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WARSAW: Eleven projects from eight Central and Eastern European countries have been selected for the 14th edition of the script development programme ScripTeast.

WARSAW: Young critics and film journalists from Central and Eastern Europe can apply to the 14th FIPRESCI Warsaw Critics Project until 23 September 2019.

WARSAW: Here is the full list of the CEE countries' candidates for the 92nd Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award in the best international feature film category. The Academy Awards nominations will be announced on 13 January 2019 and the ceremony will be held on 9 February 2020.

For the 11th time the Institute of Documentary Film will give the Silver Eye Awards to the best documentaries from Central and Eastern Europe at the Ji.hlava IDFF (24-29 October 2019). Who will decide on the winners in short and long documentary categories?

The recruitment process for workshops, masterclasses and consultations planned for the fourth edition of ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum, which will take place on 8-12 October 2019 in Łódź, ends on 20th September. It is the first in Poland and the most important in Eastern Europe international event devoted exclusively to stop motion and puppet animation. Workshops with Malcolm Hadley, responsible for the shooting of Tim Burton’s movies, or the opportunity to take part in the recruitment for the famous American animation studio LAIKA are just some of the events for which enrolment is still open. 

ANIMARKT is a unique event that brings together representatives of the world of animation. It is a forum for outstanding artists, craftspeople, producers, distributors, TV broadcasters and investors. Participation in the events included in the programme is free of charge, however, due to the limited number of available places, prior registration is required.

Events that are still open for registration include workshops with Malcolm Hadley, a British cinematographer with over 20 years of experience in film and TV production, valued for his expertise in the field of time-lapse photography. He has worked on many award-winning commercials, short films and feature films, including The Periwig Maker, and critically acclaimed Tim Burton’s films: Corpse Bride (2005), Frankenweenie (2012) and Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs (2017).

The workshop has the form of a one-day crash course and aims to improve the participants’ skills in camera operation and lighting in stop-motion animation productions. The course is addressed in particular to those who work with the camera on a daily basis and search for further development. However, it will also be an excellent choice for animators and directors who want to deepen their skills and confidence in the art of cinematography.

Registration: http://en.animarkt.pl/masters/workshops/

Another event you can still enrol for is the recruitment to LAIKA, a world-famous stop-motion animation studio. The event is unique because it is the only chance to meet a representative of the studio in this part of Europe. It is a great opportunity to start an international career for animators and costume makers.

Registration: http://en.animarkt.pl/business/laikarecruitment/

As a part of the ANIMARKT Business section, a series of consultations with professionals from various fields of film art is planned under the title of “Ask the Expert”. Use this unusual opportunity to discuss your project, ask for advice and dispel doubt. During this year’s edition you can present your ideas to producers, distributors, animators, scriptdoctors or representatives of financial institutions. Meet experts such as Luce Grosjean of Miyu Distribution, who was in charge of distribution of Oscar-nominated Negative Space and Garden Party, Corinne Destombes – head of development at Folimage, one of the most important animation studios in France, Tim Allen – an animator whose portfolio includes such great stop motion productions as The Isle of Dogs, Fantastic Mr Fox, Corpse Bride, and  Sophie Prigent – a representative of an international distributor of animated series sold to major tv stations and such platforms as Netflix and Amazon.

Registration: http://en.animarkt.pl/business/asktheexpert/

The ANIMART Stop Motion Forum is organized by MOMAKIN – an organisation dealing with the popularization of animation, as well as supporting its creators in Poland and internationally through comprehensive activities in the field of production, distribution, promotion and education. ANIMARKT is organised thanks to the co-financing from the International Visegrad Fund, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund and the Polish Film Institute. More info is available at www.en.animarkt.pl

Following the call of EFP (European Film Promotion) the San Sebastian International Film Festival has selected and invited eight PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE to share their experience, discuss new projects and foster future co-productions at the 8th Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum (September 22 - 25). French producer Hélène Cases of Lionceaux Films, who attends the Forum for the second time is looking forward to joining her colleagues again: "My attendance in 2017 lead to strong encounters with professionals from Latin America, making me return in 2019 refreshing contacts and meeting new partners for future projects. Producing is all about human relationships, with co-producers, partners, directors and teams. And the meetings at the Forum are an esse ntial part of this and often bring unexpected results. We must always be open-minded, cinema is so full of exciting surprises."

