TBILISI: Georgian director Lasha Tskvitinidze’s second feature film Field was presented at Karlovy Vary’s Eastern Promises Works in Progress online session on 6 July 2020. The producers are seeking additional funding to complete the film. The director’s first feature film I Am Beso was considered a promising debut and a new statement in Georgian modern social cinema.

BUCHAREST: The Romanian film Immaculate by debuting director Monica Stan and George Chiper Lillemark was presented at the online First Cut+ Works in Progress section of Karlovy Vary IFF's Eastern Promises. The film is a debut and based on the personal story of Stan’s own life.

The following grants were announced by the Bulgarian National Film Center on 30 June  2020.

Brussels: 30 June 2020 - The International Union of Cinemas (UNIC), the European cinema trade grouping, today launched the fourth edition of its Women’s Cinema Leadership Programme, a 12-month mentoring programme for women in cinema exhibition.

The Sofia Meetings co-production market starts today. LOVE LAND directed by Viktoria Marinov and produced by Entertain Pictures, is the only one qualified project from Poland.

The main character of LOVE LAND is Viktoria, a Polish girl with Bulgarian roots, who sets out on a journey across the Balkans to understand the magnetism that attracts people to the province of Bulgaria, and which affects her too. LOVE LAND is a full-length hybrid project, developed with the support of the Polish Film Institute. The project has previously participated in the international Structural Constellations program in Austria and France. Viktoria Marinov is responsible for directing, Małgorzata Wabińska is the creative producer.

The Sofia Meetings is one of the largest co-production market in the region. Projects in the sections: Second Film Projects, Plus Minus One Projects, Projects in Bank and First Films First will take part in pitchings and one-to-one meetings during a several-day event, which due to a pandemic is online.

Viktoria Marinov - director, graduated from film-directing and cinematography faculty of the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts "Kr. Sarafov" in Sofia. Has a dual citizenship: Polish and Bulgarian. Author of documentaries and short fiction films awarded at the international film festivals. Her photographs were exhibited in Poland and Bulgaria. Speaks fluently English and Bulgarian, as well as French at intermediate level. Her short fiction Brussels – Sofia – Brussels was Bulgarian candidate for student Oscar in 2003. She was born in Poland, moved to Bulgaria when she was 19. From that moment her heart beats in a double rhythm. 

Małgorzata Wabińska - creative producer, Berlinale Talent 2020, awarded for the Best Producer Debut in 2019, nominated for the Polish Academy Award. Graduated from the National Film School in Łódź and Program for Creative Producers at Wajda School. She was a participant of EAVE Marketing, EURODOC and The Goes to Cannes. She is a founder of the company - Entertain Pictures based in Łódź, Poland. The last film DIAGNOSIS dir. E. Podgórska had its world premiere at IDFA, Amsterdam. 

All projects selected to Sofia Meetings: 

http://sofiameetings.siff.bg/en/articles/sofia-meetings-2020-selection 

Ex Oriente holds its first online session.

Digital expansion of the popular NEM Dubrovnik and NEM Zagreb events

Zagreb, June 29th, 2020 – A new online platform for TV industry professionals, NEM Network, is set to launch on August 19th, 2020. The online extension of everyone’s favorite NEM Dubrovnik and NEM Zagreb events is conceived as their virtual edition that combines the existing elements of the live events and satisfies all needs of TV industry stakeholders. Just like during NEM events, the NEM Network users will listen, but also be able to talk to leading experts about the newest trends in the TV industry, to network with potential business partners, and be provided with the chance of presenting a company or a product to key audiences as well as an opportunity to watch the newest content in the exclusive screenings.

Competition programmes of the 20th goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film will feature Vinko Brešan’s feature-length What a Country! and Sara Jurinčić’s experimental short September 3, 2015. Nenad Puhovski’s documentary Graham and I – A True Story has been selected for the “Symposium” programme, while Sara Jurinčić and Karla Lulić, who presented their new projects in the East-West Talent Lab industry programme, have been nominated for the goEast Development Award. The festival is held in German Wiesbaden throughout the year. 

Peter shares with us the reasons why the Art Film Fest Košice team decided to postpone the festival until next year. While the festival will not take place this year he expects that the chance to see films produced over two years, especially Slovak films, will make 2021 a very attractive year for festival goers. The 28th Art Film Fest Košice will take place 18-26 June 2021.

BRUSSELS: Valeria Kurohtina from CINAMON (Estonia) and Monika Giełżecka from Multikino (Poland) are among the nine female cinema professionals selected to participate in the fourth edition of the International Union of Cinemas’ (UNIC) Women’s Cinema Leadership Programme.

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