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BELGRADE: Films by Miroslav Terzić and Svetla Tsotsorkova are among the ten European films selected to be streamed online for free at the 4th ArteKino Festival from 1 and 31 December 2019.

From 29 November to 5 December, the first module of the CEE Animation Workshop, a year-long project-development and-production-skills-advancement programme for professionals, will take place. This training programme welcomes 5 short films, 3 series, 4 feature films and 5 participants focusing on career development (scroll down for the full list), all coming from low production capacity countries. The programme is intended to position producers and creatives in the international animation industry networks and to support the development of animated projects in line with the current market and distribution demand.

Asian cinema emerges victorious at the Award Ceremony of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival with the Grand Prix going to Japanese Kontora and the Best Director award to Filippino filmmaker Jun Robles Jana for Kalel (15).

In the festival’s premiere competition programme, the Official Selection - Competition Japanese film Kontora, directed, produced and written by Anshul Chauhan emerged victorious, nabbing the festival’s Grand Prix and the Best Music award that was handed to Yuma Koda. The film centres on the problematic relationship of a single father and her teenage daughter in economic distress, as a stranger, a mute man who only walks backwards enters their lives forcing them to confront their emotional reality.

The Best Director award of the festival went Jun Robles Jana for Kalel (15), a portrait of a 15-years-old teenager in Manila who receives the news that he has HIV and while being forced to cope with the gradual falling apart of his family.

The Best Actress Award goes to Alina Serban in Gipsy Queen for the portrayal of the Roma single mother of two, struggling to do odd jobs as she gets an unexpected chance of returning to the boxing ring, a career that she had quit unexpectedly years ago. The physical and mental transformation was also behind Clavan Clerking winning the Best Actor prize for his role in the UK thriller Muscle.

Israeli dramedy Golden Voices, a tale of two Russian Jewish voice actors emigrating to Jerusalem at the beginning of 1990s, received two awards: Best Script for Evgeny Ruman (also the director of the film) and Ziv Berkovich and the NETPAC award.

Iranian director Narges Abyar, who’s won the Official Selection’s Best Director award in 2016 for her the film Breath, received the festival’s Audience Award for Official Selection entry When the Moon was Full, closely beating two other audience favourites - previously mentioned Golden Voices and Fiela’s Child.

Director Wayne Wang’s Coming Home Again received the Best Cinematographer award for its DOP Richard Wong.

At the awards ceremony, jury president Michal Newell described the difficult decision-making process as all the 21 films in competition had their merits, naming four more films that he wished to highlight: The Flying Circus by Albanian director Fatos Berisha, Monster by Irish director Tom Sullivan, Drowsy City by Vietnamese director and When the Moon Was Full by Narges Abyar.

In the First Feature Competition, the jury handed the Best Film award to Stories from the Chestnut Woods by director Gregor Bozic, an exquisitely shot collection of stories set in a rural area on the border Italy and Slovenia during the difficult years after the Second World War.

The first Special Prize went to Brazilian film The Seeker for the script that depicts a woman and a man living in a community of liberals on the stressful visit to the girl’s wealthy parents as the family is in crisis as the patriarchal head of the family has been drawn to a corruption crisis. 

The second Special Prize went to Bolivia-Qatar-Canada produced  The Names of the Flowers for the cinematography Nicolas Taborga. The film, directed by Bahman Tavoosi, a multilayered drama about the impact of the Che Guevara’s cult on a small community in Bolivia.

Selecting their favourite also from amongst the First Feature Competition, the International Film Critics Association aka FIPRESCI jury selected the UK film Looted by director Rene Pannevis as their favourite.

Rebels with a Cause, the section for films breaking cinematic rules and expanding artistic boundaries, saw two awards handed out as the short film The Silence of the Dying Fish by Vasilis Kekatos was awarded the Rebels With Their Shorts Award and Feast by Chinese director Yunxing Nie. 

The Baltic Competition jury handed the Best Baltic Film award to the Lithuanian entry Motherland by director Tomas Vengris.

Official Selection Competition

Jury: Michael Newell, Pivio, Fabrizio Maltese, Lisa Carlehed, Kerem Ayan, Rima Das
Films in competition: https://poff.ee/en/films/?fwp_programmid=official-selection

Grand Prix for the Best Film (grant of 10 000 euros from the City of Tallinn, shared by the Director and Producer):

Director and producer: Anshul Chauhan

Jury commentary: Offers a powerful, mysterious story that links modern Japanese lives with a past that the characters of the film think have been buried and forgotten, but which rises up to haunt and obsess them. It's also a rich portrait of an ordinary Japanese family under severe tensions. Full of unexpected disturbing images this film is brilliantly multi layered-a truly cinematic experience. 

