Rajko Grlic’s latest feature film The Constitution, which has now clocked up a remarkable 23 festival awards since its world premiere in Montreal 2016, has also been included among the titles announced by the European Film Academy as feature fiction films recommended for a nomination for the European Film Awards 2017 . This “love story about hate” is a Croatian-Czech-Macedonian-Slovenian-UK co-production.

Major awards include the Jeffrey C. Barbakow Award – Best International Feature Film at Santa Barbara International Film Festival; Bridging the Borders Award at South East European Film Festival; Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress awards at Milan International Film Festival; Award for Best Original Screenplay, Award for Best Actor and Audience award at European Film Festival in Lecce, four Golden Arenas (Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director of Photography; Recognition for Best Croatian Feature Fiction Film - Award of the Fedeora jury) at Pula Film Festival followed.

Four very different people live in the same building but avoid each other because of differences in how they live their lives, what they believe in, and where they come from. They would probably never exchange a word, but misfortune pushes them towards each other. Their lives entangle in ways that profoundly challenge deep-held beliefs and prejudices surrounding material status, sexual orientation, nationality and religion.

Slowly, and even painfully, they begin to open up to each other and recognize the essential humanity each of them possesses.

Can a person deeply immersed in prejudices and hate even begin to understand how another human being feels? And can someone like that take a step further and reveal a loving personality beneath the mask of icy detachment?

These are the questions this film seeks to explore and answer. And, it seems, these questions are very well known to people around the world.

The controversies follow “The Constitution” due to its emotional story involving hate, prejudice and intolerance for the differences between the nationalities, gender, religion and sexual orientation. The fact that right-wing conservatives find the film highly controversial and almost insulting proves that it hits the target with its unique, strong and sometimes humorous storytelling, with interesting and complex characters led by famous Serbian actor Nebojsa Glogovac in the leading role of Croatian patriot and school professor with a secret.

On one occasion, Rajko Grlic stated: „If the saying "Hate is local!" is true, and I believe that it is, then every local hate, like the one this film is about, will be comprehensible to each person in Europe who has ever hated or been hated."

Thereafter, the film also had highly successful cinema distribution in Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Czech Republic and, recently, Poland.

The critics are nevertheless unanimous regarding the film:

"A wonderful example of a complex story that plays with various kinds of prejudices. A heavy topic that becomes accessible through irony and light tones." – 18. European Film Festival, Lecce, Italy

"The Constitution, by Croatian director Rajko Grlić, touches your heart and soul — and lingers in your mind longer and deeper than any blockbuster loaded with an overabundance of special effects.” – Culture LA

“Ultimately, what won us of The Constitution is its ability to speak to people living and not of dead ideas. And this is not in the form of "tragedy" the story and the characters that animate it. On the contrary, he speaks of those "difficult things" with a hint of a smile, with a warmth and love that you can try to even the most negative character.” - CineClandestino.it

It is the film worth watching and definitely a film to be considered for an EFA nomination.


Press materials are available on http://www.theconstitutionmovie.eu/en/

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/228930693

Theme song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYkuYgRKWZQ

170 films, 88 premieres, 20 venues, 15 film programmes - these are the numbers of this year’s abundant, 64th edition of Pula Film Festival. The opening ceremony was held yesterday, under the starry Pula skies.

The opening ceremony launched outside the Arena, at 8.30 p.m., on the red carpet, which welcomed the Festival guests, film crews, officials, and the Festival Directing Board.

The red carpet was hosted by Jelena Vitasović and Davor Garić, welcoming Festival guests, film crews and officials, led by the Envoy of the President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar Kitarović, Istrian Country Prefect Valter Flego, Envoy of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia Andrej Plenković, and the Minister of Culture Nina Obuljen Koržinek. The opening ceremony was also attended by Deputy Speaker of the Croatian Parliament Furio Radin, deputy mayors of the City of Pula, and the Ambassador of the State of Israel Zima Kalay Kleitman.

