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March 19 - 23, 2019 / Bratislava

From the 19th to 23rd of March, the eighth annual Visegrad Film Forum will feature the Oscar – winning Roma by Alfons Cuarón and the black-and-white road-movie Nebraska with 6 Oscar nominations. Participants can see the documentary Untitled by Haneke´s long-term editor Monika Willi, the (a)political documentary The Trial by the darling of top-notch film festivals, Sergei Loznitsa, the autobiographical Cameraperson debuted at Sundance, and the documentary set in Tel Aviv, Central Bus Station. Everything will be screened with the personal attendance of the creators.



Love. Courage. Hope. Change. Home. ROMA.

ROMA is an attempt to capture the memory of events that I experienced almost 50 years ago.”, says the Oscar – winning director Alfonso Cuarón. “It is an exploration of Mexico's social hierarchy, where class and ethnicity have been perversely interwoven to this date and, above all, it's an intimate portrait of the women who raised me in a recognition of love as a mystery that transcends space, memory and time.”, Cuarón continues. His latest film won the main prize at the Venice Film Festival and, more recently, won the Oscar in the category of Best Foreign Language Film. The viewers will have a special chance to see the film on the big screen with the personal attendance of the film architect Eugenio Caballero.

Black and white unsentimental wandering. Nebraska.

Director Alexander Payne managed to reveal the underbelly of America matter-of-factly and without emotional coercion in the black-and-white road-movie Nebraska. The film attracted the attention of critics and received a nomination for the Palme d´Or in Cannes and six Oscar nominations. "I've won a million dollars," says Woody Grant, a retired eighty-year-old from Montana, as he waves around a letter from a publisher the likes of Reader's Digest. He forces his son to take him on a trip from Montana to Nebraska to pick up the winnings. The son reluctantly goes even though he suspects that his father's winning ticket is just one of many personalized flyers spread across America. The film will be introduced by cinematographer Phedon Papamichael.

A path with open eyes and an open mind. Untitled.

Despite the fact that Monika Willi has never studied film, she has worked alongside directors such as Michael Haneke and Michael Glawogger. At the Visegrad Film Forum 2019 she will present Untitled which she finished after Glawogger´s tragical death, and will hold master class about her work including cooperation with Michael Haneke on films such as White Ribbon, Amour or Happy End. In the December of 2013, director Michael Glawogger set off on a fateful documentary journey. As an observing wanderer, he wanted to travel around the world and capture it in its entirety without defining a subject, having a firm plan, or issuing preliminary judgments. He was conducted only by the principle of happy coincidence or providence. Unfortunately, in 2014, he died of malaria and his journey ended. The processing of the filmed material became an commitment for Glawogger's editor Monika Willi in the name of the deceased adventurer. Thus, she cuts, edits and finishes the film without the director’s input. A journey into the world with open eyes and an open mind -  observing, listening and experiencing. The concept for filming and cutting the film is a happy coincidence.

The drama is real, but the story is made up. The Trial.

Unique archive footage is the reconstruction of one of the first elaborate political trials orchestrated by Stalin, which unfolds almost like a theatrical performance with actors who deceive themselves, the audience and the whole world. "I decided to make a movie during which the spectator had the chance to spend two hours in the USSR in 1930. To see and experience the moment when Stalin's state terrorist machine was put into action." Slovak premiere of the film will present Sergei Loznitsa.

What does it mean to film and be filmed? Behind the camera (Cameraperson).

Award-winning cinematographer Kirsten Johnson, that participated in the making of the Oscar-winning documentary Citizenfour, will introduce her personal debut premiered at the Sundance at the Visegrad Film Forum 2019. During her 25-year career, she has filmed thousands of human dramas. In an impressive collage of the shots she had collected during that time, she asks intense questions about her own work and the documentary genre as such. Is it ethical to film your own mother, whose mind is slowly being overtaken by Alzheimer’s disease? When becoming witness to a potentially dangerous situation, when should a documentary filmmaker intervene and when should he just look on and stay impartial?

The city under one roof. Central Bus Station.