The following former PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE are taking part in the Forum:

Nuno Bernardo // beActive Entertainment

Sinisa Juricic // Nukleus Film

Joao Viana // Papaveronoir

Hélène Cases // Lionceau Films

Pedro Hernández Santos // Aquí y Allí Films

Alessandro Borrelli // La Sarraz Pictures

Bostjan Ikovic // Arsmedia

Luís Urbano // O Som e a Fúria

Reality blends into fiction as Liam Gallagher (and Michael Hutchence!) meet with the acclaimed Icelandic director Runar Runarsson, French female rock stars and Ridley Scott's Alien in Warsaw Film Festival's Special Screenings section. 

Memory: The Origins of Alien dir. Alexandre O. Philippe

Echo / Bergmál dir. Rúnar Rúnarsson, Iceland, France, Switzerland 2019, 80’             

Iceland is preparing for Christmas. In 56 scenes, the film draws a bittersweet portrait of modern society. The latest film from the director who won at the Warsaw Film Festival in 2008 and 2015.

First Love / Hatsukoi dir. Takashi Miike, Japan 2019, 108’

A boxer helps a call girl in the street. Before the night is over, they will be chased by a corrupt cop, a yakuza and a female assassin in a film by one of the most controversial Japanese directors.

Liam Gallagher: As It Was dir. Charlie Lightening, Gavin Fitzgerald, UK 2019, 85’

A fascinating take on one of the true British rock eccentrics. Liam Gallagher is finally able to tell his own story for the very first time, in his own special style: candid, honest and humorous.             

Memory: The Origins of Alien dir. Alexandre O. Philippe, USA 2019, 95’    

This year, Ridley Scott’s Alien celebrates the 40th anniversary of its theatrical release. It all started with a 29-page script by Dan O’Bannon, but how did it lodge itself into our cultural imagination?

Mystify: Michael Hutchence dir. Richard Lowenstein, Australia 2019, 102’

An uninhibited stage performer and a loner shutting himself away. A magnetic, long anticipated portrait of the lead singer and songwriter of the Australian band INXS, Michael Hutchence.

Oh Les Filles! / Haut Les Filles dir. François Armanet, France 2019, 80’

An alternative reading of French rock history. From sixties pop to gender-indifferent anthems, from feminist rebels to fashion icons of the social media age, from Françoise Hardy to Christine & The Queens.

Once in Trubchevsk / Odnazhdy v Trubchevske dir. Larisa Sadilova, Russian Federation 2019, 80’

No matter how hard you try to conceal having an affair, the truth will come out sooner or later. A charming comedy-drama about women’s dreams, set in a small-town Russia. 

Papicha dir. Mounia Meddour, Algieria, France, Belgium, Katar 2019, 105’

Algiers 1997. A female student dreams of becoming a fashion designer when her country is in a state of civil war with Islamic fundamentalists. The film premiered at this year’s Cannes festival.

Mystify: Michael Hutchence dir. Richard Lowenstein

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Warsaw Film Foundation /35th Warsaw Film Festival, October 11-20, 2019

For the twelfth time Latvia is submitting a film for Academy Award nomination consideration in the Best International Feature Film category, competing with films from some 80 countries. The panel of experts created by the National Film Centre (NFC) made a decision to put forward the Latvian Centenary film The Mover by the director Dāvis Sīmanis and studio Mistrus Media.

The NFC’s panel of experts who evaluated the submissions from Latvian film studios, included: film theoretician Zane Balčus – Baltic Sea Documentary Film Forum project manager; NFC representative Kristīne Matīsa – editor-in-chief of Kino Raksti web portal; film theoretician Dr. Elīna Reitere from Germany; filmmaker Pēteris Krilovs – professor at the Latvian Academy of Culture; Ieva Romanova – head of the Latvian Filmmakers Union; director Jānis Putniņš – head of the National Film School at the Latvian Academy of Culture, and producer Uldis Cekulis – head of VFS Films studio.

The Mover was one of the films created for the NFC’s Latvian Films for Latvian Centenary line-up. This Latvian feature film offers a gripping account of Žanis Lipke, a blue-collar worker honored as one of the 'Righteous Among the Nations' for his heroic deeds during the war. Despite his family’s hardship under successive Soviet and German occupations, Lipke embarked on a covert operation to save local Jews from Nazi persecution and certain death, moving them from the Riga ghetto to an underground bunker hidden on his property. From the start, Filmmaker Davis Simanis creates a powerfully ominous and suspenseful atmosphere, positioning the viewer, like Lipke, as a reluctant eyewitness to unfolding horrors.