The ceremony marked the launch of the largest national festival with the Croatian national anthem, performed by Croatian music diva Vanna, with Bruno Krajcar on the piano, on the stage with the largest festival screen, in front of a large audience.

The 64th Pula Film Festival opening ceremony was hosted by Iva Šulentić and Ivan Vukušić, who welcomed the audience from the stage and on the big screen thanks to the ‘magic’ of the Festival Black Box, which allows all visitors to the Arena to become a star of the Festival for a brief moment. Following the welcome, the hosts invited Gordana Restović, the Festival director, to the stage.

The director welcomed the audience, film crews, professionals, and all of guests of the Festival, and thanked the large organisation team that made the most abundant edition of the Festival yet come to life.

“We have tried to make the Festival even more abundant and rich this year, and we believe we were successful. This is a new Pula Film Festival, as each year’s edition is unique in its organisational and programme subtlety” - said Restović, inviting everybody to enjoy films under the stars this year as well.

Following the introductory words by Festival director Gordana Restović, the returning Artistic Director Zlatko Vidačković also welcomed the audience in the Arena, commending the diversity of this year’s film programme, numerous premieres, and the largest number of films in the Croatian Programme in the Arena.

“This year’s Pula Film Festival offers a chance to see 170 films, of which as many as 88 are premieres; and what I am especially pleased about, a total of 15 films from the Croatian Programme, the largest number of Croatian films in the programme to date” - said the Artistic Director, adding that he wished the Festival audiences will recognise and enjoy all of the films.

The honour of officially opening the 64th Pula Film Festival was presented to the Minister of Culture Nina Obuljen Koržinek. The Minister praised this year’s competition in the Croatian Programme, saying it shows the vitality and value of Croatian film productions and emphasising the significance of Pula Film Festival and film institutions.

“The biggest role is played by large festivals such as Pula Film Festival, but also our national film industry, and the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, which has become the most important platform for developing the seventh art in Croatia” - the Minister said, officially opening the 64th Pula Film Festival.

The opening of the Festival was also marked by the obligatory fireworks, which filled the clear skies over Pula, announcing the start of the new Pula Film Festival.

The film programme of the 64th Pula Film Festival was opened by The Avalanche, a film by Stanislav Tomić, followed by ZG80, directed by Igor Šeregi.



FNE asked Christine Eloy general manager of Europa Distribution about the changing role of European film distributors in an increasingly challenging audiovisual landscape.

First recipients of Ji.hlava Film Fund grants were announced

The twelve most remarkable documentaries from Central and Eastern Europe, planned for theatrical release during the upcoming 12 months, were presented today at the Karlovy Vary IFF.

Projects from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine made it to the final selection of Docu Talents @KVIFF 2017. The presented films ranged from an Ukrainian-Estonian "existential journey from past to present" ((N)Ostalgia by the directors Vicki Thornton and Pavel Yurov) to a documentary directed by five directors from the five Warsaw Pact countries that occupied Czechoslovakia (Occupation 1968, produced by Peter Kerekes).

Since 2005, Docu Talents has been a launch pad for a number of documentaries, including Rabbit a la Berlin, Blind Loves, Matchmaking Mayor, The Mosquito Problem and Other Stories, Cooking History, René, Fortress, Pipeline, Under the Sun, Gogita´s New Life and The Road Movie.

Film professionals traditionally attend the Docu Talents @KVIFF presentations to see the top of the documentary crop produced in the region.After two hours of presentations, the selected directors and producers met with film professionals and media representatives at an informal cocktail. 

“Relations between film festivals are sometimes strained and over-competitive. I am very pleased to look back on the past 13 years of our successful collaboration that prove how we are able to combine the strengths of the Karlovy Vary IFF and Ji.hlava IDFF festivals for the benefit of exceptional documentary films. I greatly value the ability of the Czech festivals to join forces to support the filmmakers, just like Swiss festivals held in Locarno and Nyon", says Marek Hovorka, director of the Ji.hlava IDFF and curator of Docu Talents.


