1980s.
The festival shows the European premiere of the film.
The 20th Black Nights Film Festival takes place from 11 to 27 November in Tallinn and Tartu. 
PÖFF’s programme will be released gradually from 11 October to 3 November

Three Slovak films are included in the festival's official programme. The Free Spirit Competition features Murderous Tales by Jan Bubeníček, Polish premiere awaits for The Teacher by Jan Hřebejk within the Special Screening section and 5 October by Martin Kollar is introduced in the Discoveries sidebar.

Additionally, Peter Bebjak´s upcoming film The Line is a part of the Works-in-Progress presentation at the CentEast Market, where you can meet Slovak producers Wanda Adamík Hrycová (Wandal Production), Marián Urban (ALEF FILM & MEDIA) and Zora Jaurováwith Mátyás Prikler (MPhilms).
And this is still not the end of our Slovak expedition to Warsaw! Two promising young journalists Alexandra Gabrižová and Zuzana Sotákovátake part in the FIPRESCI Warsaw Critics Project.

Soňa Balážová represents the Slovak Film Institute.

Three Slovak films are included in the festival's official programme. The Free Spirit Competition features Murderous Tales by Jan Bubeníček, Polish premiere awaits for The Teacher by Jan Hřebejk within the Special Screening section and 5 October by Martin Kollar is introduced in the Discoveries sidebar.

Additionally, Peter Bebjak´s upcoming film The Line is a part of the Works-in-Progress presentation at the CentEast Market, where you can meet Slovak producers Wanda Adamík Hrycová (Wandal Production), Marián Urban (ALEF FILM & MEDIA) and Zora Jaurováwith Mátyás Prikler (MPhilms).
And this is still not the end of our Slovak expedition to Warsaw! Two promising young journalists Alexandra Gabrižová and Zuzana Sotákovátake part in the FIPRESCI Warsaw Critics Project.

Soňa Balážová represents the Slovak Film Institute.

Press Release 08/2016
Cottbus, 5 Oct. 2016

Films about disruption: German-German contemporary history and European refugee experiences at the 26th FilmFestival Cottbus

From 8 to 13 November 2016, in its Specials section, the FilmFestival Cottbus will present the two film series 'Bridges and Breaks - Convergence in Post-Unification Germany' and 'Exploring the Past: German-Czech-Polish History Through the Ages'. Both series investigate the disruption of identity in the lives of people following historic upheavals.

++ Czechs, Poles and Germans - Searching for traces beyond historical distrust ++

The programme 'Exploring the Past: German-Czech-Polish History Through the Ages' investigates in particular the joint reappraisal of refugee experiences in the wake of World War II in 13 feature, documentary and animated films.
"These days, a young generation of Czech and Polish documentary film makers increasingly embark on a very personal journey of researching shared and concealed experiences within their family circle. Transnational identities often play a role here", says curator and journalist Jaroslaw Godlewski in providing a first taste of the film series. Yet this is not only about the historical change of perspective: "We currently once again experience how the experiences of refugees change people's identities, both of the refugees themselves and the individuals in the countries receiving them. We aim at exchanging thoughts also about this aspect." This is why transnational exchange is a key issue not only during a trinational student exchange. Four films will be screened also in the Polish sister city of Zielona Góra during the festival. The programme is funded by the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation, the German-Czech Future Fund and the German Culture Forum for Eastern Europe. Additional media seminars will be taking place at local schools in cooperation with the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.

++ German reunification: Reorientation and cinematic heritage ++

A retrospective titled 'Bridges and Breaks - Convergence in Post- Unification Germany' and curated by Karin Fritzsche investigates the changes in the lives of German people in the 1990s. In researching and compiling
this series, the FilmFestival Cottbus also makes a documentary contribution to the cinematic heritage of the 1990s, since many of the rarely shown films had been regarded as forgotten or even lost by now. This Festival of East European Cinema consciously includes East Germany. In its special programmes it has for many years successfully investigated also German topics and issues for which it has been rewarded with great interest on part of its audience.
The series receives funding from the Federal Foundation for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in Eastern Germany. Both specials will be accompanied by film talks and expert panel discussions.

From 8 to 13 November, the FilmFestival Cottbus will become the most important arena for Eastern European film for the 26th time. It receives 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.

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Call for applications tothe 6th East Doc Platform | Prague | March 6– 12, 2017, organized by theInstitute of Documentary Film in association with One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, is now open. 

 2017 will welcome more than 400 guests, including 75 key international commissioning editors, buyers, distributors, sales agents, festival programmers, film funds and independent producers. They will choose from 50 promising upcoming documentary projects from Central and Eastern Europe and meet 120 East European filmmakers and producers. This event will feature theEAST EUROPEAN FORUMDOC TANKand PROJECT MARKET.

Apart from the traditional meetings of documentary professionals, workshops, lectures, pitching forum, networking events and other activities, participating projects in development will have the chance to win 7 500 EUR.

The Institute of Documentary Film (IDF) is currently looking for documentary projects in development / production / post-production for the 6th edition of East Doc Platform (EDP)

Application forms: HERE
Application Deadline: November 10, 2016

Director, screenwriter, producer, editor, actor – Polish filmmaker Andrzej Kondratiuk was truly in a league of his own. Fiercely independent, he created personal films that run against the main current – his gentle, absurd comedies stood out among other Polish films at that time. Although he experienced the ugliness of history, Kondratiuk was never one to point fingers. Instead of accusing, he preferred to mock. No wonder that Henry Barnes of The Guardian once compared his works to these of Woody Allen.