The documentary, that won a special mention award at the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, will be personally presented by its director, Tomáš Elšík, along with the protagonist  Yonathan Mishal. "For me, the central bus station is not only a strange place, but it's also a place where everyone can find a piece of home," the director says. The Tel Aviv´s central bus station has been the largest in the world up until recently. However, the oversized space does not serve its original intention any longer - to attract crowds of people who, confused by the optical illusion of the interior design, end up contracting shopping fever. The concrete monster, which can not be easily dismantled, has gradually become a sanctuary that is temporarily occupied by people from the edge of society - refugees, criminals, prostitutes. The director of the feature, as well as itsmain character, the tourist guide Yonathan, confess in the documentary that they are fascinated by one of the wonders of the world of wastefulness and the microcosm of those who live there.

Visegrad Film Forum 2019
Date: 19th – 23rd of March 2019
Place: Bratislava, Slovakia
Venues: Film and TV Faculty VŠMU, Cinema Lumière


Organized by: Boiler NGO
Co-organized by: Film and TV Faculty VŠMU
Financial support: International Visegrad Fund, Audiovisual Fud, Nadácia SPP

Partner schools: The Academy of Performing Arts, Film and TV Faculty in Bratislava, The University of Silesia in Katowice, The Academy of Drama and Film in Budapest, KNUTCT Kyjev, BFM Tallinn, Sahara Lab and UNATC Bucharest

ZAGREB: The 2019 Animafest Zagreb has announced the 46 titles selected for the Grand Competition - Short Films programme, chosen from among more than 870 films submitted. The festival runs from 3 to 8 June 2019

Thematic Focus: “Everything Remains Different? – The Wild 90s” // “Pan-European Picnic”: Literature, Music Videos and Ukrainian Hip-Hop from alyona alyona // Opening Film: GOD EXISTS, HER NAME IS PETRUNYA by Director and goEast Jury President Teona Strugar Mitevska // Press Accreditation Available Until March 29th // goEast Press Conference on April 4th

Thematic Focus: “Everything Remains Different? – The Wild 90s” In November, Germany is due to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Especially in the capital a multitude of events are planned along the “Route of Revolution”. goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, hosted by DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum, is already taking up the topic of this momentous transition this spring – and directing attention far eastwards beyond Berlin. What did the fall of the Iron Curtain mean for the formerly socialist countries of Europe? How did the collapse of an entire political system and the accompanying establishment of a new order find expression in the films of the early 1990s? The film and talk series “Everything Remains Different? – The Wild 90s”, a joint project from goEast and FilmFestival Cottbus, funded by the Federal Foundation for the Study of Communist Dictatorship in East Germany, will examine these questions. Featured here are works that shed light on the challenges of ordinary people in a world turned upside down, such as Lucian Pintilie’s THE OAK (BALANTJA, Romania, France, 1992) or István Szabó’s SWEET EMMA, DEAR BÖBE DES EMMA, DRÁGA BÖBE, Hungary, Germany, 1991). Alongside them, films devoted to topics that seemed unscreenable during the reign of state socialism, such as Wojciech Marczewski’s ESCAPE FROM “LIBERTY” CINEMA (UCIECZKA Z KINA “WOLNOŚĆ”, Poland, 1990) will be featured. The “wild 90s” oscillated between the poles of euphoria regarding newly gained freedoms and the hard reality of a global market economy – it is not only in the East that many individuals look back at this era today, 30 years later, and feel that their personal experiences have not been represented or are neglected entirely. In the scope of the interdisciplinary panel “What Went Wrong in the Nineties?”, filmmakers, journalists and scholars from the fields of political science and history will tackle this multifaceted topic.

“Pan-European Picnic”: Literature on Wiesbaden’s Funicular Rail Line // “Music Videos Are Back!” // alyona alyona in concert

