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EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD)

28/11 : EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) published in official EU Journal – Official Journal of the European Union

Creativity Works!

22/11: ‘Technology is not culture’: how platforms can help shape a healthy ecosystem online – Creativity Works!

Online platforms are an integral part of today’s digital economy. They increase the speed at which information is shared and introduce consumers to a wide variety of digital goods and services. But their dominant rise casts concern about the largely unregulated role they play in disseminating creators’ content and raises questions about what steps should be taken to safeguard a fair and competitive online ecosystem. The topic was debated at an event in the European Parliament hosted by MEP Christian Ehler.

EU Copyright Directive

29/11: Authors’ Group comments ahead of the Council IP Working Group - FERA

Ahead of the IP Working Party meeting held on November 30, the Authors’ Group called attention to several aspects of the compromise solution on the proposed Copyright Directive Chapter 3 “Fair remuneration in contracts of authors and performers”, which are of critical importance to the EU creative community.

The first module of the year-long CEE Animation Workshop will take place from November 30th to December 6th in Ljubljana and will focus on content development. Invited tutors who will guide the participants are two experienced script advisors Rita Domonyi and Phil Parker. The group sessions will be led by Ewa Puszczyńska and Ole Wendorff-Østergaard. The workshop will bring together 12 animated projects, including 4 feature films, 4 series, 4 short films, and 5 participants without project.

MEET THE SESSION EXPERTS

Two SCRIPT CONSULTANTS will work individually or in group sessions with the project teams, helping them to formulate the voice of their story in the best possible way in terms of dramatic structure, genre and story arc.

  • Rita Domonyi started her carrier in animation at Varga Studio, where she became the Creative Development manager of the company. She is also the teacher of Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, and gives script editing lectures on the Faculty of Animation Studies.
  • Screenwriter and creative producer Phil Parker has developed original content in over twenty countries demonstrating there is a global capacity for new concepts. His clients have included Aardman Animation (the Oscar winning Wallace and Gromit – Curse of the Were-Rabbit and multi-award winning The Pearce Sisters), the Mob Film Company (Terry Prachett’s The Hogfather), Foreseesense and many others. Phil Parker, co-wrote Manou the Swift (2018) and is a co-founder and CEO of BCre8ive, a multiplatform online development company.

The GROUP LEADERS will be the closest collaborators to the participants. During all three workshops they will moderate the discussions and work inside the groups, but also bring their own feedback and offer their expertise on participant’s projects, drawing from a rich professional experience as leading European producers.

  • Ewa Puszczyńska is an experienced film producer, including Oscar winning film Ida. For more than 20 years she was working for Opus Film, one of the biggest film production studios in Poland, successfully leading international co-productions and executing projects for international companies like Sony AXN, RatPac Enterntainmet – co-producing films with international cast including Jim Carrey, Charlotte Geinsbourg, Marton Csokas, Katie Outinen.
  • Producer Ole Wendorff-Østergaard has large co-production and film finance experience from films such as Antichrist by Lars von Trier, The Model by Mads Matthisen and Another Day of Life. From 2007 to 2010 Ole was a financial producer at Zentropa and a part of the producer’s team of 9 features with a total budget of over 35 mil.

Within the first workshop, internationally renowned SPEAKERS will give an insight into the important issue of script writing and will share their valuable experience in the field.

» MASTERCLASS: Managing Creativity
Paul Young | Co-founder of Cartoon Saloon, an IFTA winner and Oscar and Bafta nominee. He produced the animated features The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea, and The Breadwinner. Paul also produced two seasons of Puffin Rock, an original TV series which has been dubbed into over 25 languages.

» MASTERCLASS: The Truth and Myths of Transmedia Storytelling
Nuno Bernardo
| Nuno is an award-winning and Emmy-nominated writer, producer and director and a bestselling book author. He created and produced Beat Generation, Flatmates, the Kidscreen Award-winner Aisling’s Diary, and the Emmy-nominated TV series Final Punishment, Beat Girl, and Collider.

» LECTURE: Polish Quality - How to Develop International Co-productions
Agnieszka Kowalewska-Skowron
| Co-founder and associate at MOMAKIN, responsible for acquisition of films and TV content for distribution as well as programming for film projects and special events. She worked as advertising consultant, production and set manager for commercials and corporate videos.  