The film received 12 nominations for the Latvian National Film Award Lielais Kristaps and won in four categories: Best director, Best cinematographer, Best production design and Best supporting actress. “The Mover is humanizing heroism. The main character acted without any kind of reflection on his own benefit. It’s the kind of message that is very important currently,” says the director Sīmanis.

Dāvis Sīmanis works as a film director, scriptwriter, editor, lecturer as well as assistant DoP. His documentary ESCAPING RIGA (2014) was selected in numerous festivals including IDFA, Vilnius IFF and CPH:Dox. His film is EXILED (2016) won Best Film at Riga IFF. His feature documentary D IS FOR DIVISION premiered at Visions du Réel in 2018.

Films from the other two Baltic countries have already been submitted for the Oscars, and there is strong Latvian presence in both Lithuanian and Estonian submissions. Lithuania submitted the documentary co-production Bridges of Time by directors Kristīne Briede (Latvia) and Audrius Stonys (Lithuania) – it’s another Latvian Centenary film. Estonian submission for the Documentary Film Category – the film by the director Ksenia Okhapkina – Immortal - is a co-production with the Latvian film studio VFS Films, just like Bridges of Time

The 92nd annual Academy Awards ceremony, honouring the best in film from 2019, will take place on February 9, 2020, in Los Angeles.

More on Latvian cinema: http://nkc.gov.lv/en/

The East Doc Platform is the largest co-production, funding and distribution platform tailor-made for Central and East European documentaries.
Every year, we connect East European filmmakers with key decision makers - producers, broadcasters, distributors and festival programmers from around the world.

Dates: March 713, 2020
Where: Prague, Czech Republic
Application deadline: November 8, 2019

Feature-length projects are invited to the 19th edition of the East Doc Forum, the oldest and largest central pitch in the region.
Transmedia and VR projects are presented at East Doc Interactive pitching, an integral part of the Forum.

Since 2001, more than 180 documentary films have been completed with the direct support of the East Doc Forum,
including award-winning Over the LimitWhen the War ComesSofia’s Last AmbulanceUkrainian SheriffsThe Russian JobDomino Effect and Rabbit a la Berlin.

The East Doc Market offers the opportunity to meet with international funders, broadcasters, distributors, sales agents and festival representatives in the frame of pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings.

The East Doc Platform is organized by the Institute of Documentary Film in association with One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival.

Find more information including the application form HERE.

We are looking forward to receiving your projects!

connecting cottbus project line-up 2019: politics, lovers in space and a killer bunny

East-West co-production market connecting cottbus, taking place during FilmFestival Cottbus in November, presents its selection of 13 projects in development and 6 works in progress for its upcoming edition.
From 6-8 November 2019, the 21st edition of connecting cottbus (coco) presents fresh feature film projects to a select audience of co-producers, sales agents and other potential partners. In total, 13 cocoPITCH and 6 cocoWIP projects from 14 countries in broader Eastern Europe will be pitched. In alignment with the FilmFestival Cottbus section Spotlight: Montenegro, coco is pleased to present its first Montenegrin project. All projects compete for a variety of awards. Their producers and directors also take part in in-depth feedback sessions with industry experts in the cocoLAB, while all industry participants can join networking events and a framework programme focusing on current production trends.

This year saw the completion of a number of coco alumni projects: CAT IN THE WALL (Bulgaria/UK/ France) by Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova, winner of the coco Best Pitch Award 2017, had its world premiere in competition at the Locarno Film Festival, Ines Tanović’s THE SON (Bosnia and Herzegovina/Croatia/Romania/Slovenia/Montenegro) opened this year’s Sarajevo Film Festival. Alumni projects of the cocoWIP section include Antonio Lukich’s MY THOUGHTS ARE SILENT (Ukraine), winner of the Special Jury Prize in Karlovy Vary's East of the West competition as well as the Audience Award and Fipresci Prize for Best Ukrainian Film at Odessa International Film Festival, and ZANA (Kosovo/Albania) by Antoneta Kastrati, which just premiered in the Discovery section of the Toronto International Film Festival.

