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Greta Stocklassa is currently making Kiruna 2.0, a film about the relocation of a Swedish mining town. Being half-Swedish, Stocklassa is opening another opportunity for Czech documentary film to get closer to Europe, something more and more often attempted by young Czech filmmakers.

Beldocs Industry 2019 is funded by European Union, through Creative Europe MEDIA, Access to Market call. Last 10 days to apply different section of Beldocs Industry, deadline is 10th of March. Projects in development, work in progress, rough cut from Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine, are eligible to apply. Projects should be either main production or co-production of countries listed above.

Here are the open calls for project in development workshops and presentation of projects in production, of the Beldocs Industry 2019 which will be held in Belgrade 9-13 May.

Beldocs in Progress http://beldocs.rs/en/beldocs-in-progress-international-call-for-applications/

Beldocs in Progress (BIP) International – a platform to present international documentary projects from Western Balkans and Post-Soviet Media countries to international industry.

Beldocs Academy http://beldocs.rs/en/beldocs-academy-programme/

Beldocs announce open call for the authors and/or producers of feature documentary films in early stage of production to submit their projects for 3 full day course with international tutors.

Documentaries for Kids & Youth Development Workshop http://beldocs.rs/en/beldocs-documentaries-for-kids-youth-development-workshop/

Beldocs and EDN are looking for fresh, innovative and edgy projects in development with intentions about telling real life stories to younger target audience.

Also, interesting discussions on hot topics, lecturers, One on One meetings with international film professionals will be organized as a part of Beldocs Market, which is going to be held in the same time.

Beldocs Industry 2019 will be held in the scope of Beldocs International Documentary Film Festival in Belgrade.

As you know the MEDIA programme actively supports the training of professionals from new member countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Portugal, Romania, Republic of Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tunisia & Ukraine).

To this end, CARTOON encourages applications for scholarships to its CARTOON MASTERS. The next Cartoon Business will be held in Tampere (Finland) from 23rd to 25th April 2019.
CARTOON will cover hotel (3 nights from 23rd to 26th April) and meals, and refund up to a maximum of 200 EUR for transportation expenses.

Cartoon Business is a top-level seminar focusing on the new generation models of financing and revenues brought about by the changes in the production and distribution markets. See the programme here and consult the list of international speakers.

For further information on scholarship, please consult this page
In order to apply for a scholarship, please return us by 15th March 2019 this form together with a motivation letter and a CV.
You may directly address your application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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ZAGREB: A sequel to Lionsgate’s action film The Hitman's Bodyguard starring Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek and Ryan Reynolds is expected to start shooting in Croatia on 4 April 2019.

BORDEAUX: Ten projects from CEE countries are among the 66 projects selected for the Cartoon Movie pitching event taking place in Bordeaux, France from 5 to 7 March 2019.

Prague, 6 March 2019 – The 21st annual One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival starts tonight. Under the motto, “Safe Proximity,” the festival explores the subject of identity and the search for what brings us together. “Documentary films often present stories from distant corners of the world, stories of people with whom, at first glance, we have little in common. But we want to show that even distant stories can feel close to us, that they affect us, and that we can learn from them or relate to them,” explains the festival’s director, Ondřej Kamenický. One World is screening 117 films from 51 countries, and will feature 148 international guests.

BUCHAREST: Cristina Jacob’s teen film Oh, Ramona! has become the first Romanian production with more than 1 m USD box office in domestic cinemas, within three weeks of its release.

My Grandpa is an Alien International Premiere

After its international premier and screenings at renown festivals in Belgium, Canada and Sweden, the long awaited Croatian children's SF film My Grandpa is an Alien starts domestic theatrical distribution on March 21.

Croatian children's SF film My Grandpa is an Alien will have its international premier this week at 22nd FIFEM Festival International du film pour enfants in Montreal. FIFEM is renowned for selecting films that stimulate curiosity and encourage critical thinking and informed dialogue, and Grandpa Alien is one of eight films selected in competition.

The same week the film will compete on the other side of the world, at JEF festival, dedicated to broadening views of children and youth in Antwerp and five other Belgian cities from February 23 till March 10.

The first leg of Grandpa Alien's international tour ends at the end of March at a festival which has dedicated this years edition to honoring the efforts of Greta Thunberg and other youth activists and celebrating the future – the key Nordic film festival, BUFF in Malmö.

Domestic audiences will have the chance to see My Grandpa is an Alien on March 5 at 7th International Children's Films Exhibition in Čakovec and since March 16 in previews at multiplexes all over Croatian, where official theatrical distribution starts on March 21.