Award for Best Director (grant of 5000 euros)

KALEL (15) (Philippines)
Director: Jun Robles Jana

Jury commentary: Working with a large cast of mostly very young actors he has made a film which feels deeply -rooted in the everyday lives of its characters. His film pulls away from the sticking-plaster from the wound of the AIDS epidemic among young people of the Philippines and exposes the terror and violence that this crisis imposes on them. It's a passionate and concerned film about lives we never see in the West. 

Award for Best Script

Scriptwriters: Evgeny Ruman, Ziv Berkovich

Jury commentary: For telling a vivid and gripping story through real and relatable characters. Right from the opening scene, you fall in love with the characters and are intrigued by what's in store for them. It stands out simply for telling a unique story in a balanced and compelling way.

Award for Best Actress (award from Elisa)

Film: Gipsy Queen (Germany)

Jury commentary: For her strong performance in committing herself flawlessly to the character and its challenging physical demands.

Award for Best Actor (award from Elisa)

Film: Muscle (Great Britain)

Jury commentary: For his outstanding performance of portraing an ordinary man in unordinary circumstances. And for his great transformation skills.

Award for Best Cinematographer (grant of 1000 euros from Angel Films)

Film: Coming Home Again (USA-South Korea)

Jury commentary: For its ability to translate into images the tension and the drama of the story with an elegant minimalism, framing through narrow spaces, both physical and metaphorical, representing the despair of the characters with a discrete eye and delivering a bold vision of what cinematography should be.

Award for Best Music

Film: Kontora (Japan)

Jury commentary: For the ability to create a state of continous tension and references to the past through an extremely rigorous and modern orchestral writing.

First Feature Competition

Jury: Michael J Werner, Miae Choi, Sebnem Hassanisoughi, Arsen A. Ostojic, Ruben Mendoza, 
Films in Competition: https://poff.ee/en/films/?fwp_programmid=first-feature-competition

Best Film (grant of 5000 euros, shared by the Director and Producer)

STORIES FROM THE CHESTNUT WOODS (Zgodbe iz kostanjevih gozdov, Slovenia-Italy)
Director: Gregor Bozic, producer: Marina Gumzi

Žüriikommentaar / Jury commentary: In times of new formats, platforms and rush rhythm, it is so great to give this award to a film that holds the old torch of cinema itself. With powerful sense of reality with magic, poetry and cruelty; this tale stands for the dignity of waiting for death while life passes by in such a strong way. Beautifully shot and edited, with a great sense of communion with the people, landscape, environment and the topic. It was like enjoying a nice and humble meal from the countryside: the film left us the taste of chestnuts.  

Special Jury Prize (#1)

THE SEEKER (O Buscador, Brazil)
Director: Bernardo Barretto, producer:     Bernardo Barreto, Mario Patrocinio

Jury commentary: The jury has decided to give this Special Jury Prize to a screenplay which in the course of a family get together manages to successfully depict unexpected inner family dynamics set against turbulent political times. The writers created believable characters of various social backgrounds as well as a convincing narrative flow happening in real time.

Special Jury Prize (#2)

THE NAMES OF THE FLOWERS (Los Nombres de las Flores, Bolivia-Qatar-Canada)
Director: Bahman Tavoosi, producer: Aonan Yang, Andreas Mendritzki

Jury commentary:
The jury has decided to give this Special Jury Prize for outstanding cinematography which poetically paints the picture of environment, people and atmosphere in a remote village high on Andes. We were overwhelmed by the way the camera digests light, time, wind, mountains, skin, textures and life. 

Baltic Film Competition

Jury: Milja Mikkola, Ricardo Mendez, Leslie Felperin
Films in competition: https://poff.ee/en/films/?fwp_programmid=baltic-film-competition

Award for Best Baltic Feature Film (grant of 3200 euros, shared by the Director and Producer)

MOTHERLAND (Lithuania)
Director: Tomas Vengris

Jury commentary: Told through the eyes and ears of an adolescent raised abroad, who understands the language being spoken around him but not always what it means, the winner of the Baltic Film Competition this year is all about people and cultures caught in between. Tightly structured and yet built on performances that feel spontaneous and true, this densely layered debut feature captures what it's like to be a child on the edge of adulthood, simultaneously part of a family and an outsider, at home and a stranger in a strange land all at once. The prize goes to Motherland. 