In summer 1989, a peace demonstration staged by artists and activists managed to open the border between Austria and Hungary for a couple hours – around 700 East German citizens vacationing at Lake Balaton took advantage of the occasion to emigrate spontaneously to the West. On this afternoon, art overcame borders – goEast is celebrating this event with its very own “Pan-European Picnic”. In addition to a genuine picnic, during which Wiesbaden’s Schlossplatz square will be transformed into a place for encounters between international festival guests, cultural associations representing local Eastern European life and the Wiesbaden

audience, the programme features the photo exhibition “Eastern Fairy Tales” as well as a literary excursion on Wiesbaden’s Nerobergbahn funicular train line, during which actor Ivan Shvedoff, a familiar face from the series Babylon Berlin, will be reading in German, English and Russian from Venedikt Yerofeyev’s cult novel “Moscow-Petushki“. In the spirit of Yerofeyev, a vodka tasting will take place at the halfway point of the journey. In addition, with the programme “Music Videos Are Back!” goEast is paying tribute to the artistic combination of music and moving images. Thanks to their dissemination via alternative media channels such as YouTube, music videos today have the potential to communicate subversive, critical or politically uncomfortable messages while reaching a wide audience. In countries like Russia and Hungary, where media and state cultural subsidies are more strongly regulated, video clips (not long ago nearly laid to rest in the wake of the on-going crisis in the digital music industry) are enjoying a resurgence. goEast is showing twelve music videos, including works from Russia’s gothic rap duo IC3PEAK and rapper Husky, who regularly struggle with performance bans or even arrest in their native country. Ukrainian rapper alyona alyona is also represented here – her concert at Schlachthof Wiesbaden also promises to make the place shake with fat beats and critical lyrics. The 27-year-old was still a pre-school teacher until recently, up to the point where her YouTube videos started to break through the 2-million-view mark regularly. She’s seen as the new hope of the Ukrainian music scene: with her flow, attitude and lyrics as socially critical as they are self-ironic, alyona alyona has already won over a huge fan block. goEast is thrilled to present the first German performance of the Ukrainian hip-hop phenomena.

Jury President Teona Strugar Mitevska // Opening Film: GOD EXISTS, HER NAME IS PETRUNYA This year’s goEast Jury will be chaired by Teona Strugar Mitevska. The multi-award- winning Macedonian director is also the creator of this year’s opening film GOD EXISTS, HER NAME IS PETRUNYA (GOSPOD POSTOI, IMETO IE PETRUNIJA, North Macedonia, Belgium, Slovenia, Croatia, France, 2019), a black comedy in which a young woman fights back against the patriarchal domination of society. In the film, per an Epiphany tradition a priest throws a cross into a river and a throng of young men dive in after it. Petrunya tumbles head over heels into the cold water too and somehow manages to pop back to the surface cross in hand. This causes a genuine scandal in her small town. Mitevska’s film was honoured with the Award of the Ecumenical Jury for Best Film in the Competition section at this year’s Berlinale.

Accreditation and Press Conference Members of the press can still receive accreditation for goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film until 29 March by registering at: The press conference for the 19th edition of goEast will take place at 11 am on 4 April at Wiesbaden’s Caligari FilmBühne cinema. Please RSVP to attend the event.

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The full programme for the 19th edition of goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film will be announced in the beginning of April.

goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film is hosted by DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum and supported by numerous partners. The festival is primarily funded by the State Capital Wiesbaden, the Hessen State Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the Arts, Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain, ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland, Renovabis, BHF BANK Foundation, Adolf und Luisa Haeuser-Stiftung für Kunst und Kulturpflege, the Federal Foreign Office and Deutsch-Tschechische Zukunftsfonds. Media partners include among others 3sat, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Deutschlandfunk Kultur.

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TETA Association has launched the 5th edition of Pustnik Screenwriters Residency, which will take place 2–10 September 2019, at Port Cetate, Romania. Pustnik is the only Romanian initiative of this sort, dedicated to young and emerging filmmakers from all over the world.

During this nine-day retreat, eight screenwriters – three from Romania and five internationals – will develop their first or second feature-length screenplays. Besides dedicated writing time, Pustnik also offers participants the opportunity of meeting established European producers who will provide feedback on their projects.

Residents and invited experts will participate in roundtable discussions, masterclasses, and one-on-one talks. A local guest panel will also provide an overview of co-production opportunities in Romania.

Applicants are required to have previously written at least one short or feature-length film which has screened at a notable international film festival. The working language of the residency is English, so fluency in English is mandatory.

The deadline for applications is 22nd of April and filmmakers can apply online at All the information regarding the application process can be found in the How to apply section. There are no application or participation fees, and the organisers cover the costs of accommodation and meals, as well as transport within Romania.  