During the event, the representatives of the Ji.hlava IDFF also revealed the names of the Emerging Producers 2018. This unique programme aims at promoting talented European documentary film producers and provides them with a range of networking, educational and promotional support throughout the year. 16 European producers will be accompanied by 2 producers from Morocco, which is the guest country of the 2018 Emerging Producers programme. Since this edition, the Emerging Producers programme will be extended for an additional workshop taking place during the Berlinale 2018.


The recipients of the Ji.hlava Film Fund were also announced. The support in the amount of 16.000 Euros in post production services provided by the companies UPP and Soudsquare was granted to the the Ukrainian-German co-production Boy of Wars (directors: Igor Kosenko and Cyprien Clement-Delmas, producer: Fabian Driehorst).

Two documentary projects will receive support from the Ji.hlava IDFF, which includes feedback to the rough-cuts and distribution strategies: Polish-German coproduction Foreigner(director: Filip Jacobson, producer: Karolina Galuba) and Polish project The Whale from Loriono (director: Maciej Cuske, producer: Mikołaj Pokromski).

A Czech project Vienna Calling (director: Petr Šprincl, producer: Marek Novák) will receive research support from the Jihlava-based Centre for Documentary Film.

The Ji.hlava Film Fund, which was launched in 2017, provides in-kind grants for visual and sound post-production to documentary films at the stage of production or post-production. The awarded projects were selected from over 50 applications.

For more information, please contact:

René Kubášek

International Communication | Ji.hlava IDFF

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For the second time, Prague-based international script and project development program MIDPOINT teams up with high-profile experts from Sundance Institute, APA – Audiovisual Producers' Association and Karlovy Vary IFF, offer emerging film talents from the region a unique opportunity to go in-depth with their scripts. Supported by The Ministry of Culture of Czech Republic and the Czech Film Fund.
The 6 selected feature film projects come from writers/directors from Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine. They are: 
From Space with Love
- writer/director Yassen Genadiev & producer Gergana Stankova (Bulgaria) 
- writer/director Vuk Rsumovic & producer Mirko Bojovic (Serbia) 
National Street
- writer/director Stepan Altrichter & producer Pavel Strnad (Czech Republic) 
Night Tide
- writer/director Ismail Safarali & producer Maria Ibrahimova (Azerbaijan) 
- writer/director Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk & producer Vladimir Yatsenko (Ukraine) 
The Candlemaker  
- writer/director/producer Svetozar Ristovski (Macedonia) 
From July 4 – 8, the writers/directors and producers will receive script feedback in intensive one-to-one sessions with the acclaimed American script editors and experts from Sundance Institute, Erik Jendresen and Naomi Foner, just as they will take part in the industry activities and network opportunities that the context of Karlovy Vary IFF naturally offers.
About Naomi Foner:
American Oscar nominated and Golden Globe winning scriptwriter for Running on Empty by Sidney Lumet, starring River Phoenix; director and former teacher at Columbia, UCLA and USC film schools.  http://www.midpoint-center.eu/network/people/5911-naomi-foner
About Erik Jendresen:  Co-creator, lead writer, and supervising producer of the miniseries Band of Brothers for HBO in 2001, which won both a Golden Globe and Emmy Award. A writer/producer of feature films and TV.  
About MIDPOINT Intensive @KVIFF:
Panel Discussion: 'The Benefits of Guided Script Development'
Tuesday, July 44-6 pm at the Industry Pool at Hotel Thermal 
MIDPOINT is taking part in the open panel discussion at KVIFF about the importance of script and project development. The discussion takes off with MIDPOINT tutor from Sundance Institute, Naomi Foner; and will later include film cases such as MIDPOINT alumni project 'Filthy' with director Tereza Nvotova, a TorinoFilmLab case, as well as introduce the new script incubator of the Czech Film Fund represented here by Czech Academy Award Winner Jan Sverak. The Head of Studies of MIDPOINT's Feature Launch program, Danijel Hocevar, will moderate the 2 hour discussion, and onboard the panel are also representatives from Trieste Film Festival, When East Meets West, and Director of MIDPOINT, Barbora Struss. 
From Space with Love Bulgaria, 1990. ANGELINA (14) is smart, beautiful and has the unusual ability to heal people with her energy. She practises this esoteric activity at home, secretly from her father, ANTON (37), but strongly encouraged by her mother, LORA (36). When Lora loses her job and the family situation starts getting worse, the woman interprets this as a clear sign for the long-awaited arrival of the extra-terrestrials on Earth and the consequent new order in which she and her daughter will play an essential role. Lora makes Angelina quit school, so they both can dedicate themselves completely to the Mission. When Angelina fails to cure the progressive blindness of one of her patients, the faith in the special Mission is undermined. Angelina gets depressed and starts realising that Lora constantly changes her revolutionary theories in order to fit the reality. The girl spins relentlessly into the destructive spiral of loneliness and isolation. 
Living RADOVAN (42), a Serbian farmer turned smuggler, picks up a group of migrants crossing border. Among them is a young woman BOUSHRA (25) holding her sick daughter AYA (6). Radovan's boss orders him to take away the girl and leave her die. But the girl survives and Radovan decides to leave his life behind and go on a journey in search of Aya's mother. As they travel along harsh illegal immigrant routes, Radovan and Aya become the only family to each other. Two years later, as they reach Sweden, they finally find Boushra. But, it turns out that she has a new husband and a baby. Boushra is faced with a big dilemma: to leave her new life and be with Aya or to turn back on her past forever. Radovan and Aya are sitting on the coast gazing at the sea, as they are waiting for Boushra to come and tell them her decision. 
National Street
Vandam lives in the suburbs of Prague, a manual worker painting roofs. He likes to get into fights, he calls it “teaching people a lesson”. Vandam is trying to impress Lucka, landlady at the local pub. One night Millner appears there, who paid some debts for Lucka and now he wants his money back. Vandam offers to lend her the money, but Lucka rejects. Vandam approaches Millner in the street and threatens him. One night Vandam is escorting Lucka home. They end up making love. Vandam notices bruises on Lucka's body, but she refuses to talk about it. They have an argument and Lucka runs away. Vandam buys flowers to apologize. He finds her beaten up and sets out to get Millner. He finds him in sauna of a luxury hotel and beats him up with a golf club. That night Vandam celebrates at the pub. Millner arrives and challenges him to a fight. Vandam senses this time he’s out of luck. Vandam the thug, the last warrior, fights his final battle for the woman he loves and his place in this world. 
Night Tide
In a tiny Azerbaijani fishing village little Sara's father disappears at sea. She refuses to bury him while there is no proof of his death. One tragedy after another befalls the village, and the superstitious inhabitants demand the family have a funeral. Rebellious Sara undertakes one last, and deadly, attempt to find her father. 
Pamfir earns his living by digging wells in villages of the border area between Ukraine and Romania. His wife Helena works in the local veneer factory, their son Nazar, 12 years old, goes to school. Pamfir’s family badly needs money for Nazar’s eye surgery, which is why Pamfir decides to go to Europe to work. He needs to apply for the visa, but the money he earns is not enough for the visa services. Pamfir’s younger brother Viktor lives by helping the local gang with smuggling. Viktor offers Pamfir a quick way to earn the lacking money by smuggling the bootleg cigarettes across the border without the gang, on their own. Pamfir agrees, without knowing that one needs a tremendous physical endurance to take the bootleg across the border, which the gang achieves by using steroids. The steroids have a dangerous aftermath of uncontrolled aggression. Nevertheless, Pamfir decides to do steroids too. The gang finds out about Pamfir’s business. The biggest challenge of Pamfir’s life awaits him. 
The Candlemaker
The Candlemaker recounts the story of a woman who starts suspecting her husband of hurting her when she’s asleep, or when she “loses time”, various periods of amnesia when she can’t remember anything, and she fears that ultimately he’s trying to kill her. Burdened by her suspicions, she develops paranoia, which leads her into a nightmare world of uncertainty, guilt, and psychosis.

