BERLIN: Thirteen majority and minority coproductions from CEE countries are among the 50 titles from EFA Feature Film Selection, the list of feature fiction films recommended for a nomination for the European Film Awards 2016.
BUCHAREST: German/Austrian/Romanian coproduction Toni Erdmann by Maren Ade will receive the FIPRESCI Grand Prix 2016, awarded by the International Federation of Film Critics to the best film of 2016. The prize will be awarded on 16 September 2016, at the opening ceremony of the San Sebastian Film Festival.
TORONTO: Producers from Slovakia, Estonia and Croatia were selected for the 7th edition of Producers Lab Toronto set to launch alongside the Toronto International Film Festival® on 6 September 2016.
TALLINN: Monika Siimets’s debut feature The Little Comrade tells the story of six-year-old Leelo (Helena-Maria Reisner), whose mother Helmes (Eva Koldits) is sent to a Siberian prison camp during the Stalinist repressions of 1950. Shooting began this week and the premiere is set for 2018, on the occasion of the 100 years celebration of the Republic of Estonia.
WARSAW: Polish Oscar winner Paweł Pawlikowski is in development with Cold War (working title), a drama set in Poland of the 50s and 60s. Pawlikowski told FNE that the film will tell the story of two young people and their difficult love in those times.
BUCHAREST: Ivana Mladenovic’s debut feature Soldiers. A Story from Ferentari, a contemporary gay love story set in the poorest neighborhood of Bucharest, is currently shooting. The film is a Romanian/Serbian/Belgian coproduction, produced by Ada Solomon through HiFilm Productions.
VILNIUS: Lithuanian writer/director Egle Vertelyte is in postproduction with her first feature film Miracle, a Lithuanian/Bulgarian coproduction.
SARAJEVO: The Turkish/French/Romanian coproduction Album by Mehmet Can Mertoğlu, a debut feature, won the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Feature Film at the 22nd Sarajevo Film Festival (12-20 August 2016).
SARAJEVO: An agreement signed on the last day of the 22nd Sarajevo Film Festival (12-20 August 2016) will allow the Turkish Radio Television (TRT) to support at least one project from ex-Yugoslavia with the amount of 200,000 EUR in cash, 35,000 EUR in in-kind postproduction support and 35,000 EUR in producers’ fees.
PRAGUE: MIDPOINT Feature Launch Workshop opened in Ponesice (Czech Republic) on 21 August 2016, as MIDPOINT opened applications for its TV programme MIDPOINT TV Launch, focusing on the development of miniseries and TV series.