The 23rd edition of the Black Nights Film Festival was opened yesterday at the Alexela Concert Hall with actress Rea Lest honoured with the Bruno O’ya award.
At last night’s Opening Ceremony’s spectacular multimedia show, directed once again by Ingmar Jõela, crossed stage acting, dance acts and live filmmaking, paying homage to films like A Clockwork Orange, The Matrix and Climax.
The festival awarded actress Rea Lest with the Bruno O’ya Award, that is presented for the 6th year at the festival’s Opening Ceremony to an up and coming Estonian actor or actress on the verge of an international breakthrough. Lest has played in several films that have screened at the festival, such as November (2016), The Manslayer / The Virgin / The Shadow (2017) and Scandinavian Silence that screens in the festival's Baltic Competition programme this year. Lest was selected among the Berlinale Shooting Stars earlier this year.
Another symbolic moment was the passing of the festival’s candle which is done by the representatives of the country/ region the festival has set focus on that particular year. This year, businessman Naguib Sawiris and actress Bushra Rozza, founders of the El Gouna Film Festival in Egypt passed the candle to festival director Tiina Lokk as Black Nights sets its focus on Arab cinema, presenting a 14 film showcase In Focus: Sizzling Arabia, that screens a retrospective of Arab films from the last ten years mixed with highlights from this year. The candle will be passed on at the festival's award ceremony to the representative of next year’s focus on the 30th of November.
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival runs from the 15th of November until the 1st of December.
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Lithuania joins Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (aka PÖFF) with a rich line-up and a growing delegation of Lithuanian film professionals. 12 Lithuanian films and co-productions will be screened at this year’s programme, with the world premiere of Jurgis Matulevičius’ debut film “Isaac” (lit. Izaokas) being one of the most awaited events.
Isaac will be competing with 17 other films from around the world for the best First Feature title. It is a psychological drama about two friends whose relationship is the result of the Holocaust, the atrocities of war, the traumas of the past, and love for the same woman in Soviet Lithuania. The film is based on the novel by Antanas Škėma.
Seven Lithuanian films and co-productions were selected for the Baltic Film Competition and will be competing for the best film title with films from Latvia and Estonia. Lithuania will be represented by Karolis Kaupinis’ feature film debut “Nova Lituania”, Ignas Jonynas’ “Invisible”(lit. Nematoma), Aistė Žegulytė’s documentary “Animus Animalis (a story about People, Animals and Things)” (lit. Animus Animalis (istorija apie žmones, žvėris ir daiktus), Tomas Vengris’ debut “Motherland” (lit. Gimtinė) and “Other side of silence” (lit. Kita tylos pusė),the newest film by Algimantas Puipa.
Also, several co-productions with Lithuania are included in the Baltic Film Competition program: Latvian-Lithuanian-Belgian-French feature “Oleg” (co-producer Lukas Trimonis, “InScript”) featuring Lithuanian actor Valentinas Novopolskij, Latvian-Lithuanian-Norwegian film “Spoon” (Karote) by Laila Pakalnina (co-producer Dagnė Vildžiūnaitė, “Just a moment”), and the newest documentary by the famous Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa “State Funeral” (a number of Lithuanian cinematographers participated in production of the film).
The Baltic Event, the largest international co-production market in North-Eastern Europe, will also welcome a number of Lithuanian film professionals, who will present their new projects at different categories of the event.
Two Lithuanian films will be presented at Baltic Event Works in Progress: “People We Know Are Confused” (lit. Žmonės, kuriuos pažįstame) by Tomas Smulkis (prod. Dagnė Vildžiūnaitė, “Just a Moment”) and “Paralysis” (lit. Paralyžius) by Andrius Blaževičius (prod. Marija Razgutė, “M-Films”)will be presented for the first time and competing for EUR 10,000 prize for post-production works. Inesa Kurklietytė’s project “A Butterfly's Heart”(lit. Drugelio širdis, produced by Živilė Gallego, “Fralita Films”) was selected for the co-production market.