» LECTURE: TV Programming and Media Psychology
Martina Peštaj
| Martina is the Head of Children’s and Youth Programme at RTV Slovenija, where she has worked for a number of years as a creator, editor, and scriptwriter. As a Media Psychologist, she manages the Research Laboratory for analysing children’s programmes in different target groups.

» CASE STUDY: Chris the Swiss (dir. Anja Kofmel, 2018)
Siniša Juričić
| Siniša founded Nukleus Film Croatia in 2003, Nukleus Film Slovenia in 2012 and service production company Jaako dobra produkcija (JDP) in 2013. Sinisa´s focus is on producing films and helping talented filmmakers from the CEE to achieve their full international potential.

» PANEL: Creating and Producing Immersive Experience
Marc Bertrand
| Marc joined the French Animation Studio as a producer in 1998 and has since produced more than 100 films, including such notable successes as the award-winning series Science Please! (2001), Noël Noël (2003), or two Oscar nomination with Sunday (2011) and Vaysha the Blind (2016).
Uri Kranot | Uri’s work has expanded beyond the traditional: his art straddles experimental genres and unfamiliar mediums. He has been honoured with the top industry awards, including the Lumen and Fipresci Prize, the Oscar Academy shortlist and the Danish Statens Kunstfond award for the performing arts. He is also the creative director of ANIDOX with Michelle Kranot.

» DISCUSSION PANEL: Co-producing Animation in the Balkan's Region
Vanja Andrijević, Bonobo studio, Croatia | Tina Smrekar, Finta studio, Slovenia | Ana Nedeljković and Nikola Majdak, Serbia | Mladen Đukić, Aeon Production, Bosnia and Herzegovina | Danijela Radulovic, Film Centre of Montenegro

The selected PROJECTS and PARTICIPANTS for the CEE Animation Workshop 2018/2019 are: 

FEATURE FILMS:

  • Gentle Jaco (David Toušek, Hana Lehečková; Czech Republic)
  • Hello Isabelle (Siniša Juričić, Marjan Alčevski; Croatia)
  • Lady Pirates (Miljana Dragičević, Dorotea Vučić; Croatia)
  • Twice Upon a Time (Vojin Vasovic, Milorad Kocić; Serbia)

SERIES:

  • The Adventures of Tubby and Stretch (Mladen Đukić, Dejan Mijatović; Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Koyaa (Kolja Saksida, Sara Živkovič; Slovenia)
  • Rabbit From a Tin Hat (Ivan Bereš; Serbia)
  • Summer Kingdom (Yana Palamarenko, Roman Kepkalo; Ukraine)

SHORT FILMS:

  • Grandpa is Sleeping (Helga Fodorean; Romania)
  • Letter to Milena (Sabine Andersone, Zane Oborenko; Latvia) 
  • Noah’s Tree (Gabor Osvath, Peter Vácz; Hungary)
  • Viskovitz (Ioana Lascar, Serghei Chiviriga; Romania)

PARTICIPANTS WITHOUT PROJECT:

  • Belina Jano (Animated Society, Albania)
  • Levan Lapachi (Highwayvfx, Georgia)
  • Kumelj Polona (Invida, Slovenia)
  • Danijela Radulovic (Film Centre of Montenegro, Montenegro)
  • Orsolya Sipos (SALTO Films Ltd., Hungary)

The week will also feature special events around outreach - including networking opportunities, screenings of participants´ short films, a visit of the Slovenian ZVVIKS Studio (Koyaa, TV series) and last but not least various events organized by Animateka – International Animated Film Festival (December 3 – 9, 2019).

The CEE Animation Workshop will continue with the second module from March 20th to 26th in Budapest (HU) and will concern production and financing. The last session taking place from May 3rd to 9th will be organized alongside the CEE Animation Forum (formerly VAF Třeboň) and will focus on accessing the market.

The Slovenian Film Centre, in cooperation with the Slovenian Tourist Board, is successfully presenting the Slovenian film locations at the internationally recognised film location promotion market FOCUS 2018 in London, which is taking place on 4 and 5 December. The purpose of these sorts of promotional events is to endorse Slovenia as a film destination and create a platform for the establishment of connections and acquaintances among filmmakers and producers in particular. For Slovenia, this is the first presentation at FOCUS.