Residents will be selected by Andreea Borțun (writer/director, Romania) and Bryn Chainey (writer/director, UK/Australia), co-founders of Pustnik.

One of the first confirmed special guests of the 2019 residency is Syrian filmmaker Soudade Kaadan. Her first feature fiction film, The Day I Lost My Shadow, was awarded The Lion of the Future award for best debut in Venice Film Festival 2018 and has been screened in several major festivals including TIFF (Toronto), BFI (London), Busan and IFFR (Rotterdam). Only a few months later, her short fiction film Aziza won the 2019 Sundance Grand Jury Prize. Soudade will share professional and creative insights with this year’s residents, particularly on transitioning from short film to features.

Our key words for this year’s residency are patience and perseverance. Writing a screenplay can take time – a really long time. Not always, but often. Especially if you’re juggling work, family and other commitments, then the original thrill of writing can get crushed by the pressure of getting it done. Our aim with Pustnik is to strip back pressures and distractions so we can get back to the basics: thoughts, feelings, dreams, stories, trees.

Besides spending quality alone time with your screenplay, you’ll hear from special guests on how they persevered through the process of writing and producing their films. We encourage our residents to not only take time to work, but to give time by listening to each other’s stories, ideas, obstacles, and goals. We might be stepping back from society and going hermit, but we’re going hermit together.

The residency is hosted at Cultural Port Cetate, a late-19th century site with an incredible history of its own, located on the Romanian shore of the Danube.


About Pustnik:

Pustnik is the first international screenwriters residency to take place in Romania. It aims to create an environment dedicated to clarity of thought, away from modern pressures. Pustnik is also a growing network of film professionals and a community whose aim is to ease and encourage collaboration across the international cinema industry.

For more information:

Dan Angelescu – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pustnik is organized by TETA

TETA is an NGO founded in June 2006 and its main purpose is developing cultural activities and events to promote an alternative education for all participants enrolled in its projects and at the same time to offer a cultural revival to the communities in which the events take place. TETA is also producing films and theatre performances.

Cultural Project co-financed by the National Cultural Fund Administration

REPORT on EU Audiovisual Authors’ Workshop 2019, Ljubljana

REPORT on EU Audiovisual Authors’ Workshop 2019, Ljubljana Implementation of the Copyright Directive: Opportunities and challenges for AV authors to get fair value for their works’ exploitation

The 5th edition of the EU Audiovisual Authors’ Workshopin Ljubljana, organized in partnership by FERAFSE (Federation of Screenwriters in Europe) and SAA (Society of Audiovisual Authors), and it was hosted by the Directors’ Guild of Slovenia, DSR Screenwriters and the Institute of Authors, Performers and Producers of Audiovisual Works of Slovenia (AIPA). The topic of this year’s workshop was the potential implementation of the proposed Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market and the opportunities and challenges faced by audiovisual authors in getting fair value for the exploitation of their work.

The workshop took place on 4-5 March 2019 at SLON Hotel in Ljubljana, gathering around 45 participants from Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, The Netherlands and United Kingdom, representing national directors’ and screenwriters’ organisations, as well as collective management organisations.

The workshop programme featured topical presentations Trilogue final agreement on authors’ remuneration provisions in the proposed Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, by FERA CEO Pauline Durand-Vialle, and Mapping of current practices in negotiating and managing audiovisual authors’ rights throughout Europe in a fast-changing distribution market, by SAA executive director Cécile Despringre, as well as case studies by Create Denmark CEO Kasper Halkier (DK), Laure Gicquel from SACD (FR), Susann Reck from Bundesverband Regie (DE) and Kinga Szelenbaum from ZAPA (PL). Expert panels discussed Grey zones in negotiating audiovisual authors’ rights: where can the Directive help?, moderated by FERA CEO Pauline Durand-Vialle, and Public relations: how to address decision-makers in implementing the Directive?, moderated by FSE Executive Officer David Kavanagh.

FERA warmly thanks our hosts AIPA and DSR for their generous hospitality, partners FSE and SAA, and all speakers, panelists and participants for their interest and involvement in the workshop.

As the adoption of the proposed Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market is drawing nearer, it presents a concrete opportunity to empower a struggling European audiovisual authors’ community, as recent figures show. FERA is committed to provide all the necessary resources for its members to ensure meaningful progress in rights and remuneration of European directors in the digital era.