Rebels with a Cause Competition

Jury: Ahmet Kenan Bilgiç, Ilkka Matila, Mirtel Pohla
Films in competition: https://poff.ee/en/films/?fwp_programmid=rebels-with-a-cause-competition

Rebel with a Cause Award (grant of 1200 euros from Nudist)

FEAST (China)
Director Yunxing Nie, producers Li Keqi, Qiu Jiamin, Guan Feiyu

Jury comment: Our jury decided to give this award to a movie that has a bold, skilled and artistic approach to cinema. Its Director has an amazing ability to tie cinematographically together different times, locations and realities.
In this period when the impoverishing policies of the states, violence against innocent people, freedom of expression and way of life are being ignored, we are happy to give the Rebels with a Cause award to the movie, which tackles the social, political, and sexual-taboos by using the magic of cinema.

Rebels With Their Shorts Award

Director Vasilis Kekatos S, producers Guillaume Dreyfus, Eleni Kossyfidou, Delphine Schmit

Jury commentary: Jury feels that the filmmaker succeeds in usage of filmic tools to lend originality to a well-told story. The cast, the cinematography, the music and sound create a captivative atmosphere for a film with a profound theme.

Additional Awards

Audience Award (grant of 2000 euros from the City of Tallinn)
As voted by the festival’s audience:

WHEN THE MOON WAS FULL (Shabi Ke Maah Kamel Shod, Iran)
Director: Narges Abyar 

FIPRESCI Award presented by International Federation of Film Critics (given to one film in the First Feature Competition).
Jury: Dariia Badior, Joanna Orzechowska-Bonis, Aurelia Aasa

Director: Rene Pannevis

Jury commentary: FIPRESCI jury decided to award a powerful film, which stood out by its amazing energy, engaging performances and social context.

NETPAC Award for Best Asian film presented by Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (given to a film from among the selection of Asian films having their world or international premiere at the festival).

Jury: Jaanis Valk, Kanat Torebay, Siddiq Barmak

Director: Evgeny Ruman

Jury commentary: For an honest and simple narrative of the most complex angles within a human being and his value, the nostalgic picturisation of the reality and providing brilliant acting.

Estonian Ecumenical Jury Prize presented by the representatives of the largest congregations in Estonia

Jury: Andres Põder, Regina Hansen, Marge-Marie Paas, Madis Kolk
Director: Hüseyin Tabak

Jury commentary: Jury comment: Ecumenical Jury prize will go to the film that supports Christian and universal human values, empathy and the sanctity of life. It is a film that supports the viewer in making personal life decisions and that is made powerful through its script and strong acting. The film’s protagonist, while meeting the label “loser” by all visible criteria, rejects the role of the victim, and strives forward, demanding respect and dignity from others. While doing so, she also refutes ethnic prejudices and proves that ‘queen’ doesn’t need to be a title one inherits.

Lifetime Achievement Award (the second Lifetime Achievement Award of the festival)


Children’s and youth film festival Just Film

Grand Prix

Director: Ninian Doff

Jury commentary: We have seen a lot of great and touching drama in this competition – there has been one film though which showed in a very original way that you can be really funny and deal with relevant topics at the same time. Finding your vocation, taking your chances, young versus old and wield a friendship which might last forever. We had a hilarious time with this hilarious film!

European Children’s Film Association Award 

Director: Frederike Migom

Jury commentary: The award goes to a movie that expresses sincere emotions, humanistic and ecological values both in challenging and happy moments of life and does so through dance, with energy and overall joy for life. 

International short film and animation festival PÖFF Shorts

European Film Academy 2020 Awards candidate nomination:

12 K. MARX STREET (12/ მარქსის ქუჩა, Georgia)
Director Irine Jordania


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EFP (European Film Promotion) has chosen five industry experts to select Europe’s most promising young acting talents for the 23rd edition of EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS (21 – 24 February 2020) at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2020.

The jury consists of British casting director Lucy Bevan, who most recently cast the upcoming major studio productions: Cats for Universal, Cruella for Disney, and Death on the Nile for Fox; award-winning Finnish director Dome Karukoski, whose films Home of the Dark Butterflies and Tom of Finland were Finnish Oscar entries and his latest film Tolkien was an international hit; former European Shooting Star Vesela Kazakova from Bulgaria, actor turned director whose first feature film, the social drama Cat in the Wall, premiered at this year’s Locarno Film Festival. The jury also includes former Slovak Producer on the Move Katarína Krnáčová, Vice President of the Slovak Film and Television Academy who produced among many others Little Harbour awarded with the Crystal Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2017; and last but not least Rüdiger Sturm, a freelance film journalist from Germany, and a regular at international press junkets where he has been interviewing A-listers as well as rising stars for more than 20 years.

With their combined expertise, the jury will select the ten most talented and internationally versatile young actresses and actors from the 29 candidates who have been nominated by their national film promotion institutes for the upcoming edition of EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS. The important steppingstone for young acting talent from throughout Europe is made possible thanks to the financial support of the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union and the participating national film institutes, EFP’s member organisations.

EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS is the oldest and most efficient Europe-wide initiative to cast a spotlight on the most talented, up-and-coming actresses and actors. Each year an impressive average of eight out of ten winners will take part in international casting sessions following the award. Since its first showcase in 1998, a total of 312 European Shooting Stars have been presented at the Berlinale, one of the most important international film festivals worldwide. Most notable actors of recent years include: Carey Mulligan (Mudbound)Alba Rohrwacher (Happy as Lazzaro), Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander (Tomb Raider), Pilou Asbaek (Game of Thrones), Riz Ahmed (The Sisters Brothers), Marwan Kenzari (Instinct) and George MacKay (Captain Fantastic).

EFP will announce the ten finalists on 9 January 2020, ahead of the upcoming Berlin International Film Festival where the EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS awards will be presented on stage at the Berlinale Palast on 24 February 2020.

About the jury members for EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS 2020

Lucy Bevan, who trained with Casting Director Mary Selway, has most recently cast the upcoming major studio productions: Cruella for Disney, Death on the Nile for Fox, and Cats for Universal as well as The Good Liar by Bill Condon with Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren. Further film credits include: Ready Player One by Steven Spielberg, Murder on the Orient ExpressAll Is True and Cinderella by Kenneth Branagh, Snowden by Oliver Stone, Beauty & The Beast and Mr Holmes by Bill Condon, Fury by David Ayer, The Hundred Foot Journey by Lasse Hallström, Maleficent by Robert Stromberg, and Before Midnight and Me & Orson Welles by Richard Linklater. TV credits include: A Christmas Carol and Collateral for BBC.

Dome Karukoski is one of Scandinavia’s most acclaimed directors. His latest film is Tolkien – a biopic of renowned author J.R.R. Tolkien. Karukoski’s films have received 38 nominations for the Finnish Film Award and he himself has been nominated six times and awarded the prize for best director twice. He is the only Finnish director ever to win all the main Finnish national film awards (Best Film, Best TV-Show and Best Commercial). Karukoski’s first film Beauty and the Bastard (Berlinale 2006) was awarded the Norwegian Film award Amanda for the Best Nordic Debut of the year. Of his later films Home of the Dark Butterflies and Tom of Finland were chosen as Finnish candidate for the Academy Awards.

Vesela Kazakova is a multi award-winning actress, who graduated both in acting and producing in Bulgaria. Her leading roles in films like Odkratnati ochi (2005) and Prima Primavera (2009) received prizes for Best Actress in Bulgaria and abroad, including a Silver George Award at the Moscow Film Festival. Following her acting career, Kazakova set out to create socially and politically charged work with her production company Activist38 which she co-founded with Mina Mileva. Their internationally acclaimed documentaries have provoked an outcry in Bulgaria and put institutional pressure on the duo. Their first fiction film Cat in the Wall premiered in competition at Locarno Film Festival in 2019.

Katarína Krnáčová is EAVE graduate and Producers on the Move participant, Vice-President of the Slovak Film and Television Academy and a voting member of European Film Academy. Krnáčová was delegate producer of the family drama Little Harbour, a Slovak-Czech co-production awarded with the Crystal Bear at Berlinale 2017 for the Best Film in Generation Kplus. She previously worked on the short film Thanks, Fine by Mátyás Prikler that premiered at Cinéfondation in Cannes 2010, followed by Prikler’s feature Fine, Thanks that premiered at IFF Rotterdam 2014 and Slovakia 2.0. Krnáčová also worked on Mira Fornay’s My Dog Killer, that won the Tiger award at IFF Rotterdam in 2013 and was the Slovak Oscar entry.

Rüdiger Sturm has been covering the film industry in its various creative and economical aspects for more than 20 years. His work has been featured in a great number of German-speaking and international magazines. Sturm also functioned as co-author of the book Oliver Stone – La vita è una questione di centimetri (together with Marco Spagnoli) and contributed to the volumes about Paul Verhoeven and Roman Polanski in the Conversations with Filmmakers book series.


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The Hamburg-based office is backed by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, the Film Fund Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein and the Ministry of Culture of the City of Hamburg.EFP (European Film Promotion) is an international network of film promotion institutes from 37 countries from throughout Europe, each representing their national films and talent abroad. Under the EFP flag, these organisations team up to jointly promote the diversity and spirit of European cinema and talent at key film festivals and markets, in particular outside of Europe.

The most modern film industry centre in the region, which will be built as a cooperative project of the City of Tallinn and Tallinn Film Wonderland, was introduced at today’s press conference. The first phase, to be completed by 2022, will include three studios and auxiliary spaces to be built on Paljassaare peninsula in North-Tallinn. The second phase will comprise an area open to the public, spaces for auxiliary services for film production and offices. In the long term, a new contemporary urban space, along with residential and commercial buildings, will be created. 

