TBILISI: Crystal Swan, a coproduction between Belarus, USA, Germany and Russia directed by Darya Zhuk, was awarded the Golden Prometheus at the 19th Tbilisi Film Festival, running from 3 to 9 December 2018. The Silver Prometheus for best director went to Polish director Piotr Domalewski for Silent Night.
Valletta Film Festival is an annual event held in June at the capital city of Valletta on the Mediterranean Island of Malta. Over 40 feature films and twenty four short films are screened annually at various indoor and outdoor venues around the city.
The fifth edition of the festival will be held from Friday 14th to Sunday 23rd June 2019.
For th first time the festival will be dedicating its competition selection to productions originating from thirty-four small nations in Europe, Middle East and North Africa.
Twelve feature films or documentaries will be competing for a number of awards in the feature length section of the festival and up to twenty-four short films will be selected to compete for best short film.
These are the countries eligible to participate in the Cinema of Small Nations Competition:
Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Bahrain, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Iceland, Ireland, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, Georgia, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, Moldova, Norway, Northern Ireland, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, San Marino, Slovakia , Slovenia, Scotland and Wales.
The submission of films to the fifth edition of the Valletta Film Festival can only be made in accordance with the provisions set out in the Festival’s Rules and Regulations below:
Pjazza Teatru Rjal to showcase high-quality productions including festival winners, cult pictures and restored films.
Films originating from thirty-four small nations in Europe, Middle East and North Africa will be the only productions eligible to participate in the competitive strand of Valletta Film Festival.
The first edition of this competition open to feature-length films and short films will take place at the fifth edition of Valletta Film Festival to be held from Friday 14 to Sunday 23 June 2019.
This competition will replace the general competition held in past four years. Two international juries will be adjudicating the films selected and awards will be announced at the closing night of the festival.
Explaining the decision to focus on cinema of small nations, festival director Oliver Mallia said that the introduction of this competition is intended to make of Valletta Film Festival a focal point for filmmakers from small nations.
“We want that from 2019 Valletta Film Festival becomes the home of Cinema of Small Nations and the place to go to if you a filmmaker from a small nation”.
Mr Mallia added that the realities of small nations are very similar. “Little funding, restricted opportunities and limited audiences are all common to filmmakers from small nations however there is an abundance of talent and creativity that is often seen in films produced by filmmakers from these nations to the extent that various directors and productions from small states made it big around the world”.
The screenings for the new competition will be held at Valletta Campus Theatre.
Co-Festival Director Slavko Vukanovic commented that the introduction of this competition will now allow the festival to present a more diverse non-competitive programme of films atÂ Pjazza Teatru Rjal, the flagship venue of the festival.
Mr Vukanovic remarked that from 2019 the open-air theatre will host the main red carpet events of the festival with a selection of high-profile productions, festival winners, cult pictures and restored films.
This new approach to the programme of the 900-seat theatre shall open the festival to a more diverse audience that would enjoy new hits and classics in a magnificent and unique setting.
The fifth edition of Valletta Film festival will continue exhibiting a number of curated sections including Islanders that showcases film from or about islands, Without Borders that focuses on the cinema of a specific region or continent, Teens Only – a selection of coming-of-age films and Masters of Cinema, a retrospective of established directors and other talent. The festival will be also introducing Family Weekend, a space for parents and younger children to enjoy a weekend of activities and cinema made for kids.
More information about these and other sections of the festival will be announced in the coming weeks.
Film submissions for the 2019 Cinema of Small Nations Competition are now open.
The first documentary workshop organised by Valletta Film Lab will happen between Monday 18 and Saturday 23 March 2019.
Directors/writers residing in Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Iceland, Ireland, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, Georgia, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, Moldova, Norway, Northern Ireland, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Scotland and Wales can apply with a project to participate in any of the workshops organised by the lab.
Applications for participation are now open. Deadline for submissions is Tuesday 15 January 2019.
At the end of the submission period, an independent panel of adjudicators appointed by Film Grain Foundation will select the projects that will participate in the lab based on the following criteria:
– the quality & originality of the screenplay or treatment;– the promise & viability of the project;
The selection will be announced on 7 February 2019.
Participants will be split into groups where discussions will focus on the development of the projects submitted, the production plan, promotion and distribution strategies and pitching.
Apart from the constant mentorship of the tutors, the programme would also include a number of special guests and experts who will attend to meet individually with the participants and help them prepare a financial plan, schedule and other elements of the production strategy.
Following the workshop in Malta the tutors will continue offering online consultancy to the projects for up to a period of six months.