VALLETTA: Film Grain Foundation, the private foundation behind the Valletta Film Festival, is launching the Valletta Film Lab, a training and development platform open to filmmakers from Malta and small nations around Europe. The platform is open to feature films and documentaries as well.

VALLETTA: Independent filmmaker Maxime Durand, who is half-British and half-French and lives in Malta, is currently working on a series of funny short films inspired by the Malta public transportation system. The first episode of the Coming Soon series was launched on YouTube on 27 January 2019.

The first Romanian production ever to receive more than one million dollars gross is Cristina Jacob’s ‘Oh, Ramona!’ after the third week in the Romanian cinemas, according to figures released by this Monday.

‘Oh, Ramona!’ teen comedy also keeps a top position in the Romanian box office after the third weekend on Romanian screens, with no less than 36,635 spectators in the February, 25 - March 3 week, added to the record number of admissions recorded since the film release.

The 225,951 spectators who went to cinema for the English language comedy brought $ 1,031,211 to the movie directed by Cristina Jacob, becoming the first autochthone production that can be precisely said it exceeded one million USD gross from proceeds.

It is the first time since 2002 when a Romanian movie surpasses the threshold of 200,000 spectators.

‘Oh, Ramona!’ is the screen adaptation of Andrei Ciobanu’s book, which writer-director Cristina Jacob chose as her upcoming comedy project. The pic follows Andrei’s evolution from teenager to adult, as he experiences two alternating love stories, candidly and tongue placed firmly in cheek: first – the innocent, unrequited love, second – an intense, wild romp, and both leaving him unable to choose between them.

As envisioned and shot by the director, the Romanian story in the autobiographical fiction book ‘Suck it, Ramona!’ by Andrei Ciobanu, who co-wrote the script with Alex Coteț and Cristina Jacob, has thus become a film that hews to no cultural limits, that cuts across geographic and linguistic borders, and that speaks to a generation experiencing the unique twists and turns of its teenage years as citizens of the world.  

The director went with an international cast of talented actors: Bogdan Iancu, Aggy K. Adams, Holly Horne, Basil Eidenbenz, Leonardo Boudreau, Andromeda Godfrey, Melanie Ebanks, sharing the screen with Smiley, Feli, Andrei Ciobanu, Cristina Ich, Laura Giurcanu, Gina Pistol, Gabriel Jugaru, Howard Dell and Alex Coteț.

Jacob Bros released ’Oh, Ramona!’ on the 15th of February 2019. The pic is produced by Zazu Film.

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Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival aka PÖFF and its sub-festivals announce dates for its 23rd edition.The main festival and the youth and children’s strand Just Film will run from the 15th of November until the 1st of December and the international short film and animation festival PÖFF Shorts will take place from the 19th until the 27th of November.

All three festivals are now open for film submissions, accepting them via the platform PÖFF Shorts also accepts films at

Black Nights had over 2400 feature-length film submissions in 2018, while over 4000 shorts and animations were submitted to PÖFF Shorts.

The programme of Black Nights will consist of three international competition programmes – Official Selection, First Feature Competition and Baltic Film Competition - and various non-competitive sections for festival circuit highlights, a retrospective focus programme of Arabian cinema, experimental films, documentaries, genre cinema, sports films and much more. The sub-festivals similarly boast a rich palette of different sections, including international competition programmes.

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival is the only FIAPF-accredited competitive non-specialised film festival in Northern Europe. It has become a regional gateway for international cinema and film projects, bringing author cinema to local film fans and helping films start/continue their festival run and find distribution. Each year the festival is visited by a growing number of journalists, festival representatives, producers, distributors, sales agents and filmmakers – together nearly 1200 accredited guests - and covered by the world’s leading film and trade magazines such as Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Screen International and Cineuropa.

Black Nights and Just Film:
PÖFF Shorts:

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BORDEAUX: The Czech/Slovak/Slovenian/Polish coproduction Of Unwanted Things and People directed by David Súkup, Ivana Laučíková, Leon Vidmar and Agata Gorządek won the Eurimages Co-production Development Award at the 21st Cartoon Movie. The pitching event took place in Bordeaux, France, from 5 to 7 March 2019.