13/06: UNIC’s 2017 annual report celebrates continued growth and innovation in European cinema exhibition – UNIC
The International Union of Cinemas has published its Annual Report, examining key trends and developments in across the 36 territories represented by the association over the last year.
19/06: UNIC President Stresses Innovation And Diversity in CineEurope Keynote – Celluloid Junkie
During his keynote address at CineEurope 2017, UNIC President Phil Clapp has highlighted the importance of innovation and diversity for the continued success of the European cinema sector.
21/06: Exhibitors Create Global Cinema Federation to Tackle Major Issues – UNIC
The world’s leading cinema operators today announced the establishment of the Global Cinema Federation, a Worldwide grouping intended to represent cinema exhibition’s global interests.
22/06: UNIC launches Women's Cinema Leadership scheme – UNIC
During CineEurope 2017, UNIC has launched its Women’s Cinema Leadership Scheme, a one year pilot mentoring programme for women in cinema exhibition. The programme will provide six rising female European cinema professionals with the unique opportunity to network with and receive 1-to-1 career advice from a group of senior female executives recognised for their leadership and business success across the wider cinema landscape.

15/06: Axel Voss appointed new Rapporteur for Copyright Directive – EPP website
Following the announcement that Therese Comodini Cachia will step down from the European Parliament in order to take up a seat in the Maltese Parliament, the EPP Group has appointed Axel Voss MEP, the EPP Group Spokesman on Legal Affairs, to carry on the rapporteurship of the Copyright Directive.

19/06: European films make up one third of all films promoted on VoD platforms in Europe – European Audiovisual Observatory
The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, has just published a new report “Audiovisual Media Services in Europe: Focus on Services Targeting Other Countries”. Based on data gathered in the MAVISE database, the report provides an overview of the European audiovisual media landscape. 

01/07: Launch of the Estonian Presidency of the EU 
11/07: Votes in CULT, LIBE and ITRE on Copyright Directive (tbc)
8/09: Conference "Best practices in the fight against counterfeiting & piracy – the role and responsibility of advertising, logistic and financial service providers", Switzerland – more information here

For the 3rd year in a row, Europa Distribution will hold its Annual Conference in the scope of Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The event will take place from July 2 to 6 and will bring together 40 independent distributors, all members of the European network.
On Monday July 3, from 09.30am to 11.30, an open panel organised in partnership with KVIFF and the LUX Prize will be entirely devoted to exploring this theme with experts from the field. The panel, entitled “The Constant Gardeners - What role for distributors in the new film industry ecosystem?”, will be an occasion for scholars, marketing experts and representatives of industry lobbies and public institutions to share their research and perspectives with distributors. What are the new trends of the market? How can the available data be interpreted? And, what are the challenges faced by distributors today?
The confirmed panelists are Ben Johnson (GRUVI), Nikolas Moschakis (FIAD), Huw Jones (University of York) and Liesbeth Sträter (University of Antwerp). The panel will be moderated by Michael Gubbins (SampoMedia) and Bogdan Wenta, Member of the European Parliament, will give a keynote speech.
The Panel will represent the starting point of a discussion that distributors will continue on Tuesday, during a private workshop. On this occasion, marketing and piracy experts Ben Johnson and Chris Anderson (MUSO) will address some of the newly available marketing tools and analyse the possibilities offered by piracy in terms of targeting audiences. Distributors will gather in smaller round tables, in the interest of exploring the topics further and sharing their individual experiences in the field.

Attending distributors will also participate in the festival activities, including works in progress, meetings and special screenings. The General Assembly will also provide an opportunity for members to discuss the activities of the Association.

