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PRAGUE: The script development programme MIDPOINT is accepting applications for its workshop for short fiction films in development.

Due to the high competitiveness of the film market, over the years the practice of buying films on script has become more and more common even for independent films. Today, in the distribution sector, the ability to evaluate the potential of a film from its script is a key aspect of the decision-making process that leads to acquiring and releasing a film.
For the 4th year of its partnership with the KVIFF, Europa Distribution keeps on addressing the sector’s needs, by offering this time an opportunity to share knowledge, experience and best practices regarding script analysis. Along with the festival, the association of European distributors will organize an Open Showcase session and a Private Workshop, both dedicated to the exploration of the ways films can be perceived from their scripts and of the elements that are essential to evaluate their potential. While the workshop will focus on developing human analytical skills, the open session will highlight the possible contribution of innovative digital technologies in this matter.
On Monday July 2, Nadira Azermai, the founder of the Antwerp-based startup Scriptbook, will showcase a live demo of the platform they developed. In this spotlight session, entitled « Artificial Intelligence and Script Analysis: Predicting Commercial and Critical Success for European and Independent Film », Nadira Azermai will try to demonstrate how AI, by helping industry stakeholders to understand the science of audience satisfaction, can be a powerful tool to improve decision-making and to select content which stands out both critically and commercially.
The Scriptbook presentation will provide an interesting foretaste of the way digital technologies might significantly change practices in the film industry. But since they are not able to replace human judgement, Europa Distribution « Script evaluation workshop – How to evaluate a film and its potential by reading the script?» will seek to equip its members with reading methods that can help them to understand which elements should be taken into account when reading a script and how they could build an evaluation grid that is adaptable to different kind of scripts. Through concrete examples, case studies and experience sharing, this private session (for Europa Distribution members only) planned on Tuesday 3 July will tackle these questions with the support of the experienced script consultant and project development advisor Isabelle Fauvel (Initiative Film).
Attending distributors will also participate in the festival activities, including works in progress, meetings, special screenings and networking events.

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KRAKOW: The Film Spring Open Foundation has announced an Open Call for the Film Spring Workshop 2018, organised with the support of the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme as well as national institutions in Poland, including the Polish Film Institute.

COTTBUS: Romanian post-production house Avanpost will be sponsoring the new Avanpost Pitch Packaging Award at the East-West coproduction market connecting cottbus, taking place 8-9 November 2018.

Open Call for the Film Spring Workshop started on the 12th of June 2018.

The Film Spring Workshop is a 10-day international, interdisciplinary training focused on comprehensive and future-oriented audiovisual education (ca. 350 participants in 2017). The workshop  will take place in Krakow, Poland, 17-26 October 2018.

Building on proven educational strategy of learning by doing, the newest film equipment and a highly experienced expert team that have been the cornerstone of the workshop's success for 13 years, the Film Spring Workshop is perfect for filmmakers wishing to experiment and improve their visual storytelling ability, try new formats and learn new technologies.

The Programme

The innovative programme, developed carefully every year, reflects the hands-on approach and venturing into the future of AV industry.

Participants, with the support of mentors, can develop their film projects using the latest technology in a specialized group of their choice: VR & AR, interactive narration, script writing, animation, feature film previses, new production model, CGI and modern editing, commercials, music videos, documentaries, Selfie TV, keeping control in extreme filming conditions, web filmmakers group. In 2017, the workshop provided is participants with 2,2 million Euro of equipment delivered by the: Arri, Barco, Blackmagic, JBD, HP, Canon, Eizo, Sony, Panasonic and 37 others. Participanst have at their disposal a unique mobile film studio built by the Film Spring Open Foundation – Cinebus – aimed  at lowering film production costs and allowing more films to be made by emerging artists.

The training offers workshops and lectures from award-winning top professionals, including Oscar winners such as previous editions' speakers: Natalie Portman, Juliette Binoche, Allan Starski, Neil Corbould, Ewa Puszczyńska, Zbigniew Rybczyński, Mia Bays and more.  Also, there are screenings of the selected, awarded films and discussions with their makers, meetings with well-known filmmakers, one-to-one tutorials, and testing new technologies.

Key Facts

Duration: 10 days (Oct 17 – Oct 26, 2018)

Venue: Kraków, Poland. 

Participants will have at their disposal a film equipment warehouse, a lighting warehouse, an editing room with high-tech workstations, a screening  room. There is a limited number of accommodation at the venue. Food will be also available.

Costs: Thanks to the various insitutional funding there is only about 80 Euro (350 PLN) participation fee. Food, accommodation and  travel costs are not covered by the fee.

Language: English

Who can apply?

Workshop is open to representatives of all professions from the industry from across the globe: directors, cinematographers, actors, writers, editors, specialists in digital effects and post-production, programmers, animators, graphic designers, game developers, producers, composers, musicians, artists, sound engineers, body painting specialists, MUA, YouTubers. We welcome young debutants, film and art students and graduates, young entrepreneurs as well as experienced professionals working in the audiovisual sector. The workshop is suitable for teams wanting to work on their films or individuals wanting to find collaborators for their projects.

Requirements and deadline for application:

Online application: https://filmspringopen.eu/en/register/

Call for applications started on the 12th of June.

Application deadline: 5th of October

More information:

Website: www.filmspringopen.eu

Facebook: www.facebook.com/filmspringopen.eu

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/837599979748507/

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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.


12/06: UNIC Annual Report  -   Access the report in full here 

UNIC is delighted to announce the publication of its 2018 Annual Report, examining key cinema trends across the 37 territories represented by the association.

18/06: UNIC launched the second edition of Women’s Cinema Leadership Programme – UNIC

The International Union of Cinemas (UNIC), the European Cinema trade grouping, launched the second edition of its Women’s Cinema Leadership Programme, a 12-month mentoring programme for women in cinema exhibition.

Global Cinema Federation

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The Global Cinema Federation (GCF) today released five position papers on key areas of concern and interest to cinema operators worldwide.

EU Copyright Directive

11/06: Publishers back controversial EU copyright proposals – The Parliament Magazine

Publishers strongly support the directive, saying it is an attempt to reshape copyright for the internet, in particular rebalancing the relationship between copyright holders and online platforms.

18/06: Getting closer to the finishing line? – SAA Blog

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Digital Single Market

05/06: Mariya Gabriel: The future of Europe and of the world is inevitably digital – The Parliament Magazine

This Commission is entering the final year of its mandate. Where do you believe progress needs to be made to achieve a genuine digital single market? Three years after its launch, the digital single market is becoming a reality. In total, 29 legislative proposals have been presented by the Commission.

07/06: Digital Single Market: Updated audiovisual rules – European Commission

The media landscape has shifted dramatically in less than a decade. Instead of sitting in front of the family TV, millions of Europeans, especially young people, watch content online, on demand and on different mobile devices.