Economic growth and smart jobs 

“The Tallinn Film Wonderland project is an excellent example of successful cooperation between the public and private sectors, which has a positive impact on the local creative economy.” said Tallinn Deputy Mayor Aivar Riisalu. He said that Tallinn always supports significant initiatives that create smart jobs as well as improve the urban space and entrepreneurial environment. “It’s clear that many international film production companies and directors are very interested in filming in this region. We must seize this opportunity and reap the benefits. Tallinn Film Wonderland is a noteworthy step toward promoting this business sector,” he added.  

A suitable location for the film complex was found in the wasteland on Paljassaare peninsula in North-Tallinn, for which an initial development plan had previously been drawn up a city-owned company (AS Tallinna Tööstuspargid) that coincides with the objectives of Tallinn Film Wonderland. “The larger plan calls for the establishment of a contemporary urban space in Paljassaare, the centerpiece of which will be a film production complex, along with surrounding residential and commercial buildings and leisure time facilities.” Riisalu said.  

The first phase to be completed in Paljassaare by 2022 will include three studios, auxiliary spaces and the necessary infrastructure. During the next few years, the City of Tallinn will invest almost €5 million in the project through AS Tallinna Tööstuspargid, with the objective of promoting economic growth and creating new jobs in the cultural field. The next phases will include office space as well as accommodations and eateries.  

The most up-to-date film production complex in the region 

According to Gren Noormets, the managing director of Tallinn Film Wonderland, the film production complex is the most modern and largest in the region. The total area of the property is 57,000 square metres and the building footprint of the studio complex is about 3,500 square metres. There will be three studios in the building with a total area of 2,900 square metres. The largest of them will be 1,200 square metres in area and the ceiling will be 14 metres high. 

The City of Tallinn will build the studio boxes and the necessary infrastructure, the interiors will be completed according to the filmmakers’ wishes, and everything needed for shooting films or producing programmes can be provided.  “The very high ceilings will allow even a 5-storey building to be constructed if a project calls for it. The green screen rooms will allow various fantasy elements to be included in films. It will be possible to create jungles or deserts in the empty halls. One’s fantasy can reign free,” Noormets said about the soon-to-be-opened studio complex, where various companies providing local audiovisual services are expected to be concentrated. The film complex will also be open to ordinary visitors, who can organise various corporate events or, for instance, watch films in an outdoor cinema,” Noormets explained. 


The Estonian film industry’s exports 

According to Edith Sepp, a board member of the Estonian Film Institute, the film complex can also play an important role in the development of the Estonian film industry. “The lack of technical possibilities will no longer be problem, since the largest studio complex in the Baltics will eliminate any stumbling blocks that have prevented local, as well as foreign, producers from filming their projects in Estonia. Such an undertaking has a positive impact, and provides many totally new possibilities for realising one’s film ideas,” Sepp added. Despite the existing cash rebate system, the opening of the film studio complex has been greatly anticipated and also been an important sales argument for attracting investments to the region. 

The development of Estonia’s film culture and a breeding ground for new filmmakers 

Many Estonian film producers, who have been waiting for the establishment of such studio complex for years, support the Tallinn Film Wonderland idea. “This is a good example of the solidarity of the film industry – film producers have combined forces and are working in the name of a collective project that strongly advances the Estonian film industry,” said Ivo Felt and Esko Rips, producers from Allfilm and Nafta Films. “The addition of this new complex supports the local film industry and motivates the new generation of filmmakers – a centre equipped with contemporary technology provides opportunities to deal with many different film projects,” they added.   

More information:

Gren Noormets

Managing Director, Tallinn Film Wonderland

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Yesterday evening Industry@Tallinn &; Baltic event announced the first winners of this year’s industry awards: Just Film Works in Progress Award and Script Pool TV Award.

Just Film Works in Progress is a newly introduced category at Industry@Tallinn &; Baltic Event Works in Progress focusing on children and youth film projects with five projects competing for the award. Just Film Works in Progress Award was handed out for Durim Kryeziu’s project “Family” from Kosovo. According to the jury’s comment, the project spoke about the transition in a family and coming to terms with the country’s recent history in a way that is accessible for the young audience, through music. The award-winner receives 1000 EUR monetary prize to help the film gain visibility by covering promotion and publicity costs.

The jury of Just Film Works in Progress included members of ECFA (European Children’s Film Association): Margret Albers, President of the European Children’s Film Association; Stella Skiba, New Horizons Association, kids and youth section and Giancarlo Zappoli, Artistic director of Castellinaria Film Festival for Youngsters in Bellinzona CH.