CONTACT: For more information about the presence of Europa Distribution in Karlovy Vary, contact:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Meet festival selectors and sales agents in Mojmírovce, June 26th to July 1st

Are you interested on how to distribute your documentary abroad? How to gain a revenue from the distribution? Take part in an open program of the dok.incubator workshop, meet top producers, sales agents and selectors of leading festivals; all this in the last week of June. Slovak, Czech, Hungarian and Polish filmmakers are invited to attend panel-discussions focused on festival strategies with IDFA (Joost Daamen), Hot Docs (Shane Smith), DOK Leipzig (Leena Pasanen), CPH:DOX (Mads Mikkelsen) and One World Film Festival (Julie Kárová). Sales agents will share their experience with international distribution, including practical details such as contracts, profits, territories. Salma Abdalla (Autlook), Maëlle Guenegues (CAT & Docs), Aleksandar Govedarica (Syndicado) and Peter Jäger (Jaeger Creative) will offer examples and practical case studies on how to position different films at the market.

Beside theoretical sessions, decision makers will be discussing tailor-made strategies for the rough-cuts of eight selected projects that have been developed during the dok.incubator mentoring workshop. The projects originate from eight different countries and cover a wide range of topics and genres; including the very actual subjects of a Russian sport crises (Over The Limit /PL), a modern day slavery problem (My Marish /HU) or the resistance of traditions overviewed from the very insight of the affected community (Before Father Is Back /GE). In addition, three Slovak projects are attending the workshop in Mojmírovce, too. Selected Slovak projects are A Good Death (directed by Tomas Krupa), Lovely Oil Homeland (directed by Dominik Jursa) and New Life (directed by Tina Diosi). The complete list of the projects is available on the dok.incubator website.

The working language is English, and the program is for free. May you want to attend the open program, please, RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Baltic View has started a new initiative showing films from the Baltic countries. The first official CINEMA EVENT with a Lithuanian documentary film MASTER AND TATYANA took place in London on the 14th of June at CINÉ LUMIÈRE - the French Institute. The event was a success - it was nearly sold out! Considering it was one of the hottest days of the year in London

The​ film's​ director Giedrė Žickytė attended the event, where the Q&A was conducted by another Lithuanian documentary film director Neringa Medutytė.

Inesa Ivanova, the head of Baltic View commented: ​
​"The film was well received and the audience was ​surprised to learn that Lithuania had many talented photographers during the occupation period and wanted to find out what impacted such a precedent. It proves once again that films from the Baltic countries are ready to travel."

The film has travelled throughout many established film festivals around the world and received many awards inluding 4 "Silver Cranes" awards during the Lithuanian National film awards in 2015. The documentary tells a story about the life of a famous Lithuanian photographer Vitas Luckus (1943-1987). He was an extremely colourful artist standing out from the Soviet era. Keeping a lion cub in his apartment seemed a norm to him. Vitas went beyond Lithuanian surroundings and documented the spontaneous reality of the Soviet Republics. His photographs, just like his eccentric lifestyle, make a long lasting impression even today. He lived in Vilnius with his beautiful wife Tatyana and together they were a vibrant couple of the ‘60s. Their home was always full of people, wine, nightlong conversations, guests from the farthermost places of the Soviet Union. It is a very personal story of love and life portraying a fragile connection with the past.

Event partners:
Lithuanian Culture Attache in the United Kingdom Justė Kostikovaitė
Online magazine Londonietė
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania
Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in London
CINÉ LUMIÈRE - French Institute
Lithuanian Culture Institute

​Next month Baltic View in collaboration with Dep​tf​or​d​ Cinem​a​ is inviting Londoners to see the Baltic View season, showcasing three films: an Estonian film ​- ​The New WORLD​,​​ dir​acted by​ JAAN TOOTSEN​​, a Lithuanian film - The Green Musketeers, directed by Jonas Ohman and a Latvian film - My Father the Banker​, directed by Ieva Ozolina.​

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