The Slovenian Film Centre carries out the activities of a Film Commission in Slovenia and therefore also provides support for foreign film productions shot there. As we have already reported, a delegation of Slovenian film producers, accompanied by the Director of the Slovenian Film Centre Nataša Bučar, is attending the market as well. The presentation in London was also attended by the Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia, His Excellency Tadej Rupel, M.Sc., and by the head of the Slovenian Tourist Board for Great Britain and Ireland Mladen Ljubišič.  

All of the guests agree that these sorts of promotions are welcome and desirable, and everyone attending is enthusiastic about the possibilities of filming in Slovenia, which offers a variety of film locations due to its idyllic nature and picturesqueness. Slovenia has also implemented a 25-percent cash rebate measure for foreign productions, which, in accordance with the model of most European countries, provides an even further incentive for foreign producers to shoot in the Slovenian territory. All the well-preserved historical sites, the number of scenic locations in the immediate vicinity, and the fact that it is possible to shoot in the mountains as well as by the sea in a single day belong among the key factors that qualify Slovenia as one of the most exclusive film locations.

The Slovenian Film Centre is also a member of the the EUFCN - European Film Commissions Network, which aims to use these sorts of events in order to continuously encourage the long-term economic effects of international collaborations in the field of filmmaking and promotion.

WARSAW: Mug by Poland's Małgorzata Szumowska and For Some Inexplicable Reason by Hungary's Gábor Reisz are among the ten films available online for free in 45 European countries within the third edition of Arte Kino Festival from 1 to 31 December 2018.

PRAGUE: Four projects from the Czech Republic and Hungary have been selected for the MIDPOINT Shorts 2019 programme.

MIDPOINT´s leading short-film orientated program has selected 4 short film projects for the upcoming 2019 edition. This script and project development program will be also joined by one script consultant trainee.

BRATISLAVA: Norway’s Blind Spot directed by Tuva Novotny was awarded best film at the 20th Bratislava International Film Festival (29 November - 2 December 2018). The competition section showed first and second films.

One of the largest internationally renowned markets for the promotion of film locations, FOCUS 2018, is taking place on 4 and 5 December in London. This year, the Slovenian Film Centre, which carries out the activities of a Film Commission in Slovenia and therefore also provides support for foreign film productions shot there, will attend this event in order to present the Slovenian film locations for the first time.

The promotion of the Slovenian film locations will take place in cooperation with the Slovenian Tourist Board. This is a continuation of an already successful collaboration, since Slovenia, as a film location, was already presented effectively at this year's film festival in Cannes. The purpose of these sorts of promotional events is to endorse Slovenia as a film destination and create a platform for the establishment of connections and acquaintances among filmmakers and producers in particular.

A delegation of Slovenian film producers, accompanied by the Director of the Slovenian Film Centre Nataša Bučar, will attend the market as well. The presentation in London will also be attended by the Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia, His Excellency Tadej Rupel, M.Sc., and by the head of the Slovenian Tourist Board for Great Britain and Ireland Mladen Ljubišič.  

Because of its idyllic and picturesque appearance, Slovenia has a diverse range of film locations to offer. Meanwhile, in line with the model of the majority of the European countries, Slovenia's 25-percent cash rebate measure for foreign productions represents a further incentive for foreign producers to shoot in the Slovenian territory. All the well-preserved historical sites, the number of scenic locations in the immediate vicinity, and the fact that it is possible to shoot in the mountains as well as by the sea in a single day belong among the key factors that qualify Slovenia as one of the most exclusive film locations.

Last year, producers from Great Britain, Republic of Korea, and Ireland therefore shot their projects in Slovenia. The regular distribution of the Irish film "The Belly of The Whale", which contains music co-written by the Slovenian composer Janez Dovč as well as sound design co-created by numerous Slovenian associates, is to begin in Ireland in the first half of December. Other works filmed in the Slovenian territory this year include the following: the Italian TV series "I Just Wanted to Be a Rock Star" and the second season of the Serbian series "Shadows over the Balkans"; as well as the film "Who the Fuck You Think You Are Slavoj Žižek?" by a British producer and "Don't Be Afraid If I Hug You" by an Italian producer.

The Slovenian Film Centre is also a member of the the EUFCN - European Film Commissions Network, which aims to use these sorts of events in order to continuously encourage the long-term economic effects of international collaborations in the field of filmmaking and promotion.

TBILISI: Ten debut features will compete for the Golden Prometheus for best film and Silver Prometheus for best director in the main competition of the 19th Tbilisi Film Festival, running from 3 to 9 December 2018.