TV Beats Forumwill pay special attention to HBO series “Chernobyl”, which was shot in Lithuania. Lithuanian producer Lineta Mišeikytė (UAB Baltic Film Services) will take part in the discussion to present the perspective of a local production house in the region working with a major studio on a large-scale project.
Emerging actor Povilas Jatkevičius will be searching for casting agencies in the Black Nights Stars program for talented young actors.
Lithuanian presence at the Baltic Event is supported by theLithuanian Film Centre.
JIHLAVA: Poland proved popular with viewers at the East Silver Market in Jihlava.
ZAGREB: Two-time Oscar winner and Croatia’s most famous producer, Branko Lustig died on 14 November 2019 in Zagreb.
Next great thing is just around the corner! We are happy to announce that 4th edition of Kids Kino.Lab (former: Kids Film.Pro), international script development program, will start with the first session on 26th of November in Poznań (Poland) thanks to International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino!
Workshops in Poznań will be the first out of four stationary sessions dedicated to films and series development for young audience. The entire programme lasts 10 months and will take place in Greece (Athens), Czech Republic (Zlin) and Poland(Poznań & Warsaw). Guided by screenwriting tutors, participants of the program will develop their work from synopsis (concept) all the way to well-developed, second draft of the screenplay with initial production assumptions.
4th Kids Kino.Larb will focus on developing the following projects:
GROUP 1, tutor: Philip Lazebnik - Enchanted in Music, fiction film, scriptwriter Jacek Bławut and producer Bartek Gliński (Poland)- Ring of Life, fiction film, scriptwriter Kataryna Kopylova and producer Sashko Subko (Ukraine)- The Gauntlet, fiction film, scriptwriter Nikos Dayandas and producer Stelios Apostolopoulos (Greece)- Happy End, fiction film, scriptwriter: tbc and producer Agnieszka Dziedzic (Poland)
GROUP 2, tutor: Kirsten Bonen Rask- Don’t drink our blood, fiction film, scriptwriter Tomáš Pavlíček and producer Tomáš Michálek (Czech Republic).- Dustzone, fiction film, scriptwriter Stefan Titka and producer Vratislav Šlajer (Czech Republic).- Really Great Adventure, fiction film, Emil Płoszajski and producer Karolina Galuba (Poland).- Fantasylum, animated film, scriptwriter Martyna Wojcieszek and producer Natalia Łodygowska (Poland).
GROUP 3, TUTOR: Armin Prediger- The Family Coat, animated series, scriptwriter Fokion Xenos and producer Isabella Alopoudi (Greece).- A little pilot, animated series, scriptwriter, Eliška Chytková and producer Petr Babinec (Czech Republic).- Johan, Sebastiana & Bach, animated series, scriptwriter Kajetan Kusina and producer Anna Gnyś (Poland).- Sex O'clock, fiction series, scriptwriter Matěj Randár and producer Karolína Zalabáková
4th Kids Kino.Lab will include industry masterclasses, guidance of tutors and established screenwriters as well as meetings with the producers’ tutor Ronald Kruschak who will help participants in developing their production plans, identifying production needs and potential problems. During sessions in Poznań, the participants will learn how to construct characters, develop a treatment and will find out about constructing the screenplay’s sequence and structure.
PHILIP LAZEBNIK - Feature Script Script Tutor
Philip is a screenwriter, writer of plays and a screenwriting consultant. Originally associated with Disney Studios and Dream Works. His screenwriting credits include Mulan and Pocahontas for Disney, and The Prince of Egypt and The Road to El Dorado for DreamWorks, among many others.
KIRSTEN BONNEN RASK - Feature Script Script Tutor
Kirsten is an experienced script consultant in all formats – shorts, features, TV series, and documentaries for adults as well as for children.
ARMIN PREDIGER - Series Script Tutor
Armin has worked in the film industry for 30 years, 24 of those as a writer, head writer and script editor in live-action and animation.
RONALD KRUSCHAK - Producer’s Tutor
Germany-based producer, writer and tutor/lecturer with a track record of twenty years of filmmaking focusing on Family Entertainment.