The SF adventure of a little girl Una and her robot friend Dodo, who have less then 24 hours to save her partly alien family, was inspired by the story My Grandpa is an Alien by Irena Krčelić. The screenwriters are Pavlica Bajsić and Branko Ružić, and film was directed by awarded directorial duo Dražen Žarković and Marina Andree Škop.

The main cast includes 12-year-old Lana Hranjec and one of the most awarded Croatian actors Ozren Grabarić (the voice of Dodo), as well as eminent Norwegian actor Nils Ole Oftebro, Slovak comedy star Petra Polnišova, Croatian actor Frano Mašković, and young rising stars Alex Rakoš, Sven Barac, Tonka Kovačić, Lucija Šango...

DoP was Sven Pepeonik, production designer Petra Kriletić, costume designer Zorana Meić, music was composed by Stein Berge Svendsen and film was edited by Marina Andree Škop.

The film was produced by Darija Kulenović Gudan and Marina Andree Škop from Studio dim in coproduction with partners from six other European countries: Croatian Radiotelevision, Wady Films from Luxembourg, Filmbin from Norway, MasterFilm and MagicLab from Czech Republic, Artileria from Slovak Republic, Senca Studio and Art Rebel 9 from Slovenia and Fabrika from Bosnia and Herzegovina. The film production was supported by Croatian Audiovisual Center, MEDIA programme of the European Union, Film Fund Luxembourg, Norwegian Film Institute, Filminvest, Czech Film Fund, Slovak Audiovisual Fund, Slovenian Film Centre and Cinematography Fund Sarajevo. The film is distributed by 2iFilm in Croatia and the region.

Emerging Producers introduced at Berlinale, new call open!

 
 

Eighteen up-and-coming documentary film producers from Europe were introduced to film professionals and journalists present at the 69th Berlinale (see photo gallery). The call for applications for the next edition of EMERGING PRODUCERS was also announced in Berlin, with a deadline on March 15, 2019. The programme will include two sessions – one in Jihlava (October 2019) and another in Berlin (February 2020). You can now submit your applications or share the news with talented producers around you. The Emerging Producers from Europe will be accompanied by a participant from Taiwan, which is the guest country of the 2020 edition.  

 
 

Submit your documentary to Ji.hlava IDFF

 
 

Film submissions to the 23rd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival are now open.We accept feature-length and short films, animated and interactive documentaries. The films premiered in Jihlava have a chance to be nominated for the European Film Academy Awards and the winners at the Ji.hlava IDFF are also eligible also for Oscar® consideration in the Documentary Short Subject and Documentary Feature Subject categories. Check the deadlines now.

 
   
 

Echoes of Ji.hlava in Bratislava, Warsaw, New York

 
 

After the successful Echoes of Ji.hlava IDFF in Belgium, we move to Bratislava, where we will present the most remarkable film titles from the festival's 22nd edition later this week, on March 7-8. At the end of the month, the Ji.hlava Echoes will take place in New York and on April 1 we will be at the Warsaw’s Wajda School. The Echoes of Ji.hlava traditionally include film screenings, discussions and masterclasses and are organised in collaboration with the Czech Centres network.

 
 

Meet Ji.hlava IDFF at other festivals 

 
 

You can meet members of the Ji.hlava IDFF team at some of the upcoming film festivals. The head of international communication René Kubášek will be at the 12th edition of One World Romania in Bucharest on March 15-18, the festival director Marek Hovorka will attend Cinéma du Réel on March 19-21, while our programmer Andrea Slováková will be in Kyiv at the Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival between March 22-26 and then at the CPH:DOX on March 26-29. We will be happy to meet you on these occassions!

 
   
 

East Doc Platform with docs and interactive projects

 
 

East Doc Platform’s programme section East Doc Interactive brings to Prague (March 9–15) interesting projects, experts and tutors. Kalina Bertin will talk about her Manic VR, a beautiful and chaotic journey through the phases of bipolar disorder. Austrian artistic collective gold extrawill discuss their documentary games set in the heart of Nairobi or in the middle of a war in the Ukraine. Storyteller Frédéric Dubois will tell the audience how to set a successful impact agenda. See the complete EDP 2019 programmeWe invite the EDP participants to the Guests Meet Guests hosted by Emerging Producers, which will take place on Tuesday, March 12 from 18.30 at Tibet Open House Prague.  

 
 

KineDok Launches a New Season. Online at DAFilms.com!

 
 

KineDok presents an annual collection of new documentaries that are just perfect for the big screen. On March 25, the project's 5th edition will start in seven European countries and for the first time also online at DAFilms.com! Before you head for one of the screenings of this year’s KineDok, watch a selection from the past editions: End of the WorldThe Dead NationThe White World According to Daliborek and more!