This year Script Pool Tallinn, an international script competition for film, added TV and drama series category as a reaction to the unavoidable change in the industry, where the series market is taking over, and people prefer content by global streaming platforms. After six teams of scriptwriters and producers pitching, the jury decided to hand out Script Pool TV Award to Lauri Lippmaa’s “The Deep”. The winner receives an award of 5000 Euro prize by leading international sales & distribution company Global Screen GmbH

Script Pool TV international jury included Kamila Zlatušková, Independent TV producer from the Czech Republic, Dominic Schreiber, Global Drama Executive, at leading independent drama producer and distributor, Reel One Entertainment and Benjamin Harris, a writer and producer with over 15 years’ experience in the industry. 

Also, “The Deep” received a The Hypewriter Award - an official invitation to the following year’s final eight to the Hypewriter International Series Pitch Forum in June 2020 in Budapest. The winner’s pilot episode will receive € 110 000 production support.

Winner of Just Film Works in Progress, Family director Durim Kryeziu
Team of ScriptPool TV winner The Deep - Lauri Lippmaa and Madis Tüür


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Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event communications coordinator
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On November 27, the European Parliament LUX Film Prize Award ceremony celebrates the richness of European cultural diversity and pays tribute to the filmmakers behind the works. 

We congratulate Teona Strugar Mitevska, the laureate of 2019 LUX Film Prize who was awarded the prize in the plenary chamber of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The three finalists of 2019 LUX Film Prize were: God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya by Teona Strugar Mitevska, Cold Case Hammarskjöld by Mads Brügger and The Realm by Rodrigo Sorogoyen. 

Yesterday, FERA, FSE and SAA celebrated European cinema and cultural diversity with a dinner, in partnership with the LUX Film Prize, in the European Parliament in the presence of Oleg Sentsov, Ukrainian filmmaker and former political prisoner, the finalists of the LUX Prize and other filmmakers from Croatia, France, Slovenia and Spain. 

Croatian filmmakers are campaigning to protest the failure by the public service broadcaster to fulfil its obligations regarding the promotion of European works and particularly the best of recent independent Croatian documentary production. This is a reminder that freedom of artistic expression can never be taken for granted. It needs to be defended and upheld at all times. 

Promoting European film, art and culture is a powerful way to counter growing populism and polarisation across Europe. The LUX Film Prize is an important initiative to support filmmakers and their works. It provides visibility and subtitles in the 24 EU official languages to films that go to the heart of the European public debate and gives them a unique opportunity to access audiences across all Member States. 


“You don’t understand the importance of freedom of expression until the moment you do not have it. What is an author if they don’t have the right to express themselves? This is why the LUX Film Prize is even more important to me: it gives hope by choosing films that are uncomfortable and challenging”, said Teona Strugar Mitevska, LUX Film Prize finalist and Director of God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya. 

“European directors know the European Parliament is a strong supporter of audiovisual authors and wish the house will continue to show its support through all future resolutions and directives aiming at improving the conditions of filmmakers’ working life”, said Klemen Dvornik, Chair of FERA. 

“The previous Parliament adopted some essential pieces of legislation, including the Copyright Directive, but there are still plenty to be done, such as address filmmakers precarious working conditions, gender inequality, barriers to mobility and lack of remuneration for the exploitation of their works. A European Parliament Intergroup will be a crucial first step to make sure that Europe retains its best talents and builds the next generation of creators”, said Barbara Hayes, Chair of the SAA. 

The LUX Film Prize and the SAA, in partnership with FERA and FSE gathers annually for a dinner with MEPs and the LUX finalists. This year’s record high attendance demonstrates new MEPs interest to defend European culture and its creators. 

Notes to Editors 

About the situation in Croatia see FERA and SAA’s press release: http://www.filmdirectors.eu/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/PR_FERA-and-SAA-support- Croatian-AV-Authors-resisting-censorship_Nov-22-2019.pdf 

FERA - Founded in 1980, the Federation of European Film Directors gathers 46 director’s associations as members from 34 countries. It speaks for more than 20,000 European film and TV directors, representing their cultural, creative and economic interests at national and EU level. FERA EU Transparency Register Id No. 29280842236-21. @Film_directors Press: Pauline Durand-Vialle, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +32 491 52 49 04. 

FSE - The Federation of Screenwriters in Europe is a network of national and regional associations, guilds and unions of writers for the screen in Europe, created in June 2001. It comprises 25 members from 20 countries, representing more than 7000 writers in Europe. @ScreenwritersEU Press: David Kavanagh, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

SAA - The Society of Audiovisual Authors is the association of European collective management organisations representing audiovisual authors. Its 33 members in 25 countries manage rights for over 140,000 film, television and multimedia European screenwriters and directors. @saabrussels #WeLoveAuthors Press: Annica Ryngbeck, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +32 475 66 95 94. 