Kids Kino.Lab is a project organised by New Horizons Association Educational Department - a non-governmental organisation, founded in 2003 by Roman Gutek. Its main objective is the promotion and popularization of unconventional, artistically challenging cinema.
Kids Kino.Lab workshops are co-financed by Creative Europe Media and Polish Film Institute.
Our partners are: International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino! , Athens International Children's Film Festival, Zlin Film Festival and Kids Kino Industry
Selected projects will be presented at the Kids Kino Industry (former: Warsaw Kids Film Forum) 2020 – an international co-production forum, which is an industry part of Kids Kino International Film Festival.
Let’s get started, let’s get creative!
STRASBOURG: Two of the three awards distributed at the closing of Etoiles et Toiles du Cinema Europeen on 13 November 2019 went to films from CEE territories.
The TV Beats programme will screen eight new series from around the world, three of them world premieres, including an Amazon production and the first Estonian series produced by the Finnish telecommunication company Elisa.
Running in its third year, the programme, designed to showcase some of the fresh highlights in the series industry, has doubled in size and features series produced outside of Europe for the first time with the Indian dramedy Little Things, broadcast by Netflix, featured among the selection.
Having its world premiere at Black Nights, the Elisa-produced Estonian series Traitor is a spy thriller that is inspired by the real-life espionage incidents between Russian and Estonian intelligence that have been occurring ever more frequently since Estonia joined NATO in 2004. The story focuses on the cat-and-mouse game of two Estonians - Alfred Vint who starts cooperating with Russian intelligence and counter-intelligence office Marko Arrak.
Also having its world premiere in Tallinn is the Russian series The Call Center by Russian directing duo Natasha Merkulova and Aleksey Chupov (The Man who surprised everyone), returning to Tallinn with the new series they created at Premier Studios. The story follows the workers of a call centre who are taken hostage by two terrorists who observe the whole building and start to demand the hostages to perform strange tasks.
The third world premiere to be featured in the programme is Burning Land, an Estonian series produced for the national broadcaster ERR, telling a story based on true events about a criminal group known as the Kolkhoz (Russian word for collective farm). The events in the series begin in 2005 and it seems unbelievable that there a parallel world next to our own in today’s world – an organisation with an extensive grasp, which still lives in the 1990s and which controlled the drug business of nearly all of Ida-Viru County. The story is told through the core members of the gang, of whom most are now in prison.
Other series to be screened are the UK-US produced sci fi series The Feed, that will screen on Amazon and features actors David Thewlis, Michelle Fairley and Guy Burnet in lead roles, the Swedish financial thriller Blinded, Russian disaster thrillerThe Outbreak and the UK nature documentary Europe From Above.
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival runs from the 15th of November until the 1st of December 2019.
Traitor (Reetur), Estonia, 2019, 6x60 (festival screens 60 min), director Ergo Kuld, screnario: Martin Algus, story: Andres Anvelt, cast: Tambet Tuisk, Eva Koldits, Veiko Porkanen, Indrek Taalmaa, Mari Abel, Klaudia Tiitsmaa, Adeele Sepp Broadcaster: Elisa/ERR,
Production: Kassikuld OÜ, language: Estonian / World premiere
Blinded (Fartblinda), Sweden 2019, 8x60 min ((festival screens two episodes), director: Jens Jonsson, Johan Lundin, produver: Jan Marnell, script: Jesper Harrie, Maria Karlsson, Jonas Bonnier, cast: Matias Varela, Julia Ragnarsson, production: FLX,
broadcaster/platform: C More & TV4, Sweden, language: Swedish
Call Center, Russia 2019, 8x48 min (festival screens two episodes), director: Natasha Merkulova, Aleksey Chupov, producer: Valeriy Fedorovich, Evgeniy Nikishov, script: Natasha Merkulova, Aleksey Chupov, cast: Vladimir Yaglych, Pavel Tabakov, Yuliya Khlynina, Sabina Akhmedova, Polina Pushkaruk, production: Premier Studios, broadcaster/platform: PREMIER, language: Russian/ World premiere