Participants at the workshop will later be invited to attend a major documentary market and will be assisted to meet with potential co-producers, financiers, sales agents and distributors to pitch their projects.
The name of the tutors and special guests leading the workshop will be announced after the first selection is published in February 2019.
All workshops will be conducted in the English Language.
Applicants must participate in all training activities held and be ready to submit, when requested, any written material such as questionnaires and evaluation reports. Representative of the selected projects will be asked to confirm their participation within 3 days from date of notification. Participants are to pay participation fees within 15 days from confirmation date.
The participation fee for directors-writers from outside Malta is €1000 (exclusive of VAT). This fee includes accommodation at a three-star hotel in Valletta, full-board lodging and ground transportation.
Producers attached to the project can also attend the workshop for an additional fee of €250 (exclusive of VAT). This would provide producer a shared accommodation with director-writer, full board lodging and ground transportation.
Participants must pay all air-travel costs.
Many countries provide bursaries and scholarships for this kind of training so kindly consult your country’s film or culture agencies for more information.
The participation fee for Malta-based directors-writers or producers partners to Valletta Film Lab is €250 (exclusive of VAT). The fee for non-partners is €400 (exclusive of VAT).
This fee excludes accommodation and ground transportation but includes lunch and coffee breaks for up to 2 people.
In case of cancellation three weeks prior to the starting date of the program, there will be a 50% refund of the participation fees.
There shall be no refund in case of cancellation less than three weeks from the starting date of the program.
The workshops of Valletta Film Lab will be held at University of Malta’s Valletta Campus.
The Campus, housed in in the Old University Building, dates back to 1592 and serves as a prestigious setting for the hosting of international conferences, seminars, short courses and summer schools.
Valletta Film Lab is managed by Film Grain Foundation and is supported by Arts Council Malta through the Creative Industries Platform.
Film Grain Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of VALLETTA FILM LAB, a training and development platform open to filmmakers from Malta and other European small nation states.
The platform, the first of its kind in Malta, is being set up with the financial support of Arts Council Malta through the Creative Industries Platform. The project was one of five selected for funding following a public call in 2017.
Starting in 2019, the lab will be organising two workshops per year open to documentary and fiction films and various networking and promotional events held throughout the year and during Valletta Film Festival. The first international workshop for feature-length documentary films will be held in Valletta between 18-23 March 2019.
Commenting about this initiative, Oliver Mallia, one of the founders of Film Gain Foundation, said that Valletta Film Lab will provide the beneficiaries of various film development and production funds in Malta and other small European countries the possibility to attend first-class workshops that would help them transform their ideas into high-quality projects.
“The idea to create a training and development platform open to filmmakers from small nations stemmed from the Cinema of Small Nations conference held at Valletta Film Festival in 2016. We understood the need for platform that focuses on small nations given that film production companies from small countries experience similar difficulties because of limited economies of scale.”
Mr Mallia continued that the activities to be organised by the Lab are intended to help producers from small nations to develop productions that would reach international financiers, producers, distributors and broadcasters and potentially help them reach audiences beyond their own territories.
Film Grain Foundation co-founder Slavko Vukanovic added that ten local companies and individuals all active in film production have already partnered the platform and committed to participate in the development workshops that the Lab will be organising. Mr Vukanovic remarked that one of the aims of Valletta Film Lab is to ensure that by 2021 a minimum of 18 feature-length projects from Malta would have received support by the lab and reached advanced development or pre-production stage.
Production companies and individuals from Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Iceland, Ireland, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, Georgia, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Moldova, Norway, Northern Ireland, San Marino, Slovakia , Slovenia, Scotland and Wales can apply to participate in the Valletta Film Lab workshops and events.
The guidelines and application for the first workshop to be held in March 2019 will be made available online at www.vallettafilmfestival.com on Wednesday 7th November 2018.
The following grants were announced by the Bulgarian National Film Center on 30 November 2018.
PRAGUE: Long documentaries in the rough-cut stage can apply for the dok.incubator workshop 2019 until 30 January 2019.
Click HERE for the interview with Jindřich Andrš, the director of the documentary The Last Shift of Thomas Hisem, about the eponymous worker’s last day of work before a coal mine is shut down for good.
Feature films supported by the Polish Film Insitute in the 3rd session of 2018
WARSAW: FNE has teamed up with the Brussels based team of the International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) to bring you regular updates on EU cinema policies that impact all industry professionals across Europe. Click here for FNE UNIC EU Cinema Policy Update.
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