The 14th Fest Anča International Animation Festival has its winners! Awarded films’ themes such as predispositions, destiny, and family legacy freely allude to this year’s festival theme: Traditions.

The main category winner of the Anča Award for Best Animated Short is French film Polka-Dot Boy by Sarina Nihei from 2020. South Korean director Kangmin Kim’s Kkum (Dream) was awarded a Special Mention in the same competitive category. It has already received awards at the Ottawa Animation Festival and the SXSW Festival. The Anča Award for Best Student Animated Short goes to Sanctuary by Eva Matejovičová from FAMU.

What's cooking?

  • Submit your film project for the Baltic Event Co-Production Market
  • Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event launch Co-Financing Market for drama series
  • Call for projects: Script Pool Tallinn
  • European Genre Forum projects get to grips with producing in Zagreb 

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A NEW CO-FINANCING MARKET FOR DRAMA SERIES

For the first time, Black Nights Film Festival and its summit and trade fair for audiovisual industry professionals, Industry@Tallinn &; Baltic Event have announced a call for projects for TV Beats Co-Financing Market, an initiative involving high-quality drama series projects with international sales and distribution potential.

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CALL FOR PROJECTS: SCRIPT POOL TALLINN

Script Pool Tallinn has opened the submissions and is looking for 5 to 6 international projects with the team behind them - director, scriptwriter and producer. Script Pool Tallinn aims to gather film projects with high distribution value in the final stage of development. Focusing on the script and the overall project presentation, the projects and their teams will be partnered with international industry decision-makers (sales agents, financiers and co-producers) whose contribution will increase their sales and distribution potential.

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EGF PROJECTS GET TO GRIPS WITH PRODUCING IN ZAGREB

The European Genre Forum kicked off its second workshop at the Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival last week, focusing on production. The third and final Marketing & Packaging Lab, including project pitching, will be hosted as part of Industry@Tallinn &; Baltic Event this November. 7 projects from 6 countries take part in the EGF programme this year, which aims to boost the careers of future European players in the genre-film industry. Find out more about the labs and this year’s selected projects through the link below.

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Join us for the New Horizons' Polish Days Goes to Cannes screening, which will be held on Friday 9 July from 12:00 till 14:00 at the Marché du Film.

New Horizons International Film Festival and Polish Film Institute will present a selection of five Polish feature films in various stages of production (works-in-progress):

  • Imago, directed by Olga Chajdas, produced by Apple Film Production

  • Fucking Bornholm, directed by Anna Kazejak, produced by Friends with Benefits Studio

  • Fears, directed by Łukasz Ronduda and Łukasz Gutt, produced by Serce

  • Inverted, directed by Jacek Lusiński, produced by Aurum Film

  • Lipstick on the Glass, directed by Kuba Czekaj, produced by Centrala FILM, INDI FILM

The pitching session will be screened in Cannes in Palais des Festivals – Palais K and online in your local time zone. More information about the presented projects attached and here.

The screening is for the Market badge holders only.

Transilvania International Film Festival (July 23 – August 1) launches Drama Room, a program dedicated to drama series creation and financing, aiming at building capacity locally and within the covered region. Drama Room is open to directors, producers and screenwriters interested in developing and producing series and mini-series and is open to participants from Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Serbia, Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, Greece, Turkey and Georgia.

The first edition of Drama Room will be a hybrid one and will take place between July 26-28, 2021. It will consist of a series of online tutoring sessions in collaboration with MIDPOINT Institute and a case-study, with the support of HBO Romania (a physical event during Transilvania IFF). The program will focus on providing the necessary informational toolkit to enable film professionals access to the drama world both financing and content creation.

The deadline for applying is July 12: vp.eventival.com/tiff/2021

Docu Talents from the East 2021 – selection announced!

Eight remarkable documentary projects in post-production from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia and Slovakia made it to the 17th edition of Docu Talents from the East 2021. Since 2005, Docu Talents has served as a launchpad for a number of documentaries from the region of Central and Eastern Europe. The presentations will take place at Cinelink Industry Days at Sarajevo Film Festival on August 14–19. The most promising project will receive 5,000 USD cash prize in partnership with Current Time TV.

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official poster of the 74th Cannes Film Festival

Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović’s debut feature Murina will have its world premiere at Directors’ Fortnight, a programme taking place 6th – 17th July and running in parallel to the 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. In addition, producer Bojan Kanjera will be participating in the Producers on the Move platform. Dalija Dozet will present her project My Dad’s Lessons as part of the Cannes Docs, organized during the Cannes Film Market, while the Croatian Audiovisual Centre will once again promote Croatian cinema at the Merché du Film.  

Cyprus is participating in Cannes with its traditional stand at the South East Europe pavilion in the International Village, represented by Diomidis Nikita.

FNE has teamed up with FIPRESCI critics attending the Cannes Film Festival to rate the films in the Main Competition, Un Certain Regard, Directors' Fortnight and Critics Week, giving the films 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 stars. 5 is the best and 1 is the worst. The ratings give an overview of critics’ opinions from a large number of countries and provide insights into what critics in many different countries think about the programme. FNE will be publishing updates each day from today until the end of the festival.