Burning Land (Põlev maa), Estonia 2019, 8x43 min (festival screens two episodes), director: Olga Belyaeva, Margus Sikk, script: Valdo Arula, Mihkel Seeder, cast: Maria Avdjushko, Sergei Furmanjuk, production: Filmid ja Saapad OÜ, broadcaster/platform: ETV+, language: Russian/ World premiere
The Feed, USA / United Kingdom, USA 2019, 10x60 min (festival screens two episodes), director: Carl Tibbetts, producer: Simon Lewis, executive producer: Susan Hogg, script: Channing Powell, cast: David Thewlis, Michelle Fairley, Guy Burnet, Nina Toussaint-White, production: Studio Lambert, broadcaster/platform: Liberty Global & Amazon Prime , language: English
The Outbreak (Epidemija), Russia 2019, 8x48 min (festival screens two episodes), director: Pavel Kostomarov, producer: Valeriy Fedorovich, Evgeniy Nikishov, Aleksander Bondarev, Rafael Minasbekyan, Dzhanik Fayziev, script: Roman Kantor, Yana Vagner, Aleksey Karaulov, cast: Kirill Karo, Viktoriya Isakova, Maryana Spivak, Aleksandr Robak, production: Premier Studios, broadcaster/platform: PREMIER,language: Russian
Europe From Above, United Kingdom 2019, 6x44 min (festival screens two episodes), production: Windfall Films, broadcaster: National Geographic, language: English
Little Things, India 2019, director : Ajay Bhuyan (Season 1) & Ruchir Arun (Season 2), script: Dhruv Sehgal, production: Dice Media, Premium storytelling telling platform of PocketAces Pictures Pvt Ltd, broadcaster / platform: Netflix
The film stills and presskits of the programme can be found HERE.
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NEM Zagreb will host the first screenings of TV shows from the biggest production companies such as CBS Studios International, BBC Studios, all3media international, Keshet International, yes Studios, Croatian Radiotelevision and RTV Slovenia. Keynote speeches will be delivered by Frank Spotnitz, creator of the X-Files and The Man in the High Castle, and Harold Gronenthal, Executive Vice President, Programming and Marketing (AMC Networks International).
Zagreb, 13th November 2019 – NEM Zagreb, an event aimed at the development of TV and movie industry in Central and Eastern Europe announced the agenda with panels, speakers, workshops and other events.
You can watch exclusive pre-premiere screenings of the new series, special presentations, case studies and Q&A interviews from the 11th to the 13th of December at NEM Zagreb at the Esplanade Zagreb Hotel,through which the participants will get an insight into TV and movie industry trends.
NEM Zagreb will be the host of the first screenings of TVshows from the biggest production companies such as CBS Studios International (USA), BBC Studios, all3media international (UK) andKeshet International andyes Studios (Israel).
HRT and RTV Slovenia will present new TV series from their own production – a pre-premiere screening of a live action documentary showThe Age of Uskoks and series The Lake (Sebastian Cavazza). After the screenings, interviews have been organized with the main actors and series’ creators. Kris Marshall (Love Actually, Death at a Funeral) will give us an insight into filming the TV series Sanditon, produced by BBC Studios.
The panel about character world creation and series atmosphere
What is necessary to create an indispensable character in the eyes of the viewers? When does it become clear that the new legend is born? The creation of the character and its development is probably the hardest part of the writing process and precisely that will be one of the interesting topics discussed by the producers and writers who work on character development daily. Besides characters, the thing that keeps us watching intently are the beautiful locations, shots, colors and costumes - an atmosphere created by series' creators. Vanja Černjul (Orange is the New Black, The Deuce, Crazy Rich Asians) and Allan Starski(Schindler’s List)will teach us how to create original series and characters from the visual department perspective, as well as from the cameraand sound department perspective.
Various TV experts and content creators are coming to the NEM Zagreb stage and the visitors will have an opportunity to hear the news about the unscripted series formats, the expansion of the original productions, the growing production of non-English content and learn the secret recipe for the creation of extremely popular Nordic series. The event will also feature a screenplay writing workshop for successful TV projects, and hit-series like Killing Eve, Money Heist, Stranger Things and Fleabag are just some of the examples that will be used.