One of the largest internationally renowned markets for the promotion of film locations, FOCUS 2019, is taking place on 3 and 4 December in London.This year, the Slovenian Film Centre, which carries out the activities of a Film Commission in Slovenia and thus also provides support for foreign film productions shot there, will attend this event in order to present the Slovenian film locations for the second time.

The promotion of the Slovenian film locations will once again take place in cooperation with the Slovenian Tourist Board.The purpose of this sort of promotional events is to promote Slovenia as a film destination.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, Slovenias 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.Already the following day, the crews can film in the Karst region or the Pannonian Plain.Precisely for this reason, the current slogan of the promotional campaign, which has already begun at the Cannes Film Festival, reads “Slovenia. Any European story. Within two hours. Drive less. Film more. Film in Slovenia.”The website FilminSlovenia.si has been published to provide essential information about Slovenia as a film country to Slovenian and foreign film producers. 

In 2018, production houses from Italy, Philippines, Croatia, Serbia, Republic of Korea, United States of America, and Great Britain took advantage of the cash rebate measure and filmed their projects in our country.Large production companies making big, ambitious high-budget films as well as television houses that shoot TV series have been interested in filming in Slovenia.In 2018 – during the second year that foreign investments in the audiovisual production have been encouraged with the measure mentioned above – cash rebates have been approved in case of seven production companies making three features, one full-length documentary, and three TV series.This year, however, producers from Croatia, Italy, and Great Britain have shot their films in Slovenia.

As the last study of state support schemes and economic and fiscal effects of the audiovisual industry in Slovenia has shown, it is an indisputable fact that the assessed multiplier of fiscal and economic impacts amounts to 1.8, which, in practice, means that for every 100 people who are directly employed in the audiovisual sector, this industry indirectly provides for the employment of another 80 people in the Slovenian economy.Another important finding is that the fiscal impact amounts to 40 %, which means that for every 100 euros invested in the audiovisual sector, 40 euros are returned to the state budget.The overview of the key economic indicators thus clearly indicates that the audiovisualindustry is not merely a cultural and artistic activity, but also an industry with numerous impacts on the economy and society.

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

This year, at IDFA   International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam, three films developed as part of the DOC LAB POLAND program: "Lessons of Love" by Małgorzata Goliszewska and Katarzyna Mateja, "Sonny" by Paweł Chorzępa and "The Whale from Lorino" by Maciej Cuske are the only three Polish documentary films in the festival competitions.

Three further film projects participating in DOC LAB POLAND 2019 - The Pawnshop", "Miss of Poland " and No Hero at All" will be presented at the POLISH DOCS PRO SHOWCASE organized by the Krakow Film Foundation.

On this occasion DOC LAB POLAND together with  Polish Docs and HBO Europe   hosts a Guests Meet Guests cocktail on Sunday November 24th at 6 p.m. in 

The "Lessons of Love"  will have its world premiere at festival in the competition section First Appearance.This is the story of a 67-year-old, attractive woman who, after years of unhappy marriage, decides to start a new life and gain control over it. The hero of "Sonny" also wants to change his life for the better. As an eighteen-year-old, he has just left the orphanage and came back to his father. They have to answer a lot of difficult questions, but maybe they will be able to improve their relation. Director Maciej Cuske in the film "The Whale of Lorino" takes viewers to one of the most inaccessible and most difficult places to live on Earth - the Chukchi Peninsula. The movie shows how the ancient tradition of whale hunting binds representatives of the local community.

Miss of Poland , dir. Jan Shostak and Jakub Jasiukiewicz was awarded during the Krakow Film Festival.   Władysław Ślesicki Film Foundation - the organizer of DOC LAB POLAND funded the award which covers the costs of participation in the industry section of the IDFA festival. The director of the movie is also the main character. She is a rebellious visual artist from Belarus. She made a lot of people really surprised, when she has decided to become miss of Poland. This year is her last chance to win because of her  age. The film is the  opportunity to present her view on the organization this kind of events. 

As one of the organizers of study visits for Polish documentary filmmakers, the Foundation also co-financed  the Łukasz Kowalski film project participation. Documentary tragicomedy The Pawnshop” presents a couple of eccentric businessmen running the largest pawnshop in Silesia. Their financial situation becomes dramatic, love begins to die, they have nothing else to do but fight for survival. The third film presented in POLISH DOCS ​​PRO SHOWCASE is No Hero at All" by Michał Kawecki. This is a documentary story about the unusual athlete, for whom toxic relations with the family are a greater obstacle to winning Olympics than the lack of arms and legs.