The cocoPITCH selection for this year comprises a large range of filmic styles and genres, from political thriller and road movie to dramas about war trauma or modern slavery, next to apocalyptic sci-fi and a romantic comedy set in outer space. The majority of the projects again have a strong female protagonist. Stories about immigration and exile are set alongside personal quests for moral integrity and struggles for autonomy or a sense of one’s own history. Seven exciting debut feature projects join new work by award-winning filmmakers like Ruxandra Zenide, Ivan Marinović and Sergey Dvortsevoy, who received the Special Pitch Award FilmFestival Cottbus 2018 to present his new project THREE, SEVEN, ACE. Pre-selected by coco at partnering events were Ion Borș’ CARBON, winner of the Transilvania Pitch Stop - coco Award at TIFF 2019, and RATTLESNAKES by Nikola Ljuca, which took the Midpoint - coco Award (Midpoint Feature Launch) at Karlovy Vary 2019.

The 2019 line-up of cocoWIP also has a variety in tone, including a slacker dramedy and a darkly comic revenge story, as well as psychological family dramas set against the backdrop of pressing socio-political realities. Impressive feature debuts dominate the roster in 2019, among them those by acclaimed Romanian theatre director Eugen Jebeleanu and Serbian director Milica Tomović, whose short film work screened in Toronto, Locarno and Sarajevo.

This year’s edition of connecting cottbus takes place on 6-8 November 2019.

Producers, sales agents, commissioning editors and other industry representatives active in East-West European co-production can apply to attend without a project by 7 October 2019.

Selected cocoPITCH Projects 2019

ABOUT A GIRL | Switzerland / Romania | dir: Ruxandra Zenide |
prod: Alexander Iordachescu | Elefant Films

ATHLETE | Turkey | dir: Semih Gülen & Mustafa Emin Büyükcoşkun |
prod: Arda Çiltepe | Vigo Film

Transilvania Pitch Stop - coco Award

CARBON | Moldova | dir: Ion Borș |
prod: Ion Borș, Sergiu Cumatrenco Jr. | Kantora Film Production, YOUBESC

CONVENIENCE STORE | Russia | dir: Mikhail Borodin |
prod: Artem Vassiliev | Metrafilms

FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE | Montenegro, Serbia | dir: Ivan Marinović |
prod: Marija Stojanović, Ivan Marinović | Adriatic Western, SENSE Production

NO LAND FOR ME | Israel | dir: Ram Nehari |
prod: Yifat Prestelnik | Yifat Prestelnik Films

Midpoint - coco Award (Midpoint Feature Launch)
RATTLESNAKES | Serbia | dir: Nikola Ljuca |
prod: Nikolina Vučetić-Zečević, Maja Ilić | Biberche

SPAS | Ukraine | dir: Maksym Nakonechnyi |
prod: Yelizaveta Smith, Darya Bassel | Tabor Production

Special Pitch Award FilmFestival Cottbus
THREE, SEVEN, ACE | Russia | dir: Sergey Dvortsevoy |
prod: Sergey Dvortsevoy | Kinodvor

TRACES | Croatia | dir: Dubravka Turić |
prod: Ira Cecić | Kinorama

VESPER SEEDS | Lithuania | dir: Kristina Buožytė & Bruno Samper |
prod: Asta Liukaityte, Daiva Jovaišiene, Kristina Buožytė | Natrix Natrix

WET MONDAY | Poland | dir: Justyna Mytnik |
prod: Marta Gmosińska | Lava Films

YOU ARE THE UNIVERSE | Ukraine | dir: Pavlo Ostrikov |
prod: Vladimir Yatsenko, Anna Sobolevska | LimeLite

Selected cocoWIP Projects 2019

BETWEEN TWO DAWNS | Turkey / Romania | dir: Selman Nacar |
prod: Burak Çevik, Diloy Gülün, Oana Giurgiu | Kuyu Film, Karma Film, Hai Hui Entertainment

BLINDFOLD | Ukraine | dir: Taras Dron |
prod: Valeria Sochyvets | Contemporary Ukrainian Cinema

CELTS | Serbia | dir: Milica Tomović |
prod: Vladimir Vasiljevic | EED Productions

MIA MISSES HER REVENGE | Romania | dir: Bogdan Theodor Olteanu |
prod: Anamaria Antoci, Anda Ionescu | Tangaj Production

POPPY FIELD | Romania | dir: Eugen Jebeleanu |
prod: Velvet Moraru | Icon Production

THE THRILLSEEKERS | Belarus | dir: Vlada Senkova |
prod: Larisa Oleinik, Viktar Labkovich | DOKA, Pervaja Kinovideo Company