Keynote speaker: A man responsible for the global distribution of the TV series Breaking Bad
AMC Networks International is an American company which produces many successful drama shows like Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, HUMANS, The Night Manager, Mad Men and Mr. Selfridge. Their program and marketing executive Harold Gronenthalwillgive a keynote speechand share his experiences with working on the global distribution of broadcasting rights of these TV series. Dariusz Jablonski, CEO of Apple Film Productions will introduce the TV show The Pleasure Principle, the first co-production of three Eastern European countries (Poland, Czech Republic and Ukraine), distributed byBeta Film.
Beta Film (Germany) with Nova TV (Croatia), HRT (Croatia), RTL (Croatia), RAI (Italy), Keshet (Israel), Zig Zag Productions (UK) andCineLink Industry Days (Bosnia and Herzegovina) will form the judges panel for TV Writing Contest competition organized by NEM Zagreb. The best candidates in each category (scripted and unscripted) will have the opportunity to present their project to all the participants in the panel room, and the winners will get a 5000 € prize which will help them to further develop the submitted screenplay. To encourage potential cooperation, NEM Zagreb will organize meetings during the conference with the judges’ representatives for all the candidates that entered the final round.
The creator of X-Files and The Man in the High Castlealso coming
During NEM Zagreb, American producer and writer Frank Spotnitz (Big Light Production) will speak about his work for Netflix and Amazon. His portfolio contains projects like X-Files, for which he got three Golden Globe nominations and an Emmy nomination in the best drama series and best screenplay categories. His newer achievements include the production of drama shows The Man in the High Castle andMedici. He is currently working with the British writer Stephen Thompson (Sherlock) on the series Leonardo, the first big-budget project of European Alliance, a special alliance of the biggest FTA televisions in Europe (ZDF, RAI and France Télévision) whose goal is to match the greatest global content producers.
Actor Billy Campbell, the star of legendary TV shows like Dynasty, Frasier andMerlose Place, who is nowadays known for his role in the TV show Cardinal (available on SVoDPickbox NOW),is coming to share his experiences from shooting in cold Canadian conditions. British producer Gabrielle Tana, nominated for an Oscar and two BAFTA Awards for the movie Philomena will talk about financing of independent films. At the moment she is working with the actor and director Ralph Fiennes on the movie The White Crow.
You can find the complete NEM Zagreb agenda here: neweumarket.com/zagreb/agenda-2019/
You can find all the participation fees and special package prices here: neweumarket.com/zagreb/book-now/
Munich, 31.10.2019. Beta Film has closed a major territory deal for its high-end crime series The Pleasure Principle – the first international television co-production between Central and Eastern European countries on such a great scale. The 10 x one hour series was acquired by ZDF for ARTE to be aired on the Franco-German channel in 2020.
Directed by multi-awarded Dariusz Jablonski ("Photographer"), The Pleasure Principle premiered in Poland on CANAL+ and turned out to be a great ratings success. Shot in Warsaw, Prague, and at Odessa’s picturesque Black Sea coast, the series brought together leading talents of the three partnering countries, among them Karel Roden ("The Bourne Supremacy"), Malgorzata Buczkowska ("I Am You"), Stipe Erceg ("The Baader Meinhof Complex"), and Sergey Strelnikow ("Ekaterina").
The Pleasure Principle revolves around the murder of three young women in three different cities. Within days, their bodies are found, each showing the same brutal sings of violence. One thing is clear: they are obviously connected. The three separate police departments from Ukraine, Poland and Czech Republic investigating the case now need to overcome their differences in order to partner up in a cross-border inquiry. Their trail leads to shady businessmen, lawyers for sale, corrupt politicians, professional killers and traces of a common past. But things are seldom what they seem to be...
The Pleasure Principle is produced by Apple Film Production in co-production with CANAL+Poland, Czech TV and Star Media.
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