Yesterday Industry@Tallinn &; Baltic Event rewarded the best projects after a week full of presentations, networking, screenings, meetings and panel discussions attracting more than 600 guests from 54 different countries. 

Marge Liiske, the Head of Industry@Tallinn and Baltic event said that it has been exciting five days of masterclasses, discussions, meetings, pitchings and networking. “74 projects - short films, features and TV drama series included - had over 500 pre-arranged meetings, plus all the meetings and deals made in the MEDIA buyers lounge or various meeting places in our conference centre, the Nordic Hotel Forum. We are thankful for all the professionals, who have trusted us as an industry platform, and look forward to seeing their projects grow into beautiful films distributed all over the world,” she added.

This year’s Industry@Tallinn &; Baltic Event Awards went to the following projects:

Baltic Event Co-Production Market Awards

18 projects were presented in the official selection of the Co-Production Market at Industry@Tallinn &; Baltic Event during Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. 

Best Project

Eurimages Co-Production Development Award

The award of 20 000 Euros was given to the best project based on its artistic quality and potential for theatrical release.

Winner: The Great Match by Filip Syczynski, Poland

Produced by Anna Rozalska and Aleksandra Aleksander, Match & Spark

Jury comment:

The project convinced unanimously with the strong heartfelt motivation of the director who has a German and a Polish teenage refugee settling the scores of the recurrent European discussion about freedom on the tennis court. 

Screen International Best Pitch Award (offering coverage of the life-cycle of the winning film)

Winner: The File by Jonas Karasek, Slovakia

Produced by Wanda Adamik Hrycova, Wandal Production

Cannes Marché du Film Producers’ Network Award (for Promising Young Producer with free accreditation to next year’s edition)

Winners: Carla Fotea, Romania, and Andreas Kask, Estonia 

Jury of Baltic Event Co-production Market Awards included Uljana Kim, Producer, Studio Uljana Kim, Lithuania, Simon Ofenloch, Commissioning Editor, ZDF ARTE, Germany; Alex Traila, Consultant, National Representative of Eurimages, Romania; Martin Blaney, Screen International, Germany. 

Works In Progress Awards

The fifth edition of International Works In Progress presented 8 projects and the 17th Baltic Event Works in Progress presented 10 projects from the Baltic region and Finland. 

The Post Production Award

Post production services in the amount of up to 10 000 Euros but not more than 2/3 of the expenses incurred at Post Control. The award is given to the project, which successfully combines creative and commercial potential.

Winner: The Pit directed by Dace Pūce, Latvia

Producers: Kristele Pudane, Elīna Zazerska

Production company: Marana Productions

Jury comment: 

The clips we saw left us wanting to see more. This specific coming-of-age story should be universally understood and has cross-border potential.

The Baltic Event Works in Progress Award

The Baltic Event Works in Progress Award is given to the project with the strongest and boldest artistic vision. The award will help the film gain visibility during its promotion and distribution in the Baltic States by covering related costs in the region.

Winner: Brownie directed by Sarah Blaßkiewitz, Germany

Producers: Milena Klemke, Yvonne Wellie, Jakob D. Weydemann, Jonas Weydemann

Production company: Weydemann Bros. GmbH

Jury comment:

With its authenticity, current, relevant subject matter and sense of humour, the nicely-shot Brownie is a film about appearance that digs deeper into many other levels and deserves international distribution.

Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event Works in Progress jury included Dhanushka Gunathilake, Cinematographer, Festival Curator, Debra Liang, Level K, and Alissa Simon, Palm Springs IFF, Chicago IFF.

Script Pool Tallinn 2019

Global Screen Award (5000 Euros)

The third Script Pool Tallinn competition prize is provided by the leading international sales & distribution company Global Screen GmbH.

Winner: Molly by scriptwriter Nicole Paglia and producer Jessie Mangum

Jury comment:

Molly tells us a story we are not familiar with, but we would love to watch on screen. It is easy to get connected with the characters and their internal conflicts in the love story set in the politics of cold war and frozen Greenland. We believe Molly could be an original and captivating film.

The jury of Script Pool Tallinn: Celine Dornier, Executive Producer at Logical Pictures, Yaron Shamir, Programmer and Special Events Coordinator at Haifa International Film Festival, and Jennyfer Gautier, Buyer and international sales at UDI – Urban Distribution International.


Winner of  Eurimages Co-Production Development Award - The Great Match
Winner of Screen International Best Pitch Award
Works in Progress: Post production Award - The Pit
The Baltic Event Works In Progress Award - The Brownie

Winner of Script Pool Tallinn 2019 - Molly 

Photo gallery of the award ceremony


For additional information please contact:
Egle Loor
Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event communications coordinator
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